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Maiden's purse

Maiden's purse
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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, Workshop
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-29 11:41
Viewed: 4679
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This fine looking shell is known as a Maiden's purse shell, or Purple Antigone, its scientific name is Periglypta puerpera according to some authors,or Antigona magnifica according to some others. Another popular name for it is Heavy cockle however it is not a cockle but a member of the Veneridae family. A denizen of the temperate to tropical Indo-west Pacific, Indo-China and Australia seas, prefers intertidal sandy and coarse sandy habitats, also frequents shallow sandy patches in coral reefs. It is a robustly build heavy shell almost circular in shape, with a few (usually three) strong converging and interlocking teeth at the hinge end between the umboes. The free margins of the shell are generally smooth, or with homogenous miniscule teeth (partly visible here at right-middle - see WS) to aid in the positive closure of the heavy valves via two strong adductor muscles at anterior and posterior margins within the shell. Here, the bivalve (diameter 105 mm) is seen from an anteroventral aspect.
This macrograph was taken under directional available daylight with open-shade conditions, also with some fill-in illumination provided by a contra placed crinkled aluminum passive reflector. A black BG was used.

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bayram şekeri gibi gibi olmuş hocam; elinize sağlık. nefis bir kompozisyon ve keskinlikte. sizin uslübunuzdaki koyu arka planıyla daha da bir güzel olmuş. her zamanki gibi güzel notlarınızı okumak için tekrar ziyaret edeceğim.
bu vesile ile sizin ve ailenizin bayramını en içten dileklerimle kutlar; sağlık sıhhat ve mutluluk içinde sevdiklerinizle nice bayramlar dilerim. sağlıacakla kalın, saygılarımla...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-29 14:41]

Hi Mehmet,

I've been waiting for a follow-up to the Tulip Shell! This is another beauty with the wonderful shades of pink. Excellent details of the pretty patterns of the shell. I love the shape. The black background is perfect to show it off.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-09-29 15:06]

Merhaba Mehmet,

This is another lovely specimen from your studio done expertly in your characteristic style, which I've come to appreciate and enjoy.

Excellent note, too.



You have mastered your technique for photographing shells...and what could be more attractive than the shapes, colors, patterns and textures of shells. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Merhaba Dr.Mehmet,
I fully respected your great knowledge on the shell and also let us enjoy the endless beautiful image of them, much appreciated for your wonderful works!
great macro shot with this one with lovely pattern and wonderful colour
many thanks
take good care and sincere regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-29 22:54]

Hello Mehmet,
Another very fine studio image of a beautiful shell looking really three dimensional here. Wonderful pattern and colours and an interesting note too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-29 23:11]
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Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
I am impressed by the sharpness and detail shown on this Maiden's Purse Cockle taken from to show us these aspects at their best from a great POV and with superb lighting.
I notice the small pores along the edges, something I have seen when looking at shells casually along the beach and I still wonder what causes these. It looks like the effect of acids - carbonic from other organisms?
TFS this beauty,

As usual, my dear friend Mehmet, another learning experience here, fir me!
Thank you so much!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-30 2:38]
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Hi Mehmet,
this one i REALLY like...those lines and that colour range...as always very well presented, sharply focusesed and lit...do you ever consider taking photo's of them in their natural envirnoment, or this not really practical?
tfs another beauty,

I like the names given to your fantastic shells, Mehemet.
'Maiden's Purse' is a fancy name, but very apt.
I can't stop myself admiring those nature-crafted geometrical lines and designs on it. The angle of its well-controlled exposure is just perfect.
Thanks for resuming posting of these wonders of nature from your rich collection.

Its a great image from the master of shell's :-) and what can I say, the details that you manage to get is amazing and lighting is always a pleasure to watch.
Goutham R

Hello Mehmet,

Splendid composition, I like the way you displayed the shell. Excellent DOF and sharpness. Very good light and colours.

Hello Mehmet,

Perfectly focused and composed,I love the sharpness and colours!
My parents had a rich shellfish collection, the master piece was the "conus Gloria Maris", very rare, now in a museum.

