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Laying Eggs

Laying Eggs
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-23
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-20 6:51
Viewed: 4605
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please notice this one egg on its way towards the other ones.

First let me apologize for the quality of this pic. Sharpness and colors are not that bad but somehow the snail doesn't come up so well. Attempts to improve it in a PP work failed.

The reason why I still love this shot is that the action is shown at all stages:
1 : Snail > egg alone on its way > Bunch of freshly deposed egg.
2 : There are 3 bunches of eggs:
one currently beeing deposed; one maturating; one already hatched.

It costed me to go into 1.5m deep water, having my feet kissed by small fishs and pinched by a crayfish!

There was a roof just above him, and so very few light was available.
My camera cannot flash in macro mode. I know I need another camera and a ring flash. Need to spare some more money.

I didn't take the risk to give an ID of this freshwater stail, as they are several species quite similar to eachother. This one is pretty common and about 70mm tall. Empty shells are everywhere. Eggs too.


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Hi JeanMarie,
A sight many people never get to see this close. Certainly good enough to show the accurate colors and intricate detail in this tiny world.

Hello JeanMarie,
fascinating documentation with image and text assisting and completing each other in a very instructive and interesting way. Although the picture is not clear enough to be self explaing without the notes - and possibly may not get enough instant attention from the thumbnail - the entity of picture and text is excellent, and a very valuable contribution on the reproduction behaviour of freshwater snails.
Well worth to get your feet wet, and getting pinched by a crayfish.
Thank you for sharing your adventurous in-depth observations with us sitting comfortably in front of the computer screen!
Best regards,

Well done Jean.
Especially the "pinched by crayfish" part!
A real nature photographer follows the subject..wherever that may be ;)
Great note explaining what I'm looking at, and documenting the photo..
Have a Great Week!

Hello JeanMarie,
Even those technical difficulties that you mention here, I think that this picture is very interesting. It is the first time I see something like that and that is what Trek Nature is about. This is a very educative post with great notes! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Great 
  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-21 20:43]

You have to watch out for those crayfish...;-) That is some serious dedication going after this shot.

Very apropriate for TN and very cool!



ps Good job!

Good effort going to much extend of shooting this. Very interesting shot. I like your elaborate notes. Wow, some eggs were currently being layed? Wow.. that's fantastic, must have been an awesome experience watching that.
Be careful next time! Either that, or fish for the crayfish for dinner. :)
Good one providing good knowledge, nevermind the technicalities.

Hi Mouveroux,
Wow, your hardwork and passion amazed me. I like your passion towards photography.
I think your sharpness is more on the top of the shell rather than on the eggs due to macro mode.
The exposure is just nice.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-22 21:27]

Hello JeanMarie

A very good documentation of this event.The composition is fair,and the colours are very good.A very interesting post.TFS


  • dreams Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 3] (81)
  • [2007-01-07 13:20]
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je ne voie pas l interet.soyons serieux

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