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Inside the Noah's Ark

Inside the Noah's Ark
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Copyright: Mehmet Atatur (matatur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-22 5:45
Viewed: 5210
Points: 70
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Merhaba Dostlarım,
Maybe you will remember the Noah's Ark Shell, Arca noae, from two of my previous posts, the mollusc is one of the more primitive bivalves (still exhibit two adductor muscles of equal size) known from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean-Aegean system. It has quite a well developed foot with a byssus gland, which secretes a proteinaceous dark fluid that hardens into byssus strands on contact with sea water, the bivalve attaches by these strands to rocks usually covered with photophilic (that is, photosynthetic) algae and nestles in rock crevices and among loose stones, either solitarly or in clumps. It usually occurs from the low intertidal areas to a depth of around 120 m. with rocky substrates. Can live more than 15 years, may reach a length of 7-8 cms (the present one is 55 mms long). The gills (ctenidia) of the live bivalve collect, filter and primarily sort the potential food particles in the inhalant water provided by the posterior inhalant siphon, a produce of the mantle folds. The ciliary currents of the mantle cavity appear largely concerned with the rejection of inedible particulate material, summarily jettisoned from the exhalant siphon. The mantle margin is composed of an outer and an inner fold, the outer one is further divided into outer and inner components, the former secretes the shell and the latter bears a large number of pallial eyes (compound eyes with a few ocelli, could distinguish the light level changes in the environment and some simple movements), which are concentrated posteriorly. The valves of the shell are quite symmetrical to each other but they do not possess a symmetry of their own. Insides are not nacreous, but smooth and variously colored from white to purplish-reddish brown hues. The very long, more or less straight hinge plate possesses a long row of numerous, small and similar teeth (taxodont dentition) on each valve, ensuring a positive closure of the valves. The periostracum covering the valves exteriorly, especially near the shell margins (partly visible here), is quite thick with fibrous or leafy processes, which may represent an antipredation device.
This specimen was collected live from a rocky/corally bottom of 5-6 meter depth near the shores of Limanreis, İzmir and photographed under available daylight with open-shade conditions over a dark BG.

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Ehhh en sonunda içini de gördük. Menteşeler nefis görünüyor. Elinize sağlık Sayın Hoca! Teşekkür.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-22 5:53]
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Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Fotograf için mükemmelden başka söylenecek söz yok.Notunuzu merakla bekliyorum.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

Hi Mehmet, fascinating macro with splendid colors, great sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-22 6:37]
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Hi Mehmet,
wow, another stunning shot! Presentation is as always top class and this shell is positioned perfectly in the frame. I await your notes with interest to see what this latest teasure is!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-22 7:36]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Netlik, renkler, kontrast ve detaylar cok guzel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-22 9:17]

Hi Mehmet,

A wonderful macro of this shell! The shiny colors are beautiful. Great detail as always and positioned perfectly in the frame.


Hi Mehmet,
A lovely interior of this Noah's Arc shell. Lovely colors. Very well composed with superb details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-22 10:21]

Hello Mehemet,
An excellent presentation of the interior aspect Noah's Ark shell in a fine diagonal composition with fine sharpness in natural ambient light.
A real beauty and TFS this and your customary informative note.
Best wishes, Ivan

hocam elinize sağlık, alışık olduğumuz kalitenizle nefis bir makro. ışığından, kompozisyonuna ve netliğine hepsi çok güzel. umarım tatil dönüşü de yeni çekeceğiniz fotoğraflarla güzel koleksiyonunuzun devamını görürüz. iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

Un'altra splendida presentazione di questa Arca di Noè, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori, l'uso della luce, la disposizione diagonale e l'inclinazione creano uno spettacolare effetto tridimensionale. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

great portrait, never saw this one before, TFS Ori

Merhaba Mehmet,
This is a real good one and I loved the colour of it!
the image is sharp with well controlled of exposure and focus in great details
excellent job well done and presented, my compliment
from NZ, Tony

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-22 13:35]

Hello Mehmet. The colour in this picture is so warm and rich . good use of the light to give the shine. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-22 14:19]

Magnificent colours here! I'm always amazed by the things nature throws up :-)
Very sharp, very detailed and very clear.
Superb composition.
Excellent BG as usual.

