As you might have noticed, there is a bit of theme developing with some of the stuff I post. Photos are the main focus of what I do but I am also dabbling more with the video side of things. There are some things that video can show that stills do not represent as well. Since the 1D MkIV arrived in my hands with the ability to shoot HD video, I have been surprised how many times I have taken some video along with the stills.
Anyway, all of that is a roundabout way of saying that I have got some video from the Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago that goes along with the previous posts on the swimmy things. It is shot through glass (of course) in the public areas so I know that the reflections are sometimes there but even so, I hope you like it.
Since we were at the aquarium and had paid the entrance fee, we weren’t only going to look at the jellyfish. We aren’t members of the Shedd so coming and going like we do at the zoo or the arboretum is not a practical solution. Therefore, we had a list of things we also wanted to take a look at while we were there. One of these was the Beluga Whales.
We both have a soft spot for the Belugas. For Nancy’s birthday a few years ago, I bought her a Beluga Encounter where so got to stand in the tank with the whales while the trainers instructed them on how to work with them to do various activities. She had a great time! Anyway, they are a sweet looking creature and, since they are the only whale with a flexible neck, they have a way of appearing to be more human, even if it is only in your mind.
For some reason, they were very active while we were there. They came to the surface a lot including some mini-breaches, splashing around and squirting water from their mouths. I hadn’t seen them this active before. More often, they will be swimming around below the surface a lot. We hadn’t intended to spend so much time with them but in the end we were there for ages. The show with the dolphins got going further round the facility. This made shooting both better and worse.
When the blinds are open on the windows, the whales can often be backlit. However, there is still light. They lower blinds for the shows. The light becomes a lot softer at this point. Of course, there is also a lot less of it. More cranking up of the ISO!