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Shell from India

Shell from India
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-04
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-03-07 10:16
Viewed: 4980
Points: 48
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Tibia fusus

We found this shell a few years ago in Mobor, a small fishing village in south Goa, India. Walking inland from the beach towards a lagoon we came across an area where a women was placing long sheets of hessian on the sand. On some of these sheets there were already lots of fish laid out to dry in the sun. As we were looking at the fish Ivan spotted this rather unusual and empty shell. It was 14 cm in length, including the siphonal canal of which may have been longer originally.

Tibia fusus of the Strombidae family, is considered one of the true conch shells. It is spindle-shaped with a long siphonal canal. It is a fairly common shell, but, given its attractive appearance, it is highly appreciated by collectors. Most Tibia fusus live in off-shore waters where there is plenty of sand. Tibia fusus's length (including its long siphonal canal) ranges from 5,5 inches to 12,2 inches. From Wikipedia

I’ve posted the ventral side of this shell in WORKSHOP as well as a picture of the place where we found it.

I placed the shell on black fabric and captured this from a distance of 10 cm using the macro setting on the G9 and a low flash with the camera handheld. It has been cropped slightly and sharpened.

marius-secan, maaciejka, Silvio2006, maurydv, KOMSIS, Alex99, ana974, siggi, brech, ramthakur, CeltickRanger, matatur, cirano, nasokoun, anel has marked this note useful
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Hello Ulla,
Splendid capture with excellent contrast, very fine details and outstanding focus.
Lovely image.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ulla my neighbour today,
beautiful photo of this shell!
Perfect sharpness and nice natural colours.
Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Ulla
very beautiful picture with great details and super colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, lovely shell with excellent sharpness and fine details, great contrast against dark BG, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Hallo Ulla,
a superb macro shot of this splendid shell, interesting pictures in WS too, outstanding sharpness, a perfect flash exposure with very beautiful colours and very good contrast against a black BG, marvellous composition with a very good visual impact and TD effect
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-07 10:49]

Hej Ulla,
Aesthetic work!
Black background, light use, excellent sharp detail.
Best wishes,

Hello Ulla
Beautiful photo! The composition, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are impressive.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-07 11:01]

Hi Ulla.
It is a very attractive godsend and you managed to create wonderful picture, even more – wonderful set of shots. I have watched all three shots with great interest. Excellent presentation of an impressive shell. Both pictures give a great idea about subject. Details are great, lights are perfect and diagonal composition is the most impressive. Well done and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-07 11:14]

Hello Ulla,
Ecxcellent photo in beautiful colours and great sharpness. Nice diagonal composition.

Seems that those shells in a black background are very popular these days in Treknature. This one is a real delight, Ulla. Taken skilfully with the awesome G9. Bravo! Superb composition, colors and detail. F/7.1 create a superb depth of field.
George Veltchev

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-03-07 12:08]

Hello Ulla,
Nice to meet you !
This shell is very beautiful and your shot emphasized its beauty and lovely details.I loved the BG in black...very smart! Well donne!It was interesting to see the place where you found this shell.TFS
Best wishes,

Ciao Ulla. Refined details and perfect sharp againms the amazing black BG. Wonderful colours. Best compliments.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-07 13:40]

Hello Ulla.
Simple but perfect and beautifull. Great model - perfect composition.Great sharpnes, details, light, colours and POV.Best regards Siggi

Dr Mehmet, our in-house expert on shells, would certainly sit up on looking at this picture of a shell you collected in Goa, Ulla.
It is a beautiful presentation you created with your compact camera in macro mode.
The ventral side of it in your work shop is equally fascinating.
If I'm not terribly off the mark, this is your first shell presentation and it is a winner.
Thanks and regards.

hello Ulla

WOW ! great photo of this shell in Nature Morte,
beautiful light from the Flash, i love that
warmer color tones, great focus sharpness details,



Bless you dear Ulla, this is a fantastic capture, with a great bonus in the workshop! Tibia happens to be one of my favourite shells, but alas, I do not have one. Now at least I have a couple of perfect images, thank you very much for sharing these with us my friend.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-08 6:57]

Beautiful shell and I appreciate your effort in capturing two sides and the place that you found, commendable work. tfs.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-03-08 12:20]

Hi Ulla,
very good macro photos. Color, clarity and detail was wonderful. Congratulations, regards.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-08 14:23]

Hello Ulla,
What a splendid macro with excellent sharpness,colors and wonderful black background.TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-10 4:49]

Hello Ulla,
such a lively presentation of the shell.
Very excellent details and the features are well shown.
It is so unique in its tapered style shell.
Such a previous shell you keep and it mreans so much in meories of India.


Hello Ulla,
At this picture I really like the composition and colors. Details and clarity are also excellent. Well done!

good morning Ulla, a very beautiful job and photo presentation, you managed the light very well and the colors with the details are so good attributable!
regards Nasos

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-13 7:52]

Hello Ulla,
Missed your fine shot of this very beautifully spindle-shaped shell.
Excellent presentation, perfect sharpness and beautiful contrast with the dark backgroud. And thanks for the note too.
Bon dimanche!

Buena nitidez y fondo idóneo para esta caracola.
Saludos Ulla: J. Ignasi.

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