Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Last month my friend Avery came to Toronto for a visit. And during her visit Avery, our friend Peter and I all went to the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto. I'm not a huge amusement park person but give me an aquarium, zoo or museum and I am there. Although most aquariums are the same after a while (as I've been to about several different ones in Canada and the United States) they are always good photography opportunities. Whenever I go to places like this and take a bunch of pictures it always surprises me how many times I go through my photographs to find my favourite ones. Out of the thousand that I took I found 78 that I really liked. After editing I picked a final 28 photos to post to my Flickr account. I'll share some here on this blog post with you and you can view the rest on my Flickr by click here, or by clicking the Flickr button in my left sidebar.

Overall, I am happy with how my photos turned out. Especially with how dark aquariums can be and me having to constantly change my DSLR settings. The camera that I'm using right now is a Canon Rebel XS that I've had since 2009. In the next couple of weeks I am hoping to upgrade to a better DSLR so be sure to keep an eye out for a blog post about that! But for now I work with what I have and here are some of my favourite photographs to look at.

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In the aquarium they also have little sections where you can actually pet some underwater animals. Of course I'm not a huge petting zoo person, but I did manage to not be a wimp and touch this animal. Not sure what it was called exactly but it had a hard shell for it's body. Meanwhile Peter (in the photo above this) was all about being able to touch all the animals they would allow people. I'm happy I was able to capture this moment to of him because the biggest sting ray (doesn't really look like it, but trust me it was huge) in the tank literally just swam right up to him so he could pet it.

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I really enjoy how my jellyfish (in the blue and black photographs) turned out. Since the lighting wasn't as super neon-y as the giant jellyfish tank that held the Pacific Sea Nettles (see Flickr). I've also always found too that whenever I take pictures of clownfish they always turn out the best. I'm not sure if it's just because they are slower swimmers and just kind of stay in one spot for a while so I can get a good shot or what. All I know is that all my pictures of them turn out better than the rest. Which I guess I should also mention that in this last picture I captured Avery and Peter looking at a picture on Avery's camera through the tank that the clownfish were in. Which also explains why they look a little bit warped in the photograph.

I hope you enjoyed my little photography post and I'm hoping to post more posts like this in the future. Let me know where some of your favourite places are to take photos in the comments below.