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Venus Comb murex

By ChiliMan
Hey, all...

...hope you all haven't been up to too much mischief while I've been away. Says the nanny with stern hands on hips and tight bun. The one on the head, people, the one on the head! Sheesh...get your minds outta the bakery, will ya? Wink

NOW THEN...thanks so much for the response to my dragonfly and I gotta tell you, I've tried manual focus several times since then and they've all been iffy. So I must've been REALLY lucky with the dragonfly to have clicked at just the right distance. Must practice, though. It's not too easy judging focus on the LCD. If there was a split screen focusing system like in my old film SLRs, that would be more definitive. Never mind, must still try to milk this 'cos manual focus seems to get me closer than the AF does in macro mode. AND it blurs the background smoother, which is another major point. When I eventually get a DSLR, manual focus via viewfinder will be surer, I reckon.

ALSO...thanks, Ann (thorn), for the mods on Nature Weeps. Love 'em. And more importantly, thanks for signing 'em with my initials and reminding me of what we talked about Smile


Alrighty, people, I've been spending a lot of time with family last week, especially my nephews, which is why I haven't been around. Full days saw me conking out at like 9pm which is well before I normally hop on the computer. I've taken loads of pics in my absence (300+) which are still in the cam...just shows how neglected my poor computer's been Sad

Now gimme a couple of days to catch up on all your pfs and PMs but in the meantime, here's something which was shortlisted in the 'Nature' competition. I'd entered the dragonfly and this shell close-up. I received good luck wishes on the comp for the dragonfly but that didn't place anywhere, unfortunately. Thanks so much for the wishes, by the way. Big time SmileSmile

This murex close-up was shortlisted so I thought I'd share it with you.

Back in service soon, people.


PS Listening to this track now. Love it. Thought I'd share it with you.

Tags: Close-up and macro Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
15 Sep 2009 11:12PM
gorgeous highkey- close up A.

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Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
15 Sep 2009 11:13PM
Excellent close-up, like the way you've presented it!
Like the track too - can't really go wrong with 'The Robster' Smile

Sarah *
15 Sep 2009 11:14PM
Brilliant image
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 Sep 2009 11:18PM
Fabulous clarity and detail in this image Andrew
martinjp 7 2 3 Wales
15 Sep 2009 11:20PM
Lovely image, well presented Andrew...

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
15 Sep 2009 11:20PM
Excellent capture, composition and presentation.

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
15 Sep 2009 11:47PM
Splendid Andrew! I love how you did this shell!

Neeka 7 16 Wales
15 Sep 2009 11:54PM
Stunning ChiliPeep. Realy awesome.
p.s. I want whatever you are on whilst doing your write ups!!! Smile Love them!!!
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
16 Sep 2009 1:38AM
Amazing Andrew, & I love the image as
This is a stunning capture.
Wonderful angle you've taken it from, just letting us peep inside to see those lovely highlights.
Beautiful composition with a first class presentation.
Hilary (*.*)x
PS......fab write up!
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
16 Sep 2009 2:27AM
What a great composition, so well captured and presented Andrew.
Rogerex 10 32 12 Australia
16 Sep 2009 3:00AM
I love the lines in this. Colours and clarity good too. Congrats for getting it on the shortlist!
16 Sep 2009 5:03AM
Great detail captured in this image - well done

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
16 Sep 2009 5:45AM
A super image, Andrew, good colour and detail, and well presented. Love the write-up, too! Carol
PS. Fantastic music!
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 7:41AM
what a beauty, i would put it to my ear to hear the sea, but by the look of those spikes that could be a dangerous thing to do Smile
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
16 Sep 2009 7:47AM
Different and excellent.

cassiecat 8 39 46 England
16 Sep 2009 8:16AM
its gorgeous Andrew, congrats on the shortlist, and the user award, listening to the track. one for my shortlist too.lesley
16 Sep 2009 8:18AM
Nice shot,
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 8:20AM
congrats on the shortlisting of this one , a real beauty, nice to see you are back, keep practicing with the manual... Wink

baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 8:29AM
Gorgeous shot. Really enjoy the shape and the transluscent shell.
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 11:56AM
Great shot and detail. Nice one A.
Marilyn x
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 12:02PM
Great closeup Andrew, excellent detail and the tight crop works well instead of including the tip of every spine.
(but a bit too much info with the stern nannies with tight buns Wink)
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
16 Sep 2009 12:07PM
Such a wonderfully done crop. Brings the attention to that lovely center.
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
16 Sep 2009 2:15PM
Excellent picture, lovely composition.
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
16 Sep 2009 5:22PM
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 5:58PM
A gorgeous close up, an excellent image
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
16 Sep 2009 7:56PM
Great work Andrew. You have created a superb abstract form with this composition. I hope it does well in the competition - it deserves to.
RobinF 10 83 1 England
16 Sep 2009 8:59PM
You just get better and better Andrew, this is fabulous!
BlueRoom 10 73 20 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 9:39PM
What a lovely spiky way to fill the frame. The combination of translucence and depth of field add to the beauty.

hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 11:02PM
Excellent close up nice one
17 Sep 2009 5:09AM
lovely high key effect, beautiful composition too.
nickyv32 9 135 England
17 Sep 2009 1:04PM
WOW!!!!!! What a beauty, great lines and colours, very imaginative shot you !!!!! By the way, great song and great video...

Nicky Smile
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2009 2:12AM
Absolutely stunning! No wonder it was shortlisted - just superb!
x Carol x
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2009 6:44AM
Superb shot, great crop & lovely presentation.
20 Sep 2009 4:47AM
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2009 9:17AM
Superb - bet it looks wonderful full-sized.
thorn 12 124 2 Scotland
20 Sep 2009 11:22PM
beautiful lines,asymmetry,detail,dof,delicacy and presentation.Amazing textureSmile
Perfection !!!
A natural abstract!
alansdottir 8 60 7 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2009 11:30PM
I love the near abstract treatment you've given this subject - it could almost have gone to a square or near square crop, as a different treatment, I think? Love this, as is, though. Manual focus can be a little tricky, auto often isn't quick enough in response, but can be quicker than manual in most situations, I've found. If that makes sense? Carol
joseph 10 England
22 Sep 2009 9:19PM
The light!
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
28 Sep 2009 3:25PM
Excellent work!
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
29 Sep 2009 5:52AM
See how easily distracted I am Andrew, listened to, and watched, the whole song, not bad, but not a patch on your murex pecten!
Did you go to the race yesterday, not much excitement but it looks like a marvellous circuit, especially under the lights, some good aerial shots in the coverage by the BBC.
Rgds., Jim

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