A retired combat photographer for the U.S. Navy, Ansarov has been collecting and photographing the jellyfish species from a local Florida beach. "It's an opportunity to explore a new world," he says, and part of a wider photo project Ansarov started in 2007. His series "Zooids," focuses on detailed images of Portuguese Man o' War as seen below. Ansarov photographs the creatures on a homemade light table while alive, then immediately releases them back into the wild where they were found.
Once shot and the Man o' War are returned, each image receives minimal manipulation, as Ansarov makes only slight adjustments to the photograph's exposure, contrast, and vibrancy to highlight the vivid details of each venomous siphonophore. National Geographic has recently spotlighted the series, revealing the hidden nature of these deep-sea stingers at close range.
Find more of Ansarov's work at www.ansarov.com & National Geographic.