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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: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-01 12:39
Viewed: 5245
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is not always possible to find mint quality shells, sometimes they become quite "weathered" before you find them, the subject of my present posting is such a shell, with broken spines and edges, but still I think it keeps some of its fiery beauty...
This bivalve belongs to the Spondylidae family, also known as Thorny or Spiny Oysters, they usually have two interlocking teeth on each valve forming a strong ball-and-socket joint type hinge mechanism and the leathery ligament is inside of this hinge, acting as a compressed spring to open the valves when the closing muscles of the shell relax (in other bivalves the same ligament lies outside the valves between the umboes). When threatened the bivalve closes the shell tightly using powerful abductor (closing) muscles to exhibit menacingly its strong spines to the predators. Usually these oysters get attached to a hard substratum by their right (lower) valve early in their development, in time that valve becomes strongly convex while the mobile upper (left) valve becomes flatter. Rarely, on sandy bottoms, they fail to attach to a suitable substratum and stay free. In that case both valves become more or less convex seen from the outside. The present specimen is such a spondylid, namely a Spondylus ducallis, or a Spiny Orange Oyster Shell a dweller of tropical waters in the Indo-Pacific region.
This macro shot was taken under ambient daylight -open shade conditions- coming from right, a contra placed matt white cardboard passive reflector was used to provide some fill-in light, over a black BG.

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bu mücevver sandığında bir inci görüleceği gibi bir his veriyor insana. renkler ve sunum mükemmel. ışık kullanımı ve fon da öyle. her zamanki gibi usta işi bir çalışma olmuş. elinize sağlık hocam.
saygılarımla iyi akşamlar.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-01 12:49]

Merhaba Mehmet,
Mükemmellik önerilen yakalar bu.
Güzel bir kompozisyon. Güzel renkler ve detaylar.
Güzel bir akşam,

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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2009-11-01 12:50]

Hocam eline emeğine sağlık, renkler ve netlik harika.
İç tarafının fluluğuda oldukça farklı bir hava katmış.
Sanırım deniz kabukluları ile ilgili en geniş arşiv sizde.

Hello Mehmet.

Thank you for that photograph, so luminous. And also for all you photographies from shells - very interesting gallery.

For that one, I appreciate particularly the red color from the outside and the contrast with the white inside. Good sharpness, good contrast, nice colors.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a nice night.

All the best.


Hello Mehmet.

Just beautiful, wonderful colours, excellent detail, perfect exposure, just a perfect image.

All the best, cheers Rick :)

This is quite a revelation to me, as usual!
The shot is perfect, Sir, and the note awesome!

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-11-01 20:37]

Arka planıyla harika bir sunum olmuş Mehmet hocam..
enmeğinize sağlık..selamlar..

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-11-01 23:25]

Merhaba Mehmet Hocam !
Bu kadar çeşitli deniz kabuğu olabileceğini hiç düşünmemiştim doğrusu. Her biri birbirinden güzel parçasını özenle kaydedip sunmakla dağarcığımızı genişlettiniz hocam. Ellerinize sağlık. Selamlar.


Merhaba Mehmet,
another fantastic picture of shell, superb contrast of vivid colours, very good sharpness, excellent composition
Best regards

Dear Atatür,

An another excellent presentation of a spiny Oyster from nice POV with nice DOF, details and delightful composition.
Since i am in journey and have limited internet connection, sorry i could not write more.
Take care! Cheers,


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-02 1:38]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Siyah fonda, çok güzel bir deniz kabuklu kompozisyonu...
Bakış açınız, ışık kullanımı ve keskin detayları, mükemmel izlenebilen bir çalışma.
Emekelrinize sağlık,

How interesting and nice colours have this shell!!!Good picture.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hi Mehmet. Fascinating macro shot with exciting colours contrast against black BG. Very Good details.


Beautiful Spiny Orange Oyster, Mehmet.
I like the colour contrast between the white inside and the orange outside. It is a striking combination.
The picture taken under controlled conditions has turned out to be extremely attractive.
Thanks and regards.

Merhaba Mehmet, wonderful colors for this fantastic shell, great macro with splendid light, excellent sharpness and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Mehmet
very beautiful picture
great details and very good light
great shot Mehmet
greeting lou

Merhaba Mehmet,

A great capture of this shell with such beautiful colors, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, BG & composition.
Very well taken & TFS.

