While in Chattanooga we visited the Tennessee Aquarium. I’ve attempted to photograph inside the aquarium once before, but just didn’t have the needed light. This time I adjust my ISO in order to obtain the speed that I needed to photograph. Even then I shot these at ISO 3200 and some as low as 1/20 of a second.
This a little off subject, but I normally shoot 70% of my photographs from a tripod. I like how it makes me take those extra two or three seconds to think about the composition. Now I would love to have one of those the very nice state of art carbon fiber tripods, but Santa just hasn’t seen fit to leave one under the tree yet.
When I was photographing back in the late seventies, I purchased a fairly nice then state of art aluminum tripod. Yes, it is heavy and it will turn into an ice cube when it is freezing. However, it’s paid for and it works very well. So in the words of Stephen Stills, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with”. Somehow, I don’t believe that a carbon fiber tripod is what was on Stephen’s mind when he wrote that song. However, the point is that you use what you have.
So let me get back to the aquarium. Sometimes when I go on trips it’s not always convenient to carry my large tripod. For these occasions I have a small cheap tripod. It fits nicely into a place on the side of my back pack and doesn’t take up much room. It’s not the easiest thing to use and in fact can be very frustrating especially when using a heavy lens. However, I just remember what Stephen said and keep working with it. So, I mounted my camera on my little tripod and worked with it until I was able to capture a few good shots of some jelly fish.
I imported them in to Lightroom3 and used Dfine 2.0 to erase some of the noise. Then I used Viveza 2 to make a couple of adjustments.
I really like how these couple of images turned out with the blue background. The jelly fish almost looks painted. I would love to say I created this by using a certain filter in Photoshop, but the truth is this was out of camera. I did continue on to process these like I did the others. I just love how they seem to be floating in outer space instead of swimming inside of an aquarium.