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The slender one

The slender one
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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: 2009-10-25 13:04
Viewed: 4929
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am aware that I'm posting rather rarely nowadays, but it is not easy to come across a lot of shells good for posting all the time, hence the longish time interval between my new shell photos...
My present macro shot demonstrates the ventral, or apertural side of a Lister's Conch ( a dorsal aspect of a different individual was posted before), a member of the Strombidae family, also known as Strombus(Doxander) listeri, Strombus mirabilis and Mirabilistrombus listeri. The drawn-out shell ends with a very slender and brittle spire, not similar to those of other usual strombs, while the more robust body whorl forms the anterior (apertural) part of the shell, with a characterically flared outer lip (bottom of the photo) usually with a whitish, glossy covering, but not a nacreous one. At the anterior border of this region, another typical structure of the strombs, the stromboid notch is evident just below the relatively short siphonal notch and canal (at far left). From the former, the live animal protrudes one of its two long and stout eye stalks for keenly observing its immediate environment, while from the narrow aperture a narrow and uncharacteristically arched foot extends towards bottom, good for short hops and jumps, an evasive behavior against possible predators.
These rather beautiful molluscs are best known from the vicinities of Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), They might be found in intertidal and subtidal zones, but usually they frequent deeper waters of 50-120 meters with sandy bottoms (these are deepest living strombs), so the majority of the shells are gathered by trawling or dredging of these deeper waters. Hence, once they were thought to be one of the rarest shells of the world, even today it is not easy to come across a wholly preserved fine specimen since the frail spire easily breaks away. The shell dealers solve this problem by matching the main shell body with a suitable spire fragment and after a little grinding glue them together, viola! you have an -almost- faultless shell! Please regard the spire of this shell more carefully, you will notice such a graft nearly four whorls from the tip of this shell!
This otherwise fine looking 13.5 cm long shell was photographed under the afternoon daylight with open-shade conditions, over a dark BG. No passive reflectors were used.

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Salam Mehmet,

An excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-25 13:12]

Hello Mehmet.
Another marvelous shell with beautiful colors, textures and details. The shape is fascinating. Once again, just stunning against the black background.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-10-25 13:35]

A truly lovely specimen, expertly captured, as usual. Lovely shape and colors.

Thank you for sharing this beauty, my Friend, Mehmet!


değişmez siyah fonda harika bir yakın plan çalışması. netliği, ışık kullanımı, kadrajı ve notlarıyla yine enfes bir kare göndermişsiniz, hocam. elinize sağlık. sabırsızlıkla yeni kareleri bekleyeceğim.
saygı ve selamlarımla iyi akşamlar.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-10-25 14:48]

Merhaba Mehmet Hocam !
Koleksiyona eşsiz bir parça daha katılmış. Kalitesinden asla ödün vermeden ve sade bir güzellik sunmuşsunuz. Emeğinize sağlık hocam. Görüşmek üzere...


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-25 14:57]

Hi Mehmet,this new shell have a particular fashion,so long,so nice and so perfect made,beautiful sharpness and colors to learn at the best the impressive design,excellents colors too in the usual black background.Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

hello Mehmet!
another fantastic shell in your
incomparable and unique gallery

thanks and greeting sERGIO

Hello Mr. Mehmet,

In early 2009, when I started in TN, a collection that most caught my attention was the pictures of their shells. Today I can say it is a pleasure continue viewing your photographic works.

As always, this has been masterfully photographed, conveying perfectly the structure of the shell, great lines, and providing excellent depth to the beholder.

I must say that your photos are too much of your personal touch.

Greetings, thanks for posting.


Once again, you present a very attractive shell, Mehmet.
It is so sleek looking and so very finely shaped work of art crafted by Mother Nature.
However, the credit goes to you for catching this specimen with the acumen of a professional nature photographer and highlighting its beauty through your tremendously rich sense of aesthetics.
It is worth its while to wait for your shell pictures, so thank you very much for enriching us by sharing this wonderful image.

