“This image was taken in Monterey Bay near Carmel, CA, in the kelp forests bordering Point Lobos State Reserve. I’d heard reports of sea nettles down there, so one day I took my kayak out and anchored it to some kelp to dive. For the first 30 minutes, I barely saw any jellies—and then more and more arrived. I began shooting, using two Sea & Sea strobes for fill light. Soon, I was completely surrounded by jellies, but my fisheye lens let me find and close in on this individual.” (www.jimpattersonphotography.com)
Tech specs: Nikon D300 with 10–17mm f/3.5–4.5 Tokina fisheye lens, in Aquatica housing; 1/160 sec at f/6.3, ISO 200. Adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CS3.