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World’s First Octopus Photographer | The ‘Octographer’

By Hanssie on April 14th 2015

Everyone is a photographer these days: Your neighbor who took a photography class in high school for extra credit; your friend who just got a DSLR for Valentine’s Day; your mom who splurged and bought the iPhone 6+ so she could take better photos and now, the sea life at your local aquarium.

At Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Aukland, New Zealand, animal trainers have taught an octopus how to take photos of the visitors. For $2 a photo, Rambo the Octographer, swims up to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 camera that has been specially mounted in her tank and snaps your photo with one of her tentacles. Sony designed the special waterproof rig that had a big red button for Rambo to push. Using one of her tentacles, Rambo reached down a tube to press the button before slithering away. It seems so seamless, just like the time I switched from PC to Mac…

[REWIND: ‘SLOW LIFE’ – A GORGEOUS UNDERWATER MACRO TIME-LAPSE CREATED FROM 150,000 RAW IMAGES]

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Actually, teaching an octopus how to press a button to take a photograph isn’t as easy as the video above makes it seem.  In fact, in the behind the scenes video below, Mark Vette, Rambo’s trainer talks about how on the second day of training, the creature threw a little fit and smashed the camera to pieces. Eight rigs or so later, Rambo took her first photograph.

All the money Rambo earns goes back into the business, like a true photographer, of course. I am sure that Rambo will be available for weddings and bar mitzvahs soon enough.

Watch Octographer | Behind The Scenes

The Sony TX30 comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased on B&H in case you need an underwater camera; octopus not required. Kudos to Sony for the creative marketing.

[Via Digital Trends]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    Crazy ideas, but fun.

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  2. Jake Stifler

    thats a good idea to hire a octopus buddy …..and wont be be expensive too…

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  3. J. Dennis Thomas

    I’d hire an octopus to shoot my wedding before I’d hire some dude on craigslist.

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