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Peter's Choice

Peter's Choice
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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: 2010-11-11 12:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Again a lot of time elapsed since my last posting, but this time due to my moving to a new home in Narlıdere, Izmir. My present post is my first take in my new home, which I would like to dedicate to my friend Peter Stoeckl, a man of colours, also a fellow nature photographer in TN, who had expressed his wish to see this shell also from the apertural side.
This, as you might remember, is again a Queen Conch, or the Giant Pink Conch (Strombus gigas) known from the vicinity of Florida and West Indies. Members of the genus display a solid shell with an expanded body whorl, a rather narrow aperture with a thickened and flared outer lip and a short siphonal canal, seen here at the shells anterior border (middle left). Another characteristic of the related family, the stromboid notch to provide a passage to one of the pair of tentacles with well developed eyes is also seen just below the siphonal canal at the anterior edge of the flared lip (below left). The narrow, horny operculum of the living animal is posteriorly attached to the dorsal surface of the muscular foot. These vegetarians prefer shallow warm waters with sandy - muddy bottoms.
The drawn out spire of the shell carries short, blunt spines at the whorl shoulders. Some spiral ridges and axial ribs or folds are evident near the columella on the body whorl. Strongly flared outer lip of the aperture extends posteriorly almost to the level of the tip of spire (lower right).
The yellowish brown - orange general colouration of the shell turns to a rich pink inside the apertural area, giving the conch one of its popular names (Pink Conch).
The photograph was taken under directional ambient daylight -open shade conditions-, coming from left-bottom. A small, white cardboard passive reflector was placed to the right of the 17 cm long shell to provide some fill-in light for the spire. The shell was placed over a black BG.

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Hello Mehmetm

an nice sharp image form another beautiful shell.
Exellent details and black bg.
Fine colours.


Uzun bir aradan sonra sizi TN'de tekrar gördüğüme sevindim Hocam. enfes kavkı serinizi de özlemiştim. sanırım 4-5 ay kadar oldu, en son kareden beri. tekrar hoşgeldiniz Hocam.
renkler, fon ve hele ki ışık kullanımız yakın çekimin usta ellerden çıktığını gösteriyor. açı ve pozlama da mükemmel. elinize sağlık.
saygılarımla iyi akşamlar dilerim.

hello Mehmet
super sharpness and good details of this beautiful coloured shell
great shot
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-11 12:37]

Hello Mehmet.
An another wonderful macro capture of this nicely shaped conch shell from very nice POV with great details.Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Güzel ve değerli kolleksiyonunuza nadide bir tür daha eklemişsiniz,
mükemmel güzellikte bir makro çekim tebrikler Selamlar.

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-11-11 12:45]

Only mother nature can mix so well striking orange with a tint of salmon pink colors friend Mehmet. I am stunned with the rich graduation of this spectacular gamut. Well taken and carefully prepared shot! Bravo !
George Veltchev

Geia soy Mehmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful shell. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Filika, Giorgos

Ciao Mehmet, wonderful Queen Conch with fantastic colors, great contrast against dark BG, fine details, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Mehmet. An intrigant artistic one with brigh colours against the black BG.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-11 13:44]

HI Mehmet,the new home inspired you as i can see.What a nice shell and what a great choice of point of view,ans as you knoe i like a lot pics whit the blacj background.Very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-11-11 14:11]

Hola Profesor.
As usual.... Great photo of this Giant Conch.
Peter should be very happy for this lovely present Iam sure.
Every time I can see one of this Queen conch I remember the Aztecs.
Aztecs used the shell as part of jewelry mosaics like the double-headed serpent.

TFS My dear fiend.

You instil life into shells, Dr Mehmet. You do it with your immaculate imaging of these wonders from the Deep and you do it with your command over the subject of shells.
This particular specimen scores a direct hit with its beautiful shape and the myriad shades of colours on it.
Now that you seem to be settled in your new home, we expect to see more of your work in the coming time.
Warm regards.

perfect portrait, greetings Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-11 22:46]
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A fine choice Mehmet!
The apertural side displays a fine range of subtel different pastel shades that culminate in a fine deep pink. The technical standard is up to your usual high with a fine contrasting Bg.
A fine show of colours, especially for those of us who live in the dark North.
Thanks my friend and I hope you settle well in your new home.
With kind regards,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-11-11 22:52]

Hi Mehmet

I'm glad to see you back. It's a pleasure to look at this beautiful shell, taken in your particular and usual manner. Your notes are very interesting and instructive, too.

Kind regards


Hallo Mehmet
Absolute delightful. Such a splendour of colours. Almost festively. Indeed a feast to the eye. Gives me much pleasure looking at this pretty, brightly coloured shell as part of a dedication to yet another gentleman of the site Peter Stoeckl. Photography is super sharp, and the composition is great. This is definitely your forte and you are very good at it. Thanks for sharing this beautiful specimen. Best regards.

