"I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band, I saw a needle that winked its eye. But I think I will have seen everything when I see an 'octopus' fly." Major points if you can remember what movie that's from. Octopus are known for their ability to disguise themselves and evade predators. We've had to learn many tricks over the years that help us find octopus so that we can photograph them. When we spotted this one, he was quick to hide in a hole underneath some coral but, unbeknownst to him, there was an eel hiding in that very hole. Excited about the free meal, the eel took a bite on the octopus's tentacle, which caused the octopus to ink and flee. Being highly intelligent, the octopus actually swam towards us knowing that the eel would be too scared to follow and we were able to capture its magnificent color display contrasted against the clear blue ocean in the background. If you look real close, specifically at the end of all his tentacles you can see how most are all curled up at the end all except for the one on the upper right side which is missing the curl...luckily, it will grow back. "Now I've Seen Everything" is one of our favorite and most defining images. Dan talks about the story in the video below.
Hawaiian Day Octopus - Wash Rock, Lanai - Canon 5dMII - 24mm - Subal Housing - S&S Strobes
The vibrant look comes from ambient light reflecting off of the aluminum and the ink at the same time which results in the most luminescent art you will ever see. The images are so brilliant that people often ask if there are lights behind them! To top it off, the dye-infused aluminum process has unprecedented archival characteristics that will enable your piece to be radiant for the next 150 years.
Both of our aluminum mounting options have a modern feel and look "frame-less" from the front. There is no need for additional framing, they arrive in your hands, ready to hang.
Euro Mount: This option is frame-less when viewed from straight on but has a frame to edge on the back that is visible from the side that is about 1 1/2 inches thick. We use a double metal frame for added support. Default euro mount color is black but is available in silver as well. Please let us know if you would like the silver option. Euro mounts are usually recommended for larger images but they work well for all sizes. In our galleries, most pieces 12 x 18 and above are displayed with euro mounts.
Float Mount: This option looks like it is literally "floating" about a half inch off of the wall. There is a hanger on the back which you can use to hang the image with a nail or picture hanger. Float mounts are usually recommended for smaller sized images but can also work well for most sizes. At our galleries, most pieces 11x14 and smaller are shown with float mounts.
Both options look amazing, let us know if you have any questions. We would love to help!