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  #64 Blue
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Come into the light...       ©2009 dodrizzt
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       3rd place, 129 points
1/4s, f2.8, ISO 100, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Blue tones almost directly from camera, just a minor levels touch to darken a bit, vignette comes from the tunnel and many floating jellyfishes.
Added a soft touch of "lensbaby effect" (selective movement & gaussian blur) to emphasize movement.
Cloned out two distracting water sinks. Resize & USM.
      Extra Info: One of the most hypnotic places in our local Aquarium is the jellyfishes'tube. The deep, lovely blue lighting and the slow, continuous rotation movement of the jellyfishes, along with them opening and closing their "umbrellas", keeps you staring at it for a long time...
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Sep 18, 2009
    Hey Billy and Alberto,
don't fly too high! (although you really deserve it - for now...)


Congratulations for that deserved T3 place.

Sep 15, 2009
    Well, now I'm even happier!! :-) :-) thanks again to all of you for your nice comments & votes, I'm glad you liked the pic so much!
Jade: @^_^@ you're too much gentle!! thanks again!!
Alberto: but, the honour is mine to challenge with YOU, of course!! :-D :-D the Suprumo Unno has come back!!

Sep 15, 2009
    Congratulations - well deserved.

Sep 15, 2009
    My 3rd place....
I like your style...Unfortunately I've no time to write detailed comments...
Sei un mito!
...But remeber...I'm back!
...I'm joking! :-) :-D
I's an honour to challenge with you!

Jade O.
Sep 14, 2009
    My No. 2. With your entries, your record establishes it is never a question of the top ten but merely a question of the top three. Great shot and another great finish!

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Sep 14, 2009
    In the thumb you can't see it; but in detail this is my #1 - a real calendar or print shot.

Sep 14, 2009
    Jade: what could I say... thanks, thanks, thanks!!! :-)
LaRee, Kjwags, Raf: It certainly was difficult (I also have never get something like this before, Raf, I'm also surprised :-) Knowing the difficult lighting, too dark, and the glass tanks, I carried the tripod to make long exposures (people stared at me with surprised faces LOL :-) and set a polarizer in the lens to try to avoid reflections. And, actually, this is the very first pic I took in a series at the tube... the rest were much worse. A lucky shot :-)
Mepo, Lo, Franz, Slieb: certainly hypnotic, isn't it? :-) Really the tube is a great help to get the effect, the aquarium designer hit the nail with this. I even come back there for staring a while after finishing my photo visit... glad you liked it so much :-)
Hifi: thanks a lot!! :-)
Alberto: well, not so beautiful as your wonderful models but... :-D happy you like it, thanks a lot!!

Sep 14, 2009
    wow... I'm very, very happy you liked my pic so much. Thanks a lot to all of you for such nice comments!!!
I was a little out of creative ideas this time, or they were very difficult to achieve... then I remembered the aquarium, and voilą! :-)

Sep 14, 2009
    Bellissimo!A tunnel made by jellyfish!
It'is blue!

Sep 13, 2009
    I have spent hors at aquariums and have never got anything this good. Well done. Like it.

Sep 12, 2009
    Nice job obtaining this photo considering taking through glass. adding to TT.

Sep 12, 2009
    Very cool shot, it has a very mysterious look to it, you did well in your PP. You have a great number of shades of blue in this one.

Sep 12, 2009
    Very nice- scored high in my voting.

Sep 12, 2009
    Yes, I know this hypnotizing effect very well. And you captured it very well. I catch myself always coming back to your entry just to see if they moved... ;-)
...actually just to stare at it!
Great idea and lots of blue. Very well done!

Sep 12, 2009
    I can see how you would be mesmerized by the tube. Even without the movement the picture has that effect. Beautiful shot

Sep 11, 2009
    Nicely done. I can see why it would be hypnotic.

Sep 11, 2009
    This couldn't have been easy to capture. Another stunning image that just happens to fit the blue theme so well.

Jade O.
Sep 10, 2009
    This is a fine example of graphic art -- except it is an actual image which makes it instead an extraordinary photograph and an outstanding effort. Wow!
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