Salam & best regards


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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 8:32]

Hi Mehmet.
You have shared many amazing shells but this is rather unique. POV and composition of the shot are brilliant and lights is great. I like impressive combination of vivid orange and very pleasant delicate white colours. DOF and details of the image are superb too. Well done as usual and all my compliments.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-02 9:13]
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Hi Mehmet. It looks a beauty to me. With its rich orange colour. taken with fine detail and the pure white inside. It stands out so well from the Black Bg. well taken TFS,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-02 9:30]

Hallo Mehmet,
Excellent Spiny Oysters close up.
Lighting,colors,exposure and contrast are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

hello Mehmet

like Nature Morte style excellent Mollusc photo,
shot with fine POV, superb focus great sharpness
and details, beautiful luminosity of the foreground with the
dark background it is putting superbly in evidence de subject,



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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-11-02 14:43]

Hello ,

Wow , ...fantastic picture , wonderful colours and good sharpness !



Hallo Mehmet
Like your previous postings this is image is off high standard. Your camerawork is flawless and your work is precise and orderly. It is always a pleasure to look at your images as they testify of pride. I cannot give other comment than great photography as a whole. This shell have the most wonderful bright colours and it almost hypnotize the eye. Thanks for sharing. Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-03 7:59]

Merhaba Mehmet Dostum,
A superb capture up to your usual high standard, of what to my uninitiated eyes is an almost intact specimen of the Spiney Orange Oyster shell. However you note suggests that normally the spines are longer!
The colours are superb and your focusing brings out the main features with fine clarity from this POV and shows the rounded shells of this unattached individual.
Thank for this fine posting,
with best wishes,

Hello Mehmet,

a nice pov and dof with exellent details.
Fine warn colours.


This exquisite shell is so beautifully illuminated... it appears to glow from the inside. Wonderfully presented Mehmet.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-11-05 10:29]

merhaba hocam
gerçekten oldukça güzel ve iyi kalitede bir kabuğa nefis bir çekim yapmışsınız
ışığı, fonu, renkleri ve netliği harika
elinize sağlık

Dear Mehmet Sir,
Amazing pattern & details of the subject in the unique photograhic style of yours'. I appreciate your perfection of this art too. TFS
Best wishes-Subhash

Great image Mehmet, I like the POV and black BG.
You could've used this for Halloween..Just PS in some eyes & a nose ;-}
Well done & have a good week!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-09 4:15]

Hello Mehmet,
A fantastic capture of this Oyster shell in a stunning orange colour and with a beautifully patterned surface that you show very clearly!
I read your note with interest too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

never saw this beautiful one, tFS Ori

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-11 6:11]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Her zamanki kalitesinde, detaylar da cok hos.

Parece que tenga vida propia por la posición de las valvas. Lástima del desenfoque.
Saludos Mehmet: J. Ignasi.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-20 9:24]
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Merhaba Mehmet

I have just worked through your entire portfolio and I really have to say it was awe
inspiring. Over time I've seen the postings as it came in, but to sit and view all the
material and read all the informative notes in one marathon session it really opens
ones eyes to the tremendous accomplishment you achieved thus far. I have always
appreciated and enjoyed all these wonderful remnants of the once living organisms
you regularly show us, but this time around I was so impressed that I had to create
a theme to celebrate these wonderful marine organisms. You will notice that most
of your material has been included in "A study in Conchology (seashells)".

As I mentioned to you in my previous critique; you can rightfully claim the title as
the "#1 seashell photographer" here on the TrekNature site and after my trek
through your portfolio I want to underline that fact. It is clear how your technique
and skills improved over time and it is probably attributed to your commitment and
efforts to perfect your photographic process.

Well done and TFS all the magnificent shells.

PS. Oh, nearly I forgot:
This "Pac Man" look alike is superb. It shows excellent lighting control, a wide DOF
that covered the full range of the Oyster shell to ensure nice sharp details, and the
colour spectrum is natural and pleasing.

This one looks vibrant in orange my friend Ahmet. The opened clamp is beautiful under fine details.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
Kind regards - Jusni

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