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Scorpion Shell

Scorpion Shell
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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: 2009
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Sanyo Xacti
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-10 12:20
Viewed: 8110
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This fine looking specimen belongs to the genus Lambis, popularly known as Spider or Scorpion Shells found exclusively in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. These are rather large shells, they all develop long projections on the margins of the outer apertural lip of the adult shell, have a long siphonal canal and the characteristic stromboid notch of the strombids just above that canal. The smallish claw or sickle-like operculum does not close the aperture, situated at the posterior end of the muscular foot, it is used in frightening off the possible predators. Generally, the female is larger than the male.
THe specimen presented here belongs to Lambis scorpius, a Scorpion Shell, Known from the Strait of Malacca to north Australia and Samoa. The mature shell has a short spire partially engulfed by the posterior end of the large apertural lip extending and spreading from the body whorl, angular shoulders of the spire sport small knobs. Three posterior lip projections are rather long (on the left), the other three opposite the columella (visible part of the shell axis) are short and hooked, all six point posteriorly so the living mollusc can move forward (to the right) more easily. Because of these projections, these shells were formerly used by the natives as a dangerous fist weapon comparable to brass knuckles! All of these projections exhibit fine sulci ventrally, these narrow channels harbour the extensions of mantle tissue in the live animal, which secrete the projections while the shell grows, these form a kind of "anchor" to prevent the shell's sinking into the soft, sandy substratum the mollusc frequents. The deep stromboid notch has a scalloped edge, which makes the dorsal protusion of the long eye stalk possible, is visible at right just above the siphonal canal. The columella and the inner part of the apertural lip are strongly lirate, these lirae are usually white. Inside of the lip is pinkish brown, while the interior of the aperture is a rich purplish brown with white lirae quite evident. As I had mentioned once before regarding a Tulip Shell, here again the richly ornamented apertural innards of the shell are never visible while the animal lives and occupies its shell, so what does this ornamentation serve is a real mystery of nature!
A doubly diffused photoflood almost right above the specimen (longitudinal axis 16 cms) at 2 meters, only slightly offset to right to provide some 3-D effect in lighting was used to demonstrate the inner ornamentation of the aperture, the specimen was placed over a black BG.

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To uleko: on scorpion...matatur 2 05-09 04:55
To gerhardt: on scorpion...matatur 1 04-28 00:36
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hocam, yeni makinanızı güle güle kullanın. umarım daha sık aralıklarla o güzel fotoğraflarınızı görürüz.
bugünkü postadan müthiş bir mimari, harikulade bir renk cümbüşü ve nefis bir yakın-plan çalışması gelmiş. siyah fon, o güzel renkleri, daha da bir güzelleştirerek ortaya çıkartmış. ışık, her zamanki ustalığınızda çok güzel kullanılmış. elinize sağlık. saygı ve selamlarımla iyi akşamlar.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-10 12:27]

Hi Mehmet. Once again you have taken a fine close up of this beautifull shell. Which your picture shows of to its best. Fine detail and rich colours . The dark Bg helps to set it of so well. I shall look out for the notes.
Well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-10 12:37]
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Hello Mehmet,
What a delightful capture of this beautiful mollusc, the Scorpion Shell. The ventral POV shows it beauty with great sharpness and with well arranged lighting and BG.
Thanks for sharing this and I look forward to reading your note later.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-10 12:53]

Hi Mehmet,surely the best side of this shell,there are a lot of details and colors to discover! Simply a spectacle of nature,very very nice,Happy Easter to you and your family and thanks for share,Luciano.

Merhaba Mehmet,
what a wonderful picture of this shell, outstanding sharpness and splendid colours very well saturated; POV, DOF and composition are excellent, very well done.
Have a good weekend.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-04-10 13:07]

Hello Mehmet,
Another very fine view of Scorpion Shell
Excellent sharpness and lovely pattern and colours.

Ciao Mehmet, an other great macro with fantastic shell, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-10 14:43]

Hi Mehmet,

It is always exciting when you post a new shell. This Scorpion shell is wonderful - it is so highly detailed. Wonderful lighting to bring out the lovely colors. Perfect against the black background.


