Aquarium Photos

posted November 12th, 2012
Hello!

We went to an aquarium with the children today and I got a few photos I liked, but it's so hard taking pictures through glass and water and in really low light. I'd love to go again and get better photos and I wondered if anyone had tips for camera settings? No flash allowed to add to the challenge!

I got a jellyfish one for today's photo...



posted November 12th, 2012

Those pictures are very dificult. I took this in my cousin's living room - a very smal aquarium :)
I tried to capture the fish in the moment they "stood" in the water. Not easy and many outtakes!
posted November 12th, 2012
Jo
Here is my only successful shot of a fish (pleco) through our aquarium at home - most don't work at all.

posted November 12th, 2012
@tandem02 @joluise Both great pictures! Glad I'm not alone in finding them hard!
posted November 12th, 2012
These are mostly photos of the kids but have a few fishy ones if you fancy a look! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.171597902978950.39396.100003862249594&type=1&l=e3fd886609
posted November 12th, 2012
posted November 12th, 2012
@scuffer your pictures are amazing :)
posted November 12th, 2012
@tanja_1211 That is beautiful! Do you have any tips?
posted November 12th, 2012
@tandem02 Thank you, I'm always so disappointed with them when I get home!
posted November 12th, 2012
From the San francisco Aquarium:
posted November 12th, 2012
And here's my favorite:
posted November 12th, 2012
@allie912 They are great.
posted November 12th, 2012

Blurry, but i'd love to go back and try again
posted November 12th, 2012
This prehistoric looking thing was shot at the San Diego Zoo.

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posted November 12th, 2012
@scuffer I think you did a fantastic job capturing the jelly fish. I've struggled with these same shots Corinne and unfortunately don't have any advice to offer, but would love to see some suggestions too :-)
posted November 13th, 2012


I took this back in January and it is still one of my favorite shots ever!!!!
posted November 13th, 2012
At the Toledo Zoo Aquarium


From Atlantis Aquaventure
posted November 13th, 2012
@notsorandompics @mikehamm @hasselhotch @allie912 these are fantastic shots do you have any advice on how you got them?
posted November 13th, 2012
All I can suggest is a camera with good light sensitivity.
posted November 13th, 2012
I generally have a circular polarizer on my lens to help eliminate glare from glass. Also, the sun was shining into the water so the fish was lit up pretty well even though I was standing in a shaded spot. I also got my lens as close as possible to the glass without actually touching the glass. Use as wide an aperture as you can to help keep ISO somewhat low.
posted November 13th, 2012
@scuffer I recommend higher ISO, wide aperture and a steady hand. I did purchase a circular polarizer filter to get rid of the reflection on the glass but it sucks the light up too much for aquarium shots.
Looked at your shots on Facebook and they are wonderful, looks like everyone had a fabulous time =)
posted November 13th, 2012
Here's 4 of my favs from the Melbourne Aquarium







posted November 13th, 2012
I used high ISO, like 1600 this way on Tv I can use higher speed not to get the movement blurry. And of course watch for the reflected light
Here is mine from Aquarium
posted November 13th, 2012
This was taken at the Mirage Secret Garden. It is outside so I had the sun on my side. I wish I could tell you what settings it was. I was experimenting with my settings through out the day.

posted November 13th, 2012
posted November 13th, 2012
I used a higher ISO and wide aperture (which I like anyway lol)

posted November 13th, 2012
@mikehamm @tanja_1211 Interesting... I've never tried a polariser... will have to give a go and see what I get.
posted November 13th, 2012
@christabug That shot is gorgeous! I love the water reflections on the dolphin!
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posted November 13th, 2012
This is one of my fish I took back in June.

I have found that it is best to use a iso from 400-1600 need to have a fast shutter speed if fish are moving about also I have used Alservo to keep track of fish when focused try and focus on the eye. A flash would be usefull ( but as you are not allowed) also I found angling the camera a little to reduce the reflection in the glass.
posted November 14th, 2012
There are some really stunning pictures here, thanks all for sharing. Thanks too for the tips, I shall try them out when I go again.
posted November 14th, 2012
@scuffer As stated above, use a circular polizering filter. It cuts the glare. However, it is usually 1.5 to 2 stops slower. Raise your ISO, wide aperture will help get the sutter speed you need. Shoot in shutter speed priority to set the speed you need.
posted November 15th, 2012
posted November 16th, 2012

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