One of the biggest perks of Photographer's Night, aside from having the aquarium to yourself without the general public there, is having the opportunity to have a photo printed on one of Canon's amazing printers. I was really pleased with how mine turned out. There are also vendors like Tuttle Cameras who are there to loan out equipment for your to try out - for free! My friend borrowed a macro lens and got some amazing shots with it. I brought my own 100mm macro, but didn't have as much luck. I think the anxiety of knowing I had limited time contributed to some shaky hands. I have shot at the aquarium before and had never experienced such shakiness ever - and it was already tough enough to shoot through glass at moving objects in dim light!
Not my best work, but here are a few of my "favorites" hahahaha...😛
The personality of this little puffer fish really stole my heart. She just zipped around the tank, and was having a grand old time in there. This was the only photo I could get of her, because she was so speedy! I may need to go back and visit her. 😊
Even though I love the peaceful nature of shooting at the aquarium, I absolutely hate being under water and whatever is in the ocean. I can barely bring myself to go snorkeling, and don't find the ocean to be a welcoming place. Needless to say, the AOP lets me get photos of all this ocean life without having to be in it. It's definitely a win-win.
Aside from what's in the ocean, I also hate frogs. It was tough for me to edit these. They creep me out...um, enjoy.
I really wanted to get that perfect shot of the stingrays, but I had to make sure I had enough time with the jellyfish.
The jellyfish are probably a favorite of the Photographer's Night. They are so mesmerizing, and there's such a variety of them at the aquarium.
Okay, so these really creeped me out. I don't know what they reminded me of...maybe worms? I dunno, but I both love and hate this photo at the same time. 😨
If you've never been, I strongly encourage you to attend the next one. I find it such a relaxing time to shoot and explore ocean life with other fellow photographers. There is a small cafe with tables and chairs to relax in, chimp your photos, and talk shop with your photography friends. I really hope I can stay for the whole event next time!