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Tulip Shell

Tulip 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: 2008
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-23 11:55
Viewed: 6364
Points: 72
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Merhaba dostlarim,
Finally back in Izmir and TN my friends, I hope in a more permanent basis. I'm in a heyday, looking at all of your wonderful postings uploaded while I was away...
My present posting is about another one of the more beautiful murecid gastropods, namely a Tulip Shell, a.k.a. a Fasciolaria (Murex) trapezium, usually a denizen of moderate to shallow warm seas, its range extends from Indo-Pacific area, Philippines to India, Madagascar, SE Africa, even to the Red Sea. It is a predatory mollusc, slow and deliberate in its movements among marine algae and sandy bottoms, looking for suitable bivalves, even some gastropods to feed on. The fusiform (spindle shaped) shell is solidly built and heavy, with a sharply pointed moderate spire (the apex of my specimen is somewhat "weathered"). The highly visible suture (the line separating the consecutive whorls) is generally a little constricted, rendering the whorl shoulders with slightly pointed strong knobs more prominent. The whorls contain incised spiral lines, mainly paired. The siphonal canal (lower right) is a little extended, as almost in all murecids. Inside of the last whorl, opening to the oval aperture, exhibits very prominent incised parallel lines. A horny operculum tapering to a point towards the siphonal canal effectively closes the aperture when the animal is in a defensive mode. Usually a darkish periostracum finely covers the shell of the live animal (lacking here). The outer colour and pattern of the shell easily camouflages the mollusc in its natural habitat, but I really do not understand the function of the design covering the inside of the last whorl, no one can see those finely etched parallel lines while the animal is alive! Surely nature has an answer for this dilemma, but unfortunately I do not...
This macro-shot was taken under direct available daylight with open-shade conditions, over a dark background.

rousettus, ammodytes, rcrick, jaycee, eqshannon, ramthakur, volkan, gracious, boreocypriensis, uleko, izler, Ken52, PaulH, Argus, Dis. Ac., SelenE, spalaxtr, maurydv, meyerd, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Argus: on Tulip...matatur 1 09-25 04:34
To ramthakur: on Tulip...matatur 1 09-24 00:58
To eqshannon: on Tulip...matatur 1 09-24 00:52
To nglen: on Tulip...matatur 1 09-24 00:22
To Hamurkaroglu: on Tulip...matatur 1 09-24 00:11
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hocam merhaba,
uzun bir aradan sonra gönderdiğiniz ikinci deniz salyangozu kabuğu da pek bir güzel çıkmış. netliği, kompozisyon ve kadrajı yanısıra her zamanki gibi koyu arka fon, çok güzel bir zıtlık (kontrast) sağlamış. Özellikle iç tarafta kalan paralel çizgiler çok güzel görünüyor. elinize sağlık. notu okumak için tekrar döneceğim.
iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-23 12:01]
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Hi Mehmet. Nature is so wonderful when you see somthing so beautiful as this. The patterns and colours. But it still needed some one with the skills to take this first class picture with such detail. and that you have done so well .TFS.

İyi akşamlar Hocam, doğada ne kadar mukemmel canlılar var. Bu mukemmelıklerı yıne mukemmel bır sekılde bızımle paylaştığınız için tesekkurler. Ellerınıze sağlık.
Saygılar, selamlar


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6527 W: 89 N: 15623] (65355)
  • [2008-09-23 12:17]

Hi Mehmet,waiting for the note,i appreciate this impressive close up ,as your style the details and the colors are fantastics and taken so perfectly on a black background.My best compliments for your work,have a good night,Luciano

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,çok güzel bir kompozisyon ve kadraj.Çizgiler olağanüstü güzellikte,konunun yapısal özelliklerini ortaya koyan ışık nefis kullanılmış.Siyah arka planla mükemmel bir fotoğraf olmuş.Denizin sesini işitir gibi oldum.Ellerinize sağlık,saygılar :)

great to see your shells again, greetings Ori

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Detayları ve renkleri ile çok güzel bir fotograf. Paylaştığınız için teşekkürler. Bayramınızı da kutluyorum.

Hi Mehmet.

Another wonderful shot of a beautiful Tulip Shell, the colours are simply stunning, as is the detail. One of natures perfect creations, and presented superbly, t.f.s

Regards Rick :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-23 16:26]

Hi Mehmet,

I bet it feels good to be home again! It's so nice to see another of your fabulous shells. The shape, colors, designs, details are all superb. I like seeing the inside of the shell. You're reminding me of my childhood when I used to collect shells at the beach - nothing like this but I thought they were beautiful.


..and another Master of his work reappears...Thanks so much for this one..It's story is interesting and it's image is superb as always...Loving the sea as much as I do, this is always a wonderful place to visit (*your gallery). I thank you much for your kind words as regards my images. Your opinion and thoughts are always well accepted.

