I was surprised by the challenge with focus in this place. It was fairly dim so I cranked up the ISO and opened up the 50mm all the way. Plus, everything is moving all the time, so if something happens to be in focus, it’s not in focus for long. Had to throw away a lot of images, but I did come away with a few that I’m happy with. This first one is probably my favorite. As far as processing goes, I used a few filters from onOne Photo Tools and also NIK Color Efex Pro. I gotta say, that’s one very cooperative seal!
There is no end of things to learn about photography. I happened to come across a video of the great Sam Abell talking about some of his favorite images and the lessons his father taught him about photography. One of the things that stuck with me was, “Compose… and wait”. I’m not the most patient person, but I’ve been trying to keep that in mind. In this one, I framed up these two aquarium visitors and waited for something to happen. Sure enough, a very cooperative otter appeared on the scene.
This guy almost ended up on the cutting room floor because I wasn’t happy with the focus. I played around with it and decided to give it a reprieve.
I don’t crop much into a square format, but I thought it worked well on this one. Oh, another lesson. Shoot LOTS of frames. Especially in a dimly lit environment.