Magical Jellyfish

I’m not quite ready to move jellyfish into the category of a photographic obsession, but I have made a go at shooting them every time we’ve been to the zoo and I’m still not satisfied with the results.

One key thing I’ve learned is that the resulting images work much better converted into black and white. In real life, the light in the tank is blue and the jellies are an odd off-white color.

Even with extensive color correction, the result is just weird. In black and white, the details of the translucent jellyfish really pop. The other thing I learned is that isolating a single jelly, while difficult, gives much more dramatic results.

I’m definitely making progress in capturing more dramatic images of these otherworldly creatures. Speaking of progress, the last section of stucco on our new home was finished on Saturday. I can’t wait to see it with the tent removed.

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