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Congratulations for Krzys (cataclysta)

Congratulations for Krzys (cataclysta)
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-22
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 200, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-22 4:12
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
This image is a gift along with congratulations for my friend Krzysztof (cataclysta), as yesterday he successfully defended his PhD thesis in biology. The subject of his dissertation was diversity and ecology of Antarctic polychaets in Admiralty Bay. That is why I post an image of polychaete, however not an Antarctic one.

Nereis diversicolor - ragworm
(synonym: Hediste diversicolor)
Family: Nereidae
Order: Phyllodocida
Class: Polychaeta

It is one of the commonest intertidal polychaetes in estuaries of the North European coasts. Its body is flattened with a prominent dorsal blood vessel. Adults may reach 6-12 cm in length and consist of between 90-120 chaetae bearing segments (chaetigers). Appendages on the head are conspicuous consisting of two antennae, and two palps, and four pairs of tentacles. The paired parapodia have dorsal and ventral chaetae and are used for crawling and swimming. The colour varies. Mature worms become a brighter green approaching and during spawning, otherwise specimens appear to be a reddish orange or brown.

The species inhabits muddy substrata in a more-or-less permanent U or J-shaped burrow that may be up to 20 cm in depth. Also occurs under stones on mud where the burrow is adjacent to the stone.

Source: MarLIN

Technical note: The animal is not alive, it is a conserved individual from our departmental collection used as teaching aid.

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A rare sight in TN, even if the concerned group is not so rare in nature Michal, the preservative faded specimen still displays its beautiful form against a flattering, dark BG. Hope to see more (and living) members of this diverse group from you and/or from Dr. Pabis in the near future.
P.s.: Photographed a lot of polychaete specimens in B&W, both dead and alive, for a colleague in the first years of seventies, the biggest trouble was given by some Chaetopterus variopedatus specimens!

Czesc Misiu
Wielki dzieki. Super prezent. I oczywiscie wieloszczecik super. Podoba mi sie czarne jednolite tlo ;-) Bardzo ladne jest tez swiatlo ktore swietnie podkresla ksztalty i rysunek oraz uklad parapodiow. Bardzo dobre zdjecie i dobra notka
Raz jeszcze dziekuje i pozdrawiam ;-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-22 7:27]

Hello Michal,
What a fine present for Krzys on getting his PhD!! Interesting to see this worm related to his work. A fine capture showing sharp details and clear colours against the dark background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

amazing portrait, TFS Ori

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-22 11:39]

Hi Michal

This is a great post and a great news, too! Congrats to Krzys!!!
Polychaets are something extremely rare here on TN and i thank you for shading some light in this segment of zoology, too, with this post.
Even if this is a conserved specimen, i really like the way it's presented here - with excellent light on it and very good contrasting BG. The details are impeccable and the note is very educational as well.

Bravo and TFS

Juz to mowilem na zywo, teraz wiec tylko sie powtorze - bardzo ladna fotka :)
No i - bylo, nie bylo - trafna dedykacja dla mlodego doktorka ;)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-22 23:03]

Hi Michal.
Precise work. Fantastic sharpness, details and lighting. Curve of the animal body and its shapes are amazing. Perfect job. My kind regards.

Hej Michal,
Znakomite zdjecie tego niezwyklego stwora! :) bardzo mi sie podoba jego 'poza' i znakomite detale, fajny kontrast z czarnym tlem, bardzo estetycznie prezentuje sie calosc choc moze stworek do najestetyczniejszych nie nalezy ;-)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-24 14:08]
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Hi Michal,
very sharp and clear image of this Ragworm.
How did you illuminate it?
Very good composition.
Excellent black surroundings.
Great dedication to Krzysztof! :-)

Well done,

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