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September 29, 2011

Squid eggs

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 13:49

Squid eggs, Anilao, Philippines, September 2011

I realise I’ve been a long (long) time away. Dodgy internet connection and limited photography. Hopefully I can be back more consistently.

This one adds in my new-found passion for the underwater to the photographic mix.



  1. Welcome back Martin. I think a few of us have been otherwise distracted (work in my case), but it’s nice to see this. It’s quite ‘spare’ and minimalist, to the point that the subject becomes less important. A soothing image – perhaps for a dentists or doctor’s waiting room?

    Do the fish eat the eggs?

    Comment by sojournerphoto — September 29, 2011 @ 22:15

  2. It’s good to see you back again Martin. You have obviously survived the heat of the Philippines summer! Getting underwater serves more purposes than just photography!

    I’m not a naturalist and no doubt Rex will have some aside about eggs on a stick but I find this works very well. The neutral, almost bleached out colours are very beautiful and as the composition makes any sense of scale difficult to determine (a good thing) it has the qualities of a Japanese or Chinese painting. The way the ‘legs’ start somewhere below the bottom of the picture, emerging from the dark and stretching up towards the lighter area gives the feeling of a process underway but not, perhaps never, completing.

    Comment by zavaell — October 1, 2011 @ 06:52

  3. I love the graduation in this image and the presence of the ‘angel’ fish is the major compositional element for me because it steps out from the grey.

    This could almost be a tree shrouded in mist with a flock of birds circling above, but then I could make a joke about birds on sticks.

    Whatever interpretation I put upon the image, it is intriguing.

    Comment by Rex — October 4, 2011 @ 20:50

  4. To answer some points:
    I don’t think the fish eat the eggs, seen no sign of it and all the eggs would soon be gone.
    That’s a bannerfish, not an angel.
    The graduation is a natural effect: at the bottom of the image, only blue light survives, at the top there is stll some red. That couples with the angle towards the surface to create this effect. I can see me using this effect quite a lot in the future.

    This weekend there has been even more marine life activity around this spot.

    Comment by doonster — October 8, 2011 @ 11:56

  5. At first glance it was, as Rex said, a tree in the mist — then suddenly the fish took me under water. It does have something of an oriental feeling to it. A lovely effect. I’d be wanting to see those eggs hatch!

    Comment by Christina — October 9, 2011 @ 03:19

  6. minus the fish and I keep on seeing plastic bags in a tree, waste, air pollution and the state of our environment. But it is not that picture, that is something I bring to the picture which is fed by years of disliking waste. The viewer brings a lot of baggage to a picture.

    Comment by rhoehne — October 17, 2011 @ 00:45

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