Monday, March 14, 2011
A scorpionfish, I think it is in the same family as the stonefish, but I don't recall offhand. Sat still and smiled for me.
Being able to use a flash made things much easier for the work. Set it up and to the left, with just enough power to freeze movement, but not enough to overwhelm anything. Use a shallow DOF (4 in this case) and a reasonable ISO (I had originally set it to 800, was able to tone it down to 400) and working with fish was much more rewarding than in Emerald Isle.
Back when I kept reef tanks in the late 80s, early 90s, the Flame Angel was the be-all-end-all of Angelfish keeping. If you could keep one alive you knew your stuff.
No, I didn't know my stuff. But I did manage to get a good pic of one :)
The Baltimore Aquarium has an exhibit on the invasion of jellyfish. They had several different kinds on display, from small and fast, to large and slow moving. This little guy was zipping right along and coupled with a nutrient-rich tank, was tough to catch. Not quite fully in focus, but I'm happy enough with it.
I was pretty pleased with the prior fish shots I took down on Emerald Isle, but I knew I could do better. So off I went to research how to take better pics in an aquarium setting. Most of the articles I ran across (even from sites devoted exclusively to photographing fish) were all the same, shove the lens right to the glass, fire away and hope for the best.
That didn't strike me as all that useful, and a good way to scratch the lens, so I kept looking. One fellow (thanks VC!) told me a different way, which I took up for this trip, and as you can see, the results are great! More to follow.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
This is as close to a shark as I will probably ever come. Notice all the lovely teeth and the beady little eyes. I don't know what it's thinking, but I'll bet it's along the lines of "my, don't you look tasty!" Of course, I could be doing the shark a great disservice by assuming that. For all I know it (I respect its privacy) is creating new operas in its head.
It was difficult to shoot this, as the 1-foot thick glass gave plenty of distortion, and flash was a no-no (not that I brought it with me, but the point still stands) so it was back to a high ISO and noise reduction software. Not to mention the shark wouldn't sit still for a nice portrait!
Going on a short vacation means (to me anyway) a tradeoff on the amount of gear one can carry. In this case, I left my film gear home, not expecting the wonderfully foggy day I had, so this shot was converted to Black and White. The conversion process is never as exact as when shooting with a real film camera, but it works well enough for this shot.
Not too far from the first boat I fotographed forgotten in the marchland, I found this much smaller one, also forgotten. The fog, coupled with the weathered look of the boat and not-quite-spring plants, gave the whole scene a sombre look. I did tone down the colours in PhotoShop though, otherwise unaltered.
This is probably my most favourite picture I've ever taken. From Emerald Isle, early in the AM and quite foggy as you can see. The seagull was on the ground and I could tell as the man approached it was getting ready to take off, I was a tad too late on the trigger to get it just as it was launching itself, but overall I'm extremely pleased with the pic.