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Mytilus edulis

Mytilus edulis
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 17-85 USM IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 16:50
Viewed: 4377
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This a shot dedicated to the Common Mussel which you can see clustering on the side of the sea defences. It is a shame I can't post a larger version of this shot as there are mussels poking out of every crack. I have posted a closer shot as a workshop.

I went to the beach on Saturday but the wind was too strong to set up a tripod for any low light shots (I could barely stand up let alone the tripod) so it made me look around the beach for smaller details.

Information on mussels from the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) website (which is a fascinating site)

Phylum Mollusca Molluscs e.g. snails, slugs, mussels, cockles & clams

Class Pelecypoda Bivalves e.g. clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland Very common all around the coast of the British Isles, with large commercial beds in the Wash, Morecambe Bay, Conway Bay and the estuaries of south-west England, north Wales, and west Scotland.

Habitat information Occurs from the high intertidal to the shallow subtidal attached by fibrous byssus threads to suitable substrata. Found on the rocky shores of open coasts attached to the rock surface and in crevices, and on rocks and piers in sheltered harbours and estuaries, often occurring as dense masses.

Description The shell is inequilateral and roughly triangular in outline, however, shell shape varies considerably with environmental conditions. Shell smooth with a sculpturing of concentric lines but no radiating ribs. The ligament is inconspicuous. The shell colour varies, usually purple or blue but sometimes brown. Length varies, specimens usually ranging from 5 -10 cm although some populations never attain more than 2-3 cm, and the largest specimens may reach 15 -20 cm. Mytilus edulis may be confused with the Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis.

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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-03-19 17:01]

Good picture, i apreciate the fact that mussels are in group.
Good sharp, in my opinion you just capture a little bit too much light but i really like the shot.
In fact i also have a picture of mussels i really like to photograph them

Hi Karan, lovely picture of Mytilus edulis, I just eat it on sunday, great light and nice delicate colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-19 17:17]
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Hi Karan

A very interesing and original shot! Quite rare to see mussels on TN :)
It's also amazing to see these large groups of sheels up there on the wood and "poking out of every crack" :)
The details here are very nice and crispy clear all the way to the see, which also implies you used a very good apperture for the shot.
The exposure is great in my opinion and the natural colors came out just right.
...Why does this shot remind me so much of the "Pirates of the Carribean" ??? :)))))

Cheers and TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-19 17:50]

Hello karan. somthing a bit diffrent for a change. great composion and colour. good detail and sharp. with very good notes. well done..

Hi Karen,
Amazing how they attach themselves to everything. A rugged lloking coastal scene. Tough conditions, but you handled it well. Looks good!

Hello Karan,
Dynamic composition with strong lines!
Interesting phenomenon well depicted, good details and natural colours!
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-20 6:00]

Very nice composition, POV and colours Karan. I also like frame. Good work!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-20 8:16]

Hi Karan.
Native for my heart scene. Your picture is great. The use of wide lens is perfect too. Very nice view, crisp sharpness of whole image, excellent reflection of the perspective, lovely natural colours and wonderful composition. My compliments and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-20 12:05]

Hello Karan,
Interesting capture.Well seen and composed.DOF you managed,POV,details and visual impact are excellent.

I love seascapes in general and this very tranquil.

Nice shot that takes the eye through the frame.


Hola Karan,
Curiosa y didáctica escena de esta especie tan común en estas costas donde vivo, me gusta el punto de vista utilizado. Un cordial saludo

Hello Karan,
This is a different and very interesting post. I enjoyed reading your notes and looking at this picture. Exposure and DOF are very good and I like this composition and POV a lot. If you see Johnny, please tell him HI for me :-) Thanks,
PS, nice one in WS too :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-21 22:01]

Hello Karan

Interesting post, I like them steamed on a bed of pasta with a hint of lemon.LOL I am amazed at how many cram together in one spot.A very well focused shot with good detail.Well done.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-22 8:28]

Hello Karan,
great shot, I actually can smell the sea.Very good diagonal composition which adds a lot of depth into this shot. Great details and very nice sharpness.

Hi Karan,
I like the perspective in this photo. The surf breaker acts like a great leadline into the scenery. Great work on the exposure considering the rather bright sunlight and the wet surface of the pebbles. The sharpness is perfect and the small amount of barrel distortion is easy to ignore.

It is always great to see that much live around the beach.


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