I saw the “glass” theme come out while I was buying a ticket to SeaWorld in Orlando, and I thought how cool would it be to photograph some fish in the aquarium; behind the glass?

Many of their glass tanks are curved, which made it very difficult to get good focus on a fish.  Once I found some flat glass, I could hold my lens right up to the glass and shoot and get pretty good focus.  It’s very dark in most of the buildings, so I had to open the aperture wide, giving me a very shallow depth of field.  I had to keep the shutter speed high enough to account for moving fish (I picked a slow-mover…) and my ISO was also very high to let enough light in.   I used a rubber lens hood so I could press the lens directly onto the glass, eliminating any spotlight reflections from behind me.  Settings ISO 4000, 1/320s, f/2.8 at 14mm.

This fish reminded me so much of Finding Nemo.  Except — this one just wouldn’t smile.  🙂


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog; all comments most welcome!


4 thoughts on “Glass

  1. Wendy, in a case like this I think the lack of depth of field is a good thing. If you could see all the other ‘stuff’ in the aquarium the fish would be lost. The way it is now it makes it very distinct – Clown Fish Behind Glass

    1. Thanks Ken! With such a shallow depth of field, I had to wait for the fish to be just about parallel with me so the whole thing would be in focus. I had some other shots where just the head was in focus because the rest of the fish was not on the same plane. Thanks for your comment.

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