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Underwater Ballet Of The Jellyfish 1

Blog: #34 of 38 by Bob Christopher

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January 13th, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Today I want to share a few images of Jellyfish. These incredibly beautiful creatures are often misunderstood as if they are the sloths of the sea. On the contrary, in watching the delicate and purposeful movements that they perform I was really amazed. Now, I would like to say that I was scuba diving at great depths on the Great Barrier Reef with sharks circling all around me but I cannot say this...these images were taken in the safety of the Santa Monica Aquarium in California. Oh well, I still love the experience of watching these wonderful creatures and photographing them for hours.
The interesting aspect of making images of this subject was in the way the composition changed in the viewfinder of my camera. The jellies float by in this graceful underwater ballet. When you have your composition all lined up and ready to press the shutter release another jelly floats into view and changes the entire image. Sometimes the change is for the better but often you need to wait for the next opportunity. I had similar experiences in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hot Air Balloon Festivals that I attended and photographed...that is, I'd have the shot composed and the balloon would drift a bit or another balloon would drift a bit and the shot was either made or destroyed.
I hope that you will enjoy these beauties as much as I did taking the pictures of them.

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