okeanos has produced a number of fine art prints based on underwater imagery. I start with video still frames and then get to work on them using Photoshop. They are in fact the original 'immersion' forms - work I did before desktop tools were good enough to let me author the mutated video sequences. If you are interested in ordering a fine are print for yourself please contact okeanos for pricing.
Mating Squid: This is a print to which I have done almost nothing - the beautiful irridescent sheen of the squid is natural and if anything, is only a pale reflection of the actual colors of these amazing creatures. The center of the composition is a mating pair - male grappling with female. In the background are egg cases, already fertilized and anchored in the sand.
Pastel Moon: Moon Jellyfish were frequenty to be found at the surface of the ocean after a late-night squid dive in Monterey. They are practically without any color - just shades of grey - so applying a tint to them as one tints a black & white photo seemed only natural.
Paisley Squid: This background of this image was worked over using a drawing tablet and stylus to give it it's distinctive look. Sometimes it feels like the squid is in orbit around the earth - fitting for such an alien looking critter.
Perfect Chrysaora: Monterey Bay is often overrun with Chrysaora jellies and they appropriately form the centerpice of the Jellies exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I've made a number of prints using them at the subject, but there's something 'perfect' about this one to me - the golden color of the medusa against the posterized green-blue background is just so appealing.
Cteno Ctriptych: The backside of San Clemente in the Channel Islands is frequently washed by open ocean currents carrying a variety of pelagic zooplankton - including very large ctenophores or comb jellies. This print is based on three simple treatments of a particularly large ctenophore - almost 8 inches in length - that passed me by on a safety stop. The 'c' in 'ctenophore is slient, by the way.
Rainbow Chrysaora: This Chrysaora has a almost sandblasted look to it and the colors are amp'ed to make them extra vibrant.
Shark Dance 1: One of a series of prints based upon Hammerhead sharks videoed at Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica.
Lunar Series: Sort of a contact sheet showing different treatments applied to the same Moon Jelly I used to create "Pastel Moon". This is one of the the larger prints I've created.
Blue Washed Sharks: I dunno, this treatment - which included the application of an exaggerated halftone dot patter to the sharks - just made me think of jeans.
CranOrange Sharks: Another Hammerhead shark composition, the name of which seems rather obvious.
Black Light Tealia: Large Tealia - formerly Urticina - anemones dot the underwater landscape of Monterey Bay and the Carmel Canyon. The most common species has a white body and feeding tentacles with scarlet and brown striped central disks. Simple manipulations in Photoshop yeilded a image which appears to be illuminated by blacklight. This print is magnficient when viewed under strong white illumination revealing wonderful dark purple and red shading.
Neon Chrysaora: The colors used here all remind me of tones that one might find in neon signage. I've been considering getting this image reproduced using true fluoroescent inks to create a black-light reactive poster. A throwback to the Sixties...
Painted Jack: Large schools of Jacks, like this Horse-Eyed Jack from Cocos Island, can be found throughout the Pacific. Intense fishing has greatly reduced their numbers, however, and the frequency with which divers now encounter 'endless shoals'. This image was created by 'painting' over the Jack's blue body with yet another schooling fish - the much smaller herring-like Salima, recorded in the Galapagos.