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Seashell
Digital Photography Experimentation - 2008
Equipment: Nikon D300 with Nikon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens,
Medium: Helicon Focus, Adobe Lightroom 2 & Adobe Photoshop CS4

This specimen is from my teaching collection, which I mentioned earlier. These are items that I have accumulated over the years from various sources and used in my classes on scientific illustration principles and techniques. There is nothing special or unusual about this shell, and one could probably find something similar by walking a beach, or in one of the myriad seaside gift shops. As you can see, it is fairly small, measuring 6 cm from end to end, which is roughly 2 3/8 inches.

This image required 6 slices to blend into the final image, and is a very large final image, measuring 4200x4200 pixels, or 14x14 inches @ 300 ppi (pixels per inch). So you can zoom this image up to its maximum size to see a lot of detail. I took this image before I made the "Soft Box" for the camera stand, so the reflections are not as soft. Instead of a "Soft Box" I put frosted mylar in front of the flash units which worked well in this case, but not in others.

Anyway I have always liked this shell. I don't know if it is just for sentimental reasons, or because like some many things from nature, it is just beautiful!
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