The Macro Files – Shells Part 1

I’m starting The Macro Files series, and I’m starting with Shells. 

macro, sea shells,

These are Florida beaches shells. There are serious collectors out there. They get there early, have ‘scoopers’ – basically a hoop with a net at the end of a stick – they use to reach into the surf, and are very picky about what they keep.

macro, sea shells,

Mind you, I would love to find entire shells . . . but I also like the remnants. They have character, and interesting geometry, and show the signs of doing battle with both the sea and the sand.

macro, sea shells,

Even something that at first glance looks in relatively good shape shows the scars of battles long fought. 

Of course, when you look closer you realize why it’s still on the beach, ignored by hundreds of people walking by. But I not only see it, but marvel at it . . . 

macro, sea shells,

All of these are just a few inches long, and some upcoming samples are even smaller, making their intricate designs that much more impressive to my eyes.

By the way, shells lend themselves to B&W conversion . . . 

macro, sea shells,

Or at least I think they do. These first two are converted using the onOne Suite Perfect B&W.

macro, sea shells,

This next one is one of the treatments playing around with the Topaz Plugins . . . 

macro, sea shells,

And this next one is the Infrared Film treatment in DxO’s Film Pack 4.

macro, sea shells,

I’m toying with the idea of taking my D100 and converting it for Infrared photography . . . yet another thing I want to eventually explore.

All photos I post in The Macro Files also reside in the SmugMug Category “Macros” under the appropriate gallery, in this case, Shells

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8 Responses to The Macro Files – Shells Part 1

  1. renxkyoko says:

    They look like ice cream cones.


  2. oneowner says:

    These all are very nice. I like the seamless bg. It doesn’t take attention from the shells. I’m surprised the IR looks as good as it does. Let us know about the conversion, too.


    • disperser says:

      IR for me is iffy . . . I’ve seen stunning photos, and I’ve seen stuff that does not do well in IR.

      I’m ambivalent about modifying the D100 as I still occasionally pick it up and shoot a few photos (also my nature is to keep everything in working order). Maybe I’m too sentimental; modifying it would actually ensure I would use it more. It would be like reconnecting with an old friend.

      I have less reservation about modifying the D200, but that is my backup camera . . . decisions, decisions.

      Those were all shot with my dining room table as a background, although occasionally the reflection from the window (when I was not paying attention) marred the uniformity.

      They were all clamped and elevated so as to not have anything right behind them. I also shot with at f/32 because I was really close, and wanted as much of the shell to be in focus as possible.


  3. mvschulze says:

    Nice, Yes the B&W do image well.


  4. AnnMarie says:

    There’s an entire world of unseen wonder in the small, so having someone reveal that is very awe-inspiring. Thanks, they’re lovely.


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