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Thank Goodness for Small Favors

Ghost crab -- Jensen Beach, Florida (November 2015)Sony RX100 IV + Zeiss 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Ghost crab — Jensen Beach, Florida (November 2015)
Sony RX100 IV + Zeiss 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Do you have any idea how long I’ve tried to take this photo?  Years — years and years!

Ghost crabs are so furtive and agile that you usually just see a quick glimpse of their legs as they scurry from sight, down into their little den beneath the sand.  But not this one.  This one didn’t spot us walking up to it, realized too late that we were already upon it, and froze in place — hoping that we wouldn’t notice.

But we did!  And I quickly turned into the crab paparazzi that I’ve always wanted to be.  Surprisingly, I was able to get the front of the camera lens so close that it was almost touching the little guy.  Unbelievable!

36 thoughts on “Thank Goodness for Small Favors

  1. ehpem

    Great shot. I’ve heard a lot of good things about those RX100’s as well – this just confirms they are a very capable camera, in the right hands.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I have to thank Cindy; she’s the one that spotted him. But it was funny… he was so still that we both thought he might be dead, right up until he scuttled away from me to escape — but there was nowhere to go, so I was able to take dozens of close-ups.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thanks! Both of us were surprised at just how close I was getting to it. Truly, I was using the close macro setting of the camera and the front element of the lens was nearly touching the little guy.

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  2. kasturika

    Oh yes, crabs are crazily fast and so camera shy… Hopefully one day I’ll get one too 🙂 don’t know the names of the sub species near the beach I’ve been to, though (and we don’t eat them!)


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