Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scrambled jelly

The lion's mane jellies are floating in with the tide this week. On the shore at Oyster Bay, I passed a dozen in as many minutes. This one was tumbling in a mass of seaweed fragments: eelgrass, sea lettuce, Turkish towel, sargassum, rockweed and kelp, all scrambled together: as the waves rolled in at dusk; not the best opportunity for a photo, but you never know.

I saturated the colours a bit, because of the fading light, and this turned out:

Looks like an abstract painting.

It's jelly season: I collected water for the aquarium tonight, and dozens of tiny cross jellies came with it. My anemones were eating them, last time I looked.

3 comments:

  1. I like this and I'd quite like to see what came "straight from the camera" as well.We're far too warm for Lions Manes down here!

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  2. Straight from the camera, the photo was dark, almost uniformly dark; I was on the shady side of the rocks, under heavy cloud cover, at dusk. I didn't use flash: I don't like what it does to colours and wet highlights. I shoot in RAW, so there is enough data to lighten photos up considerably when the light is deficient; usually that's about it, besides a bit of tweaking to eliminate noise, cropping, and spot removal. On this one, lightening it up diluted the colours too much, so I re-saturated them.

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    1. I mostly just take several, delete the duds and sometimes (when I have time) fiddle a little.But am not at present shooting in RAW as it gobbles up too much space.And time.Those Lions Manes look a bit like some of my paint mixes!

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