Colorful Wet Shell

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    I found this colorful shell on a rocky beach at low tide in Bahia de Los Angeles. I rubbed the shell down with cooking oil because I wanted it to look as colorful as when I saw it wet. My wife thinks it looks a bit like a grouper.

    I lit it with an SB600 in a softbox camera left and a reflector camera right. Side lighting reveals so much more texture and shape than front lighting does. The flash was triggered by the pop up flash on my D90 in commander mode

    Other pictures I've taken over the years in Baja, can be seen here.

    Other shell pictures that I've taken, using strobes, can be seen in my Shell set.

    A lot of knowledgeable beach bums preferred to view this large on a dark background. You can see it in the same was as those enlightened idlers by pressing "L".

    -sigma-, ericneitzel, skizo39, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. -sigma- 32 months ago | reply

      Incredible organic shape

    2. Laurie2123 32 months ago | reply

      Yikes, it looks like a skull to me -- perhaps I spent too much time shooting Zombies this last weekend, LOL. Love the colors.

    3. phginlon 32 months ago | reply

      Great hot, thought it was a fossil fish at first.

    4. Papa Ellis 32 months ago | reply

      amazing how even a small object like this gives one a photographic opportunity ... well lit!

    5. AceOBase 32 months ago | reply

      I sure didn't think this was a shell from the thumbnail...

    6. Glenn Stuart ( White Rabbit Photography ) 32 months ago | reply

      I thought it was some sort of alien skull at first - Nice detail!

    7. adric1010 32 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot, my friend!

    8. horsetrainer~Mary~ 31 months ago | reply

      Grouper yes or some ancient skull . . .
      one to look at and ponder!

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