Serlam Hoca, akrebe pek benzemese de muhteşem bir kavkı. Pek de güzel çekmişsiniz.
Elinize sağlık. İyi geceler.

So easy to see how and why it was named as such. And along with that...the Colours of the shell itself seem to make this one stand out well among your other great images!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-10 21:29]

Hello Mehmet
Beautiful an d interesting shot.

Hi Mehmet,

you are presented shell after shell beautiful shells.
This one have also beautful structures and exellent details.
Fine colours and bg.
good notes!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-11 8:39]

Mehmet bey ellerinize sağlık, sizden yine harika bir fotoğraf daha. Kabuk, hem biçimsel hem de renk olarak şahaneymiş. Tebrikler.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-11 10:10]

Hi Mehmet.
Simply amazing specimen of the shell. And lighting is superb. Colours under the light are looked superbly and all details of the object as well as its wonderful shapes are reflected by the best way. Bravo and TFS.

Muhteşem güzellikte bir deniz kabuğu Mehmet hocam ve sizde harika çekmişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.

hello Mehmet
great picture
beautiful colours and good sharpness
super shell!!
greeting lou

amazing shell, nice to see your pic again, TFS Ori

Dear Mehmet Sir!
Thanks for showing us something rare & very very different than what we see otherwise on TN. An excellent close of the shell with beautiful details, colors & superb notes. I have liked the interior of the aperture which is a rich purplish brown with white lirae. TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-12 1:48]

Merhaba Sir Prof. Ahmet,
such a lovely shot and presentation of this scorpion shell. There is a macro world inside this shot. The leading lines and the the glow is really splendid.
Well controlled shot, and the effect of contrast is very well seen and evidently felt.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-12 22:27]

Hello Mehmet,
This is a very colourful picture of the beautiful shell , which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. The shell has very nice markings which stand out so well against the dark BG. well done TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-13 4:07]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Nefis bir açı...
Detayları ve netliği oldukça güzel
Işık kullanımı ve siyah fon yakışmış.
Emeğinize sağlık.

Hi Mehmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful Scorpion shell. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Mehmet...

What a spectacularly brillant shot of this shell... beautifully lit. TFS.


Hi Mehmet. Once again you have taken a fine close up of this beautifull shell. Which your picture shows of to its best. Fine detail and rich colours
Well done..

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-15 17:07]

Hola Profesor.
Hermosa y fina foto. alta calidad y nitidez en toda la imagen. Un bello fondo en negro como siempre que le da mas valor a la presentacion. La nota escrita es muy informativa.
Un abrazo PhD.

Hello Mehmet, this is my first visit to your gallery and am really fascinated by this choice of subject. Beautiful collection you have here. Really wonderful. As far as this particular picture goes, wonderful lighting to bring the colors out of the shell. Amazing contrast is created by the black background. Good sharp focus, the details on the shell are very clear. Looking forward to see more. TFS.

Merhaba Adaşım,
Diğer fotoğraflarınızda olduğu gibi bu kabuk da çok güzel fotoğraflanmış. Ben de bir aydan beri siteye giremiyordum. Bundan sonra sık karşılaşırız.
Selam ve sevgilerimle,

Hello Mehmet,
Impressive collection of shells. This one is very well taken with rich colours and details. I'm impressed by your skill to take such shots. Than you to share your beautiful collection with us! Best regards,

Dear Mehmet,

Firstly apologise for not being around much of late, had a slight career change to contend with which seems to take up a lot of my time of late.

This is beautiful, wonderful colours and detail; lighting is perfect as is the framing and composition.

All the best, Rick :)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-24 12:02]

Merhaba Mehmet Hocam,
Çok güzel makro çalışması.Renkler,kontrast ve ışık her zamanki gibi mükemmel.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-04-24 23:59]

Hi Mehmet,
another fascinating specimen, you seem to have a neverending supply of natural wonders to share with us. As always, presentation is superb, your lighting is perfect. Very well done.

