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Giant Pacific Octopus_1


This is what a photo of that octopus looks like without an achromatic lens. I have to dump it to black and white to get the colours to work as they should.




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Viper Moray Eel


“You’ve got something in your nose.”




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Spot Prawn

Jan. 26th, 2017 12:00 am
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Spot Prawn


The important thing to remember about evolution is that nothing is moving along any sort of master plan. Evolutions just sort of steps in and tweaks stuff until it’s good enough for survival. Then it tells the critter “go eat something and have sex”.


Many evolved features make more sense when you keep this mind.




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Lookdown

Jan. 25th, 2017 07:01 pm
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My approach to photographing fish in aquariums is to use a lens that can be placed directly on the glass, then use a flash to direct light at the fish. This keeps the focal plane parallel to the air/glass and glass/water boundaries, so you don’t get odd refraction ruining the shot. It also blocks extraneous light from bouncing off either of those boundaries and into the lens, where it could cause glare that also ruins the shot.


However, if the fish is really shiny, even this approach doesn’t give you a great shot as it can easily be over- and under-exposed in the same image. I typically aim for under-exposure in this situation as, while not as accurate as I’d like, it does create a rather striking image.




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White Stork_1


This is the same stork that brings the babies in all those European fairy tales.


He sure is tired.




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Ring Tailed Lemur_5


Lemur suddenly realizing that this blog is full of interesting commentary intermixed with alternative facts.




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Porcupine Puffer Fish_1


It’s not a trick of the light. Their eyes really do look like that.


I have no idea why.




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Cave Dwelling Rat Snake_1


Thinking about getting one of these to put in my basement ceiling.




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Plumose Anemone


There. Now you know what an anemone mouth looks like. You don’t have to learn anything else today.




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Giant Pacific Octopus_7


It turns out that one of the lenses I picked up at the National Camera sale last summer is achromatic. This means that, unlike most of my aquarium shots, I can use it to shoot through curved glass and not get weird colour effects.


So here’s an octopus for you.




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Purple Mouth Moray Eel


“Hey! Did you ever think that maybe Sean Spicer is just writing (and presenting) political fanfic?”




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Duck

Jan. 19th, 2017 05:40 pm
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Duck pondering the idea that, if you give the top level of government to a bunch of billionaires and the first thing they do is take away people’s health care, using job lock-in to prevent them from exploring entrepreneurial opportunities, that maybe that alone is proof that trickle down economics doesn’t work.




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Atlantic Triton Snail_2


These are Atlantic triton snail eggs. There’s no joke here because snail eggs are just cool. Look at the cool snail eggs.




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Sea Apple

Jan. 18th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Sea Apple_2


This is the mouth on the “apple”.




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Sea Apple

Jan. 18th, 2017 04:37 pm
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Sea Apple


Once upon a time, a naturalist saw these and thought “apples”.


I like to imagine early naturalists as people who’d wander around testing random stuff to see if it was edible and, as a result, were constantly tripping as they named things.




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Krill

Sep. 2nd, 2016 02:45 am
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I went to the Akron Zoo today to see their reef exhibit before it closed. As many of you know, I love shooting seahorses. However, they were all hanging out at the bottom of the aquarium and I couldn’t get a good angle. Luckily, their food was free swimming and well in range.


This is a krill (or something krill-like). This little guy is about three millimeters long and about half a millimeter wide. It is capable of moving in three dimensions just slightly faster than autofocus allows. I took this shot, free hand, with the help of a single solitary flash.


This may be the most challenging normal* photo I’ve ever taken … so even though I’m not caught up on processing, I’m posting this one early to brag.


* The non-normal photos I took in Nicaragua are more challenging, and that is why the photos have paused. I need to finish those suckers.




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