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Emerald Top-shell

Emerald Top-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: 2010
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Sanyo Xacti
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-14 12:24
Viewed: 5144
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Again, I had a lengthy interval away from TN, busy with my cottage in Limanreis-Izmir, and couldn't follow your recent postings. Now, I'm back for a while, all ready for a retrospective viewing of your naturescapes, but first a new posting of mine, the small but colourful shell of a smallish member of the family Trochilidae, or Top Shells, usually flat based conical ones found in tropical and temperate seas. They possess a horny operculum and a nacreous interior, usually with dull coloured exteriors, inhabiting intertidal zones of supralittoral rocky shores. They feed on various algae covering the rocks.
The shell of the present species, an Emerald Top-shell (Monodonta canalifera), a denizen of western Pacific region, has a diameter of 2.5 cms. with flat spiral cords and a curved tooth projecting from the bottom of columella (hence the generic name Monodonta). The short, conical spire terminates with a rather blunt apex, seen at top-left. Inside of the apertural lip is white and strongly lirate, edge of which shows the colours of exterior, dark green, green and whitish cream spots, giving the shell a jewel encrusted Ottoman turban look!
This macro image was captured under diffused ambient daylight -open shade conditions- over a black background.

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Merhaba Mehmet, beautiful shell with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-14 13:34]

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

merhaba hocam,
epey bir ayrı kaldınız siteden; özletmiştiniz. döndüğünüze çok sevindim. sanal alemde de olsa sizinle görüşmekten pek mutluyum. hele böyle ustaca çekilmiş yakın plan fotoğraflarınızı izlemek ve onlardan bir şeyler öğrenmek daha da bir güzel. yeşilimsi tonlardaki bu güzel deniz kabuğunu, keskin detaylar, usta ışık kullanımı ile sunmuşsunuz. Alıştığımız siyah geri plan burada da çok güzel olmuş. elinize sağlık. arayı fazla uzatmayın dileğiyle; saygı ve selamlarımla iyi geceler dilerim hocam.

Eskiden sadece denizkabuğu derdik, sayenizde bir İzmirli olarak güzel şeyler öğreneceğim. Merak ettim, koleksiyonunuz mu var, yoksa gördükçe mi çekiyorsunuz?
Elinize sağlık Mehmet bey, selamlar, saygılar

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-04-14 14:55]

Hola Mehmet.
Like usual. Great photo. Interesting note.
Beautiful green colors on the shell and lovely black BG.
I am glad You come back to the family my dear friend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-14 15:57]

Hi Mehmet,

I've missed you! It's so good to see another of your beautiful shells. The shape, colors, swirls and patterns of this are lovely. Exquisite details and wonderful colors - I love the shades of green. The black background shows it off perfectly.


Dear Mr. Mehmet! is a pleasure to see again one of your shells captured perfetly! This time a esmerald and enigmatig jewel of nature. Your works is really impressive, great light, delicate forms and colors really worthy of applause. But now that I realize you are doing this with a "Sanyo Xacti" ... is a video camera, eh? This really is awesome! congratulations, as always, is an excellent job. TFS, regards, Jesús

It is a pleasure to see your unique subjects once again, Mehmet.
Hope you have completed the work that kept you away to your best satisfaction. So welcome back!
This beautiful Shell is aptly named. As usual with your great dexterity in handling your subjects, you have created a marvellous image of this beauty from the deeps.
Without least exaggeration, all the nuances of colours and details are beautifully captured here.
Keep posting and all the best.

Hi Mehmat
What a beautiful Emerald Top-shell.
Details are perfect and the colors are beautiful.
I like the black BG to!

Mehmet Hocam merhaba

Tüm detayları ile harika ve ustaca bir çekim. Söylenecek pek bir şey kalmıyor. Muhteşem bir renk uyumu var. Herşeyi ile ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık.


Ciao Mehemet. Refined elegant shot with good detaisl and amazing tone's contrast. Superb colours against the black BG.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-15 22:05]
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Merhaba Mehmet,
Welcome back! I hope the work on your cottage has not caused too much physical strain!
This is a fine portrait, up to your usual high standard, of this little Top Shell, the POV showing the pattern of green an white in a fine way. Green seems to be an unusual colour in molluscs, or is it because emeralds are rare in Ottoman turbans? :))
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Kanallı Monodonta'dan güzel bir çekim Sayın Hoca. Elinize sağlık.

