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A wave of a shell

A wave of a 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
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-07 11:03
Viewed: 4072
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please forgive my lateness in posting my notes, but I faced some difficulty in connecting to TN...
My present posting may look like a breaking ocean wave to you, or maybe the grimacing mouth of a Walt Disney character, in fact it is neither, but is the shell of Scaphander lignarius, popularly known as a Canoe Bubble Shell, which belong to carnivorous Scaphandridae family feeding on mainly scaphopods (tusk shells), and in the Mediterranean is frequently present in great depths with sandy-muddy bottoms, so it is not usual to find them among beach litter.
Like the other members of the superfamily Philinacea, the live gastropod is almost twice as big as its rather reduced shell, so it is unable to withdraw into its somewhat elongated, thin and fragile shell, which is partly covered by its mantle folds. It is also a typical member of the subclass Opistobranchia, which usually do not undergo torsion during development, or later become detorted, so their gills are situated behind their hearts. Aside from the internal posterior gill, they also sport a tentaculate process of the mantle cavity, the palliocaecum, but the function of this structure is yet unknown.
The mature gastropod may be up to 14 cm and its shell, which is typically rolled up like a scroll, up to 7 cm long (the one displayed here is 5 cms), the shell is yellowish orange with grayish white innards. The narrow aperture widens toward the anterior of the shell. The body whorl has spiral incised lines and fine growth lines. The shell of a live specimen sports a covering of fine, darker coloured periostracum, partly visible here.
This specimen was trawled from the 80 meters deep Gerence Bay, Karaburun, Izmir and photographed under slightly lateral available daylight with open-shade coditions, over a dark BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-07 11:06]

Hi Mehmet. I had not taken much notice of shells until you started posting them on TN, Now i see them as a thing of beauty. I like the warm colours of the outer shell and the white inside. Against the black bg it looks 3D , Well taken TFS.

hello Mehmet
super picture with very good light and great sharpness
very nice composition with nice colours
great shot Mehmet
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-07 11:11]

Merhaba Mehmet,
Başka güzel görüntü. Yine çok hoş tutmak.
Ben görünüm ve açıklaması.
Güzel bir akşam,

hello Mehmet
lighting composition background, very fine work and marvellous result!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-07 11:36]

Hi Mehmet.
Outstanding image of a beautiful shell. Great three-dimensional image. I feel it, see it just in my room. Fantastic reproduction of all features of the shell and amazing POV. Bravo. Great work. My best wishes and TFS.
P.S. Thanks a lot for kind congratulations.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-07 11:47]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Mükemmel bir kabuk fotografı olmuş.Sanki üç boyutlu gibi.Koyu renkli fonun önünde renkleri daha çok dikkat çekiyor.Pozlama da 4/4 lük olmuş,bu sayede kabuğun beyaz kısmındaki detaylarda farkedilebiliyor.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-07 12:17]

Hello Mehmet,
A fine portrait of shell taken from a great POV with good lighting and sharpness where focused against a contrasting dark BG.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-07 12:37]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
A pretty well perfect capture of this fairly large Mediterranean gastropod, S. lignarius. Your excellent use of the ambient light and fine POV has given us a sharp and optimal view of its features against a fine black BG.
I imagine that the full size of this specimen must be 10 cm when the shell is occupied.
Thanks and have a good week MF,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-07 12:46]

Hello Mehmet,
A fantastic capture of this beautiful shell showing the rounded form and colours so well!
I'd like to stretch out my finger and touch the smooth inside! An interesting note to go with this 'Canoe Buble Shell' too (what a lovely name!)
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Mehmet,
I am always happy to see a beautiful shell of your collection. You have a perfect technic to present them, with a well managed light and perfect sharpness. This specimen has a very pure line, a fantastic curve. TFS,

ışık kullanımınız her zamanki gibi muhteşem. üç boyut etkisi çok güzel görünüyor. siyah fon da pek güzel çamış. renkler ve pozlama harika. elinize sağlık, hocam. zevkle izlenen bir kare. iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-07 15:20]

Hi Mehmet,i like a lot your choice of point of view,it seem to enter in a mysterious white tunnel,one of your best pic for sharpness and colors,and very interesting and special note as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Merhaba Hocam,
Her zamanki gibi harika bir kare, elinize sağlık.

