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August 6th, 2008
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Beachcombings



I usually collect opercula on this beach. This is a high energy environment and the gravels are well sorted, so the trick is to find a patch of gravel of about the same size as the opercula, then look for the little white things among the little grey things. My goal is to fill a large vase I have. There weren't very many this time - surprising, as I would have expected the storm to have thrown up lots.

There were many, many little paua  shells though. The backdrop here is another piece of giant kelp.

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From:gumnut
Date:August 6th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
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Abalone shells are a favourite. I thought they were the ultimate find when I was a kid, they are certainly not that common on our metro beaches around here. I still pick up the occasional one on holiday.

I have a shell collection that I collected as a child with a few of these in there. One of my other favourites is the cowrie shells. I rarely collect anymore though, cos I've turned a little greenie and don't want to remove them from their natural environment.

I guess that is where the camera comes in handy.

Cool choice of a background, by the way. And those kelp (from your previous piccies) are huge. I've seen some documentaries on the kelp forests and they can be even more fascinating than coral reefs. We have brown kelp on our coastlines and I usually see it in the surf off cliffs and the like.

Nice focus point too. What kind of camera do you have?

Nutty
(who usually just points and shoots and is a technical photography no hoper)
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 6th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
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I use a little pocket sized point and shoot camera actually - the Panasonic DMC-FX50. There are times when I've wished for a little more control of the aperture/exposure/depth of field equation but until I can spare a couple of grand for a DSLR, I'll just have to work around the limitations.
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From:gumnut
Date:August 6th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
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My camera is old now, but when I got it, I had to throw quite a bit of money at it. Now you can buy something equal for a very small price. I do love it though - Nikon Coolpix 4500.

Yours out megapixels mine by a mile, but we are around equal on zoom. I have the control of everything if I want it, but don't know enough to use it. I'm a slacker.

Nutty
(wouldn't mind a couple of grand to throw at a camera myself)

From:siliconshaman
Date:August 6th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
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Mannn.. I miss doing that. used to be, everytime there was storm I'd be down on the beach next day, seeing what had been washed up. And with amount of wrecks along the section of coast where I grew up, some days you could find some very cool stuff.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh? What did you find?
From:siliconshaman
Date:August 6th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Lets see, coolest thing was an old style box compass [in a cork lined box] that looked like it had been bobbing around the North sea for years [it had barnacles growing on the outside of the box!]

Granted, the box rotted away once it dried out, and the brass was corroded like heck, but it still worked and it looked like it had come off the Flying Dutchman!

Scariest thing, a live WW2 grenade! [I wasn't trying to blow up the school when I took it in, honestly!]

Edited at 2008-08-06 09:07 pm (UTC)
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 7th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
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That's a lot cooler than the odd bits of plastic and string we tend to get here. So what happened with the grenade? Did you score your classmates a day off?
From:siliconshaman
Date:August 7th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
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No worse luck, our teachers were rather more hardcore, or stupid, back then. They dunked in one of the sand-filled fire buckets and took it to the bottom of the playing fields for the MoD chaps to come and get it.. and then went right on with lessons.
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From:wcg
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Those are gorgeous.
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