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a giant strombid

a giant strombid
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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: 2010
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Sanyo Xacti
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-28 12:30
Viewed: 4839
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Again some time elapsed since my last posting, had to look after some unavoidable business as usual and won't be able to post new ones in the coming several months, will be in Ovacik, Cesme again during the summer months...
The topic of my present posting is the shell of one of the most beautiful marine gastropods, a Queen Conch or Pink Conch, a Strombus gigas known from the tropical waters of Florida and West Indies.
Members of the genus Strombus usually have a solid shell with an expanded body whorl, narrow aperture thickened outer lip and a short siphonal canal. A characteristic of these shells is the "stromboid notch", an indentation near the posterior part of the outer lip through which one of a pair of tentacles, each carrying a well developed eye protrudes. The narrow operculum is horny, the foot very muscular and can move them along remarkably quickly. They prefer shallow warm waters with sandy or sandy-muddy bottoms, and are vegetarians.
The moderately long spire (top left) of the Queen Conch has short, blunt and strong spines at the shoulders of the whorls. Coarse spiral ridges and cords, sometimes with coarse axial ribs and folds are present near the columella of the body whorl. Strongly flared lip (bottom right) of the longish aperture extends posteriorly to almost level with the apex of the shell (top-left). Over it finely etched axial growth lines can be discerned. The narrow, horny operculum of the live mollusk has a razor-sharp edge, if the animal is disturbed in its habitat close to the beach, it can beat about wildly, and inflict deep wounds into a wader. Narrow but deep stromboid notch is not visible in this view. Short siphonal canal is slightly recurved. Colour pinkish cream to white, aperture a rich shining rose pink with some yellow areas ( will demostrate these features in a future posting). The species is consumed in huge quantities as food, rarely produces a pink pearl within its mantle folds.
The 17 cm long shell was photographed under directional ambient daylight with open-shade conditions coming from top-left to demonstrate the surface sculpturings of the shell, a contra placed white cardboard passive reflector was used to provide some fill-in illumination. A black BG was chosen.

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hello Mehmet
super good light and great sharpness with beautiful colours
very good pose
nice weekend Mehmet
greeting lou

Mehmet hocam merhabalar.
Yine detayları harika bir kare.
Ellerinize sağlık

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-28 12:39]

Hi Mehmet
Perfect shot!
Colors and details are amazing! Congratultion1
Black BG is great!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-28 12:44]

Hello Mehmet,
Wonderful shot of this conch shell with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. I like its shape and form and the soft colours on the inside. Superb use of flash lighting and the resultant black BG lets the subject stand out nicely.Best regards Siggi

epeydir özletmiştiniz hocam.
hem kendinizi hem de harika yakın çekimlerinizi. tekrar gördüğüme sevindim. renkler, netlik, ışık kullanımı enfes.
koyu arka plan da çok güzel yakışmış.
elinize sağlık. saygı ve selamlarımla iyi geceler, hocam.

nice giant, greetings Ori

Hi Mehmet,
not long ago I submitted an image of some fungi's placed on the white background and the editors of the website decided that it is a Studio shot!That image was removed from the site by them. I can not see why we can not learn from that images if they can provide some detail information about the species. Certainly in your case here the black background is giving us a great visual and contrasty isolation of the subject and the result is awesome, Mehmet! Great dept of field, powerful colors and tons of detail! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hello Mr. Mehmet,
These pictures of you are like comets, eclipses, etc ... are interesting and spectacular events that happens every certain interval of time!
Excellent work, this time is appreciable each form in the shell, the light is perfect, the angle of capture is the most explicit. Good job! Thanks for sharing! happy weekend, hope you're fine!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-28 19:27]

Hello Mehmet,
A beautiful shell from an amazing creature. Your great camera skills brings it to life, thank you Mehmet.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2010-05-28 22:59]

Merhabalar Mehmet hocam
yine harika bir kareyle dönüş yapmışsınız..
ard alan sadeliği ve detaylar şahane olmuş
emeğinize sağlık
bol selamlar.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-05-28 23:36]

Siyah fon önünde harika detaylarıyla çok güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş hocam, ellerinize sağlık, selamlar..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-29 2:26]

Hello Mehmet,
Nic to see a new photo from you. Beautiful light, colours, sharpness and DOF. Good choice of composition.

Ciao Mehmet. A pleasant come back wit your usual artistic and delicate style. Perfect DOF here with excellent light's managment and perfect contrast.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-29 4:52]

Hello Mehmet,
Nice to see a shell from you again and this one is of a remarkable shape! Excellent sharpness and colours and seen from a great angle. I hope you have a lovely time at your summer house!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hocam nefis bir kare.
Elinize sağlık,
En güzel dileklerimle.

