Flamingo Tongue Snail in Profile

These snails are so pretty. All of the color, however, is in their mantle. So when you find a dead one, they just look like ugly white shells. Here's a nice profile taken of one using 105mm macro. Curacao, Netherland Antilles.


    I humbly blush at your praise Kelpman. I think there are many great U/W photographers on flickr and I am hoping to, one day, attain their level of expertise.

    And since I'm too cheap to spring for a 'pro' account, I must wait until April to upload more photos (I used up my March allowance). I have several more very nice frames of the flamingo tongue snail that I plan to post soon...

    Thanks for your kind words!!!
  • B Smith 9y

    unreal! great shot!
  • James Barnes 9y

    Very luminescent and warm. Nice shot of an interesting subject.
    Score 10/13 (from the Judgment Day group)
  • Eric Felton 9y

    Lovely shot -- great detail. There's just a bit of distortion from the aquarium glass.

    Score 10/13 (from the Judgment Day group)
  • sweetangel05 9y

    The detail is exceptional! Score 11/13 (from the Judgment Day group)
  • Ron Wilson 9y

    Score _11_/13 (from the Judgment Day group)

    Never saw one before. Beautiful colours. Well done. Regards Ron.
  • Richard 9y

    Fantastic colurs and nice effect with the snil in the background out of focus but positioned well in the image. Justr a slight loss of detail through the glass. Well done

    Score 11/13 (from the Judgment Day group)

    Score 53/65 (from the Judgment Day group)

    Hi Judgment Day reviewers! Thanks for your time and thoughtful comments. I always appreciate it. Special thanks to "pinch reviewer" Rich for stepping in to provide my fifth score!

    I waited until all of the scores were in before remarking... I'm not sure what everyone sees in this one. This photo was actually taken in the sea, at a depth of 11 meters. The only thing between the snail and my lens was about 15cm of water. I used a slow film, wide aperature, and extreme macro setup so that reduced the DoF. The snail in the foreground, about the size of my thumbnail, is in "pretty good" focus but the shells are not glossy because a thin layer of mantle-skin covers them. In any case, most everyone thinks this was shot in a living room! :-D

    I'll try again! Thanks for your reviews. Judgement Day rules!
  • Mona Dienhart &Chris Lebas 9y

    I love these, but never came across one
    It's a fave

    Mona and Chris, It is too bad you didn't find one of these beauties... they are so pretty. Better than these are the "fingerprint snails," but I've never had a camera with me when I found one. Perhaps one day soon... Oh, and thanks for the fave! That's sweet!
  • Fragile Queen 9y

    Stunningly beautiful markings and colours.

    You are invited to post this image to "Spectacular Nature, invite only

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    Thanks Kevin! I appreciate the kind comments and the invite!
  • sanny16x 9y

  • Krisztina Medve 8y

    hu, de szép
  • Michael Huang 8y

    Nice capture !!
  • Rachel987 7y

  • what's life about? 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called My Fish Tank, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  • Key Life Pie 6y

    Beautiful colors Fantastic shot
  • Steve Baughn 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called UNDER THE SURFACE (Post 1 & Award 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Ratatusk 5y


    We have a contest called SNAILS & SLUGS atm and you're welcome to submit this or any other photo to it.

    We have a lot of wonderful under water photographers and you'd be a great addition.
    I'm an administrator for a group called Wildlife Contest.
    We'd love to have you join us and to add your photo to the group pool.

    The few rules, based on the intentions of the group, are all shortly stated on the first page.

    Wildlife Contest

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