NZ Pāua Shell, 20x Objective
(Halotis iris, NZ Abalone)
A pāua shell’s growth depends on its environment. When the pāua has plenty of nutrients, its shell will grow. When there is a lack of nutrients, it may stop growth for a time, resulting in growth lines and ripples.
Looking at a pāua shell, we are indirectly looking at where it came from. In the shell we can see shorelines, rocky substrates, crashing waves and flowing currents. The shimmering iridescence is a result of light being scattered by tiny aragonite platelets. This shimmering gives life and presence to the whatu (eyes) of our tīpuna rendered in whakairo (wood carvings).
This is a composite of 29 images captured with an OMAX microscope, focus-stacked and stitched together.
All indicated sizes are printed on a Premium 255gsm Metallic Gilcee paper unless clearly labelled "POSTER". See "Papers" on the right for more info.
Printing & Shipping
My microphotographs are printed and shipped from carefully selected art-print shops in NZ and around the world (for international customers).
Please be sure to select the correct size option for shipping at checkout - this should correspond to the largest size in your cart.
Posters are usually produced by a different print shop. If ordering both prints and posters, please select the shipping option for the largest print in your cart. Please be aware that these items may arrive at different times.
International customers: Please note that I aim to find the best equivalent to the paper I print on here in NZ. Brand and paper weight (gsm) may vary depending on your local print-shop's inventory. I will be in touch if there is a significant difference.