|Redefining 'Like a Lump on a |
|Close to Coral of the Unidentified Kind|
This is an incredibly cool coral down in the Wild Reef section. Unfortunately the little touch pad info-thingy was broken and I couldn't find the name of the particular type of coral and half an hour of Googling didn't show me anything even remotely like it. I don't think it's leather coral, and it's clearly not anything easy to identify like a brain coral or a staghorn or something. I wish this had been under brighter lights. The tricky thing about shooting this thing was that even though it doesn't move, the fish it lives with do and they would end up swimming into the frame as I was doing some (reasonably) long shutter work. 1/8 of a second doesn't seem like a lot, but when you're talking about fish that just amble in and back out of your frame, it can put a big blue/yellow/orange blur in your shot. Anyway, I really love the opalescent look inside this coral. The layers weren't waving like an anemone or anything, so I'm not sure if they were the rigid coral that we expect or if they were some kind of softer tissue. They certainly looked like they should be soft tissue, but it's coral, so... I'm not really sure.
|A Picket Post for Two Seahorses|
So given how hard seahorses are to shoot, I'm pretty proud of this shot. He was floating through the most well-lit (and also uncluttered) area of his exhibit and I managed to get off a shot at 1/25th of a second (at f4.5) which meant I got him pretty clearly. It was extremely convenient of him to be floating by in perfect profile. :)
|Rockhopper Hopping Mad?|
Even the penguin glass was bad this time. I'm used to the glass at Lincoln Park being horrendous. I don't even try to shoot in there. Usually at the Shedd the glass is in good shape and I can get some good shots. I know there's always going to be an issue with condensation on the glass when you need to keep penguins chilly and guests comfortable, but there's a difference between clean glass with water droplets on it and just plain dirty glass. It makes finding a good spot to shoot through a challenge. I did get this awesome shot of a rockhopper penguin giving me a look. Those yellow feathers on their 'eyebrows' always make it look like they're giving people the stink eye.
|Monkey Frog - Not Made of Plastic|
This is a real frog. No, really, it is. Most of us watching him were pretty sure he was a very cheap, badly manufactured plastic frog. But then he'd twitch or take a deep breath. But look at those eyes! They look like a seven-year-old painted them on! Very freaky!
Okay, tomorrow will be the fish and then I'll be done with this trip. Weirdly the glass issues are less pronounced on the fish... mostly because there's water throughout so the glass can't get dirty. But that's for tomorrow.