Hello friend Mehmet,

You are the master of the shhells.
Another very good one.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-25 22:42]
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Merhaba Mehmet,
A fine portrait of this beautiful large shell presented with your usual high standard to show all the features from the ventral POV. I wouldn't have noticed the restoration at the tip if it had not been for your excellent note.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Mehmet,
Is this a path indicator to heaven! wonderful position of this shell and as usual , the colors and the details are very good

Mehmet hocam merhabalar...
Fotoğraflarınızı özlemişiz.
Yine harika bir kare. ellerinize sağlık

Hallo Mehmet
We have been away for 3 weeks and I missed out on some lovely images which is a pity, but this beautifully shaped shell caught my eye upon browsing through the gallery, it is really a striking and the blend of colours and markings displays lovely. I just love the curls at the upper part of the shell as it catches the eye immediately. Like all your previous postings, this one is done with pride and preciseness and I apppreciate you for that. Thanks for sharing and best regards.
I'll be posting some great images of our Kruger National Park vacation soon.

hello Mehmet
very good presentation, the use of light on the shell the black background, particularly beautiful result!
TFS thanks for sharing

Merhaba Mehmet,
good to see a new fantastic picture from you; another first class composition with superb sharpness and marvellous colours.
Best regards

Ciao Mehmet. Another fascinating macro with amazing light and colours. Exciting BG as usual.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-26 5:28]
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Hello Mehmet,
A very nice view of this beautiful shell showing great sharpness and beautiful colours. It would be a treat to see this live with the eye erect and in a jumping motion!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-10-26 9:58]

merhaba değerli hocam
her zaman ve kaliteden ödün vermeden etkileyici kadrajlardan sundunuz bizlere
bu da her şeyi ile nefis bir çekim
ellerinize sağlık

I am in total awe at your gallery and it makes me wonder what is at your home???? Perhaps someday you could put a picture of your living room in workshop. Thank you teacher!

Merhaba Hoca,

Dün gece ve gündüz ders trafiğinden dolayı ancak yorum fırsatı bulabildim.
Her zamanki gibi nefis bir Atatür klasiği! Siyah zeminde nefis bir aydınlatma ve detaylar. Ayrıntılı notlar.
Elinize sağlık.


Hi Mehmet

Great study of this beautiful shell. You have a unique style which is great to see. Although I don't critique your work, I always have a look when you post. Great details as always.


An amazing shot, Sir!
THe knowledge you impart to us through this site is tremendous!
Thanks so much!

Ciao Mehmet, wonderful shell with fantastic details and superb sharpness, beautiful natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-10-30 5:08]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Güzel bir sanat eseri ...
Başarılı bir pozlama ve nefis güzellikte bir fotograf.
Keskin detaylar ve renkler çok güzel yansıtılmış.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Hello Mehmet,

A lovely photograph showing this beautiful shell!
Pattern, colours are so well reproduced, good texture too...
I have photographed a few shells myself so I know it is quite difficult to get results like this!

Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-11-01 6:41]

Merhaba Hocam, uzak kaldığım şu sıralarda kolleksiyonunuza bir güzeli daha eklemişsiniz.
Mükemmel bir sunum, ellerinize sağlık.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-02 8:37]

Hi Mehmet.
Very cute shapes of the specimen. You have presented it with firm style. Illumination, allocation and detail reproduction are superb as usual. Bravo and TFS.

Interesantes colores y un evidente estilo "matatur" jeje.
Algo de desenfoque en algunas zonas.
Bonito trabajo. Saludos Mehmet: Josep Ignasi.

  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-19 14:52]
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Merhaba Mehmet

Sorry, this visit is much too long overdue. I've been enjoying your absolute fabulous
shell collection since it started, but for some crazy reason I just never did what I had
to or wanted to do and that is to express my appreciation. However, finally I am here.
You can rightfully claim the title as the #1 shell specialist photographer here on the
TrekNature site. Thus far every single image of the 77 photos in your portfolio are
shells and each one tries to be better looking and more attractive than the other.

Looking through your portfolio I realised that you have perfected your technique and
probably one cannot call it an art anymore, but a science. Faultless lighting control,
precise DOF to capture every bit of detail, excellent colour rendition, wonderful and
mindful compositions, are all trademarks of your immaculate modus operandi. Your
contributions have made this site so much the richer in content and the value of your
notes is priceless. Great stuff MF.

Well done and TFS.

PS. My apologies. I made the crucial error of re-editing my critique after my last smiley
was used. Not thinking or remembering about the smiley eating monster I quickly
rectified a spelling mistake and the moment I saved it the system ate my smiley.
Now I cannot even edit it tomorrow and add a smiley anymore. It really sucks big time.

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