Quick weekend trip to Boston. Visited the New England Aquarium; it’s been a long time since I’ve been to one and it was completely amazing. I left with the feeling that four thousand exotic fish just swam straight through my head.
Taking photos was just fun, nothing else. There’s so much to see, picking and choosing the perfect photos is like trying to find the ten best grains of sand on a beach. This is Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle; she’s at least 70 years old. Very active for a septuagenarian.
There are plenty of places that even a cameraphone or point & shoot will get great photos, but in the darker tanks it will be more fun with a few technical twists. A DSLR with a fast lens is handy — f/2 or faster, which means primes. Get the camera off of evaluative metering; partial, center-weighted, or spot metering work better when so much of the background is so dark. Put the autofocus to the center point, raise your ISO — you’ll probably need 800, especially if you’re shooting something moving — and find whatever looks interesting. Don’t worry too much about composition rules and other details beyond this; center your subjects so you get accurate focus and metering, and let the backgrounds fade into blackness if they have to. The isn’t the only way to do it, but you’ll be swearing less, I think. Here’s where I trusted spot metering to get it right; evaluative would have tried to expose the rest of the scene, completely blowing out this tube of jellyfish one of the friendly workers was illuminating.
Some more Boston photos will be coming but I got a little overexcited about this aquarium and had to toss these up quick.