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One of my goals as a photographer is to master photographing things behind glass, as I have demonstrated with this jellyfish photo taken at the local aquarium....
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One of my goals as a photographer is to master photographing things behind glass, as I have demonstrated with this jellyfish photo taken at the local aquarium.
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JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 06, 2013
Awesome capture!
adoptedone
 
adoptedone July 07, 2013
Such a great shot!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana July 09, 2013
Beautiful!
BForePhoto PRO
 
BForePhoto July 09, 2013
Thanks guys!
donnarenzulli PRO+
 
donnarenzulli July 10, 2013
Stunning work.
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade July 10, 2013
Aliens of the deep....nice shot!....Brian
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta July 10, 2013
Superb shot with lovely colors. Congratulations.
ShootYall PRO+
 
ShootYall July 11, 2013
Wow! Beautiful capture! I'd say you have mastered photographing behind glass. This is an awesome image!!!
trista7510 PRO
 
trista7510 July 11, 2013
Wonderful job, congrats.
Thimbee
 
Thimbee July 11, 2013
Very nice! Looks kind of out of spacey
nicolagraham
 
nicolagraham July 11, 2013
Fantastic Photo
vesipenkova
 
vesipenkova July 12, 2013
Fanstastic!
ChristinaFreak
 
ChristinaFreak July 12, 2013
Great capture, nice color and lighting!
Dimawi
 
Dimawi July 14, 2013
Brilliant
jleiweke
 
jleiweke July 14, 2013
Congrats!
Prasen
 
Prasen July 18, 2013
awesome
Redcow
 
Redcow July 25, 2013
This is really beautiful!
gbsphotos
 
gbsphotos July 26, 2013
fantastic shot!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair July 26, 2013
Great shot!
brodia65
 
brodia65 July 27, 2013
Beautiful!
BriZ PRO
 
BriZ July 30, 2013
amazing capture!
bud82520 PRO+
 
bud82520 August 04, 2013
Awesome!
Tanjica
 
Tanjica August 26, 2013
wonderful image
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset August 26, 2013
Enchanting photo...
ArtQ
 
ArtQ August 29, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Contrast Contest.
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen August 29, 2013
Congrats.
shema
 
shema August 29, 2013
so otherworldly, great shot!
TracyDeptuck PRO+
 
TracyDeptuck August 29, 2013
Beautifully done!
juliebowser
 
juliebowser August 29, 2013
Lovely shooting :)
KKGivens Premium
 
KKGivens August 29, 2013
Beautiful congrats on your finalist.
rahunish
 
rahunish August 29, 2013
congrats to win
Thimbee
 
Thimbee August 29, 2013
Lovely! Congrats
Farah
 
Farah August 29, 2013
wow
luuhoa
 
luuhoa August 29, 2013
Nice shot! The beautiful life of ocean.
Acewolf PRO+
 
Acewolf September 01, 2013
I've got some great jelly shots myself but this one is Amazing and Awesome. Fantastic Job.
vesipenkova
 
vesipenkova September 03, 2013
Great shot!
Lionel
 
Lionel September 27, 2013
Great shot,congratulations
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 September 27, 2013
Awesome shot - congratulations on runner up!
deadlynightstar
 
deadlynightstar September 27, 2013
I love jellyfish and this is absolutely beautiful!
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen September 27, 2013
Congrats.
ArtQ
 
ArtQ September 27, 2013
Congrats!
Jo-AnnGallagher PRO+
 
Jo-AnnGallagher September 27, 2013
Congrats on an awesome shot.
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions September 27, 2013
congrats
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography September 27, 2013
Fantastic!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta September 28, 2013
My previous comments refer. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
melkav PRO+
 
melkav September 28, 2013
This is amazing!!!
JDJohnson Premium
 
JDJohnson September 28, 2013
Fantastic photo... great job.... congrats
LindaT
 
LindaT September 28, 2013
awesome lighting!
jleiweke
 
jleiweke September 29, 2013
Congrats!
valzart
 
valzart October 01, 2013
Congratz & justly deserved,what a joy to behold :~}
DaphneHollingsworth
 
DaphneHollingsworth October 06, 2013
Love the way the colors just pop out at ya. Awesome capture...Congrats to you!
photosbyboes
 
photosbyboes October 08, 2013
Magical!
Cla6Ssy0
 
Cla6Ssy0 December 29, 2013
I'm speechless!!
kelzz
 
kelzz March 05, 2014
Gorgeous beautiful lighting voted
Tim_Haynes
 
Tim_Haynes March 05, 2014
Outstanding work! Congratulations!
1Ernesto
 
1Ernesto April 02, 2014
Great Photo! Cannot imagine what your next goal will be, as this is most wonderful or more apropos perfect.
kristofkorwisi Premium
 
kristofkorwisi May 29, 2014
An absolutely amazing shot-the colors, the details, the background... Stunning work!
Georgina
 
