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Happy new year, everyone!

Monochrome, for a change. Those of you who are familiar with my portfolio will know that I used to post a lot of black and white photos. I've not felt inspired to do much black and white work in the last few months but here's some black and blue. The colour is 'natural', in the sense that the jellyfish in this tank at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, are glowing from an ultraviolet lamp in their tank. I should probably have used my 50mm f/1.4 to get a faster exposure but I was too busy watching these guys float gracefully through the water. Smile

All comments and criticism welcome.


Dave.

Monday, 12th July, 2010.
40m, f/4, 1/25s, ISO-800.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 17-40mm f/4L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Jellyfish
Username:DRicherby DRicherby
Uploaded:7 Jan 2011 - 12:31 PM
Tags:Blue, Close-up / macro, Glow, Henry doorly zoo, Jellyfish, Marine, Nebraska, Ocean, Omaha, Pets / captive animals, Sealife, Underwater
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debu
debu  4 India
7 Jan 2011 - 12:46 PM

Two wonderful colourful images.
debu

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gingerdelight
7 Jan 2011 - 12:53 PM

Two excellent images here Dave - very detailed under the lighting circumstances!
Carol

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2011 - 1:07 PM

Such beauty,,,,, ans what a divine colour

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BillyGoatGruff
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7 Jan 2011 - 1:58 PM

Expert!

Bill

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user_absconded
7 Jan 2011 - 2:06 PM

Yes, think 2 has the better composition. Horrid things but fabulous colour. I wonder how it would look without the white frame but with a black background for a bit of a dramatic effect.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2011 - 2:32 PM

Such wierd and wonderful fish. We have them wash up on the beach all the time and their colours are awesome. Usually a vibrant bronzy orange or purple. Like both of these............Sandy

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2011 - 11:30 PM

I like the underside of v2 it has more intricate detail and I love the tones and the shapes it forms

Linda

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:53 AM

Marvellous shots.
Ronnie.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 8:06 AM

Amazing - to get that amount of detail in that light

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 4:37 PM

Superb Dave - love the quasi 3D appearance of V1 with those wonderful textures and electric blue tones. It positively leaps out of the frame at you! Lovely textures and detail in V2 as well. Would love either of these in my PF.
Sylvia

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davey_griffo
9 Jan 2011 - 9:49 AM

2 very beautiful images. The glow given by the lighting is well captured.

I'm not going to make any comment about your age, or wether I believe your comment about remembering the album. Smile

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2011 - 1:48 PM

Lovely shapes and tones; beautiful!
Rende

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PeterDSmith
PeterDSmith e2 Member 6PeterDSmith vcard United Kingdom46 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2011 - 4:13 PM

Well, there's a coincidence. Only last week I watched Shark Tale. So I'm a big kid. So what? Anyway, two of my favourite characters in that film are Ernie and Bernie, the Rastafarian jellyfish. They were made of blue jelly, too.

I think, if I were you, I would have uploaded V2 the day after I uploaded V1. Then I might have gotten two votes instead of only one.

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Bigtoe
Bigtoe  6 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2011 - 6:11 PM

Beautiful, Tony.

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dusfim  4 Malta
9 Jan 2011 - 7:11 PM

Two excellent images Dave This summer at our beeches where covered with these nasty creatures. Sure it's not a pleasant thing to be beaten by them. I know to answer for that Dave. dusfim

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2011 - 9:23 AM

Happy New Year Dave - both very beautiful colours . V1 has the more traditional shape but I'm drawn to the additional detail of v2
Helen

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NobbytheNobster

Great shots, love the blue colour Smile
Ricky.

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sweetpea62
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10 Jan 2011 - 6:38 PM

Brilliant capture and beautiful colour.Well done.

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Tynnwrlluniau
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10 Jan 2011 - 8:58 PM

Two striking and unusual images. Very well done.
Alun

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2011 - 11:42 PM

i think you did right uploading the two together because V1 explaines V2.V2 would be my choice if i had to chose .

