Ann Brixey  

Untitled by Ann Brixey

September 2023 - Untitled

September 2023 - Ann Brixey


About the Image(s)

Taken at our local museum called Mertailers. There were only a few jellyfish in this particular tank.
Lighting conditions were difficult, because of glare, reflections and debris in the water, fortunately this is a fairly new aquarium so the tank glass is still in fairly good condition with few if any scratches. but I was happy to get this shot with little or no challlenges. Post processing in LR was fairly minimal, I cropped the original, took down the exposure on the background, added a little dehaze, and brought up the shadows, amd downed the highlights on the subject.

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6 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Great job. I like it a lot. When a background is black, and the area outside the image is black, I often add a tiny white frame so set apart the image from its background. Doing that may also suggest placing the jellyfish differently into the frame, but as I see it now it looks good to me. Another possibility, is to render some artificial light using a radial filter in lightroom, or similar tool, to add a bit of light to the background, attempting to make it look like a spotlight from the side. Just a thought to play with rather than a suggestion.   Posted: 09/03/2023 10:17:51

Ann Brixey   Ann Brixey
Thank you Mike for your kind comments and suggestions. I will try them. I am still learning LR and PS, so often don't get the look I really would like. However it is a fun learning experience, even if I don't always work out the way I would like. Iechyd da Ann

  Posted: 09/13/2023 08:36:00

Ally Green   Ally Green
What a delightful image. I love the colour of the jellyfish against the black...really well done. Your crop too nice and you can feel the jellyfish launching upwards with its tenticles strung out. Very nice capture and glad the tank glass wasn't too much of a challenge.   Posted: 09/13/2023 14:31:00

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Ann, this image is striking. I agree with Mike's suggestion to add a fine white border. I love the background in the original; it inspires thoughts of outer space. The detail in the subject is fascinating. What lens and camera settings did you use? Was the camera hand held or on a tripod?   Posted: 09/17/2023 11:11:43

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
The color is the impact for me! The jellyfish is tack sharp and very real looking. I like the way it pops against the black background. I agree that a narrow white stroke border to create some boundaries would be a good idea.
On a presonal note...just as COVID hit I was scheduled for trip to the Atlanta Aquarium and purchased a flexible lens hood to use there. This kind of hood blocks out all reflections from the aquarium glass which makes capturing aquarium images a bit easier. Sadly, three years later I have still never had chance to use it :(   Posted: 09/17/2023 13:02:12

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I don't think I have seen a blue jellyfish before, he is beautiful. Shooting through the glass at an aquarium is a challenge. I use a rubber hood on my lens when shooting through glass, works great at eliminating reflections. It is also surprising how much is floating in the water. You have done a wonderful job cleaning up the surrounding area and giving a nice black background to set off this beautiful creature. As others have suggested, a thin white border would give the viewer a frame to look into.   Posted: 09/17/2023 19:43:11