Hallo Mehmet
It is great to see a posting from you. Wonderful detail captured on the patterns and colours of this beautiful shell. It has a moodiness that surrounds it, why I do not know, but that is what I see, maybe it is the darker than usual colours of the shell. I am used to the pink, pearl and lighter colours on your subjects, but it does not take away any of your subject's beauty. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-16 4:10]

Salam Prof. Mehmet,
this is indeed a very special presentation. never seen a green one yet and this is such a beauty.
Beautiful, well seen in excellent details and the composition is wonderful.
Nice view.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-17 15:37]

Hi Mehmet,this is a very special specie and a great pearl inside your gallery,never seen nothing before,a great contribution for TN and a beautiful pic whit perfect sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-21 12:42]

Hello Mehmet,
Very nice to see a post from you again! This turban-like shell is so beautiful and very well captured here. I like the fine markings and the beautiful colours, quite unlike other shells. An interesting note too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-04-21 22:31]

Mehmet bey merhaba,
Diğer kabuklardan ayrılan renk özelliğiyle de nefis bir fotoğraf olmuş, bu tür fotoğraflarda sanırım siyah fon çok iyi bir tercih.
Tebrikler hocam, sevgilerimle..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-22 12:25]

Hello Mehmet,
It's more than a week ago that you placed this beauty here, but I still like it. Wonderful bright colours, a very good DOF and excellent sharpness.

hello Mehmet
super sharpness and good details
beautiful smaragd green colours
very nice shell
greeting lou

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2010-04-23 15:48]

merhaba değerli hocam
yine farklı ve güzel bir kabuğa enfes bir yakın çekim yapmışsınız
renkler, fon ve netlik nefis
elinize sağlık

Mehmet bey,çok güzel bir deniz kabuğu ile tekrardan hoşgeldiniz.Gerçekten siyah arka fonu ile harika bir sunum.Tebrikler.TFS

What a nice hobby you have Mehmet! I have the same desire to the shells from my childhood but unfortunately i don't have a chance to find so much different types from The Black sea shores! This Ottoman turban looked shell is great to find with that beautiful emerald toned colors and amazing shapes, and indeed look a like a jewel encrusted Ottoman turban on an Ottoman sultan! i always dreamed to live a coast of an ocean to find these beautiful shells. What do you think about the Turkish sea shores to find a vast selection of the shells? and the point that i am curious about is why don't you take photos of these beauties from the spot where did you find them on that gold sandy shores!


Hi Mehmet,

Another good picture from an shell that i never ben seen before, fine colours and good pv and sharpness.


Merhaba Mehmet,
a fantastic macro shot of the Emerald Top-shell, outstanding sharpness and mavellous colours, another masterpiece from you, very well done.
Best regards

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  • Fege Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 13] (46)
  • [2010-05-19 16:23]
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Hi Mehmet
Thanks for welcome to TN.
This photo as, are the rest of your photos, is superb - you do have a bit of an interest in shells (I suspect a professional one?). Great lighting colour and presentation.

Hello Mehmet,
The entire collection of shells is excellent, the black background is perfect.

nice and beautiful colours, greetings Ori

Merhaba Mehmet,
this shell is beautiful, I love the green colour so much. As usual excellent quality and a good dark BG. Pretty presentation, thanks.
Enjoy your day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

It is a greenish turquoise colour which certainly makes it stand out well against your usual backdrop. An educator uses similar backdrops so as not to confuse students. Good notion.

Hi Mehmet. This is beautiful in emerald colors. Very sharp image against the muted dark background. Excellent lenswork and love the composition. Kudos my friend and best regards - Jusni

Hello Mehmet!
Amazing art rok. Perfect exposure and capture. ideal contrast and sharpness. Superb background.
Very interesting note.
Well done!

Stunning colours for a snail. Love your presentation (the visual and the note), as I really like your entire shell photo collection.

Regards, Petru

Hi Mehmet.
Few days ago my granddaughter (6 years old) and me have watched your gallery. We have seen all your shots. She (as well as me) was amazed. This one is also exceptional. Colouration, shapes, texture are reflected outstandingly. POV, composition, illumination are perfect. Bravo and thanks for your work. Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family.

Hi Mehmet,

The macro point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the emerald-top-shell. The black background id putiing in evidence the shell. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors. have a nice day.


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