Photographer's Note

Being at an aquarium is like being in a different world. Surrounded by water. Looking at animals that are so different than anything we can relate to in our daily lives. It fascinates everyone, from adults to the youngest children. is also very, very hard to get a decent shot in one. Almost total darkness in most spots, children running everywhere, not caring about anything but following the animals and fish through their tanks. It's really not about taking photos though, but just seeing animals that can be truly amazing...and I have to admit that I have a certain fascination with Hippos. Underwater they are smooth, swift and graceful. A truly gentle looking creature that totally belies their reputation. So, I figured I would post another hippo shot, a little different than my first one.

This one was taken at the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden, NJ. I will post some history of Camden in my next upload (you will than see why I don't want to do it on this one).

This shot was taken at 400ISO with a -1.7 exposure to get the silhouette as well as try to get the shutter up to a workable speed. I think the toughest part of shooting in the aquarium was the darkness combined with the streams of bright light coming through the tank. Very tough to get an even exposure with enough detail in the shadows yet not "blowing out" any highlights (like I did here), so my answer was to try and "silhouette" any people in the shots, instead of catching detail.

Thanks for any comments or critiques,

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Additional Photos by John Paskey (happypoppeye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 512 W: 53 N: 958] (4819)
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