Very thoughtfully captured image of this lovely shell that looks so very different from other familiar shell shapes, Mehmet.
The golden brown outer side contrasts beautifully with the inner pearl grey smooth side, giving the shell a three dimensional appearance.
Your shell theme is an inexhaustible source of pleasure for all of us who chase bugs, birds and butterflies.

Salam Mehmet,

An excellent capture with such beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Great POV & dark BG. Very well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


Hello friend Mehmet,

an very nice shell with good pov and details.
As usual very sharp with fine natural colours.
You showed everytime an shell that I never been seen before.


Merhaba Mehmet, wonderful shell with bright colors, great contrast against dark BG, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Mehmet,

primero gracias por tus amables comantarios.
Sobre tus fotografías y en concreto sobre esta última, muy bien presentada, con excelente enfoque y sobrada profundidad. A destacar también el fondo tan adecuado que utilizas y la buena luz.
Por otra parte no entiendo nada de estas especies y en ese sentidi poco te puedo decir.
Un abrazo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Merhaba Mehmet
another fantastic picture of a shell, superb sharness and splendid colours in a marvellous composition; in your pictures there is the lightness of touch of a real artist.
Best regards

Nice immage of this beautifull shell.
Beautifull composition.Congratulations.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-08 1:46]

Hello Mehmet,
Beautiful photo in great contrasting colours. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Good POV and composition.

Hi Mehmet. As usual the best artistic touch with efficent balance light/colours. Excelelnte sharp and DOF. Magic black BG.


plain and very beautiful, greetings Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-12-08 6:26]

A simple but elegant and lovely shell. A picture that is a pleasure to the eye.

My compliments, Mehmet!

Best regards MF,


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-08 6:42]

Hocam ellerine sağlık yine harika olmuş,selamlar..

Selam Mehmet hocam
yine herzamanki kalitede bir çalışma sunmuşsunuz bize
elinize yüreğinize sağlık

Very original work as usual dear Atatür, your placement of the shell is wonderful. Great focus and exposure too.

Hello Mehmet! Good contrast, perfect background. Ideal exposure and capture. Original image. Very interesting information. Well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-10 9:35]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Mükemmel bir makro kompozisyon ...
Işık, keskin detay ve renkler harika güzellikte.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Hallo Mehmet
Thanks for all your kind stops at my latest postings. Your valuable input is always appreciated.
Once again you spoil us with a lovely image and an important and educational note. Yes, this shell indeed looks like one of the waves in the ocean, the similarities is almost unreal. I very much like the thick lining on the upper side of this beautiful shell as well as the finer linings on the inside. The details of your subject is brought across beautifully. A neat image to look at, and appreciate. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-11 7:30]

Hello Mehmet,
A very simple and elegant shape for this well photographed Canoe Bubble Shell. You have chosen a very interesting view of this shell, not the upper part, but the innerside and a suggestion of what is the color of the shell. Very professionally made shot.
Thanks also for your interesting note.
Have a nice weekend. Kind regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-18 11:53]
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Hi Mehmet, i wonder if you will ever run out of specimens to share with us? Another marine jewel you share in your customary excellent technique, well done my friend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-22 15:45]

Hi Mehmet,

I don't know how I missed this one especially since I always look for your shells. This is a beauty with wonderful colors and details. I love the shape and how beautiful it looks against the black background.


Your words over the years have been kind and a learning tool for me. Your style in imaging has set a standard...perhaps it was set decades ago, but for someone today to have the same qualities of excellence that you seem to have...and the very special ability to pass along what you know is much more than anyone would have thought. thanks so much...for everything...and have a very good New Year!

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Fantastic shell shot as always from You, beautiful colors, details, and sharpness in the focus area. Very interesting (also Your note) and at the same time pleasant to my eyes. Tfs and congrats.
At the same time I wish You & Your loved ones a very happy and productive new year. Best regards from Hungary, László

Hello Matatur.
Excellent framing exposing the inner details of smooth white.
The ouside has very nice coloration and captured well against the negative space.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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