Sometimes I get into states of mind that preclude concentration, creativity, and indeed make it difficult to get much done. The answer for me is to say ‘screw it!‘ and do stuff anyway. BUT . . . do something easier, more manageable, less brain-intensive.
So, instead of me going back to 2013 and documenting one of my drives, or my visit to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or tackle the 1,800 photos from last year’s Yellowstone trip, or process the shots from this year’s Florida trip, or hit the mountain of photos from the December 2013 Florida/Disney trip, I decided to process the last of the shell macros.
The hardest part with that was coming up with a clever title to go with the other clever titles. Yes, I think they are clever . . . why do you ask?
These are the shells I will be showcasing . . . the largest, bottom right, is around five inches long, and the ones in the back are around three inches long. I was remiss in getting a shot showing the size comparison with some familiar objects like my Chevy Tahoe or one of the aspens in my yard. Maybe next time (I lie; I won’t be doing these again).
The SmugMug gallery HERE is like previous galleries; more shots than presented here, and each regular shot accompanied with a processed shot. For example, you would see this shot . . .
. . . and also this one . . .
I will neither show all the shots I have, nor show the alternate processing for all the photos I do post here.
You can click on each photo for a larger view. I am allowing ‘Original’ size view in the gallery, but it’s not worth it to go more than 3X. I was shooting these at less light than I should have, and consequently they are fairly grainy.
One other interesting tidbit . . . or not.
I deleted the first batch of photographs . . . you see, I’ve had these for a long time, and dust had accumulated on the crevices. Yes, I dusted them, even right before photographing them, but this was pretty well stuck on there.
Invisible to the naked eye (even with my readers on), but very visible in the photos. I had to soak the shells overnight, and then use a toothbrush to clean them (don’t worry, I did not waste a new toothbrush; I used mine. Still using it, in fact).
. . . I’m not going to do this close a macro on anything with texture ever again.
This is one of two similar shells, and to me they ‘feel fake’. While the others have some heft, these are very light, and they almost feel like molded composite material. However, examining the details, I conclude they very likely are actual shells.
Let me show you the alternate process on this one . . .
Here are views of the other shell, including the odd alternate processing shot.
This next one is yet another shell . . .
And this is the larger one, and most intricate . . .
This particular shell reminded me of a dragon running away . . .
Also, the alternate processing played very nice with the features and banding of this shell.
The first single shot above came from this shell . . .
That’s the same position with two different lighting combinations. I prefer the first one for showing the dramatic relief and features, and the second one for the patterns and coloring.
Whatever coating they put on these (they were bought) makes them look almost fake.
. . . still nice, though . . .
My favorite is the intricate shell . . .
Mostly because one can show it so many ways, and it’s still interesting.
Here’s a wider shots of the two shells that are similar . . .
And finally, the last shell . . .
Even though I know these are all shots of the same cell, I can be fooled into looking twice to make sure of the fact.
Let’s get back to macro, shell we?
And here’s a couple of more shots to round off the post . . .
As a reminder, here’s what the shells look like . . .
It’s odd admiring what essentially is the abode of a deceased organism.
. . . I can imagine people coming to our house after we’ve passed, and walking around saying stuff like “look at the workmanship of this paint job – the guy might have been a jerk, but he was an anal retentive jerk, and obsessed with details. For instance, while one might not notice, look at the three-tiered feature; the transition of one color to the other is straight line because the guy used a small brush to painstakingly fill in the small bumps in the popcorn textured surface with the appropriate color to make it look straight. And all of the edging is done free-hand, and without taping . . . some say he was nuts.”
Of course, I will be gone and won’t care.
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