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No Aquariums Required - Monterey, California

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In addition to my 9 to 5 job (actually 11 to 7), I do the occasional art show during the summer months. It can be a lot of fun to interact with the public and display my photography. But it is always a lot of work.


In addition to the countless hours actually doing the photography and then the post processing, there are countless more hours devoted to making sure I have plenty of inventory on hand. Needless to say, it is mostly a labor of love. :)


I often get the same questions. One of them is "did you take all these photos?". I can be kind of a sarcastic smartass sometimes, and I what I think to myself and probably have said once or twice is "not on the same day". ;)


Another question I get is "were you underwater for this shot?". It's a reasonable question, and with the Monterey Bay Aquarium nearby, I can understand that some may just want to clarify if I was SCUBA diving or if I took the photo at an aquarium.


But at my last show, I overheard someone say to their friend "these are all from the aquarium". I really didn't know what to think. At first, I was a bit dejected. How could this person think all my shots are from the aquarium? Despite the fact the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the world's best, nothing beats the real thing. Trust me, I know firsthand. Maybe he just meant that he saw a lot of the same things at the aquarium. I will never know, as he and his group did not stop and purchase anything or speak to me directly.


Anyway, this shot is from deep in the archives. I had only been shooting for about a year and a half and I was on a night dive along Cannery Row. Back then, I was shooting film and always with my 60mm macro lens.


So here you have it, a wild jelly. No aquariums required.


Nikon N90s

Nikkor 60mm

Kodachrome 25

Aquatica Housing with Flat Port

2 Sea & Sea YS-120 strobes set to TTL

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Taken on May 28, 2012