Jun 09 2011

Moon jellies

I finally had a chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time: go to the Seattle Aquarium and take pictures of the moon jelly exhibit.

For those who haven’t seen it, this is a giant plexiglass donut, stood on end, big enough to walk through the hole in the center. The circular tank contains lots and lots of jellyfish, and the currents constantly propel them up, over, around, and under. The room itself is dim, and panels around the perimeter of the donut project different colored light at brief intervals. You’re surrounded by floating jellyfish; one moment they’re red, then green, then blue.

The challenges were many. First, just getting an angle on things that wouldn’t show the ceiling or the next exhibit over – not to mention the smudges and scratches on the plexiglass. Then waiting for a jellyfish to float by while posing photogenically. Even with the ISO cranked up to 1600 I was using a long enough exposure (1/20 sec.) that many of the shots were blurry. These were the most promising ones. A good start; I’ll have to go back sometime and see if I can do better.

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