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Featured The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago 2-22-19

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Enoch, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Enoch

    Enoch Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    The Shedd was free for Illinois residents on Friday, and so my buddy and I went to check it out. Took all of these photos with my EM-1 and the Olympus 25mm f1.8. I was shooting through glass most of the time, but I was surprised with how well these came out.
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  2. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    Well done.
     
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  3. Enoch

    Enoch Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    Enoch Haven
    Thank you. It was a fun day!
     
  4. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    They must have cleaned the inside of the tanks quite recently.
     
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  5. atomicmak

    atomicmak Mu-43 Regular

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    Mital Patel
    beautiful collection
     
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  6. Balinov

    Balinov Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 8, 2015
    Dublin
    Balazs
    Great set, thanks for sharing.

    Do you mind me asking what was your keeper rate? I do own the em1mk1, but only have f/2.8 lenses and the last few times I tried aquarium I've only got a few keeper due to blure.. Also if you were using MF or af?
     
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  7. Enoch

    Enoch Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    Enoch Haven
    Keeper rate was pretty good, 50 percent or more. I culled images mostly for the position of the fish. Only used single point auto focus. Focus worked great with the 25mm f1.8. I think the extra light from a prime would help you a lot. The 25mm was all I used there. I mostly shot in shutter speed priority with auto ISO. A sufficiently high shutter speed is the biggest factor in getting sharp pictures with moving fish. Also getting the lens as close as possible to the glass helps eliminate glare (cupping your hand around the lens can help too) . I did notice that there was significant blurry distortion in some shots when I was shooting through the glass at an angle. Keeping the sensor parallel to the glass seemed to yield the best results.
     
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  8. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Great shots. I know how difficult it can be to get good shots in an aquarium, so kudos for getting those. Very nicely done.
     
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  9. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Bob
    Wonderful series, Enoch! Thanks for posting 'em.
     
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  10. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 14, 2012
    Nottingham
    Your 'shooting through glass' technique is working superbly. Very impressive shots for an aquarium.

    I liked the first blue jellyfish. That one stands out.
     
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  11. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle haunted scrap heap Subscribing Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    Like, The Valley
    I would agree. Those kinds of scenes are darker than they tend to look to your eye when viewing from typically dark-ish viewing areas, it's easy to overestimate the light.
    Rubber lens hoods are great for this... particularly the old "wide-angle" kind you can find on ebay.

    I love the pig-nose turtle! I spent about ten minutes trying to get a similar shot of one of those with my XZ-1 five years ago... it kept making the same circuit of the tank, passing very close to the glass, and I had to pan the shot due to the proximity and wanting to use a 1/50s shutter... eventually got a keeper. It was an interesting study in iterative learning. :D 
     
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  12. Sam0912

    Sam0912 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 1, 2012
    Fantastic shots, love them all but have a soft spot for the frog, who seems to be contemplating the meaning of life :coffee:
     
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  13. Santa

    Santa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Tom Staggs
    What a great set of pictures! Thank you for posting.
     
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