But, I realize I recount memories of my Childhood...

Best regards, Thierry

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-30 13:05]

What a striking image!!
The lines are really grabbing.
Very sharp and detailed.
Superb composition.
Fantastic lighting.

Well done!!

Hi Mehmet,

Wonderful shot of this Maiden's purse shell, as always the detail and colours are just exceptional, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-30 21:44]
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Hello Mehmet
What a beautiful capture you share with us...this definitely has a feminine touch and the name so rightly fits in...the shades of pink on each line on the shell looks so muh like a print straight out of lovely cotton fabric we get here in India.
The texture looks wonderful too.The dark BG helps maintain the focus well on the shell excellently.
Thanks so much for sharing this.
I would love to add this to my favourites.

Merhaba Mehmet,
meravigliosa macro, la ripresa grandangolare con ottimi POV e DOF crea una fantastica composizione, resa ancor più spettacolare dal sapiente uso della luce che esalta gli aspetti grafici di questa conchiglia. Le tue presentazioni sono sempre eccezionali.

Pardon Hoca, yazdığımı sanmışım ama sadece notlara usefulu isratlemişim. Unutmuş olmalıyım. Sol köşede kalan karanlık alanlar da iyi bir aydınlatma ile aydınlansaymış çok dah mükemmel bir görüntü olacaktı sanırım. Her zmanki gibi güzel bi kare ve yararlı notlar. Bu arada Bayramınızı kutlar hayırlara vesile olmasını dilerim.


Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Muhteşem serinize yine muhteşem bir kare daha eklemişsiniz.Elinize sağlık.
Mutlu bayramlar..


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-01 4:43]
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Merhaba Mehmet,
Hocam, gerçekten izleyen herkese harika bir bayram hediyesi bu. Uzayda bir gezegen karesi gibi bir atmosfere sahip. Üç boyutlu fotoğraf bu olsa gerek. Tüm karenin eşit aydınlıkta olmaması üç boyut hissine katkıda bulunmuş. Renkler ve detaylar tek kelimeyle kusursuz.
İyi bayramlar dileklerimle.


Merhaba Hocam, ılk bakışta uzayda bır gezegene benzettım, cok cok cok guzel. Ellerınıze sağlık. İyi bayramlar...


So very perfect! I have never seen one before. thanks!

Merhaba Mehmet, fantastic shell with splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-02 13:08]

Hello Mehmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful mussel. Very good composition and fine details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

hello Mehmet,
his beautiful gallery every day becomes more full of excellent images of shells, marvels created by marine invertebrates...smart work

my compliments sERGIO

You work is HIGHLY respect and it always consistent in quality...and coming from you, the words you left as per my Leica were much appreciated. I know, that you know, how man can almost make friends with his tools of trade...and certainly with your expertise...you know a bit better how to handle them. My work ethics sometimes need improvement...and I look to people as you and your images which show your quality!

Beautiful shot of the Maiden's purse. Lighting is perfect and detail superb. Thanks for the very informative notes as well... you have a great collection of shell images... TFS


Salam Mehmet. Sharp details with nicely silenced background of thi shell. Good framing and TFS. Best regards. Jusni

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-11 9:50]

merhaba hocam
sitenin böyle bir kuralı yok ise: aynı türün farklı açılardan sunduğunuz kareleri kolaj şeklinde de görmek isteriz :)
renkler, ışık ve netlik nefis
elinize sağlık

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-20 18:43]

Hi Mehmet,
Another fantastic image with such lovely colours, patterns and markings. Looks amazingly beautiful. That black BG works wonders here too and I like the way you have used the flash lighting. Very skillful and creative work again. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-07 2:33]

Merhaba Sir,
besides looking like a Maiden's Purse, this one look like a planet somewhere in the universe also. Well rendered details and excellent sharp near angle of display.
Beautiful and to me it provoke the grandness of creation.
Well presented, Sir. It is not just a post, it is food for thought.


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