Hello Mehemet very beautiful imagine , details, light and sharpness perfect, interesting subject and note. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Excellent photo, nice and sharp with true colours stading out against black background

I can say only one word, BEAUTYFUL.
Samiran Nandy

Bonjour Mehmet,
Très belle et artistique publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-12 11:41]

Hello Mehmet,
I'm glad to see a post from you again and a beautiful view of this fantastic shell. I feel I would like to touch it! Technically excellent as usual!
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Mehmet merhabalar,kaliteden hiç ödün vermeden seriye devam ediyorsunuz,tebrikler.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-11-12 23:59]

Hocam ellerinize sağlık, uzunca bir aradan sonra tekrar fotoğraflarınızı görmek ne güzel :)
Kaliteden ödün vermeden paylaştığınız tüm fotoğraflarınız gibi bu fotoğraf da çok güzel..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-13 5:41]

Salam Prof. Mehmet,
very nicely taken shot with sharpness and details of the shell.
The view is very pleasant withot any disturbance from light od unbalanced elements.
Very well done presentation.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-11-13 23:28]

Welcome back, Mehmet!

Nice to see again your artistic capture of this beautiful sea-shell of lovely colors and details.

Well done!


Hi Mehmet

Great shot of this beautiful mollusc. I must post some Australian ones sometime. Technically perfect with superb details and sharpness.


In my church Peter is the rock or cornerstone and when I think shell, this is the cornerstone of shells. Done by a professor in the same method of rote needed to teach well....which you do so well. You teach many things beyond photography....you teach teaching...continuity, patience and so much more. You remain a valuable asset not only to TN but all of those willing to learn.

Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Excellent capture with great colours and sharpness and a 3D effect. Perfect for a book! I'm sure we can ear the sea in such a beautiful shell. Selamlar,

Hola Mehmet

Buen conjunto de imagenes que tienes de conchas de todo tipo y color y muy bien tomadas. Colores Agradables, perfecta composición y contrastes.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-11-15 2:03]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Nefis Bir Güzellik ..!
Renk ve detaylar, makronun bütün güzelliklerini de getirmiş.
İyi Bayramlar,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-15 5:02]

Merhaba Mehmetm,

Almost a juwels with the wonderful light
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-18 18:44]

Hello Mehmet,
A spectacular shot of this attractive shell. The detail is exceptional and lighting brings out the beautiful coloration. Well done!!

Beautiful shell with artistic shape and colors. Stunning beauty harvested from the sea. Nice shot and vivid details in this composition.
Kind regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-20 22:15]

Hi Mehmet.
Nice dedication to our friend Peter Stoeckl. Colour reproduction of the shell is really exceptional as well as of all other features of the shall at this side and POV. Superb use camcorder. Warm regards and TFS.

Mehmet hocam merhaba,
Zonguldak Biyolojik Çeşitliliği adında bir kitap çıkarmıştık. Çevre İl Müdürlüğü kitabın 2. baskısını yapmak istiyor. Bu kitapta Mollusca için de bir bölüm olması güzel olur aslında. Zonguldakta olması muhtemel türlerin bir listesini hazırlayabilirmisiniz, bu bölümü sizin güzel kareleriniz ile hazırlasak?

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-11-22 12:10]

Hi Mehmet,
another trade mark addition to your online aquarium, where all the lighting and presentation is imacculate - this looks like a a creature eating an ear!
well done as always,

Hi Mehmet,
to be honest I first time see Your pictures (I have been in TN since 15th of October). You take beautiful and artistic photos. Especially my wife loves such a view of shells. Sometimes we are going for our holidays towards south. We were three times in Istambul, but we think about going somewhere else in Turkey to see for example such a shells. Great photo with amazing colours. Thanks for sharing,

delight to the eyes, such a series of photographs!
best regards Nasos

Hello Mehmet,
WOW, I've never seen such a fantastic collection of shells. This is a fantastic shot of this beautiful shell and I'm truly amazed at all the beautiful shells. This must be years of dedication.
Thanks for sharing.

Selamlar sayın hocam,
Usta birinden böylesine güzel bir çalışmayı seyretmek paha biçilemez bir keyif veriyor.
harika bir çalışma olmuş.
Çok güzel ve çok net.
Ellerinize sağlık sayın hocam.

Merhaba Mehmet,
another superb macro shot of the Queen Conch, very good sharpness and perfect lighting,
a very beautiful composition
Best regards

One on my favorite shells,Mehmetm
my best wishes for a Merry Christmas

Hello Mehmet
Just perfect
My best wishes, Christodoulos

Dear Mehmet,
my goodness, what a delightful!
Excting to find that thumbnail of an open conch in the gallery - and what a delight seeing it in all its splendour in full size! Having been absent from this site for several weeks due to pressure of work, I am happy for the holidays now, and looking into my TN friends' portfolios. Trying to catch up with what I have missed.
And then I read your dedication. Im am deeply touched by that, my dear friend. And I am feeling sorry that I have discovered it just today with so much time in beetween, and overdue to say thank you!
The pink and orange hues are offering an exquisitely appetizing, distinctly sexy kind of colour contrast, enhanced by those degrees of pink pastel colours before turning into shiningly white mother of pearl. No wonder these conches are seen in relation with aphrodite the goddess of love. What a delight!
A very carefully placed perfect lighting and superb in-depth details are perfectly up with your top standards of quality. Carefully prepared informative notes, as always from you. Excellent work, once again from you. Thank you!
You made my day.
With all my best wishes to you.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2011-01-06 8:29]

Wonderful picture, nice shell

Very beautiful, I love the intensity of the color pink within the conch. Clarity of the image is superb. Well done Mehmetm.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-10 6:03]

Hello Mehmet,
Very pleasant dedication to our friend Peter Stoeckl, which I unfortunately missed. Most beautiful shell with these fine tints of pink on the aperture side. I imagine not an easy shot to do from this side. As usual most beautifully presented.
Thanks and kind regards

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