27 Apr 15 . The second major exhibit you encounter as you walk through the Seattle Aquarium is primarily a child's play area, the touch-me intertidal zone display. It is low to the ground, has lots of stuff for children to touch and hold, and lots of guardians to make sure you don't do anything wrong. Some are very considerate of the visitors and go out of their way to be helpful; a small number think they own the display. For the most part you are allowed to take photos with the only real restriction, and an acceptable one, that you don't interfere with the enjoyment of others of the experience. It happens to be my favorite part of the aquarium, and I can literally spend hours, just ask Jan, working with this one exhibit. For me however, to get the images I want, it takes an assistant, as I like to use flash to illuminate the subjects. But on camera flash means bright spots in the middle of the picture from the flash bouncing off the water, so to get around that problem, I have the flash on a 10 foot cord placed at the level of the subject which can be several feet from the camera. This way the subject is lit at its level from an angle that does not bounce light into the camera but fully lights the subject. The display in the aquarium mimics the local tides and wave action, so by staying for a few hours you have the equivalent of taking under water photos just as if you were out SCUBA diving but without the cost, exposure, or equipment required for doing it Au natural.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality, then each color individually adjusted for the balance I desired, and to that a wee bit of clarity added. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/60 sec @ f /11 with full flash.