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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-01
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 7:52
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When I picked this up on beach in Cleone California in 1978 , I thought it as cute...but I had only been back on the Mendocino Coast for 3 years and at that time in space it had yet to become anything more than a seasonal sport...and I was not even aware of that back then. Of course much time has past since I picked it up on the beach. And at the time being ignorant tossed off the muscle inside, unknowing that it was a living creature or for that matter would become a worldwide delicacy at another time. I did however save it all of these years. From time to time it gets a bit of dirt, grime or mold on it, so I tried this year, a trick I had heard 30 years ago from drag boat fishermen. One could take the shell and put it in ice for a couple of weeks and when it melted down, the ice will have removed much of the grime. When I went out to look yesterday, as the sun arose, I thought what a cute way of present this piece of natural life and history to TN. I did look around and see that only a couple of others had posted these,,,so I shall cup and paste you a bit about it...or perhaps add my own thoughts.

Abalone (from Spanish Abulón) are a group of shellfish (mollusks) in the family Haliotidae and the Haliotis genus. They are marine snails, and belong to the suborder Rhipidoglossa (in earlier classifications) in the large class Gastropoda. There is only one genus in the family Haliotidae, and about four to seven subgenera. The taxonomy of the family is still somewhat confused. The number of species recognized world-wide ranges from about 100 to 130 (due to the occurrence of hybrids).

I wasn't really ware of all this until the last few years, as Abalone has become much more scarce in the world. I do feel somewhat fortunate to have tasted it...however I also have a bit of guilt...it is after all a creature of our Creator...but I am not a vegetarian:-)

Fujifilm S1 Pro
Nikon f mount Sigma 70-300 Macro mode
f 6.3
Hand metered
Hand held at about 20 inches (.50 meter)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-02 8:27]

Hello Bob,
This is a really magnificent shell that you've captured very well even though I'd never expect to find one of these in the snow!
Very clear details and wonderful colours. The snow looks as if its beginning to melt! Beautiful!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

fabulous colours bob, great patterns as well...nice, simple, expertly done...TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-02 8:50]

What a beautiful shell!
The surrounding snow gives this photo a very unique touch.
Beautiful colours and great clarity.
Nice composition.
Great work Bob!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-02 9:14]

Hello Bob, what a fantastic shell, truly amazing colors in it. You've done very well on the capture of it, thanks!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-02 9:23]

Hi Bob,

I was wondering why this shell was on ice but you have explained it well. I'm glad you saved it and are able to share it with us. It's very beautiful with wonderful colors, patterns and shapes.


Hello Bob
What a great inventive post showing not only a beautiful shell so rich in vibrant colours but also the power of water and below zero temperatures.
I do have a slight niggle though about Drag Boats that totally destroy the nature that we cant sea on the oceans floors creating a baron landscape beneath the waves.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-02 9:43]

Hi Bob.This has some amazing colours . you have captured such detail in the shell showing all the patterns. Well shown on the ice the boat mans idea was a good one. well done TFS.

Hi Bob, superb macro of beautiful mollusk with wonderful colors, great contrast against white snow, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-02 10:28]

Hi Bob

Lovely composition - putting the abalone on the snow was a wonderful ides. Great detail and exposure.


Hello Bob,
How amazing to see such a wonder of natural beauty!
the texture and colour pattern is just beautiful indeed!
great contrast of colour between the white snow and the shell
a pleasing photo well appreciated
best regards

great colours, TFS Ori

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-02 11:50]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot of this gorgeous looking colourful shell among the snow. Such a fantastic contrast in colour. Very impressive sharpness and the lighting and exposure levels are perfectly handled. I like your chosen top POV and the simple but effective composition. Kudos.

Hallo Bob
This is a fine view of this fascinating shell. Brilliant and bright colours, interesting lines and patterns. I like the contrast between shell and the ice. A very interesting photo which I enjoyed looking at. Totally different from your usual photos. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Pretty shell, curious remedy, interesting story, good information

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-02 14:18]

Hi Bob.My best compliments to this unbelieveble composition,the colours and the light are very very impressive,a great idea for a great pic,thanks for share,Luciano

What a great idea! Beautiful contrast of colors, contrasts, and seasons. Lovely! :)

Hello Bob. You have disclosed one good trick here but unfortunately, we have no snow around here. The trick did the job really well as the shell is in excellent texture and brilliant color. Not around the familiar environment but still wonderful around the melting snow. Regards. Jusni

hello Bob

what a lovely composition of this shell on the snow,
i love to see all around the snow with the natural snow white colours
and the shell's lovely colours, excellent sharpness & details, TFS


Seems you had found a red abalone so long ago Bob, and a good thing you didn't throw it away, it is a thing of beauty and one of the wonderful creations of nature, and now thanks to your expert photography we can share its beauty with you, also hoping to see its innards too in a near future!
With best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-03 3:25]

Hi Bob,
i can see what drew you to this shell, it's very eye catching indeed. And shown here in this totally alien backdrop of ice and snow you've created a unique feeling and put it in a very unusual context. It does however work very well, aided by the very good clarity and sharpness. Hats off to your vision Mr Shannon.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-03 17:22]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Well this shell really has a beautiful red colors, and it looks better in the ice (Snow)
Very fine and sharp image Bob.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-03 18:51]

Hi bob,

Interesting notes about your posting!
Nice macro of the abalone and I especially love the pattern in front, nice greenish colours on bright silver. It looks like 'hiéroglyphe' (sorry I don't know in english), kind of old egyptien sign writing!.
Very nicely presented!


Namastay Bob,
What a beautiful and colorful little shell. Excellent sharp details and composition. Very good notes following the capture. Mr. Mehmet (Matatur) will surely like this one. Thanks a lot for sharing.


We eat chicken too; but the "Abalone" is fast disappearing my friend.
Am so happy you kept the shell; leave it in your will to a grandchild.... it will be worth a FORTUNE in about 20 years from now. Why, you say? Because that's all we'll have left, shells, in a few years.
Your Pal, Mario.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-08 19:58]
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Hello Bob

It is a very colourful shell indeed,I really like the effect of the light on the tip.It almost looks like an Asian alphabet character.
The details and textures are well captured.
Nicely composed in the snow.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-09 0:33]

Hi Bob.
I am amazed with subject. The combination of shell and snow is superb. It is clear that reproduction of both subject is the best. Colours, texture and tiny snowflakes are reflected with great skill. Well done and TFS.

Hi Bob,

Your note is giving us detailed information. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the abalone. The reflection of the light are bringing out the colors of the shellfish. The subject is well framed. Have a nice day.


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