<< Previous Next >>

Stone Coral


Stone Coral
Photo Information
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: 2009
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 4, A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 10:53
Viewed: 7015
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
MERHABA DOSTLARIM,
I am again posting a close up of a Stone coral (Cladocora cespitosa) colony, which I had posted smaller samples of the same in the past for different occasions. THese are bushy colonies with tightly branching tubular skeletons of calcareous material, actually made of aragonite crystals roughly arranged in 24-26 septa within the tubes of 1-2.5 cm diameter. The only hermatypic coral to be found in the temperate waters of the Mediterranean-Aegean system, supposed to build reefs, however while being a member of the Favidae family known from the spectacular reefs in Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans, this species does not form reefs, only colonies up to 50 cm in size on pebbly, rocky sometimes sandy bottoms within the lower infralittoral zone in depths down to 70 m. The whitish hard skeleton seen here is secreted from the ectodermal basal disk of live, brownish hexacorallin polyps. During the growth process side buddings are frequently seen, which increase the size of the colony (the one shown here has a long axis of 27 cms.).
These beautiful stone corals prefer relatively cleaner waters, and were quite abundant in the Outer Bay of Izmir around Limanreis, Kalabak, etc., but in the early years of 1990s, the City Municipality decided to "clean" the extremely polluted Inner Bay of Izmir by dredging the Bay bottom and summarily dunking the polluted bottom mud just at the outer opening of the Outer Bay, without considering the main currents there, which brought the now heavily polluted waters towards Kalabak-Limanreis area, thus to the stone corals, which shortly expired in great masses. The specimen shown here was collected while snorkelling from a depth of 7 meters from Limanreis shallows in 1996, already dead for some time...
The close up was taken under the diffused illumination of open-shade daylight, against a dark BG.

rousettus, septimiu_nemes, Ishi, skoksalan, Silvio2006, jaycee, rcrick, boreocypriensis, haraprasan, uleko, SelenE, eng55, eqshannon, fiyo, izler, marhowie, Argus, banaei_nikon, Alex99, maurydv, jusninasirun, elif, iris, Dis. Ac., ramthakur, Marx44 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
Discussions
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ramthakur: on stone...matatur 1 03-05 07:21
To iris: on stone...matatur 1 02-16 01:41
To Argus: on stone...matatur 1 02-12 03:16
To skoksalan: hatalı nick ben Elif'imskoksalan 1 02-09 13:27
To vanderschelden: on stone...matatur 1 02-09 12:55
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-09 10:56]

Hi mehmet. Once again a work of art. The Stone coral is just beautiful. Very good detail and rich colours. well done TFS.
Nick..

Taş Mercanın nefis bir görünümünü sunmuşsunuz. elinize sağlık hocam. adeta papatya bahçesi gibi görünüyor. siyah fonda detayları çok güzel çıkmış. ışık kullanımı da her zamanki gibi ustaca. sağlıcakla kalın, iyi akşamlar.

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-09 11:02]

Hello Mehmet,
Beautiful capture and well done on the composition.
Your presentation is excellent. Good contrast. Natural, very nice exposed colours and the image is crystal clear, great exposure.
Best regards Siggi

  • Great 
  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-02-09 11:27]

Nefis bir çalışma olmuş Mehmet hocam..
çok canlı görünüyor..
emeğinize sağlık...

Hello Mehmet,
Quite bushy but still beautiful in its appearance.
Good notes; apparently there was something wrong with the cleaning policy.
Well done
TFS
Annick

wow , spectacular composition Mehmet !
very beautiful presentation with perfect sharp and fine details ,
well done !
septimiu

hello Mehmet
nice sharpness picture
very good details
nice picture
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-02-09 12:41]

Beautiful capture of the stone coral in all its intricate fine details.

Beautifully done, Mehmet!

ishi

Hocam, harika b ir fotoğraf...
Sİzin gibi usta bir fotoğrafçı, değerli hocamın fotoğraflarına yorum yazarken hangi kelimeleri seçeceğimi bilemiyorum. Notlarınız da elimden eldiğince okuyup, çevirmeye çalışıyorum.Bilgice çok eksik olduğum omurgasız canlıların çoğunu sizin sayesizde daha iyi tanır oldum.
Ellerinize sağlık
İyi akşamlar

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,ne güzel bir görüntü,ne güzel detaylar.Çok özenle işlenmiş bir nakış gibi.Adını sıkça duyardım ama ilk defa bir mercan fotoğrafı görüyorum.Gerçi sizin portfolyonuzdaki deniz canlılarının hepsi için geçerli.Nefis bir sunum,çok teşekkürler,saygılar :)

Merhaba Mehmet, fantastic coral with fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful pink color, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-09 15:17]

Hi Mehmet,

I saw this earlier in the day but was waiting for your notes which are, once again, excellent. This Stone Coral is beautiful reminding me of little flowers ready to open. Colors and details are magnificent. Extremely effective against the black background.

