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Ammonite Cast

Ammonite Cast
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-08-28
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Paleontology - fossils [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 8:19
Viewed: 4912
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I hope this picture is acceptable for Trek Nature. Hopefully it is as this is a natural object and was made by a creature that once lived. This is a photo of an ammonite cast. I collected this years ago when I studied geology. I have a collection of all sorts of bit and pieces collected on field trips. As today is a rainy bank holiday I decided to photograph some of them. Hopefully this shows some of the amazing shapes that nature produces.

Some facts from the Discoving Fossils website:
Ammonites lived in the seas between 240 - 65 million years ago. They belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus.

How did Ammonites evolve?
These sea creatures first appeared 415 million years ago in the form of a small straight shelled creature, known as Bacrites. They quickly evolved into a variety of shapes and sizes including some shaped like hairpins. During their evolution the ammonites faced no less than three catastrophic events that would eventually lead to their extinction. The first event occurred during the Permian (250 million years ago), where only 10% survived. These surviving species went on to flourish throughout the Triassic, however at the end of this period (206 million years ago) they faced near extinction, when all but one species survived. This event marked the end of the Triassic and the beginning of the Jurassic, during which time the number of Ammonite species grew once more. The final catastrophe occurred at the end of the Cretaceous period when all species were annihilated and the Ammonites became extinct. This event apparently coincided with the death of the dinosaurs.

SkyF, jmp, liquidsunshine, satish_h, ginzburg, RAP, saguzar, blakitan, marjan, Dando, lovenature, extramundi, flagman, touristdidi, pablominto, Runnerduck, sily has marked this note useful
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Hi Karan,
Great wiev.Wonderful details, colours, lights and composition.Very well done.


Hi Karan,
This is a very interesting and different post! I like this composition. Details are great and it is well lightened. Very good notes too. TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-28 9:15]

Hello Karan,
What a wonderful find you made, this is very interesting and well appreciated. Very well captured also, I do like the POV and the DOF. Very nice details and very well presented.

Salut Karan
This caught my eye in the gallery straight away! A really superb photo of your ammonite cast. DOF & POV just great. I also like the fact that it is black & white and tthe framing rounds the whole image off perfectly.
I am jealous I always wanted to find a specimin like that!
Bravo and thanks for sharing,

Hello Karan,
I think that this photo makes part of the TN exactly, first that counts a history of the past and second that history belongs to the presente and future...! Great picture of this fossil! Very illustrative and interesting! Well done Karan!

Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-28 10:04]

Hi Karan,
Very good shot of this Ammonite Cast, with a perfect lighting, pov and composition. The shadows are great and the b&w option very appropriate for the subject. I'd increase a little the dof to get all the cast in focus.
TFs, Josť M.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-28 10:59]

What a beautiful and interesting fossil that you have well captured ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Karan and thanks for sharing.

Hi Karan,
I can't see there being a problem with this post.
I really like it as a B&W shot.
Nice work, thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

Hi Karan,
This is magnificient posting. I had not seen anything like this before. This is mind boggling! Good POV and lighting. Keep it up and send some more interesting pictures like this. Satish.h. India

Hi Karan,
Great ideia, very original indeed. Interesting composition. 100% I like it!
Regards, Krzysztof.

Hi Hester,

Great Picture. Thanks for the comment, very interesting. TFS.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-28 15:56]

Another interesting and imaginative concept Karan...

+ composition, POV, color, sharpness, notes, framing, lighting.

= DOF (perhaps something scarce), focus.

Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Karan,
Intersting post accompanied witha an excellent and complete note.
Only a bit blurred at top, but the non common perspective makes the difference.
I added it to paleontology gallery.
Best regards

Hi Karan,
Great macro-shot. Nice details. Sharp. Well composed.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Karan, nice shot, excelent coloures and POV.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-29 8:36]

Hi Karan, nice to see something different on TN. Nice composition with good detail and the black and white works very well. The only thing I would have probably done different is focused on the centre of the spiral but that's just a small thing, very well done and TFS.

excellent macro
creative work

HI Karan,
this forms and structures are wonderful, it's amazing what nature can form.
Thanks for sharing, wonderful
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very interesting notes Karan.
I just love fossils. Just west of Lake Louise near Field B.C. is the world famous Burgess Shale. I think there is a website about it if you would like more information. I really fascinating
Your photo shows very nice detail on your ammonite. It has a nice symmetrical pattern.
TFS Janice

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-29 23:22]

Very interresting shot Karan and a great note. Well composed and shot with a very good technique. Great !


Hi Karan.
I think you have a very good eye for this kind of shape-texture shots, I still remember the water lily you posted.
Excellent POV, beautiful in B&W, and brave presentation, I like it.
Hope to see more shots like this. Regards, Felipe.

A very unusual image, nicely taken. The note is very informative and is worth 2 points alone.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-02 14:01]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful black and white study of the ammonite. I love the light and framing.
Well done and TFS

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2006-09-10 19:45]

very creative. marvelous tones. great composition. cong.Best wishes, kona

You have an eye for such things Karan! The DOF is perfect and your angle is appealing. This image has so much detail in it!

I hope this picture is acceptable for Trek Nature.

this is a fantastic, super amazing shot!
I can't believe the atmosphere that had given at this simple ammonite.
It seem really a jump in the past!!!

gooooooooood work!

The mountain tops of Nepal, India, and Tibet are full of them! Someone stole all my rocks from my window sill in my (ex)Simi Valley house. I love the story rocks have in them! This is an artistic and scientific picture! Good job!

Hello Hester,
It is a nice creation by nature and capture it well!
Narrow DOF works quite well, interesting lines that you make well use of in composition...
Pablo -

This is the sort of image you'd seen on one of those canvas prints.
Great work, lovely detail, and why wouldn't it be accepted here? Jeez it was here and living long before us *lol*
Fossils are great and it's always so exciting when you find one on a beach.
My Dad leaves in Somerset very near a beach which is full of fossils, we found one a couple of years ago as large as a tyre! Unfortunately we had to leave it where it was :-(
Thanks for sharing.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-09 15:22]

Doskonałe zdjęcie Karan. Świetny pomysł i wykonanie. Czerń i biel dodaje mu smaczku. Świetna robota.

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  • alscha (134)
  • [2006-10-22 17:18]

Hi Karan,
I really liek the way you have approached this shot, the lighting, composition and the bw. great, thanks for sharing. alex

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-11-21 18:40]

Really well chosen of view it elongates the spiral and gives better effect, nice framing and crop too!

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