Monday, November 21, 2005

Floating Jellyfish


I took this photo at the amazing Monterey Bay aquarium in Monterey California. The town is one of the best I've ever visited and the aquarium is definitely the best I've seen.

I was surprised how easy it was to take photographs throught the thick glass and with low lighting. The only minor side effect is the small square of light on the top of the jellyfish. This photo really captures how delicate jellyfish are and how the literally float through the water.

Canon 20D, 24-85mm 3.5-4.5, AV f 3.0

20 Comments:

Anonymous j a m i e said...

I took lots of jelly fish photos while in Dallas. Yes, the glare is the major problem, otherwise they're outstanding subjects - just like here.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Mona said...

I've put my lens all the way against the glass before to eliminate the glare.

Someone told me to use a flexible lens shade would work best that or photoshop it out.

I've been told about that aquarium being the best, I do need to visit it.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Robyn said...

I love jellyfish and how they so gracefully glide through the water. Of course, they are much nicer to view behind glass than next to you in the ocean! But this is a really nice photo- it looks so peaceful, and I LOVE Monterey Bay!

4:54 AM  
Blogger A said...

I love jellyfish. I even have a tattoo of the Atlantic version of this guy. They're so beautiful, and yet so dangerous...

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very nice photo. I've always wanted to go that aquarium. Here in Atlanta, they just opened today the world's biggest aquarium (according to them). I know it'll be packed--to the gills :-), groan. I really must go sometime soon, though.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for all the comments.

I really do like Jellyfish as subjects, they are tough to capture but interesting when the photo turns out.
I did keep the lens pressed against the glass but maybe I'll try a lens shade next time.
And while most aquariums aren't the best for photos, Monterey was excellent.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Otto,
The Atlanta aquarium seems interesting, apparently they will have 2 'teenage' Whale sharks on display.

9:29 AM  
Blogger broccoflower said...

jellyfish creep me out. they're so freaky looking, they scare the crap out of me.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Yeah I'm not a fan of direct contact with jellyfish, they move through the water a lot better than I do.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

It's nice easier to get a clear picture in the low lighting. This one turned out well. I love the delicate features here.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Op said...

that is so interesting shot. amazing jellyfish!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments, I appreciate the feedback.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Heatheranne said...

That is a gorgeous picture. I love jellyfish.

7:02 PM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Wow. That's just a fantastic shot, Ahamed.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments, I have a photo of a wild jellyfish I'll post sometime (not quite as colorful).

10:28 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Great shot! You can't see it was taken through glass! Excellent!

4:16 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Sweet. Dueling jellyfish from Monterey Aquarium in the Battle of the Blogs!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

You pictures came out much better than mine. I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the jellyfish exhibits are always some of my favorites.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the commments.

Sheila-As others have mentioned the trick is to get the lens touching the glass and to use a wide aperture to let as much light in as possible.

3:46 PM  
Blogger BLOGBANK said...

Hi Ahamed,

Thank you for the comments on the jet. This is a beautiful photo of the jelly but I am a surfer and have had way to many run ins with them to like them much. Cheers.

11:01 PM  

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