Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Seahorse exhibit

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium is an exhibit, "The Secret Lives of Seahorses". Just on its own it is a great exhibit. However, with a reasonable camera you can also practice some interesting photography.

I spent a fair portion putting the lens hood on my 18-250 mm Tamron zoom up to the plexiglass (the lens hood is a softish plastic) and letting the camera focus for me. That removed most of the reflections I would get and allowed me to shoot at around 1/30 second. Because I was using the plexiglass as a brace, the low speed wasn't a problem.

While it was rainy and windy most days, the day we were down there was nice, picturesque clouds and only some wind. I highly recommend going to a local zoo or aquarium, put a good 4+ gig card in the camera, play, and be prepared to throw some of the photos away. It's a great way to learn what you can do with your camera.

I know this sounds like a no-brainer (or at least it does to me), but sometimes I have to remind myself to just have fun. It is a hobby after all. I stopped one hobby (computer programming) because I do it for a living. Best to keep other hobbies just that.