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Let loose with a camera at the London Aquarium…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 7 July 2017 by misselisabethuk

I bought a ticket via Eventbrite to go to the London Aquarium (28 June 2017) to learn some techniques for taking photographs underwater.  This workshop I thought was very reasonably priced at £25.00, given entrance to the Aquarium during normal opening hours was not much different.  It felt a bit ‘night at the museum’ only ‘..at the Aquarium’ with up to about 30 people there after closing.

The evening started with a presentation given by INON UK on composition and low-level lighting techniques.  To summarise some of the points of interest raised:

  • get the camera settings right first before taking a shot,
  • think about contrast (opposing colours), textures, the focal point (the eye) and rule of thirds,
  • get close up to subjects.  Your underwater mask will make subjects appear 33% closer and 25% bigger,
  • shoot at eye level,
  • heads wins / tails lose.  Try to get the subject approaching rather than swimming away,
  • try to capture reflections, light shafts and silhouettes for more creative outcomes.

Once the talk was over the practical started.  I attempted panning with the sharks, capture a glimpse of a hiding seahorse, swam with the turtles and laughed at the clown fish to name a few.  I thoroughly recommend this experience if you can take time to go, and what’s more the proceed from the evening go to charity.

Here are the results of my efforts:

Not bad for a first attempt and I would definitely give this a go again and although I am claustrophobic when it comes to being underwater, I was even tempted to try the real thing.  See if I can pluck up the courage…

And so I come to the close on another photographic exploit.  I hope you all have a great weekend, until next time…

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