Here Be Dragons

Like the ye olde tyme maps that never really existed I bring to you dragons that do exist! Well, sure they are sea dragons (I think) and not really fire breathing monsters or ocean going beasties that swallow ships whole. They are maybe a few inches/centimeter (pick your favorite form of measurement) in size but they were rather cool to look at. I could have spent a lot more time shooting in that room but we were nearing the end of our trip and it was packed with philistines that did not recognize that I was there for artist reasons versus just snapping some random shots to be published in some random photography blog. Least that is my version of the story.

The one thing I did differently in these photos was reduce the size to 1000 pixels in height. While I like the 1500 pixels better, the noise was a factor so I sacrificed my artistic soul and reduced them.  Between the high ISO used and shooting through glass everyone had laid their hands on and scratched and hazed you gotta do what you gotta do to get a decent image.

So I hope you enjoy the dragons!

Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

Swim With The Fishes – Part 2

I was at an aquarium. There is no way I would be through all the images yet. So its time to swim with the fishes again! Not sure when I’ll be done with all the images I shot in Florida as there were a lot and varied to be honest. So look forward to more nature images. I’ll change it up with some other images I shot recently with the Mighty Canon 330HS that may be retired soon since I purchased a new camera that will replace it. Either way, enjoy the fish!

Swim with the fishes

Swim with the fishes

Swim with the fishes

Swim with the fishes

 

Turtle Power

I am feeling in a reptile mood since I did the alligator images so I figured I might as well work with the turtle shots I took. The last two images where shot because no one thought there were turtles in this enclosed areas. I just looked through the bushes and I could see them just kinda hanging around. The final image was pure luck with the turtle just happened to be looking up at me. All these images were done by stacking several images together. I am using it more to gain critical sharpness and additional tonality to the images. Hope you enjoy.

Turtle Power

Turtle Power

Turtle Power

Turtle Power

Squishies of the Sea

More from the Tampa Bay Aquarium. These are all umm, I forgot what the guide was saying because I wasn’t listening. I was too busy trying to figure out how to shoot through water that constantly had hands reaching down to touch these soft, squishy things. I’m sure there is a technical term for them but I have no idea. For those wondering if I manipulated the color, nope. Thats what they really looked like. I left them as is only adding some contrast to the images since it was slightly washed out from the water. Enjoy.

Squishies of the Sea

Squishies of the Sea

Squishies of the Sea

Squishies of the Sea

Squishies of the Sea

Swimming With The Fishes

Who knew I would ever title a post that? Nothing like mobster death threats to make a post stand out!

More from the Tampa Bay Aquarium. I haven’t even remotely worked my way through everything yet. Just going through and picking the interesting bits to share. It was a challenge shooting through the glass in the tanks along with dealing with the weird light. I just let the camera handle the ISO and shutter speed with me adjusting the aperture depending on what I wanted. I did try and keep the aperture around 4.0 so it wasn’t just constant bokeh in the background and you got a sense of death.

So enjoy swimming with the fishes.

Swimming with the Fishes

Swimming with the Fishes

Swimming with the Fishes

Swimming with the Fishes