The Macro Files – Thrice Thou Shell Not Pass!

For them who follow me, for them whom I follow, and for the world at large . . . ‘been traveling, hence I’ve done few posts and probably missed a crapload of content (although I tried to keep up).

I don’t know that I will go back and do justice to many fine posts by people I follow, and for that I offer . . . I offer . . . uh . . . Well, I guess I can’t offer much. I just hope your other followers took up the slack and made your efforts worthwhile.

Meanwhile, here’s my latest long post. Grab a coffee, pull up a chair, oil that scrolling wheel, and get ready to fight boredom.

. . . unless you’re traveling, in which case, put down the phone and enjoy your travels.

Seashells, Macros,

One of these was presented before, or so I will claim (people are not likely to go back and check) because otherwise I forgot to shoot one of them. Here’s the other two.

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Oh, I almost forgot . . . to the likely dismay of some of my viewers, I’m still doing the alternate process bit. For instance, that last shell could be made to look like this:

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Now, I can’t say that is an improvement; just something different. But, I can say that some shell get interestingified by the process. Some more than others.

For example . . .

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That is a perfectly fine shell, and applying the non-patented, non-exclusive, semi-original Disperser treatment gives us this:

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Meh! . . . why bother, right?

Well, some shells show more of a reaction to the Disperser treatment, such as this one . . .

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Now, had I not shown you the before and after, you might have thought the ‘after’ was the way the shell looks.

Here’s another that could go either way . . .

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I show the original first, and then the modification, but if I had mixed stuff up, would people know?

Some might have noticed many of these are underlit (meaning, they don’t have a whole lot of light on them, and not that they are lit from below). As I explained before, the preview on the rear of the camera shows the photo brighter than it actually is when viewed in RAW.

These next two shots are both original of the same shell, and the difference in warmth is strictly a lighting issue.

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The Disperser treatment on these looks like this.

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Readers should also be aware the Disperserization treatment is the same for all the photos. I could have done individual treatments on each shot, but I ran a batch program to add the same adjustments to all the photos (the SmugMug Gallery HERE has each original paired with a treated version – I’m not going to show them all here).

This next photo shows what I think is the remnant of a larger shell. Weathering and abrasion from the seafloor have eroded the piece to where it looks a bit like a piece of Ivory or whale bone someone might use to come up with a neat scrimshaw.

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Once again, two different lighting scenarios create different ‘looks’, and it carries over when Disperserized.

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I think the originals are a better choice for scrimshaws . . .

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OK, that’s not exactly a scrimshaw look . . . but I only played with it for a little while. I was trying to get a line drawing, but did not want to waste a long time on it.

Of course, it would have looked better with a lighthouse or some other water-related motif.

Some shells don’t need additional processing . . .

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But some get interesting looks . . . each of these next ones are presented using different lighting, and paired with the Disperserizing process version.

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Looks like some kind of space rock . . .

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Now that smoking weed is legal in Colorado, I imagine some guy is sitting in the basement of his parent’s home and going “Whoa! Dude!” as he stares at the above photo.

OK, one more, just for my imaginary stoner friend.

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Even without the extra processing, the piece shows very differently as one changes the angle of the lights. For them who don’t know it, when I say ‘one’, in this case I mean me; I changed the distance, angle, and position of the lights.

I’ve shown this next piece before . . .

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. . . but perhaps people would . . . what? . . . what do you mean ‘what people?

It’s people; generic people.  . . . What do you mean ‘what’s a generic person?

Look, it’s just a saying. Maybe it’s not people; maybe it’s intelligent sponges from another dimension. Regardless, if someone or something are reading this, perhaps they are wondering what a close-up of that particular piece looks like. Well, wonder no more!

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I’m thinking all them photos of Jupiter’s bands are just NASA photographing a shell they found at Cape Canaveral. I’m thinking all that money they said they used to launch probes was probably used to build themselves nice homes down in Florida’s Keys.

People have seen these next pieces as well, but here they are again . . .

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The gallery has a lot of these since I was playing with the position of the lights, and with trying to show it’s more interesting details.

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Yes, there be a lot . . . but in my defense, I was trying to get decent views of the texture.

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It takes a long time to set up and photograph these things . . . and it helps to be a bit of an OCD person .

Here’s the waay-too-many photos of the other piece (and I’m not even showing them all).

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This next one is an older shell. By that I mean I’ve had it for years (probably from the mid-90s).

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What’s that? You want to see close-ups of the holes? Your wish is my command.

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Heck, I’ll even throw in a bonus macro of the previous shell.

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Did you know some shells have ridges?

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For this one, being Disperserized brought out the features.

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Want to see it again? OK.

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The last shells I want to show are the translucent ones. They are a bit difficult to capture well, but I try.

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Why, that last one has . . . could it be? Yes! Proof positive dragons existed.

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Yeah, but you say . . . “How would them last ones show when Disperserionated?” OK, OK – you twisted my arm.

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All of the above photos, and more, reside in the SmugMug Category “Macros” under the appropriate gallery, in this case, Trice Thou Shell Not Pass

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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9 Responses to The Macro Files – Thrice Thou Shell Not Pass!

  1. oneowner says:

    Ive just registered the term “cosmic shells” just in case you’re interested. It certainly would apply to most of these photos, especially the processed ones. Your collection is outstanding and I like the photographic style. I’m somewhat familiar with the challenges of home studio shooting and I’m impressed with these. Nice work, Bob.

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  2. AnnMarie says:

    WOW, Bob-E! You’ve outdone yourself with this post, and I think oneowner’s term “cosmic shells” fits perfectly. Interesting that the deeper ones goes into the micro, it turns out looking more like the macro . . .

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  3. Love the yellows, whites, and tans against the black background! Beautiful!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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