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Octopus

Shot this octopus in the aquarium in Barcelona. This guy was attached to the wall of the tank, which was dark blue. With a bit of retouching, I managed to black out the background. Unfortunately, it's a bit grainy, as it was rather dark in there. No other touching up was done - the colours are from the default settings (they are not quite purple until cooked!).

No flash was used. In fact, the aquarium doesn't allow visitors to take photos with flash. Someone just before me had used a flash, and the octopus was visibly agitated. It kept moving around and wasn't happy at all.

Octopus

Shot this octopus in the aquarium in Barcelona. This guy was attached to the wall of the tank, which was dark blue. With a bit of retouching, I managed to black out the background. Unfortunately, it's a bit grainy, as it was rather dark in there. No other touching up was done - the colours are from the default settings (they are not quite purple until cooked!).

No flash was used. In fact, the aquarium doesn't allow visitors to take photos with flash. Someone just before me had used a flash, and the octopus was visibly agitated. It kept moving around and wasn't happy at all.

comments (13)

  • Suby
  • 14 Jan 2007, 22:44
My heart actually skipped a few bits when this opene up, eeeewww, (still a creepy crawler) Love the way you vlacked out the background, awesome shot and PP>

Suby
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 14 Jan 2007, 23:55
Oh poor thing, they go white when they're scared. I wish people would respect animals they're looking at!

By the way, this is an excellent photograph, fabulous detail. smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2007, 07:28
great shot and treamtment. very nice.
I regret I haven't been to visit for a while because, while you are not as prolific a poster as some, the quality of what you do post remains a target to aim for.

This is another superb shot from you, which shows us again the beauty of the natural world. Fantasy artists couldn't dream this up.
  • keith
  • 15 Jan 2007, 20:17
Delightful shot and even with eye contact
This is an intriguing picture! Your choice to black out the background removes the octopus from its watery habitat and sends it into deep space! I know you had nothing to do with it's movements, but it posed itself very nicely! Great shot!
Wow, that's an incredible shot. It doesn't look at all grainy on my screen and I love the movement in his tentacles.
This is a beautiful shot of an amazing creature.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 28 Jan 2007, 23:18
You've maintained the light and detail wonderfully despite your bemoaning LOL
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 4 Feb 2007, 08:10
This is spectacular, Duane.

I just found out that you are THE Maven of SC and after reading ABOUT you, I really want to thank you for all your hard work for us...and for being part of this incredible site to begin with. I am trying to let all my USA friends know about this site because I agree with you--it's the best one out there!!! I feel very humbled to be around photographers like you. Seriously.
  • madretz
  • SF Bay Area
  • 8 Mar 2007, 18:38
This is a striking image and the black background is so effective, really makes the octopus stand out.

I'm commenting because the photo 'wowed' me and I just happened to see Ginnie's comment above - I'm one of her friends who she told about shutterchance. smile It really is the best photoblog site out there! Ditto everything else she said, too!
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 27 Mar 2007, 22:39
Wow!! Hope you're pleased to have taken this - I would have been!
Well captured here.
The black background with the creature floating in it really works.

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