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A Jewel Box for the New Year

A Jewel Box for the New Year
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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: 2009-12-27 12:02
Viewed: 6475
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all, I would like to wish a healthy and prosperous life for every one of the TN members and nature lovers in the coming New Year ! With this aim, I'd like to introduce you to a lovely bivalve known variously as Jewel Box Chama, Leafy Jewel Box or Spiny Jewel Box, a.k.a. Chama (=Echinochama) lazarus, a regular denizen of rocky seas from Philippines to Indonesia, of tropical to subtropical seas, also found in the Mediterranean - Aegean system from rocky-muddy shores to a depth of almost 150 meters.
The Jewel Box Clams (Family Chamidae) usually become attached to a hard substratum in an early stage of development. Because of this sessile mode of life, they resemble oysters. Chama is the sole surviving genus of a very prolific group of fossil oysters dating from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, from some 200 million years ago. In Chama lazarus the deeply conical left valve is cemented to some rocky or otherwise hard substrate while the somewhat flattened right valve forms a cover, just like those seen in the members of the family Spondylidae. Consistent with this immobility, the foot is greatly reduced. The upper valve is sculptured with numerous scale-like foliations. The roughly circular valves are so irregularly shaped that the animal has little resemblance to an ordinary bivalve. The slightly reduced hinge has two blunt main teeth but one of them is often partly or entirely degenerated. As with a spondylid, the springy ligament is inside the shell within the hinge, but strongly differing from that group of bivalves, each valve bears two almost equal deep muscle scars. The upper valve is whitish or creamy coloured, usually with a curious orange streak. The individual displayed here has a diameter of 7.5 cms, shown from the upper (right) valve side, but the left valve is partly seen at below left, the umboes of the two valves are also visible at left center.
The shell was illuminated from left side with directional available diffuse daylight with open shade conditions, a white cardboard passive reflector was also used at right to provide a weak fill-in light, over my usual black BG.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-27 12:10]

Merhaba Mehmet Hocam,
Yine üç boyutlu gibi olmuş,sanki elimizi uzatsak tutacakmışız gibi.Işık ve kontrast tüm karelerinizde olduğu gibi mükemmel.Uygun pozlama sayesinde tüm detaylar belirgin.
Yeni yılınızı kutluyor,başarılarınızın devamını diliyorum.
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)
  • [2009-12-27 12:28]

Hello Mehmet,
another superb macro shot of a shell, POV and composition are excellent, beautiful contrasted colours of the shell against a black BG.Best regards.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-12-27 12:35]

Hello Mehmet,
the 3D-impression is great here as is the perfect light exposure.
The beauty of these structures is best documented by your picture!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-27 12:44]
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Enfes bir çekim, koyu fonda olağanüstü duruyor. Emeğinize ellerinize sağlık Mehmet bey. Neyin omurgası olduğunu merak ettim :)Jevel demişsiniz, ayrıca katogori seçiminde yumuşakça seçilmiş, ikisi farklı canlı yapıları değil midir?

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

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-27 12:52]

Hello Mehmet,
This does indeed look like a precious jewel box and is a fabulous capture! The magic shape of this shell shows intricate details very clearly and the colours are very beautiful too! I can't wait for the note - will return!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

Merhaba Mehmet,
your aesthetic work, every welcomed, very well litted up subject splendid result!
keep photographing! TFS

Merhaba Mehmet,
another fantastic macro shot, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition, a very beautiful symbology for the New Year.
I wish you a Healthy and Happy 2010.
Ciao Maurizio

Merhaba Mehmet,

An outstanding capture with such intricate details, sharpness & colors. Great POV & BG. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & Salam.


Dear Mehmet,

A Beautiful composistion, but I've come to expect nothing less. Stunniong details with perfect lighting, a real gem :) all the best for 2010.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-27 14:39]

Waaw Mehmet,this shell seem truely a jewek box! The best title as possible and a great gift for all,a very nice idea for the wishes of the New Year! And when i see new ideas i'm always happy.My best compliments for the top quality of the pic too,i wish you all the best! Luciano

Hocam özlettiniz kendinizi...
Güzel gir türün harika bir karesiyle gelmişsiniz... Detaylar muhteşem.
Elerinize sağlık

hocam yine nefis bir makro çekim gndermişsiniz. modeliniz bu sefer biraz daha farklı. yeni büyümekte olan bir bitki tomurcuğu gibi. harika bir sanat eseri nitelğinde. elinize sağlık. bu vesile ile sizin ve ailenizin yeni yılını kutlar; sağlıklı mutlu nice uzun yıllar dilerim.
saygılarımla, iyi geceler.