Hello Mehmet
your shell collection is superb, all are taken with great sharpness and beautiful colors, i like the shape of this one
wonderful contrast with the black BG
very well done

I thank you for your kind words, dear Sir, it feels very nice to be welcomed warmly.
As usual, I'm at a loss of words here...You teach us so much through this site about a realm t least I personally never knew about.
Thanks so much!

Hi Mehmet,

Unique name for such a beautiful shape and texture of the shell. The inner pattern is wonderful registered so well in fine sharp details.

TFS and best regards,

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2009-04-27 13:16]
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Ello! Mehmet... What an extraordinary collection of seashells you have here. I do know who to ask now if I find a shell of interest again. I haven't seen any expert in this field on TN before and believe its a nice gain for the site. Your photographs are technically perfect and well presented. Your notes makes it a post it true TN nature... Very well done.

I have disabled smileys a long time ago... and only dish out smileys in real life. :D Your collection did hand me one thanx.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-04-28 3:45]

Oh Mehmet, I do like this shell - what an unusual pattern it has. And stunning colours too

Outstanding sharpness and splendid colours very well

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-04-30 12:20]

Hello Mehmet
Wonderul picture with excellent colors and details
The composition is amazing
This animal is very different and interesting
Well deone

Hello Mehmet,

Fantastic photo.
Excellent definition and wonderful colours.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-04 10:12]

Merhaba Mehmet Hocam!
Deniz kabuklularının bu kadar güzel olduğunu sizin sayenizde farkettik. Aynı zamanda doğanın ne kadar usta bir sanatçı olduğunu öğrendik. Bu güzel eserleri bizimle paylaştığınız için çok teşekkürler.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-05-06 8:38]

Mehmet hocam enfes bir güzellik bu renklerine ve şekline bayıldım harikada bir çekim olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-08 8:35]
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Hello Mehmet,
I'm amazed at your huge collection of shells, one more beautiful than the other!! This is a very fine capture in wonderful colours. Details are also very sharp. Your skills at studio photography are admirable, I'd be interested in knowing more about your technique! (Perhaps you've explained at some point that I've missed?)
I'd love to be able to photograph fruit and seeds in this manner!
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,müthiş bir kare,ustalığınız tartışılmaz.Bize yine doğanın olağanüstü işçiliğini gösterdiniz.Ber bir detayı kusursuz çekmişsiniz.Bu kadar ince işçiliği gözler önüne seren bir kare.Her bir fotoğrafınızda, sanki başka alemlerde bir seyahata çıkyormuşum hissini yaşıyorum.Paylaştığınız için çok çok teşekkürler,saygılar :)

The anology with a scorpion is much more apt in the case of this remarkable shell, Mehmet.
Though I missed this beauty when you posted it, it is a sheer joy to look at it and admire it now.
I am deeply impressed with those intricate patterns and diverse attractive tones of colours on it.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Mehmet!
I was not in Poland last moth and I overlooked some of you picture. This one is great, so sharp and colourful! It is also nice to read its name :)
Sharpness, DOF, lack BG and contrast are 1st class :)

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-12 23:02]

Merhaba Mehmet !

Güzel makro! Mükemmel renkler.
Açıklama sunulan üst olduğunu.
Güzel bir gün mü

hello Mehmet

excellent macro photo of this Mollusc, fine POV,
superb focus on it with great sharpness and details,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones of the subject,
the black background is putting in evidence the foreground,



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-29 1:16]

Hi Mehmet

Another very interesting shell macro and presentation from you.
I must admit i never heard about these "Scorpion Shells" before so it was nice to see and read something about them.
They really have very vibrant colors - much more than i've usually seen on shells - and that really makes them great subject for such photos.
Very nice work and presentation.

Bravo and TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-31 12:36]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Doku, renkler ve kontrast harika duruyor.
Ellerinize saglik

Ciao Mehmet. Indeed I am in trouble in order to choose in yours gallery. An interesting fantastic series in perfect details, great light'management an handsome colours. Well done and TFS.


A well suited name for this incredible looking shell that has been well documented with your skill behind the camera. Absolutely beautiful!
Paul :)

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