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  Mini#30 Macros 2015
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White-Spotted Jelly       ©2015 Anthony Comyn
NIKON D750       1st place, 201 points
1/100s, f9, ISO 2500, 105mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: USM,Noise Reduction, Levels Adjustments, Selective Colour Saturation Adjustments (down slightly on blue), Black and White Points, Slightly Cropped, Rotated, Resized       Extra Info: A White-Spotted Jelly (Phyllorhiza punctuate). Although these Jelly fish can get quite big, this is a baby Jelly. About 20mm/30mm small.
 
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jomari
Dec 2, 2015
    Congratulations on your win. It's a beautiful photo.
Thanks for responding to my original comment. I've learnt something about photography and also about white- spotted jellyfish.

A.N.Other
Dec 1, 2015
    Many congrats on a worthy win :-)

Lo
Dec 1, 2015
    This photo really appealed to me, and was my No 1 from the start. I really appreciated reading all the info related to the shoot - even more impressive that you did this without a tripod.

mrsawyer
Dec 1, 2015
    Congrats on your #1 finish!

leanneqld
Nov 30, 2015
    Congratulations Anthony

Mepo
Nov 30, 2015
    Many congrats. I think your win sows you made the right choices. I had a similar shot in challenge 151 'Three" but you have the better shot for sure.

out_of_focus
Nov 30, 2015
    congratulations.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 30, 2015
    Thanks all for the votes and comments. What I learned most out of this and especially the commentary (on all images submitted), is how different everybody's opinion is on depth of field. Some seem to prefer all-in-focus and some prefer the shallow DOF...

SteveBee
Nov 30, 2015
    Congratulations! This is such an elegant image -- I love it. I also appreciate your comment on my entry.

ysal
Nov 30, 2015
    Congrats! Actually, this just missed my top ten. I thought the DOF was bit too shallow and I would liked to have seen more of the pretty creature in focus.

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Lo
Nov 30, 2015
    Really striking composition that gives the impression of forward movement. Great detail, and the shading of the vibrant blue background really focuses attention on the Jellyfish. High in my faves.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 29, 2015
    Thanks Eagle1, Mepo, Neil, Aoc46, Forkcandles, Andyon78 and Jomari!

I considered a squarer crop, but in my opinion it took away from the image. The negative space and emptiness adds to the impact, but that is just my opinion.

Jomari: I'm glad you found the extra info! Just for interest sake, there are other ways to tell if this is a macro, getting this amount of DOF on large full size Jelly would be impossible, especially at f9 aperture and a focal length of 105mm. Even if I had an aperture of f1. Another thing that is interesting, these jelly fish can grow to about 50inch in diameter but their spots don't grow in ratio, they just get more of them, so at full view the spots would look like thousands of tiny little pin dots.

Aoc46: I was waiting for a comment on the DOF, and don't disagree with you. This DOF is risker but works if it was done correctly. Given the lighting I had, I didn't have the luxury to go much higher, but even if I maxed out the aperture to f28 the DOF would have still been only about half the jelly's length or less (but then would have to deal with a very low shutter speed). I guess with macro, when done properly there is always going to some shallow DOF on 3d objects, which brings up the more important questions...1. was the focal point executed correctly? 2. Is this the right subject for macro photography? and I guess that is where the voters, like you, have all the power! :)

jomari
Nov 29, 2015
    Pretty! I'm glad you added the information about this being a baby, as that makes all the difference in a macro challenge.

andyon78
Nov 29, 2015
    Love this, really like the contrast with the background. In my top two

forkcandles
Nov 29, 2015
    a crop on the RH side ???
great picture

aoc46
Nov 29, 2015
    Like the stark black/white contrast. Sharper focus/DOF would improve the shot a lot.

A.N.Other
Nov 29, 2015
    Cute! Nice sharp shot. Love the background. Was it taken in the sea? GL.

Mepo
Nov 29, 2015
    Absolutely super shot. I appreciate that you have not resorted to any of the various over sharpening techniques. This is much closer to real life. The composition, lighting and background are all spot on. I have no love for jelly fish in general as a result of swimming with them but I won't let that affect my appreciation of your shot :-)

Edward
Nov 27, 2015
    Brilliant capture! Nicely presented, but I think you could crop out more of the blue background, esp. on the right.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 27, 2015
    Thanks John, Steve and KJW.

Yes this was in an aquarium, the glass is a problem, but I have a couple of hints. 1. Find a tank that isn't curved, 2. also take the photo dead-on... not at an angle to the tank glass, 3. avoid tanks that have fancy colourful lights, although they can help, they create unpredictable results 4. the macro lens with the glass and shallow depth of field will help that you don't catch the weird imperfections/scratches in the glass. 5. the tanks have pumps that circulate the water around so pick a jelly and wait for him/her to come to you, this helps so you can pick a spot with minimal reflections in the glass. 6. I don't like taking photos with flash but it wouldn't work very good with Jelly fish anyway, being translucent and mushy they absorb light and hence will wash out their speculator detail, 7. Also this was handheld, you could use a tripod but that just frustrates me. 8. Light is also lower than it seems so use the ISO if you have to, but be careful depending on your camera. My sensor handles the high ISO quite well. 9. Prepare to spend a good amount of time in front of the tank and if it is a public aquarium prepare to be patient with others also taking mobile phone photos and kids wanting to aww at these elegant beauties. 10. Pick a jelly that inspires you, 95% of all the photos I took (a lot) were of this one jelly.
Edited on Nov 28, 2015

SteveBee
Nov 27, 2015
    That's an elegant image. I would love to know more about how and where you got the shot. Well done!
Edited on Nov 27, 2015

KJW
Nov 26, 2015
    Where did you capture this? If in an aquarium the clarity & detail are outstanding if from behind glass, great lighting & like the contrast in subject & background.

johncomyn
Nov 26, 2015
    Very well photographed jelly fish, I know how difficult they are to shoot. maybe went a little too dark in the background.
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