Spring has sprung, and I’ve dusted the camera off….

Well folks, the winter has almost left us which means I am almost willing to voluntarily go outside.  I charged up the camera batteries last weekend and headed out to the inside of the nearest building I could think of to take photos…. the aquarium.

 

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18mm – f4.5 – 1/320 – ISO 100

For the record, aquariums are terrible  places to take photos:) They are very dark and all your photo subjects are moving behind curved, distorting glass that reflects any lights in the room. I also didn’t want to take my low light lens as it has a fixed focal distance and I wanted the option to get close up or go wide. For the techies, to help deal with the low light, I left my camera set on Auto ISO, and used shutter priority to deal with my moving subjects.

I chased the fellow below around a tank for quite awhile before getting an angle I liked. I wanted to get him facing the camera and turned towards me so that I could get a 3D perspective of how he swims with all the fins in different directions.

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50mm – f4.8 – 1/160 – ISO 6400

This enormous grouper simply sits at the bottom of his tank, making life a little easier for me. The challenge was that there was nothing to compare him to so you cannot get a good sense of how large he actually was. Should have found a small child to swim in the tank:)

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23mm – f3.8 – 1/125 – ISO 6400

I took a number of shots of this fan thing before I even noticed his friend to the left. I decided that I wanted to keep the white thing (its technical name) in focus while blurring out the fish behind.

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30mm – f4 – 1/20 – ISO 280

The aquarium has a giant coral reef tank with tons of activity going on. After taking many shots of chaos, I realized I didn’t have a focal point in any of them. I settled on this shot and cropped it down, because it looked as if these two guys were eyeballing the camera as they swam by.

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30mm – f4 – 1/250 – ISO 3600

This tunnel is the main reason to go to the aquarium. It is quite long and has a slow moving walkway for when it’s busy, but when quiet you can just mosey your way along. The tunnel goes all around you and you have the sense of being under the sea.

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18mm – f3.5 – 1/250 – ISO 6400

This tank has a few sharks that simply drift their way around the massive tank. It’s breathtaking just watching them work their way through this floating world.

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18mm – f3.5 – 1/250 – ISO 6400

This shot turned out to be one of the few that was not incredibly dark. Watching the clown fish flick their way around this coral was incredibly relaxing.

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45mm – f4.5 – 1/250 – ISO 6400

The lionfish tank was one of the ones where I had to work hard to find a spot without lights reflecting off the glass. I love the detail of these fish.

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23mm – f3.8 – 1/250 – ISO 6400

Finally, the aquarium ends with the jelly fish. The lighting of the tank really helped to highlight their colors.

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48mm – f4.5 – 1/250 – ISO 1400

This post signals the return of the blog. My hope is to go back to publishing shots every couple of weeks, and I now know I need a bigger backlog for next winter!!

5 thoughts on “Spring has sprung, and I’ve dusted the camera off….

  1. Oh how I’ve missed these blog posts! Welcome back. These are stunning. I love the two stripey guys giving the camera a look that says ‘the camera adds 10 lbs and I already feel chunky’. The white thing (I’m sure that’s the National Geographic official name for it) is a beaut. I think my fave is the clown fish, but I love them all!

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  2. Welcome back! Clearly you have been missed. You really have captured that aquarium and underwater feeling. I want to be on a beach now. I’m wondering if you notice Dory in the back of your clown fish, though I’m assuming they did that on porpoise, lol. I think my favorite is the lionfish.

    I think the “White thing” is an anemone…but I’m no Jacque Cousteau

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