Early yesterday morning the crab pots were set amongst the mangroves and after our usual beach time (walk a new beach, take lots of new shots and sunrise) we went back and collected what was in them, throwing back the females. All except one were cooked ready for lunch the next day. This lucky one was chosen to be film star for the day! Really the next day, which was today – hope you could follow that 🙂
So to shoot a mud crab – keep it alive overnight with ocean water and a mangrove branch in an esky with the lid slightly ajar. Early next day take all to the nearest beach and when the sun has just risen get the tour leader to manhandle the crab and place it gently onto the sand at the waters edge and make sure it doesn’t swim away.
Then get down low, very low and take your shots. Get closer, even closer, mind out he doesn’t nip you! tilt the camera up and catch the beach and rocks into the shot as well.
And then we cooked him and ate him too 🙂 YUM