Georgina June 01, 2014
Stunning! This is not easy - capturing this light requires a lot of thought
Etna PRO+
 
Etna June 19, 2014
excellent shot
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita July 11, 2014
superb...congrats!
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma July 14, 2014
Whoa.
Linelady
 
Linelady July 24, 2014
gorgeous!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 July 24, 2014
Love Jellyfish... this is amazing...Congrats! ")
fotosteve
 
fotosteve July 30, 2014
absolutely wonderful. I don't know if anyone else sees what I see. The joining of all things universal. Sea, jelly fish. Earth, mushroom. Let's reach for the sky. The universe and all that the mind can do, yet still locked.
Brymk4
 
Brymk4 August 04, 2014
Fantastic shot...looks like its in and from space!
Marjoriesmithphotography PRO
 
Marjoriesmithphotography September 16, 2014
Extraordinary capture!
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead January 13, 2015
Congratulations ! Wonderful, pure magic !
DanushiaDee PRO
 
DanushiaDee February 19, 2015
Great Capture. Congrats
deebrake
 
deebrake February 23, 2015
amazing. like something out of this world
alexvignoli PRO
 
alexvignoli March 02, 2015
Magical!
CarolSadler PRO
 
CarolSadler March 03, 2015
Lovely lighting!
bartwebb
 
bartwebb August 07, 2015
This is awesome work!!looks like a mushroom.
juliantej
 
juliantej August 15, 2015
Dude this is just awesome!
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More August 28, 2015
Superb!
rosalynncolombo PRO
 
rosalynncolombo September 19, 2015
Jellyfish are so...gentle looking. Lovely shot!
The-Art-of-Darkness PRO
 
The-Art-of-Darkness October 10, 2015
Outstanding
lydiabigras
 
lydiabigras October 14, 2015
Love this photo. Did you take it with an underwater camera?
josephjeffreymartinez
 
josephjeffreymartinez November 03, 2015
beautiful!
santafake
 
santafake November 09, 2015
Very Nice
davedkay
 
davedkay December 20, 2015
beautifully gorgeous as well as being all about us - life and a trifle scary as it should be !
Shaparaki
 
Shaparaki January 08, 2016
I really loved the way you shared the details of behind the scene. So inspiring n resourceful. The shot is incredible
paschi
 
paschi January 29, 2016
Stunning!
bugshot
 
bugshot February 16, 2016
Stunning shot, love it.
LDetmayer
 
LDetmayer February 20, 2016
Very nice!
grantkgillon
 
grantkgillon March 18, 2016
stunning shot :)
davidcstevens
 
davidcstevens May 19, 2016
Straight away I thought it was a picture of a nebula in space. This is great.
FredThom
 
FredThom May 25, 2016
Wonderful and should have win Deep blue contest
Caustin17
 
Caustin17 December 06, 2016
Oooh, nice!
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel November 23, 2018
Extraordinary.
Seasons
 
Seasons Feb 19
under water camera or aquarium?
thunderlake
 
thunderlake Sep 27
Incredible!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at the aquarium at the Albuquerque Zoo.
Time
It was during the day, but inside of a dark building, so lighting looked like it was going to pose a huge problem.
Lighting
I make it a personal challenge to photograph things behind glass without showing glare, which can be tough. I zoomed in and aimed my flash above the jellyfish, so it would bounce down and light it up from the top.
Equipment
I was new to photography when I took this photo, I had my Canon T3i for about ten months, and had recently purchased a Canon 430 EX-II and Canon 18-200 lens. I took tons of pictures in the aquarium of different kinds of fish, and luckily this one panned out the way it did. The others, not so much.
Inspiration
I see a lot of photos of jellyfish that just look like they were taken with camera phones, or people photographing them with the built-in flash. I really wanted to capture the feeling of being in the water with the jellyfish, even though it was behind glass.
Editing
I did my basic adjustments in Adobe Bridge, then I imported the photo into Photoshop and tweaked with the contrast and curves over and over. I didn't have an image in my mind of how I wanted it to look before I started, but as I started fine-tuning the image, it came to life more and more and then I dialed in to what the image is now.
In my camera bag
Since this photo, I have expanded my bag and currently pack in my Canon 200EG backpack: Canon 70D, Canon T3i, Canon 18-200 lens, Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, two Canon 430 EX-II Speedlites, Gossen Digipro F2 light meter, ExpoDisc, and Spyderholster belt.
Feedback
Editing is best when shot in RAW rather than JPEG, zoom all the way in, and bounce the flash. Take lots of photos and rate them on your camera so you can easily sort through the best ones in post. Do not leave the scene until you know for certain you have captured some great pics. If you check your photos while you are shooting and think it can look better, keep shooting until you capture that perfect look.

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