I’m starting The Macro Files series, and I’m starting with 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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
Or at least I think they do. These first two are converted using the onOne Suite Perfect B&W.
This next one is one of the treatments playing around with the Topaz Plugins . . .
And this next one is the Infrared Film treatment in DxO’s Film Pack 4.
I’m toying with the idea of taking my D100 and converting it for Infrared photography . . . yet another thing I want to eventually explore.
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