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Old Oct 16, 2010, 10:44 PM   #1
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Just thought that I would post something a little different.

A small study of some sea shells follows. I like the shapes and symmetry.
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Old Oct 17, 2010, 5:03 AM   #3
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I really like the second image, would make a great wallpaper. The other 3 look a little over-flashed perhaps?
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These are nice. I'd try to diffuse the flash to avoid the little hot spots on the shells (2nd image is the only one w/o any flash reflection).
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Thanks for looking Adam.

These are not like you pick up on the beach. They were for sale in baskets by a beachside vendor. All cleaned up and highly polished, for sales at 99 cents each. They really shine in sunlight. i wonder how they get them so shiny, it would be interesting to know how they clean them. I came in close and mainly tried to get shots of the ones that didn't have price stickers on them.

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Thanks for looking Adam.

These are not like you pick up on the beach. They were for sale in baskets by a beachside vendor. All cleaned up and higly polished, for sales at 99 cents each. They really shine in sunlight. i wonder how they get them so shiny, it would be intereing to know how they clean them. I came in close and mainly tried to get shots of the ones that didn't have price stickers on them.
I think they are buffed up with a jewelry buffer, Steve. It doesn't take a lot of effort to bring up the gloss. Nice images!
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A more diffused flash woild be better, but I like the compositions. It definitely is a subject you don't see very often.

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PS: Here you go, Steven - a reply from me that didn't mention reptiles...
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Dunno, but would a polarizer help for this type of shot..?
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Hey Steve

A fab idea for a shoot... and as already mentioned they'd make a fab desktop background too!

Regards the flash .. possibly have it off camera or bounce off the ceiling to soften it a bit.

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Dunno, but would a polarizer help for this type of shot..?
Greg C's recommendation of the Demb reflector is one of his best recommendations (amid a bunch of great ones).

http://www.dembflashproducts.com/flipit/

The only problem is that to do a good flash image with it, you need to be carrying a flash as well as the Demb.

The problem for Steven is that he's in a laid-back, bright lighting area (Florida) and I suspect he is totally disinterested in carrying accessories that deliver even more light on the subject. He did say he found these shells and snapped off some shots. Little did he know that the rest of us would be providing a LOT of advice (not that I want to inhibit anyone here - I KNOW Steven loves advice)...

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