Ciao Mehmet, fantastic shell with splendid sharpness and superb details, great contrast against dark BG, beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2010-05-29 12:15]

merhaba değerli hocam
nefis karelerinizi görmek çok güzel
fon, ışık, netlik, detaylar ve bilgi notunuz her zamanki kalitede: harika
ellerinize sağlık

As you must have noticed, I'm happily relocated, Dr Mehmet.
It is a great pleasure to have enough time now to look at your work on TN.
This particular specimen of shells is very beautiful. Needless to say, you turn a shell into a thing of beauty through your photographic art.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

Hi Mehmet,
The details and colors are gorgeous. I like the black background as it is non-distracting and immediatly brings attention to your subject and nothing else. Well done. :)

Hello Mehmet,

another very good sharp presentation from an beautiful shell.
Exellent detils with fine colours.


Hi Atatür,

Nice to see a new beautiful shell posting from you after a break, nice close-up of this beautiful conch shell. The textures looks very clear, good DOF and good composition also.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-06 2:41]

Merhaba Prof. Mehmet,
excellent sharpness in great details. The note is really useful.
Thr light balance and the smoothness of the capture is well executed.
Nice perspective.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-06 11:51]

Merhaba Mehmet dostum
A few days’ trip north to visit family has delayed my activity on TN!
This is a fine capture of Queen Conch taken from a nice POV with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting to make this a very good portrait of the shell of this species.
Thanks for sharing this one! I remember seeing these in Trinidad some years ago. Thanks for this fine reminder!
Best regards,

A lovely shot showing us the details perfectly, complimented by the note perfectly.

Merhaba Mehmet,
a fantastic macro shot in perfect "still-life", superb sharpness and marvellous contrast of colours against a black BG, artistic composition
Best regards

I believe I had one for a bit. My parents bought it when I was young. That was at a shell shop in Florida.

Wonderful and very professionally done as per your usual. You make a good teacher..something America is short on.

Dear Mehmet,
a great pleasure to see your very thoughtful and skilful presentation of the Carribbean Conch. Finest shapes and an incredibly subtle range of pastel colours made visible by that very carefully controlled and reflected daylight, further enhanced by a radically black background. Another valuable contribution to that most attractive collection of scientific artworks from you. Looking forward to see the aperture in one of your next presentations. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-10-06 17:14]

Hola Dear PhD.
I am so happy to see You back here, I really miss a lot Your photos and notes too.
A lot of fine details to see here.
Great use of the flash light and as usual lovely BG.
TFS My friend.

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Wonderful presentation. I like this kind of shell photos very much, even if they aren't made in the nature. Fantastic details, sharpness, colors, contrast - this black background you use for your photos is awesome. I'm just learning how to do something like this in the nature. Also thanx for sharing your always informative and in-depth notes. Superb post. Bravo.
Best regards, László

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-28 4:36]

Merhaba Mehmet,

A lot of fine details to see here.
Great use of the flash light and as usual lovely
Drawings and color in object are pleasant for look at.
Good balance and nice framework.
Excellent composition, TFS.


Hallo Mehmet
This particular shell looks as if is a few star shaped figures stacked on top of each other, then filed to utter perfection, painted with caution, buffed and presented for the admiration of many to see. How beautiful it is and how beautifully you have presented it. A striking macro indeed. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Mehmet. Your picture is fantastic! I work for the BBC and am making a documentary about the Phonecians. They used to extract purple dye from the murex shells which is how they got their names - Phonecians comes from the Greek for people of royal purple dye. Your photo is a wonderful clear image! If you would allow us to use it, I'd be grateful if you could email me at [email protected] so I can send you a release form! Kind regards Jon

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-20 21:46]

Hi Mehmet.
I have not opportunity to visit TN when I wish and I have missed many your amazing pictures. Your shell pictures are blameless and this one is too. Brilliant reproduction of shapes, colouration and all other details of the shell. You also managed to achieve an impressive 3D-look. Lights are great as well as the composition of the shot. Bravo.
Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-29 6:55]

Hello Mehmet,
All your shells are beauties and always well photographed. So the choice is quite difficult, this one I like a lot for its beautiful shape and color. Well photographed from an ideal point of view and with a perfect sharpness. Very pleasant!
Kind regards

Hi Mehmet.
You have wonderful collection of shells and well documented in fine pictures too.
Love the capture and details are amazing.
Kind regards,

Hi Mehmet,

The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the Queen Conch. It is well framed. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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