Where I Went Wednesday: Shedd Aquarium

February 19, 2014  •  2 Comments

I love me some Shedd Aquarium!  A Sunday playing Wawa plus free entry for corporate members- perfect combination for a day with my niece and nephew looking at fishies. 

One of the perks of my “real” job-  they are corporate members at Shedd.  That gets me free entry anytime, and certain months I can bring 3 guests for free too.  In the short time I’ve lived here in Chicago, I’ve certainly taken advantage of this with 3 trips to Shedd! At $38 a person, that’s a sweet deal.  Only downside to Corporate Members days… long lines!At least it warmed up to a balmy 25 F for these folks.  

A tip from a Shedd pro:  Valet park your car!  It’s only 6 bucks more than the lots available- but you get to go to the VIP line, skipping this nonsense!

 

 


 

My favorite part is always the One World show.  Dolphins, beluga whales, penguins, and even a rescue pup make appearances. 

The Jelly Fish exhibit is also a crowd pleaser. 

 

Photography

Shedd Aquarium's house rules call for no flash.  These house rules are there for a reason- it's harmful and distracting to the animals and trainers to have flashes going off.  It's not particularly bright inside; in fact, is quite dark...  So you need to do all you can to avoid the flash in the low light.  There are 3 ways to go about this:

1.  Jack up the ISO setting.  Most of the photos above were shot at 1600 or 3200 ISO.  You will have some resultant grain in the images, but I just did a little post processing to smooth that out.  These images aren't getting blown up to poster size, so the grain doesn't bother me.  Here is a Snap!torial on ISO

2.  Open up the aperture.  Remember the wider the aperture, the more light you let in.  The lower the f stop, the wider the hole.  The above photos are mostly shot at f/2.8.  For the 2 images with my niece and nephew together, I couldn't open the aperture completely up or they wouldn't both be in focus.  For those, I went with f/3.2.  Here is a Snap!torial on Aperture

3.  Slow down the shutter speed.  When photographing moving objects with the camera in my jittery hands (they don't allow booze in there so you know... the shakes...), you can only slow the shutter speed down so much before you see blur.  I set the shutter speed around 1/100 or 1/80, which is my go-to minimum.  Here is a Snap!torial on Shutter Speed

Further, I was always aware of where the light was.  Each exhibit had some sort of light on it- so I had to position myself to use that light.  For the photos of the kids, I waited until they were up close to the exhibit, then positioned myself so that I could see the light on their face. 

 

Happy Shooting!

 


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Ed(non-registered)
I’ve been 2-3 times to The New York Aquarium and I really love to learn.
Rob(non-registered)
I've been to the Shedd Aquarium many times and I was fascinated after seeing it for the first time in a similar fashion. :)
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