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Copyright: Kirti M Rawat (kmr13777) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 67 N: 187] (703)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-04
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: sony cybershot DSC w1
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photos by an amateur photographer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 8:42
Viewed: 4083
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spent 2 hours early in the morning, on a beach in Goa... trying to capture a crab. That seemed to be the easier part. The tougher part was getting close to one.
These crabs seem to have either a very sharp eye sight or a very sharp sense for capturing any movement on the ground, cause as soon as you try approaching them, they vanish almost instantly, even when you are at a distance of almost 20 feets. and yes they come in all sizes.
This one was one complacent animal that I found towards the end of my effort. When I initially saw it, I took a shot from a distance before I lost him like all the others I already had that morning. However this one didn't move and i kept on inching towards him very slowly and capturing with every step, knowing that i moghht loose it any moment. This one just didn't budge, even when I was approximately 3 feet away from him on my knees. All that it did for the last shot was, pose in an "attack mode" position.

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Very well captured, Kirti!!!
Is the grainy texture intentional?It's really interesting..Can I post a workshop with my perspective?
TFS & regards,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-02-23 12:12]

Good captured of the crab. I like its position. It's a little light in color and could use a little contrast. but not much. The workshop is too saturated it looks fake, that a good example of what not to do. We should keep it as close to reality as possible.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-23 15:46]

I would spend daaaays on a beach in Goa to capture a crab in picture! And you did well, your patience paid off and it is a superb shot. You are right that crabs are real fast, I can see them go fast and hide in the sand. The composition here is very nice, I like the blurred mountain at the horizon, we "guess" the ocean close by... the sand is sensational, how my feet would love to plunge its toes in it! It's a pleasure to read your adventure and look at this picture of a funny animal. Thanks!


Hello Kirti,
very good use of f/10 to achieve good clarity, wonderful colouration and details of the crab!
you had a super low pov which is great!
well done

Hi Kirti

Brilliant low-down POV in this one! I can imagine (as you mention in the notes), it can be incredibly difficult to get close to these guys - so hats off for your patience. You have a superb BG as well, with the outline of the sea and hills pleasingly evident. Overall the picture looks grainy, almost as though you shot film and that creates a nice effect because of the graininess of the sand.

Well done and TFS

Hi Kirti!
A splendid shot of this very agile creature.Anyone who has ever tried to go near a crab knows very well how hard it can to get closer to even an inch to them.The closeness here reveals great details too,really worth the effort!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Kirti,
Beautiful scene with a super point of view. I like yellowish tones that cover all the image. Maybe a bit "pixelizated" but not brokes the picture soul.

Excellent point de vue et perspective originale.
Bonne journée.

This shot is of a great subject but it really lacks sharpness and the light on the claws makes it look very disjointed.
But its as good as any of my efforts.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-10 20:11]

Hi Kirti
Wonderful action shot. TFS. Regards, Mehmet

Patience has its rewards, especially in photography. Interesting shot with its sandy tones and grainy texture. Rather artistic. Excellent POV. Well done, Kirti.

I love the grainy texture, it complements the environment. Beautiful POV ... how lucky you were to find a crab with the gumption to stand it's ground... lol. I think the overall effect is quite artistic... I'd love to have a shot like that to my credit.

Well done, and thanks for sharing, Mish

Well done Kirti, apart from getting a wonderful shot, I'm sure you've managed to single out the, "Ricky Hatton" of the crab scene, look at this guy, he's one bad crab and getting ready for a quick one, two. I'm sure the reason he didn't run away was because, he mistook you for another crab....ie, crawling on all fours with a funny lense for an eye!...you might try crawling side-ways next time and go totally macro:)

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