Chambered nautilus

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

Artist's Description

This cutaway nautilus shell has a bit of a story, as it’s the centerpiece of a stained glass window hanging I bought many years ago at an arts & crafts festival. I photographed part of the shell by propping the piece up on my kitchen table in front of a north-facing window. This resulted in soft, natural backlighting through the shell (no front fill was used, not even a reflector). I shot on tripod with my lens at a wide aperture because I wanted a soft, slightly glowing look. (Olympus E-300 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/3.5, 1/40 sec., ISO 100, tripod)

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RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (December 2012)

Winner of “Select the Next Features” challenge in Art in Math group (August 2014)

Winner of “Seashells” challenge in Weekly Theme Challenges (July 2014)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Nautilus” challenge in Challenge Café group (January 2014)

Co-winner (2-way tie) of “Shell macro challenge” in Macro Magic group (January 2013)

Winner of “Spirals” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (November 2012)

Top 10 (3rd place) in “Give me your best shot!” challenge in The Woman Photographer group (October 2012)

Top 10 (2nd place) in “Shells” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (July 2012)

Top 10 in “May Zinger of the Month” challenge in Zingers (June 2012)

Winner of “Shapes & Patterns with Shells” challenge in Shapes and Patterns group (May 2012)

Winner of “Avatar Challenge” in Make an Impression… group (January 2012)

Featured in Weekly Theme Challenges (22 July 2014)

Featured in Macro Magic (23 December 2012)

Featured in Pastels & Whites (18 December 2011)

Featured in Peace, Love & Tranquility (16 December 2011)

Featured in Make an Impression (15 December 2011)

Featured in Absolute Clarity (14 December 2011)

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