What a beauty, Mehmet! You make your return to TN memorable through this fantastic post of a shell that leaves me thrilled at its unique shape, coloration and presentation. The exterior is very beautiful, but what impresses me the most are those fine and very symmetrical vertical lines inside the shell.
Hindus in their rituals blow a shell of this shape, producing a range of typical sounds.
Well done and best regards.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-09-23 20:18]

Mehmet hocam,
Nefis bir çalışma olmuş..
Renkler ve desenler çok hoş,ayrıca art alanın siyah
olması objeyi çok güzel bir
biçimde öne çıkarmış..
Ellerine sağlık..

Salam Mehmet,

A superb shot with beautiful colors & detail. Very well done and TFS.



Merhaba Dr.Mehmet,
Once again we see the beautiful posting of shell from you!
this is truly a beautiful Tulip shell with the unique colour and patterns! I especially loved the lines in the inner shell!
much appreciated for sharing
take good care and sincere regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-24 2:03]

What a striking shell!
The colours are amazing and they stand out really well against the black BG.
Very sharp with great clarity.
Superb composition.

Very well done,

Hello Mehmet,

Splendid capture of this shell. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. The detail of the patterns is amazing. Excellent light and colours.

Hi Mehmet,
Welcome back again. A nice capture of this beautiful murex shell. Superb details with a nice black BG composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Merhaba Mehmet, superb shell with fantastic colors, great sharpness and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Selam Hoca,
kontrastlık sağlayan siyah zeminde yine geniş bir saha derinliği ve uygun pozlandırma ile nefis bir Murex kavkısı. Detaylar her zmanki gibi keskin ve renkler de canlı. Elinize sağlık.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-24 11:04]

Hello Mehmet,
Another very fine shell from your collection showing very intricate details and lovely colours. Its amazing how many shells seem to have lovely patterns or colours both on the outside and inside. This looks really striking against the black background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-24 12:41]

Mehmet bey bunun rekleri ve çizgilerine bayıldım doğrusu siyah fonda harika göstermiş, size öazenip bir kızımın deniz kabuklarını çekeyim dedim ama hiçte kolay değilmiş ben sizi izlemeye devam edeyim. ellerinize sağlık selamlarımla.

Hello Mehmet,
Actually I like the "weathered" effect, Mehmet.
Allow me to say that if you don't know the answer to its interior design, I think nobody will know it.
Very beautiful Shell.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-24 14:20]

merhaba hocam
güzel kabuklara güzel yakın çekim çalışmalarına devam...
arka planı, ışığı, renkleri, kontrastı ve detayları nefis
elinize sağlık

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-09-24 14:59]

Very interesting and unique gallery. I am amazed by the detail, patterns, lines and colors of this tulip shell. Very nice. Love the black background too.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-25 2:52]

Hi Mehmet,
another amazing specimen you have found to share with us! Very well chosen POV to show us the interior and the exterior markings, the coluors are also veru well reporduced.
Lovey work, well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-25 3:47]
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Hello Mehmet,
This Tulip Shell could not be displayed and presented to us on TN in a better way. The colours and technical aspects are great, as are the POV and lighting.
You pose an intrigueing question about the inside pattern of the shell that would not be seen with the live animal occupying it.
I can't answer it but suppose that it may have something to do with the growth process and a different distribution of the pigments seen along the growth lines and near the lip of the shell one can see the inside lines have been disrupted.
I don't know my friend, but you pose an interesting question and show an excellent image and I thank you for that!

Hi Mehmet,

great shot of this Shell,
Exellent details, pov, dof and bg.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-25 23:44]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Fotograflarinizi ve onlara eslik eden bilgilendirici notlarinizi ozlemistik. Doku, netlik ve kompozisyon guzel olmus. Emeginize saglik

Hocam merhaba,
Nefis fotoğraflarla tekrar aramıza döndüğünüzü görmek çok güzel. Her zamanki gibi nrfis bir yumuşakça kabuğu fotoğrafı. Elinize sağlık. Paylaşımınız için teşekkürler. Selamlar

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-27 3:00]

Merhaba Hocam,
Nihayet o özlediğimiz karelerinize kavuştuk. Bu deniz kabuğu ancak bu kadar enfes sergilenir herhalde. Kusursuz bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık.


merhaba sayın Mehmet hocam,
Fotoğraf O kadar net ki gerçeklik izlenimini veriyor.
Gerçek gibi.

Merhaba Mehmet,
le conchiglie che presenti sono sempre di una straordinaria bellezza, che riesci ad esaltare in ogni più piccolo dettaglio; eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione, perfetta l'esposizione con una stupefacente resa dei colori, eccezionale la purezza dei bianchi.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
  • [2008-09-29 10:03]

Hi Mehmet,
this gives a good shell collection in the end. Well photographed, all of them.
Best regards

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-06 20:20]

I never seen beautiful shell pic,EXCELLENT details,INTERESTING PATTERN,lovely lighting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-13 8:05]

Hello Mehmet! Another great example of the beauty of design in the nature! Absolutely fantastic, well done!


Hi Mehmet.

Excellent image with such fine pattern. Such a beauty captured so well in good framing.

TFS and best regards.

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