01 Jelly Fire­works

Geo Cloete, Spain Fi­nal­ist ,Un­der­wa­ter Species

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I en­coun­tered a swarm of box jel­ly­fish when div­ing in Hout Bay off Cape Town sev­eral years ago. I didn’t have a cam­era with me, but I fan­ta­sised about pho­tograph­ing a huge mass of them, mov­ing like a fire­work dis­play in slow mo­tion. Seven years later I came across this swarm in the same lo­ca­tion. Vis­i­bil­ity was poor, so I needed to ma­noeu­vre them nearer to the sur­face, where I could back­light them with the sun. Nikon D300, Tok­ina AT-X 10-17mm f/3.5–4.5 AF DX, 1/320 sec, f/16, ISO160, Seatool hous­ing, 2 x Inon Z-240 flashes

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