Very fine work, Mehmet!



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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-05-23 0:52]

Nice peek into that ark, Mehmet!



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-23 2:44]

Hello Mehmet, Well shot and well explained. Excellent composition and very sharp picture. Ganesh

Hallo Matatur
Time is rather limited today for a proper comment, but I cannot pass without saying a few words. You surprise me time and time again with the variety of shells and mollusc's that you present to us through your photography. Todays posting reminds me strongly of a casket, and I find the markings on the linings rather beautiful.Thanks for sharing and this way increasing our knowledge once again.
Kind regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-23 10:47]

Hello Mehmet,
Excellent capture of this beautiful shell in striking colours! Impressive sharpness too and very well presented.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-23 14:40]

Bizi doğadaki diğer ( gerçekte aslolan )güzelliklerle tanıştırdığınız için çok teşekkürler. Yeni karelerinizi merakla bekliyorum. Elinize sağlık. Hüseyin

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-23 15:05]

Mehmet bey nefis olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

Hello Mehmet,

Excellent composition. Good sharpness. Nice colours too. And always very interesting note too.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-24 3:02]

Wow Mehmet, what a distinct capture you have here. I love the colour against the dark BG and the rich wine colour of the shell. It must be quite an experience to find them and research more about them.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful capture.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-24 3:03]

Hi Mehmet,
Another outstanding shot and this opened-up shell looks fantastic. Lovely colours and sharp details. Good use of flash lighting and your trademark black BG works wonders here in highlight the subject. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

This beautiful shell is so adroitly photographed it gives a 3-dimensional effect, Mehmet.
Again, your in-depth note facilitates due appreciation of this unique specimen from the depths.
TFS and regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-26 4:07]

Hi Mehmet,beautifull,i haven't words to comment this other fantastic beauty,you show us a very unknown world all to discover,thanks a lot for this great work,Luciano

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-26 9:35]

merhaba degerli hocam
Nuh'un gemisine bir bu acidan kadraj yapmissiniz
kompozisyon, renkler, koyu arka fon ve netlik nefis olmus
eline saglik

Bien captada la belleza del interior de esas conchas y un interesante trabajo con la luz que da como resultado unos finos tonos.
Gracias por tus comentarios a mi " hanimeli ".
Un abrazo Mehmet: Josep Ignasi Tejedor

If anyone should know about he Ark, it would be you!!! Supposedly it is nearby your country eh? What is it that keeps folks away? Is that China? I think maybe...and Berlitz, the place where I studied some of my other languages..for a high price in the 1960's....the man who started that school of language had a penchant to find the Ark! I don't think he ever realized his dream...but I find it interesting that this shell is called such...even if nick! Very nice as is your way sir!

Dear Mehmet,

Another wonderful presentation and I finding it increasingly difficult to come up with things to say when its all been said, so I will simply say I love your work my friend and look forward to seeing the next posting, t.f.s

All the best Rick :)

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-05-26 23:14]

Belle présentation qui met bien en évidence les reflets nacrés du coquillage.
Bonne journée.

Excellent shot, Mehmet!

bir hoşbulduk diyeyim dedim.Çok değişik bir çalışma.Aynı tabuta benziyor bunlar.Işıklandırması güzel olmuş.Emeğinize sağlık.Selamlar saygılar...

Hello Ram. Nice sharp details of the opened clamp. I like the sharpness of the image in good lighting. Best regards. Jusni

Merhaba Mehmet!
What I like the most in your presentation is that you presents "normal" shells in very unique way! This is no exception. I like a lot the title which perfectly corresponds with the composition of the image. Wonderful idea and great final effect.
What to say more? Maybe only bravo, and thank you for showing this image :)
All the best,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-15 4:55]

Merhaba sir,
a lovely presentation of this shell. Never seen this before. love;ly colours and quite rectangular...right naming.
We have somsort like this one also, we ate them barbecued. But the shell is a bit brittle, the meat is sweet.


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