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Queen conch shell

Queen conch shell
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-06
Categories: Molluscs
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-01 1:08
Viewed: 9122
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A conch (pronounced as "konk" or "konch", IPA: /ˈkɒŋk/ or /ˈkɒntʃ/)[1] is one of a number of different species of medium-sized to large saltwater snails or their shells. True conchs are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae, and the genus Strombus.

The name "conch" however, is often quite loosely applied in English-speaking countries to several kinds of very large snail-like shells of salt-water molluscs that are pointed at both ends. That is, a conch's shell has a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal. Other species often called a "conch" include the crown conch Melongena species; the horse conch Pleuroploca gigantea; and the sacred chank or more correctly Shankha shell, Turbinella pyrum. None of these are in the family Strombidae, but instead in other families of the molluscs.[citation needed]

The true conch species within the genus Strombus vary in size from fairly small to very large. Several of the larger species are economically important as food sources; these include the endangered queen conch or pink conch Strombus gigas, which very rarely may produce a pink, gem quality pearl.

About 74 species of the Strombidae family are living, and a much larger number of species exist only in the fossil record. [2] Of the living species, most are in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Six species live in the greater Caribbean region, including the Queen Conch, and the West Indian Fighting Conch, Strombus pugilis.


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Hi MF! Good Morning!
A superbly taken macro of a strange shell which i did not see before. Great details and wonderful illuminating.
TFS and have a great Sunday!


My Gestalt sees an abstract human face in this composition of a Shell, Siegfried.
It is a well captured image of the subject arranged aesthetically.
Dr Mehmet should find this subject of immense interest in my opinion.
Well done and TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-01 3:17]

Hello Siegfried, superb close-up shot of this strange shaped shell resembling a big eared odd creature:)
TFS and G's,

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

Hi Siegfried.
Perfect catch of this shell and nice composition...
Well done. Thanks to share...
Kind Regards

Hi Siegfried,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Queen conch shell. Very good POV with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello siegfried
beautiful picture
great details
greeting lou

Merhaba dostum Siegfried,
It gives me great pleasure to observe that you are getting better and better at shell photography and beginning to use the shadows to your advantage. This really is a good capture of a beauriful gastropod shell from a unique viewpoint, TFS this superb image my friend.

Hello Siegfried, a beautiful one. Superb.

Excellent capture of this interesting shell Siegfried. Details and composition are perfect.
TFS and regards,

Hello Siegfried,

Fantastic photo.
Nice colours with great details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-01 12:34]

Hi Siegfried. How long have you been collecting the shells. You have taken a good close up showing all the detail with rich colours. A shame the shell has some damage . well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Ciao Siggi, wonderful shell with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and superb details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-01 13:01]

Hallo Siegfried,
Excellent shell close up again.Lighting,colors,exposure and contrast are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-01 15:56]

Hi Siggi,

You are continuing my education which was begun by Mehmet! Another beauty with sharp sharp details and magnificent colors. I hope you have lots more to share with us.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-01 23:58]

Hi Siegfried,
Wonderful shot of this conch shell with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. I like its shape and form and the soft colours on the inside. Superb use of flash lighting and the resultant black BG lets the subject stand out nicely. The style is so reminiscent of good friend Mehmet. Majestic image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-02 1:42]

Hello Siggi,
A fine portait of a Queen Conch taken to show its features well with fine sharpness and lighting from a great POV.
It reminds me of our trip to Trinidad and Tobago years ago!
TFS and best wishes,

superb capture Siggi , very beautiful composition !
amazing colours and very sharp details ,
well done !

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-02 16:25]

Siggi, You seem to be researching on these. The shot is so beautiful and perfect BG. Good work. Ganesh

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