Photography Challenges Shooting Through Glass The Georgia Aquarium

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With over 100,000 different marine animals and wildlife living in the facility and boasting the largest salt-water tank in the Northern Hemisphere, the Georgia Aquarium is a must visit destination for anyone who loves the oceans and the amazing creatures who live in them. The main attraction of the Georgia Aquarium is the Ocean Voyager Exhibit (sponsored by Home Depot). This is a 30ft deep - football field sized tank housing 50 different species of fish and marine life holds 6.3 million gallons of water and features the 2nd largest underwater viewing window at 63ft wide by 26ft tall.

When shooting in conditions such as these (knowing that a speedlight is not only prohibited, but would only create a nightmarish reflection on the 63x26ft glass-like surface of the viewing window) you have to decide what you are going to set your exposure for. It was an easy choice... I chose to leave the visitors as silhouettes against the size and visual spectacle of the viewing window setting the water and the marine animals as my main exposure points.

Each section of the aquarium hosts the most impressive exhibits; there is no shortage of photo-journalism worthy material here. I particularly enjoyed the juxtaposition between the people viewing the exhibits (their size and scale) to the massive beauty of the exhibits themselves.

Next time I return to Atlanta I plan on spending another full day at the aquarium - this time I'll take the D4s - which will provide me a much better platform to shoot sharper, richer, more detailed images. Ironically, I'd take the same 17-35mm lens and I'd add a 50mm f/1.4. But that's all. Seriously, save yourself the trouble. When you visit this aquarium, leave the long lenses at home or in your hotel. Take your wide angle lenses and if you have a 50 f/1.4 - bring it. But that's all you will need.

Like I said, this is a must visit stop if you love the oceans and aquatic life. And if you've always wanted to try underwater photography but never wanted to actually get yourself or your equipment wet. LOL.

It's an amazing experience for anyone who loves the challenge of photography in difficult - but utterly rewarding locations. I simply can't recommend it enough! ________________________ © Copyright 2005-2015 - Jon Patrick Hyde, All Rights Reserved.

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