The Macro Files – Shells Second Batch – Part 1

Continuing with The Macro Files series, yet more Shells. I had a few hours to kill, and made a dent on photographing the shells I collected on Florida’s beaches. 

The challenge is to present them in a way that won’t have people turning away, bored out of their skulls. Of course, nothing keeps people from skimming posts, but perhaps a few will linger beyond the cursory look-see.

Let’s begin . . . here’s a fine shell for you. It will be our reference shell.

Shells, Macros,

It has been suggested I should include a reference object to indicate the size of the reference shell . . .

Shells, Macros,

Well, here you go . . . the reference shell next to a 1000 Lire coin. Problem solved.

Let’s move on . . .

Shells, Macros,

While I like the type of shells that are found at shell shops, I also like me shells with some wear and tear on them. By the way, all of these are ‘clickable’ for a larger version.

Shells, Macros,

I have a lot of these shells, many approximately the same size, and it was surprisingly difficult to find the sequentially increasing size.

In part this is due to the varying curvature of the shells. You can have a substantial shell that looks smaller than one that is obviously smaller in weight.

Shells, Macros,

Also, they are not arranged sequentially by size, in part to make them easier to fit in the frame. However, the reference shell is at the bottom left unless I indicate differently. That will give you an idea of the relative sizes of these shells.

What’s that? You are Canadian, and not Italian? Oh, OK; here you go.

Reference shell and reference Canadian $2 Coin

Reference shell and reference Canadian $2 Coin

What’s that? Yeah, the US has some yellow coins, but not like that. I have my Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea coins somewhere, but I could not be bothered to look for them.

I do, however, have more Italian Lira coins . . .

Reference shell and reference 500 Lire coin

Reference shell and reference 500 Lire coin

 Reference shell and reference 200 Lire coin

Reference shell and reference 200 Lire coin

Anyway, this is about shells, not coins, so here’s the next shot in the sequence.

Shells, Macros,

Please note: I removed some of the shells from the previous shot, leaving a representative sample of their size along with the reference shell at the bottom left. This was done to keep the photos manageable. Too many shells, and it turns into a mess.

As you can see, it’s not just the size, but the coloring also varies. By the way, I had a smaller shell than the reference shell, but I could not find it . . . it might have been crushed (even though I thought I had protected it relatively well), or it might yet be in the folds of the container I used, or inside another shell. I hope to find it, but if not . . . che shella, shella.

Shells, Macros,

Not a big jump, but it still required the selective inclusion and omission of shells. I had to be shellective.

Shells, Macros,

Once the larger ones get in there, you are fairly limited in your choice of arrangement.

Here comes the last photo in the series . . .

Shells, Macros,

The reference shell is now in the bottom center. What? You want something familiar to compare it to? OK, how’s this?

Shells, Macros,

That’s one of my numerous green repair tools (with integral ball marker). Hope that helped.

Anyway, that last photo contains a piece from one of the previous posts, but it is an indication of what was obviously a yet larger shell of the same type as shown. Also, because of the colors, It’s fun to play with . . .

Shells, Macros,

OK, that’s not really that different . . . how about this one?

Shells, Macros,

What? Yes, I have US coins, and yes I’m a US citizen! 

. . . oh, right . . . 

Shells, Macros, Shells, Macros,

That should give you an idea of the size of the reference shell.

Next post we’ll have the “solo” shots.

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

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7 Responses to The Macro Files – Shells Second Batch – Part 1

  1. colonialist says:

    As usual, great shots. Red Indian … oops, Native American … ancestry coming out in that you collect scallops? But not with a tomahawk.


  2. oneowner says:

    You have a nice shell (and coin) collection. I would love to do some macro work on some of the shell. The color and texture would make interesting extreme closeups.


    • disperser says:

      I did get the extension tubes and the focusing rail, but have not played with them much.

      I tried the rail, and I tried the tubes and I tried the tubes with the rail. Not sure I like the quality I get (or maybe I’m just not used to what one gets. I think I also need to do some lens testing to check the focusing on them.

      . . . I have too many interests . . .


  3. AnnMarie says:

    Your collection, presentation and narrative are fine examples of the great work you do. I certainly appreciate that you share your photography with the world. And this comes from your greatest fan (Melisa does not count because she’s in your household . . .).


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