Jane

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-09 17:41]

Hi Mehmet,
Outstanding shot of this Stone Coral and your chosen top POV gives is a marvellous impression. Superb clarity of details and the innumerable tiny stubs catches the eye in a fix. Very skillful handling of light and you indeed have created another piece of art. Superb composition.
TFS.
Sumon

Hello Mehmet,

Another stunner from our aquatic world, with amazing detail and a wonderful structure, well framed and composed, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Atatür, an expertly taken macro capture of stone coral colony in a fine composition with great details.
TFS and cheers,

Bayram

Hi Mehmet,
A beautiful capture of this coral stone. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-10 4:58]

Hello Mehmet,
Excellent sharp capture of this Stone Coral showing excellent details of the individual calcareous skeletons. Beautiful light and colours too. Sad to hear that they're now extinct!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-02-10 5:09]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Doku ve detaylari guzel goruntulemissiniz. Bilgiler icin de tesekkurler
Selamlar,
Selen

  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-10 5:26]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Mükemmel bir fotograf daha.Çiçek buketi gibi görünüyor.Işık,detaylar,kontrast ve kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

  • Great 
  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-10 6:52]

Merhaba Mehmet bey görmeyeli enfes kareler yüklamişsiniz hepsini ayrı bir keyifle izledim ellerinize sağlık.

As usual in your most professional method of imaging...and added expertise in language to tell the whole story. And again...it is one which I have seen similar and truly enjoy!
Bob

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-10 9:12]

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Harika motif ve detaylarıyla çok güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş.
Ellerinize sağlık.
Selam ve sevgiler.

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-10 10:36]

merhaba hocam
su altı dünyasından bir güzellik daha
baharda açan çiçeklerin demeti gibi görünüyor
fon, ışık, renkler ve netlik nefis
eline sağlık
selamlar
izler

Merhaba mehmet hocam,
Çok ilginç bir çalışma olmuş,
Netlik, detaylar ve tür çok güzel.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

Olá Mehmet

Interessante foto, bonitos detalhes, nitidez e luz...tuas fotos e notas são verdadeiras aulas, parabéns!
GA
Vera

Hi Mehmet,
Great light, you've shown the intricate details of the coral very nicely.
Natural color, and the black BG always works so well :)
Excellent info also.
TFS,
Howard

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-10 20:38]

Mehmet, Nice capture of these corals and lovely view. Good composition and lovely BG. Ganesh

hello mehmet,
excellent capture of this beautiful coral, the details are awsome, liked the pov, the dark bg compliments the corals well,
well done,
tfs & regards
pankaj

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-11 3:31]
  • [+]

Hello Mehmet,
A fine presentation of this species of Mediterranean stone coral taken from a fine POV to show the features with superb sharpness and lighting.
Maybe with the effects of global warming we may see a reef coral invasion from the Red Sea!
Thanks for this beauty my friend, together with the excellent note.
Cheers,
Ivan

Hi mehmet.
Once again a work of art. The Stone coral is just beautiful. Very good detail and rich colours. well done TFS.
Well done
**MAB**

  • Great 
  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-12 1:56]

Merhaba Mehmet,
Su altının bu güzelliklerini kusursuzca işleyerek bizlerle paylaştığınız için çok teşekkürler hocam. Örneklerin sıradışı oluşları yanında birinci sınıf sunum ve açıklamalarla süslenmiş bu çalışmalarınız her türlü övgüye değer. Tebrik ediyorum. Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile.

Hüseyin

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-13 11:21]

Hi Mehmet.
I like the illumination of the stone coral so much. Dark BG is great for this subject. As usual you have reproduced all features of the species perfectly. Color tone and details are stunning. Bravo.
Alexei.

Merhaba Mehmet,
another wonderful picture of a Stone coral taken with outstanding sharpness and details in this elegant composition, i like the bright composition against the bright colours.
TFS. Best regards.
Maurizio

Hi Mehmet,

I like the shallow depth capture of this coral. The texture and details are very well displayed in good framing. Nice show and TFS.

Have a great weekend and best regards,
Jusni

  • Great 
  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-02-15 23:19]
  • [+]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey
A splendid specimen with rich details.The PoV is able to bring out the definite and intimate features of this specimen thus helping the viewer get a better sight of this beauty.

The clarity in the shot and the dark BG helps get a real feel of its natural structure and form.I wonder whther you managed the shot in Macro mode as the shot reveals a generous amount of details from this PoV.
Thanks for sharing and the excellent notes as well.
Cheers
Silpa

Hi Mehmet,

You have been presented this Coral with very good details and sharpness.
Beautiful colours and good notes.

Gert

These mysteries of the ocean really fascinate me, Mehmet. I am a mountain man and know very little about them.
This Coral is so finely formed it makes me wonder at the 'creativity' of nature. Each segment of the bunch looks like a delicate flower to me with very subtle colours on it.
The image is a professional job in every respect.
Thanks and regards.
Ram

  • Great 
  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-03-05 13:41]

Hi Mehmet,
Nice shell and interesting note, as always, very good job!
Serdeczności
Marx

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-20 5:23]

Merhaba Dr. Mehmet,
this is a very well shown coral with excellent clarity fronm the top. The jagged and sharp side is very obvious.
A nice view where the full focus on the centre and giving a special effect to the surrounding corals.
nicely presented.

Regards,
Foozi

  • Great 
  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-22 8:18]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Nefis bir kadraj...
Siyah fon ve detaylar güzelliği arttırmış.
Emeğinize sağlık.
Seyfi.

Calibration Check
















0123456789ABCDEF