Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oceanário de Lisboa

It's been a very long time since I visited an aquarium. I decided to put the Oceanário de Lisboa on my itinerary to challenge myself with some low light photography situations. I was also moved by their mission statement: To promote knowledge of the oceans and to bring sensibility of the general citizen to their duty to protect Nature through changing of habits.

I worked with much higher ISO values than I am normally comfortable with, but it was worth it! I have never been able to photograph underwater animals this way before.

My biggest challenge was one I didn't anticipate. In order to capture a sharp image, I had to shoot directly into the tank. I could not stand close to a tank and photograph an animal that was not directly in front of me because the image quality degraded exponentially! When looking at the tank with the naked eye the animals look beautiful and sharp, but it was much harder for me to capture that crispness on camera. This tank was the most challenging, but also my absolute favorite. I fell in love with this seahorse family.

Of course, I couldn't miss out on capturing Nemo and Dori!

This was my last day in Lisbon. I loved portugal and had a blast practicing my Portuguese. Off to Seville, Spain now!


Kathy Beaird said...

Claire - these are stunning! I am having so much fun living vicariously through your pictures. Can't wait to see what you capture in Spain!

Fátima said...

Hi Claire!
As a Brazilian, portuguese language speaker, I feel that sometimes it´s hard to understand the Portuguese people, I mean the way they speak portuguese in Portugal. Could you understand very well?
You said you had a blast practicing Portuguese, but as far as I know, you don´t like to do that. I´m happy you did that.
I´m having fum with the pictures.


Claire McAdams said...

Hi Fatima! I actually understood people better than my parents sometimes. It was really fun. I have hardly spoken any Portuguese my whole life, but something about being in Portugal this trip brought out a new side! I am in Spain now and am speaking more Spanish than I have in my whole life!

Fátima said...

Wow!!!What a mix of language: english, portuguese,spanish. Good for y'a