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Old Oct 16, 2010, 4:31 AM   #1
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one of the places my guests and I visited was the Aquarium of WA
its not a big place but they enjoyed themselves
i tried taking photos with my old manual f1.7 and the fisheye
but didnt do to good (I am telling myself i went for fun not to take pictures )
here are a few
this one is taken in the glass tunnel



just a normal octpus, the blue ringed octopus didnt turn out


i got around the intense blue cast by turning it to black and white


any tips on aquarium photography is appreciated
not that i go to often

there are a few more here http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/ca....php?cat_id=56
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 1:45 PM   #2
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Aquarium photography has its difficulties, so I think you did quite well. Obviously, low light levels are a problem, as is excess blue in deeper water. If they will allow the use of flash, you can use on-camera flash if you press the lens squarely up to the glass so no reflected light from the flash can enter it. There are ways of using flash to avoid the reflections you get from on-camera flash if you have to stand back from the glass by using off-camera flash - you can hold it of to the side, so the light is angled when it hits the glass and reflects away from the camera; you (or an assistant) can also hold the flash head to the side and pressed flush against the glass so there is no reflection. You get more illumination with the second method, since no light is lost to reflection, but the first can be more akin to fill flash, since light reaching the subject is weaker (but be careful not to direct the reflection into the eyes of other visitors). I have a friend who has used each of these methods successfully in the Long Beach marine aquarium.
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Other than the obvious problems of low light and blue cast the images are really nice, very sharp and detailed.
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I quite like what you have done with the Morays in B&W.

You would have needed a macro lens for a blue ringed octopus - and since it is one of the most toxic & dangerous animals in the sea (despite it's tiny size) you would do well to be on the other side of that 2" thick glass !
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I agree with what the others have already said, John.
You did well with what you had to work with.

And I really like the composition in all of these!
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thanks for the comments and words of encouragement
the flash idea sounds like it would work
the aquarium is quite small with mostly smallish tanks
and on the day lots of school kids
some exhibits were marked with no flash too
maybe a k5 would do better do you think

i just noticed the octopus photo is an old one oooppss
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I'm way behind at looking at picture threads, but wanted to mention how well these came out. I've tried shooting at both the Long Beach aquarium (not very successful) and the Monterey Aquarium (much better pictures, but still not as good as I'd like). Yours here are much better. I had trouble with focus - I tried manual focus but some of the jellyfish tanks were so dark that I couldn't see the focus and there wasn't enough contrast for the camera to beep. I'm really impressed with these.
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Thanks Mtngal,
my jellyfish photos didnt turn out at all, the background lighting caused them to be almost posterised, I wouldnt mind going more often and getting some practise and see what get the best results
when i win lotto lol
i thought i would add another photo taken with the fisheye at 17mm
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LOL! A face so ugly only a mother could love. Must be good camouflage though.
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the camouflage must work well
i have seen them "float" to within millimetres of their prey
open their mouth and suck them in so fast you miss it
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