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Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-18
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Sony Alpha SLT A65V, Sony SAL 70-400mm GII /4.0-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-25 8:11
Viewed: 1844
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the port of Fort Williams the jellyfish were swimming just under the surface. So it was possible to take pictures with admissible sharpness - i hope.

From Wiki:
Aurelia aurita (also called the moon jelly, moon jellyfish, common jellyfish, or saucer jelly) is a widely studied species of the genus Aurelia.[1] All species in the genus are closely related, and it is difficult to identify Aurelia medusae without genetic sampling; most of what follows applies equally to all species of the genus.
The jellyfish is translucent, usually about 25–40 cm (10–16 in) in diameter, and can be recognized by its four horseshoe-shaped gonads, easily seen through the top of the bell. It feeds by collecting medusae, plankton, and mollusks with its tentacles, and bringing them into its body for digestion. It is capable of only limited motion, and drifts with the current, even when swimming.

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hallo Pierre
super good sharpness and nice light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

Hello Pierre,
Perfect focus and details despite the conditions.....Excellent contrast and fantastic sharpness. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful and interesting subject Pierre! Impressive photo! The lighting is fantastic!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-25 9:59]

Hello Pierre,
Very nice photo of this jellyfish. Beautiful light and colours in good sharpness. Nice contrasting against the dark background.

Hello Pierre,

Hope life is good. This is indeed a fantastic shot and does not give the impression that you took it from above the surface and not from below.As others have observed, the focus, lighting and the overall details are amazing and impress.Even the fine threads/films appears lovely indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing a super shot, take care,

warm regards/Abid

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-08-25 13:30]

Gracias Pierre, por esta hermosa medusa, muy bien captada por tu lente. Felicitaciones amigo!

Hernán Bortondello

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-25 15:36]

Hello Pierre,
I would never has guessed that you took this in open water and not from an aquarium. The detail is very sharp, especially the tiny tentacles along it's lower edges. A great shot of a creature not often seen here on TN. TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-25 16:23]

Salut Pierre,en effect les details sont tres tres bons,l'exposition aussi a fait la difference et le resultat est une image unique et tres originale,une espece pas souvent vue sur TN! Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

An unusual but interesting subject, Pierre.
Those 4 gonads on the back look fascinating.
Thanks for sharing this picture.

Hello Pierre

Amazing subject that with the light, the color tones,
and the details it is giving an magical effect, TFS


Hello Pierre-Credit goes to you to show such rare(in TN)species(Moon Jellyfish).Not only just a rare one,but also a well managed shot with attractive light and shadow.Nice colour and sharpness.Regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

Hi Pierre!
Beautiful shot of this jellyfish in very good sharpness and excellent details. Your delicate subject is in excellent contrast with the lovely darker background. The hair-like projections are clearly visible, adding beauty to your shot. Thank you for sharing this lovely shot,
Best Regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-08-27 4:41]

Bonjour Pierre,
Une photo bien réussie d'une méduse magnifique. L'impact visuel est parfait. Bien vu!

Amazing and fascinating MF Peter! Excellent details fantatstic colours.


Ciao Pierre, great capture of fantastic creature, wonderful light, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Pierre,
Superb photo. This is the most common jellyfish species on the Irish coast also, however, I never yet managed to photograph it underwater (although I tried). Great composition, sharpness, details, contrast. Congratulations for this lovely shot.
Kind regards from Irelnd, László

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