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This is possibly the start of a short series. Pictures taken on New Year’s Day on a trip to the beach during a very low tide with my nephews and bro. Tom (my bro) brought the kids there to explore the exposed rocks for interesting marine life.

My mum was up at the park totally in her element amongst the plants and foresty part of the nature reserve. My dad, Tom, the kids and I were down at the beach in our boots mooching around.

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At one point, I saw Tom showing my dad something stringy. I went up to them and it was an octopus’s tentacle. Say 25cm long. Tom reckoned the octopus must’ve released it in a tussle. I asked Tom to place it on a rock so I could photograph it. Surprise surprise, right? Is there anything I DON’T photograph??…hahaha.

Anywho, was quite pleased with how this turned out when I came back and viewed it on the computer. So I thought I’d share it with you all. Hope this doesn’t make anyone’s skin crawl. I myself think it’s rather pretty. And don’t worry…if I’m not wrong, octopi don’t feel much when they jettison their tentacles. Kinda like house lizards and their tails.

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Andrew Smile

PS After cropping and resizing, I increased shadow 20%, sharpened, and increased contrast 10% to get this final image.

Title:Survival
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:3 Jan 2007 - 7:43 PM
Tags:Beach, Close-up / macro, Marine, Octopus, Sea, Tentacle, Wildlife / nature
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bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2007 - 8:29 PM

a great closeup shot..lots of detail and (as always)a great discription

thanks for sharing

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LisaRose
LisaRose  8172 forum posts United States4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2007 - 9:54 PM

Thank goodness for your description, I never would have guessed what it was! Smile
Nicely taken, the rock makes a nice background.

Lisa

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Possum
Possum  8148 forum posts England
3 Jan 2007 - 9:54 PM

This is a remarkable shot, Andrew. Simply amazing to see the kind of thing we couldn't ordinarily see; terrific detail here. Look forward to more discoveries.
Allie

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Blenkinsopp
3 Jan 2007 - 11:33 PM

love the colour and detail

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2007 - 11:33 PM

Love the storyline behind this which makes me tap foot waiting for the rest of the series Smile
This is an amazing capture and the detail on the tentacle is spot on. Love the textures/tones with the b/g of rocks and seaweed... brilliant
Karen

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LourdesV
LourdesV  8 United States
3 Jan 2007 - 11:36 PM

Great colors...before reading your description, I was trying to guess what in the world is this...tilting my head or whatever...all I could say...it is something from the ocean and somebody picked it up from the beach... I love it!

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DolphinLady
3 Jan 2007 - 11:45 PM

This is amazing....love the story that goes with it.
Before I read about it, I thought it might have been a bald sea cucumber....silly me!!!
Fantastic detail Andrew with some great colours on the rocks.
HilarySmile

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hjalmar1886
3 Jan 2007 - 11:48 PM

Beauty can be found in strange places!
Have a good 2007, Kent

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nolongeramember

Very detailed and the light highlighting is perfect.. what a find, l think its pretty because its just so unique in design !! kinda sad too , wonder what happened to the other 7 hehehe !!!

beautiful work !!!

NikkiSmile

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mommy2cutekids
4 Jan 2007 - 12:35 AM

Andrew-it does kind of make me squirm-but at the same time it's a good photo-nice job!

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Brilane
Brilane  8 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2007 - 12:53 AM

Well taken. Did you take it home for a curry, or had it aready eaten. - Brian

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2007 - 2:21 AM

Very interesting-- a curious image, but well done-- actually, I would have photographed it, too--- thanks for sharing!

Jennnnnn

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FlutrByShutrBy

Yumm.. could I have some sea salt with that please? I like the "mini-suction cups" on the yellowish skin. It kinda looks alien to me! LOL Jenn

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chrissd
chrissd  9304 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Jan 2007 - 5:55 AM

now that is an unusual shot, great textures, well spotted that man
chris

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PaulaLey
PaulaLey  831 forum posts England
4 Jan 2007 - 12:56 PM

Cool! My son loves stuff like this - your capture is great - really interesting textures and colours.
Paula

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2007 - 3:53 PM

I gotta say...I had NO idea what sort of reactions I'd get to this pic. I mean, I LOVE marine life and all its squidginess and ooziness. Not to mention the wonderful colours and patterns. And I LOVE images of such things. BUT, they're not everyone's cup of tea.

You know what? I always hope each pic gets at least 10 votes. And if it goes over 20, then yay-hey! And IF it hits THIRTY, then WOO HOO!!

But I must say...that I've come to enjoy the comments a whole lot more than a big bunch of votes. So while this may've got only 16, I'm smiling like a kid in an octopus shop. Er...ok...that didn't quite pan out...

...well, you know what I mean!!

Thanks, you all. I've had a ball reading your comments Smile

Andrew
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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2007 - 3:53 PM

Paula, I've got another squidgy creature one coming up in a couple of days after I've given everyone a break...lol.

A.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2007 - 4:05 PM

This is fascinating, and I'm sure you're right about it being jetisoned....very clever creatures, the octopi. I definitely would have photographed it....well done, too.

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trissie
trissie  8 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2007 - 9:24 PM

A really interesting image, great textures and colours.

Trish x

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2007 - 8:00 PM

Hi Andrew,
Now that's treasure,sorry i'm looking through this backwards,amazing series,it's brilliant.
I've never seen an octupus except a wee one in a fish tank,didn't know they could jettison their tentacles,that's a handy get out clause.lol.
The macro is brilliant,this could be a ring at the bottom of a seaweed covered chest or an amulet,real treasure.
A magnify cent composition.I couldn't fit macro in.lol.
Take care.AnnSmile

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