One of the cool things about living on the coast is being able to walk on the shoreline. It's a great way to get some exercise, some fresh air and if you go to the right spots, some solitude. It's also pretty cool that on any given day, you can bring home a pocket full of these little treasures.
I shot these little treasures using my high tech, high dollar macro studio. Said studio is constructed of a cardboard box, some tissue paper (or tracing paper) and some white poster board. I got the idea from the Strobist blog. I used two flashes; one synced to the camera's hot shoe and the other one slaved to the first one...both on manual control. You can do basically the same thing with desk lamps, work lights or just about any kind of portable light source. For all the folks that post photos of small items on evil-bay, etsy or any other similar venue, this is a great little item to enhance your photos. If you're interested, go to Strobist.com. David Hobby has a great blog site that is filled with how to's, equipment sources and general photographic knowledge...with an emphasis on lighting. Check it out.