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Thursdays Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for February 28, 2008 - Natural Colour

Thursday's Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for February 28, 2008 - "Natural Colour"

One could interpret this week's challenge in several ways, but I chose to focus on the idea of "natural colour" to mean colour in nature. Since, except for cold blue winter skies, it takes a subtle eye to see colors in a northern state like Michigan during February, I turned my thoughts towards what I might find of the natural world inside my house. The abalone shell fish/bottle opener sitting on Ed's grandfather's desk caught my eye. I'd bought this art object from Pablo on a day trip to Mexico during last March's visit to my friends in San Diego, California. He'd told me how he would dive for the abalone, scrape its shell so the iridescence would come through, and then use it to create jewelry and other objects to sell to tourists. By the way, I was careful not to enhance the color of this photo using any of Photoshop's many tools. It is natural in every way...

To see other PBasers' responses to this Challenge, CLICK HERE.

Canon EOS 40D
1/30s f/2.8 at 50.0mm iso400 full exif

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Malcolm Smith01-Mar-2008 17:57
Great idea, lovely subtle colours.
Nancy Lobaugh29-Feb-2008 13:10
great idea & shot!
Jonathan Popp29-Feb-2008 04:03
Beautiful colors
J. Scott Coile28-Feb-2008 22:46
Brinn MacDougall28-Feb-2008 21:40
It's hard to beat the natural colors of abalone, nature's jewerly from the sea..v
Carole Stevens28-Feb-2008 20:36
Another gorgeous atural beauty!
Peg O'Brien28-Feb-2008 20:11
Nicely done, PLD! I'm always looking around the house for something to photograph. Makes me look at things differently sometimes!
David Royall28-Feb-2008 19:50
Very nicely seen.
Ann...28-Feb-2008 19:37
Organic, tactile,soft and subtle - truly lovely!
Michael Shpuntov28-Feb-2008 18:23
It's very hard these days not to use PS to boost the colors. Personally, I can't. Just a bit.... Great idea and interpretation
Guest 28-Feb-2008 18:09
You've got the best out of this one - beautiful tones!
Dan Chusid28-Feb-2008 18:00
Had a neighbor that used to bring me those
after he harvested the meat for local restaurants.
Dunno where they disappeared to though...
Heidi Jonker28-Feb-2008 16:31
Gorgeous!! great entry.
an nguyen28-Feb-2008 14:13
Indeed it is a natural beauty. I love the color of the shells. V
Máire Uí Mhaicín28-Feb-2008 14:12
Clever and artistic, and a story as well. Well done,Patricia!
Dick Lowthian28-Feb-2008 13:55
Beautiful colors indeed, Patricia.
Jola Dziubinska28-Feb-2008 13:52
Excellent capture, beautiful shells.
k_grqst28-Feb-2008 12:53
Beautiful! I love the subtlety and mystery of abalone. It's beautiful stuff.
Baine Carruthers28-Feb-2008 12:24
Wow everyone seems to be bringing out the big guns for this challenge. Killer comp!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography28-Feb-2008 10:40
Beautiful natural colors and reflections, Vote.
Yvonne28-Feb-2008 10:19
Fascinating colour variations, beautiful shot!
Ted Chappell28-Feb-2008 09:58
A beautiful study. In New Zealand our local abalone is called Paua (pah wah) and is famous for both the taste of the flesh and the colours of its shell. As I study your other works I discover yet another area of expertise.
Barbara Heide28-Feb-2008 08:53
Maaike Huizer28-Feb-2008 08:39
Gorgeous mother of pearl.
beverley harrison28-Feb-2008 08:27
gorgeous natural colours!
Paco López28-Feb-2008 07:07
Beautiful!!!!!!! I love brights here. Vote!!
Pat Shawyer28-Feb-2008 06:57
Mother of pearl !! Wonderful
Barry Moore28-Feb-2008 05:43
Wonderful work and description.
Laura Sebastianelli28-Feb-2008 05:22
beautiful and well composed!
mathilda williams28-Feb-2008 04:46
beautiful entry, great execution of the challenge.
Cindi Smith28-Feb-2008 04:41
I love these shells! Beautiful!
Cooper28-Feb-2008 03:51
Great idea!
Inga Morozoff28-Feb-2008 03:47
Wonderful image! Fantastic array of colours, pattern, and shapes.
Russ Rose28-Feb-2008 03:43
I thought at it was abalone when I saw it. good interpretation. natural is natural and you can not get more natural than abalone. Good to eat also.
Greg Harp28-Feb-2008 03:24
Marvelous work Patricia.
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