Nature is Fine Art

© Beverly J. Speed

Nature is Fine Art

Uploaded: December 22, 2007


Or, how to photograph a giant clam when you're already set up for shooting macro.

This is the mantle and siphon of a giant clam taken while diving in Bunaken, Indonesia. These bivalves are huge and can grow to be over 500 pounds and up to 4 feet in length. The pattern and coloration of the mantles are different in each clam. This image doesn't capture the beautiful irridescence in the mantle, and I'm not certain it's even possible to do so.

Sadly, the giant clams are being over-harvested for their meat and purchased as exotic specimens for the aquarium trade. If they aren't already on the endangered species list, they soon will be.

Manual camera settings of 1/125 and f16, using two external strobes for lighting.

Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/1250 seconds, Flash: did not fire., White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D70


Robert Baer December 23, 2007

I think you have created a wonderful abstract image of this giant clam and thanks for the educating us in re: to this wonderful gift from nature. Happy Hoidays! #813670

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