Daily Image - Apr 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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08 Apr 11.  A trip to the Seattle Aquarium last week was a two hour adventure of trying to get images amidst several bus loads of school children. Needless to say it was a bit of a challenge. The area I most prefer is the tide pool/intertidal zone exhibit which is a knee level display designed for kids to touch and watch the tide pool animals. It is in my opinion the best display in the aquarium, although there are many VERY nice displays in the buildings. My approach to photographing the animals in the display is to take a flash on an extension cord and place it at or slightly above the level of the animal of interest and push the light through the plexiglas sides of the display. In this manner I avoid the bounce back usually associated with flash on the water's surface while illuminating the animals in different ways. One of those ways is to tip the flash sufficiently so as to achieve a rapid fall off of the light, thereby simulating a deep water environment. Of course this requires an assistant to manipulate the flash and Jan is the one who does the "lighting" for me. The image for today of an anemone is one such example. The animal is in a display that has waves of water flowing into and out of it in sync with the actual tidal motion of Puget Sound in which the aquarium resides. Thus the animals experience the same environment as do their relatives outside in the real world. It is a very nice presentation and one I visit at least annually, if not more often. ISO 200; 1/60 sec with flash @ f / 11.

08 Apr 11. A trip to the Seattle Aquarium last week was a two hour adventure of trying to get images amidst several bus loads of school children. Needless to say it was a bit of a challenge. The area I most prefer is the tide pool/intertidal zone exhibit which is a knee level display designed for kids to touch and watch the tide pool animals. It is in my opinion the best display in the aquarium, although there are many VERY nice displays in the buildings. My approach to photographing the animals in the display is to take a flash on an extension cord and place it at or slightly above the level of the animal of interest and push the light through the plexiglas sides of the display. In this manner I avoid the bounce back usually associated with flash on the water's surface while illuminating the animals in different ways. One of those ways is to tip the flash sufficiently so as to achieve a rapid fall off of the light, thereby simulating a deep water environment. Of course this requires an assistant to manipulate the flash and Jan is the one who does the "lighting" for me. The image for today of an anemone is one such example. The animal is in a display that has waves of water flowing into and out of it in sync with the actual tidal motion of Puget Sound in which the aquarium resides. Thus the animals experience the same environment as do their relatives outside in the real world. It is a very nice presentation and one I visit at least annually, if not more often. ISO 200; 1/60 sec with flash @ f / 11.

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