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Jellyfish

By DRicherby
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.

Tags: Blue Marine Underwater Ocean Sealife Close-up and macro Glow Jellyfish Omaha Pets and captive animals Nebraska Henry doorly zoo

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debu 6 India
7 Jan 2011 12:46PM
Two wonderful colourful images.
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gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2011 12:53PM
Two excellent images here Dave - very detailed under the lighting circumstances!
Carol
7 Jan 2011 1:07PM
Such beauty,,,,, ans what a divine colour
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
7 Jan 2011 1:58PM
Expert!

Bill
7 Jan 2011 2:06PM
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.
7 Jan 2011 2:32PM
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
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2011 11:30PM
I like the underside of v2 it has more intricate detail and I love the tones and the shapes it forms

Linda
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
8 Jan 2011 12:53AM
Marvellous shots.
Ronnie.
Ray42 8 3 England
8 Jan 2011 8:06AM
Amazing - to get that amount of detail in that light
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
8 Jan 2011 4:37PM
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
davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
9 Jan 2011 9:49AM
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
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
9 Jan 2011 1:48PM
Lovely shapes and tones; beautiful!
Rende
PeterDSmith 8 13 46 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 4:13PM
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.
Bigtoe 7 7 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 6:11PM
Beautiful, Tony.
dusfim 6 Malta
9 Jan 2011 7:11PM
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
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2011 9:23AM
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
10 Jan 2011 1:05PM
Great shots, love the blue colour Smile
Ricky.
10 Jan 2011 6:38PM
Brilliant capture and beautiful colour.Well done.
10 Jan 2011 8:58PM
Two striking and unusual images. Very well done.
Alun
NeilWigan Plus
6 12 15 England
10 Jan 2011 11:42PM
i think you did right uploading the two together because V1 explaines V2.V2 would be my choice if i had to chose .
xwang 7 55 8
11 Jan 2011 12:45AM
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)
11 Jan 2011 2:26AM
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
Adderwatcher 7 60 19 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 7:30AM
Two excellent captures, both are well composed with V2 having a slightly clearer background. Lovely colours!
Scott
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 1:43PM
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?)
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
11 Jan 2011 11:37PM
Two great shots ,perfectly simple but so hard to capture . Silently gliding . So peaceful to watch
imagio 10 12 1 England
12 Jan 2011 3:14PM
Two super shots

bernie
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 3:22PM
Love both of these for the magical movement captured.
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
12 Jan 2011 5:37PM
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
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 6:00PM
Both shots are superb David, the colours are super vibrant.
I like these
Regards
Pete
12 Jan 2011 10:24PM
Tip to deeep blue.
13 Jan 2011 7:50AM

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
edwood 8 3 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 5:14PM
Amazing blue, great shot
15 Jan 2011 7:59AM
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
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 4:49PM
Good capture Dave. I like the blue light and seems very appropriate to the subject. Paul
15 Jan 2011 5:51PM
Beutiful mono shot. V1 for me

regards

Dito
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
16 Jan 2011 11:09PM
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
Richsr Plus
9 90 223 England
17 Jan 2011 6:01PM
Love the shapes and blue tones in this fine capture Dave.
They just seem to glow.
Regards Richard
17 Jan 2011 6:21PM
Brilliant set. Color amazing. Fantastic.
Regards, Oleg.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
18 Jan 2011 3:59AM
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
taggart Plus
12 46 13 United States
19 Jan 2011 1:15AM
V2, yes, and a faster lens--

I saw these all over a beach in Florida-- They dudn't look as pretty as yours!
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2011 1:07PM
Superb images!
Suehh 9 39 6 England
22 Jan 2011 10:54PM
Blue is my favourite colour and this blue is tremendous - these both would make the most lovely prints - superb detail and colour.

Sue
V1 for me by far, colours are more interesting, and such an amazing shot!
31 Mar 2012 9:32PM
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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