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Cockles alive, alive-O

Cockles alive, alive-O
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-27
Categories: Food
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sea Food [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-27 6:24
Viewed: 3572
Points: 32
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"Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!"

I saw these cockles for sale at a fish bazaar today. I can't stand eating them, but I thought their shells were very pretty.

I have sharpened and slightly saturated the photo.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jmp1: Seafood ThemeJanice 6 02-28 04:26
To greghume: Colourful shellsJanice 1 01-01 23:27
To jmdaoudal: All BlacksJanice 2 11-29 04:41
To coasties: Kia oraJanice 1 11-28 21:19
To ladybug8381: Thank you for your commentsJanice 1 11-27 22:48
To Nessuno: ThankyouJanice 1 11-27 22:47
To DavidJenkins: Thank youJanice 1 11-27 22:44
To WALTERito: Colour appealJanice 1 11-27 22:40
To Quark: Cockles aliveJanice 1 11-27 22:32
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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2004-11-27 6:43]
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Jewels of the ocean, nice sharpness and colours, I also like the wet look, good shot, great pattersn, Janice!

These colours appeal to us because they are familiar,
the shapes because of their simplicity.
Flash... an inevitable hindrance...
I wonder why they change colour halfway...? Mimicry ?
(brown towards the surface to imitate stones, green underneath to appear like moss..)

Thanks for sharing this enjoyable picture Janice

Well shot Janice - just the right degree of sharpening and saturation - really adds to the wet look. Reminds me of my days as a kid in South Wales where old women went out on donkey carts at low tide to harvest cockles. We'd boil them up and each them with malt vinegar - delicious!

The Irish band "The Dubliners" sing that song... Nice to see them cockles portrayed, alive, alive-O! Wonderful colors, didnt know such cockles exist. Clear and sharp shot!

good control of the colors. also, very nice texture and wet feel to the photo!

Hi Janice

Very nice composition. You have captured the colours well. The light reflection off the shells gives the image a nice look. Well done and TFS.

Fresh they are and this is a very good composition.
Please try this workshop :)))
4 liters of cockles
1 dry white wine glass
25 Cl of liquid cream
2 saffron amounts
2 large onions
salt pepper
2 soup spoons of "huile d'arachide"
Clean the cockles. Put them in a salad bowl filled with water and keep to them with cold 1 H 15 mn.
Peel and prepare onions. There make heat "huile d'arachide" in a pan and make melt onions with very soft fire.
Add the cockles, the wine and 1 glass of water. Cover. Make cook 15 mn with soft fire. Remove the cockles, keep them with the heat. Pass the juice of cooking in a pan and make boil it. Lower fire. Add the cream, the saffron, salt and pepper. Mix. Let cook 3 mn without making boil. Pour sauce on the cockles, mix and "servez chaud"
Bon appetit
Jean Michel
Ps I am unhappy with the result of my Rugby team for yesterday. Compliment to the Allblacks for a great game

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  • mike Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 16 N: 68] (280)
  • [2004-12-03 3:56]

Wonderful colours here, I've never seen cockles in a multi coloured form before, only rather drab brown ones, they make for a smashing composition, though like you I couldn't actually eat them!

Great stuff. I love this old song. And this shot certainly has a life of it's own as well. I love the clarity and colors. Great shot.

The clarity and color of the shot is superb. I had no idea that cockles were so colorful.

i love this photo this is so cool---the colors the textures

I was browsing through your photos Janice and came across this delicous one. Reminds me of the beach in England where you can get a cup of cockles, mussels and jellied eels from one of the stalls. I like how you filled the frame with the seafood, and the colours and clarity are both first class. Sorry I dont have any of those green things left today.

Nice composition!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2005-06-19 9:08]

Hi Janice

Excellent use of repetition as a compositional element. Good color & sharpness. Perhaps a small starfish would have been the icing on the cake, but this is still very good as is. Well done!

A great texture and pattern

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  • jmp1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 38] (483)
  • [2006-02-27 3:22]
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Excellent sharpness and vived colours! Can we open a new category for these kind of photos? I'll send another of this kind very soon.
Beautiful photo.

Kind regards
Josť Miguel

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-04-19 9:09]

I simply love eating them, Janice ;o).
Nice to see this random shot appear on your intro page (nice avatar too, btw). I like the repetitions here, the bright colours all around, and have only one nit-pick: the reflecting flashlight...
Apart from that, a beauty.

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