I have a question to ask one such skilled close-up photographer such as yourself. Even if I use the "macro" setting, I can only get so close to an object before my camera no longer focuses. Do I need a special lens to get close enough to photograph, say, a snail like this? Because I don't seem to be able to get this close. Maybe I am just doing it wrong. Any advice?
Wow fantastic! Usually photos of snails tend to bring out the almost "scaly" texture of their skin which isn't always too flattering but in this one... golly. Snaily's all slicked up for the races - the watery shine on him muffles the "scaliness" which in turn serves to accent that amazing texture on his shell you captured. And don't start me on the reflection. Just don't. Great shot! Well done, well done, my good man!