Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday 21st October, A visit to "The Deep"

A really great place to visit on a winter day in Hull is "The Deep", one of the biggest and best aquariums in the country. Pat and I have season tickets, and since we like the place so much, they get plenty of use during the winter months. Here is a view of the car park and building front.
The parking charge is £3 for four hours, but on the ticket is a detachable voucher for "Two Squid" (£2) which can be redeemed in either of the Cafes or the shop, so parking is a reasonable £1 all things considered, we also get 10% discount on anything we buy on our Season Tickets.

Pat was itching to try out her FZ38 Bridge camera and she took this in the first tank you come to on the top floor near the exhibits entrance. No Flash is permitted anywhere in the Deep, which means it can be a challenge to photograph the fast moving fishes.
Here is another she took in the same tank, I was impressed with her results.
This is the upper corridor with the audio visual displays that takes you down to the Coral Pool extension to the huge main tank. This was taken with the Nikon with the F1.8 35mm prime lens.
Even in this very low lighting, Pats camera was doing well, as here the imitation fossils on the other side of the gallery. The lighting here is very low.
We were lucky to arrive at the coral pool just as a school had passed through, so had the place to ourselves! this is one of my shots
Here is another from the Nikon prime lens, this is in a small tank on the opposite side of the gallery from the main tank, and contains This gold Butterfly and clowns of course
And here is another shot of mine of the clowns, which are the very devil to photograph as they are so fast moving!
Here is Pat at one of the panoramic windows to the main tank, I had to drag her away!!
There are some abstract lighting effects in the bubble lift which rather caught my eye!
We had lunch in the upstairs cafe then took the lift down to the shop where there is a ceiling height tubular tank and Pat had a good time here, too!
The one and only freshwater tank is the final one at the entrance and exit doors and Pat captured this portrait of a "Pacu" it looks like a Piranha but in fact is vegetarian.
And finally I took this view back into the shop, you can see the tubular tank i mentioned earlier. No matter how often we go to "The Deep" there is always something new to see and enjoy, adn you can't get a better place for Photography on a cold winter day, though you have to be ready to find some of your images are blurred due to subject movement.
That's what makes it interesting, it is challenging, too!

1 comment:

JJ said...

Tony, an outstanding entry. You've given me an idea or 2 for those wet, cold afternoons.