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Jellyfish at Houston Zoo

By GeorgeP  
Jellyfish exhibits in aquariums appear to be growing in popularity. This year I’ve seen two that I think are relatively new, including this at the Houston Zoo. I find them mesmerizing and a photographic challenge. The exhibits seem to take the form of a tall cylindrical tank maybe eight-foot tall and about ten-foot diameter. The jellyfish pulsate gracefully around assisted by a circular current that constantly brings new subjects into the viewfinder. Lighting is diffused and subdued which makes exposure a challenge – f/stop, speed and ISO settings to stop movement while minimizing noise and ensuring sufficient DOF. I added a -1 EV here to ensure the tank was dark. [The only problem with them is that granddaughters quickly get bored and want to move on too soon.].

Tags: Zoo Aquarium Jellyfish Pets and captive animals

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25 Aug 2017 4:30AM
Beautiful photo and capture, George.

For what it is worth, in coming years, with climate change, warming and acidifying oceans, I have read speculation that at a future point, our seas may be mostly filled with jellyfish......and not much else. Scary.

IreneClarke 6 1.4k 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2017 6:45AM
Wonderful detail - my son is always complaining when I take photos - usual comment is 'do you have to take your camera with you?' .........
Rock 19 10 2 England
26 Aug 2017 3:02PM
I hope the weather is kind to you !
Grand shot.

GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
26 Aug 2017 3:14PM

Quote:I hope the weather is kind to you !


Thanks - we are southwest of Houston and just had a very wet and blustery night. My makeshift rain gauge captured 5.5 inches overnight. The rain is coming in bands so I am waiting for a dry spell to venture outside and check the the neighborhood.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2017 2:58AM
This one is very special and beautifully photographed...
Isabel GrinGrin
1 Sep 2017 10:29PM
Stunning capture George..Lin
Superb capture, George.
Stunning detail, colour & bg.
3 Sep 2017 5:09PM
Fabulous shot GrinGrinGrin
GBauer 10 Venezuela
8 Sep 2017 12:22AM
Buena imagen. En el Lago de Maracaibo dos meses del año aparecen las medusas, aquí las llamamos "aguamala".
Stunning image.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2018 8:45PM
beautiful shot

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