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 12:45 AM

Wow.. I can't believe it, the blue colour is amazing. I saw some white ones(Well,not really white ) under the sun light in the seaWink
Beautiful blue.You handled the colour and light excellently.Well done.
BTW, thank you for your helpful comments on my photos.
xiaoli(Jasmine)

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jammbulator
11 Jan 2011 - 2:26 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I saw similar jellyfish, in a tank at Ceasars Aquarium Las Vegas, it was hard to take a sharp shot in extreme low light conditions, while these things constantly move and float about. For me, using a 3 shot continuous shot in low light, at least one shot out of 3 would be in focus with great colour. Flash is bad, can't take a decent pic in these conditions. I have a better shot than this, I have all the colour range from pale pink to scarlet into deep red. I'll post it see what you think. I give you a vote because I know how hard it is to shoot thise things.
Jamm

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Adderwatcher
11 Jan 2011 - 7:30 AM

Two excellent captures, both are well composed with V2 having a slightly clearer background. Lovely colours!
Scott

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 1:43 PM

Love the glow and delicate details Dave making for beautiful shots.

Think I actually prefer the composition of #1, but do think the faster lens you mentioned would have also meant shallower DOF and made the subject stand out more cleanly from its siblings too (maybe f2 or f2.8?)

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Mavis
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11 Jan 2011 - 11:37 PM

Two great shots ,perfectly simple but so hard to capture . Silently gliding . So peaceful to watch

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 3:14 PM

Two super shots

bernie

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LynneJoyce
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12 Jan 2011 - 3:22 PM

Love both of these for the magical movement captured.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 5:37 PM

Think I prefer the composition of v1. I think the oof jellyfish in the background is what makes the image more appealing. I like v2 also, and yes there is more detail, but am not big on the jellyfish being right in the middle of the frame.

I saw a lot of these growing up in Norway, and have picked countless out of our fishing nets. Interesting to see them this colour -and that the light made them glow like this. Kinda like the old days when we went disco-ing and our white clothes glowed blue Wink

Anne

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videotec  6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 - 6:00 PM

Both shots are superb David, the colours are super vibrant.
I like these
Regards
Pete

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OVrtnarHigi
12 Jan 2011 - 10:24 PM

Tip to deeep blue.

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jammbulator
13 Jan 2011 - 7:50 AM


Quote: I saw similar jellyfish, in a tank at Ceasars Aquarium Las Vegas, it was hard to take a sharp shot in extreme low light conditions, while these things constantly move and float about. For me, using a 3 shot continuous shot in low light, at least one shot out of 3 would be in focus with great colour. Flash is bad, can't take a decent pic in these conditions. I have a better shot than this, I have all the colour range from pale pink to scarlet into deep red. I'll post it see what you think. I give you a vote because I know how hard it is to shoot thise things.
Jamm

I posted my shot of the jellyfish. let me know wht you think.
Jamm

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edwood  6 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 - 5:14 PM

Amazing blue, great shot

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15 Jan 2011 - 7:59 AM

Fine shots considering the conditions and a wonderful electric blue color. For me v1 has a better composition and a sense of mystery and movement - coming from somewhere and going to somewhere in an almost abstract way. V2 is a more detailed and well captured record but not quite so evocative. A

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2011 - 4:49 PM

Good capture Dave. I like the blue light and seems very appropriate to the subject. Paul

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DitoInacio
15 Jan 2011 - 5:51 PM

Beutiful mono shot. V1 for me

regards

Dito

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EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2011 - 11:09 PM

V1 for me. Somehow it just feels more as though it is gently floating by and I like the little shivers of light within its body too. Gorgeous colour in both images!

Ann

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2011 - 6:01 PM

Love the shapes and blue tones in this fine capture Dave.
They just seem to glow.
Regards Richard

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Oleg_Lobzin
17 Jan 2011 - 6:21 PM

Brilliant set. Color amazing. Fantastic.
Regards, Oleg.

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18 Jan 2011 - 3:59 AM

Well look who received all the votesSmile
Thanks for telling me about Nigel Slaters recipe for Pink Grapefruit xx I love his work . Will look into it

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2011 - 1:15 AM

V2, yes, and a faster lens--

I saw these all over a beach in Florida-- They dudn't look as pretty as yours!

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Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 - 1:07 PM

Superb images!

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2011 - 10:54 PM

Blue is my favourite colour and this blue is tremendous - these both would make the most lovely prints - superb detail and colour.

Sue

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SusanDavison
6 Feb 2011 - 7:12 PM

V1 for me by far, colours are more interesting, and such an amazing shot!

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carpmanstu
31 Mar 2012 - 9:32 PM

Both of the shots look very nice as far as i'm concerned,I love the vivid blue against the black background and the way you can see the
underside trailing almost ghostlike,I tried getting a shot like this at a sea life centre hear in Cornwall (failed miserably ),thanks for your comment on my Log Man earlier by the way,I'm going there again soon so will try out your suggestion,as the stumps are still rooted I don't know how far round I can go but it will be interesting to see. Smile

Stu

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