That's really a beautiful piece, the dark background highlighet its colors. Happy New Year and congratulations!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-27 20:03]

Hello Mehmet, and "Happy New Year"
A beautiful image for the New Year shown with fine detail, gorgeous colors and perfect exposure!! Well done!!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-27 22:58]

Merhaba Mehmet Dostum!
A very remarkable and beautiful species of Chama shell, the POV showing pretty well all the features with fine sharpness and good use of daylight.
This Jewel Box makes a fine transition to the New Year and I thank you and wish you all the best for 2010!

hello mehmet,
this looks really beautiful, you have captured the shell with all the details and texture.the black bg offers perfect contrast here, well composed shot, wish you a very happy new year 2010.
tfs & regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-28 4:58]

Yine muhteşem bir çalışma, gerçektende olağan üstü bir ışığı var baktıkça bakıyor insan. Yeni yılınızı kutlarım hocam, selam ve sevgiler..

This shell look wonderful.
Very good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-28 5:58]

Hello Mehmet,
Thanks for your kind wishes, which I would like to return to you too.
Like always a perfectely taken shell-picture, well illuminated and showing with great sharpness all the fine deatils of this Jewel Box.
Thanks also for the interesting note.
Kind regards

Merhaba Mehmet, fantastic shell with fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid colors, great contrast against dark BG, very well done, a great 2010 to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Another truly fascinating jewel from your shell collection, Mehmet.
It is so well photographed, showing all those features on its outer surface.
I too wish you and your family a very fulfilling and happy New Year 2010!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-28 10:09]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Bu kabukludan, güzel mücevher kutusu olur...
Işık, fon, keskin detay ve renkler : Harika.
Mutlu yıllar,

Hi Mehmet,
it's realy like a jewel, I like this one very much, nice structure, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Mehmet!
Beautiful picture of Chama lazarus, a species which truelly looks like a jewel!
Great sharpness, DOF and clarity.
All the best from Lodz!

Wonderful capture with such intricate details, sharpness & colors!
Warm congratulation and a great 2010.

Hi Mr. Mehmet,

Impressive, volume, detail, depth, perfect light and colors, all in one photo and a single element. Truly a work of art.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing with us this year: I wish the best in this next year 2010 for you and your family.



Perfect lighting! Excellent specimen as well...done with your usual professionalism. I appreciate you excellent notes as well...
Cheerful New Year!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-28 22:02]
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Hi Mehmet

Another beautiful "jewel" added to your already impressive shell portfolio. This Spiny
Jewel Box with its complex and elaborate details are absolutely stunning. As usually
your note is very informative. The composition is great and the exposure levels were
spot-on. The colour rendition is good showing the pearly white shell with its gorgeous
orange, red, and yellow markings.

Thanks for the kind New Years message and to you and your loved ones I also wish
a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous 2010.

Well done and TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-29 9:28]

Hi Mehmet,

This Jewel Box is a treasure! How beautifully you have captured it with amazing details and marvelous colors. It seems to jump out from the perfect black background. I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.


Elimizi uzatsak dokunacağımız ve elimizi çizecekmiş gibi canlı duruyor.
Ellerinize sağlık çok ilgi çekici bir kare.
Mutlu yıllar...

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-12-30 6:33]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Dokusu ve detaylari cok guzel.
Yeni yiliniz kutlu olsun

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-30 9:58]

Hello Mehmet,
Great photo in very beautiful colours and excellent sharpness, details, POV, DOF and black BG. Indeed a little jewel!
Whishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2010,

A fine macro capture with nice exposure and flawless details.
TFS and cheers,

As usual, a lovely contribution from youy, Sir!
Thanks so much for all you've taught us in the past year, we look forward to more from you!
A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, my friend!

Hello Mehmet,

another one from your famous shell collection with good pov and details.
This specie also for the first time been seeing here.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-30 10:39]

Dear Mehmet

Indeed, it's a juwel box or simply a jewel. And this is a very nice and beautiful attention you dedicate to the members of TN. The picture is technically perfect and I imagine it's not easy to realize that kind of pictures.

Kind regards


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-15 10:31]

Merhaba Mehmet,
This shot is exceptional.
I was to escape this marvel. Magnificent picture.
Greetings friendly,

Hi Mehmet.

Been a while since I last visited your gallery. This new year post is so beautiful. Texture and details are just amazing and your presentation has always been flawless.

Thanks for sharing and best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-26 4:31]

Hi Mehmet.
Beautifulness of the shell is as great as a quality of the image. It is really outstanding picture in all respects. All surprising features and details of the shell are reproduced with highest skill. Bravo. Excellent piece of art.

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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2010-03-09 12:07]

Hello Mehmet

What a beautiful shell you have captured, the sharpness and detail are perfect.Looking at your gallery I can now see how fascinting you find them.

Anita & Mike

Merhaba Mehmet Hocam,
Although I'm a bit late with any new year's wish, I say thanx for Yours and wish the same to You and Your family. Another jewel in Your collection. :) As always, beautiful photo of Yours with great sharpness, nice lights and colors on the shell and smooth black background framing the subject / object very well. Of course supported with an informative note also. An elegant, artistic presentation which I congratulate for.
Tfs, have a nice weekend, László

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