Anyone who knows me knows that when I like something, I REALLY like it. And this week, I really like the photos I got at the National Aquarium in Baltimore! While I can’t claim to be a fish lover, or even a marine life lover, I love photographing them. The jellies hold fascination for me on two counts. First, they are mysterious. By just looking at them, it would be hard to know if they were animals or some freaky plant life. It’s also not immediately obvious how it is they manage to move around, which is of course, mysterious. Second, they are graceful and flowing, which I find absolutely beautiful. Here are a few of my favorite shots:
And finally, my personal favorite of this series. I love the effect in this shot of the little girl watching the same jelly I am, only on the other side of the curved aquarium. She seems to enter into the mysterious world of the jellies.
At the risk of looking rather schizophrenic, I’m jumping back to some photos I took at the aquarium the other day. This was my third time watching the dolphin show, and I finally got some photos of them I like. It’s a tough shooting environment, because the dolphin theater has a beautiful view of the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, meaning the show is backlit. They lower translucent shades during the actual performance, which helps if you’re just watching the show, but it’s still tricky for photography. Anyway, here are my favorite shots I got this time:
I’ll be shooting for a Down syndrome Buddy Walk next week, so took advantage of a rehearsal for the talent show portion of the festivities to get some preliminary shots and work out some lighting issues. These are a few of what I got that day. As an aside, if you aren’t familiar with Buddy Walks, check it out on the Buddy Walk home page. A lot of them happen this time of year, so you might find an upcoming date in your area. If you’re a photographer, consider donating your time to photograph the event. Most of these groups are non-profit and could use the help.