Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kyoto Aquarium - 京都水族館

The New Aquarium in Kyoto.

One of the main exhibits at this aquarium are the Giant Salamanders.
They really are giants too averaging between 1m and 1.5m in length.  
I think they are cute too, maybe it's the stubby fingers on their toddler sized hands.

Moray Eel, proud owner of pharygeal jaws, just like the xenomorphs from Alien.

There was also a very nice jellyfish display.


My favourite living fossil the Nautilus.

The other main attraction was the dolphin show.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Slivers of Time

I started off with water, which has an amazingly jewel like quality as the light reflects off it and refracts through it.
 Water was a bit too clear, and as a consequence somewhat difficult to separate from the background.  I moved on to milk.  Milk works quite well for photographing splashes and drops as it is opaque and more viscous than water.
My first milk crown!



 'Solar System'
I love the little planets just hanging there in space.

 I was using an external flash to get some very short exposure times for photographing drops and splashes.  I was using a Canon Speedlite 480ex II at 1/64th power, if it is the same duration as the 580ex II then I had an exposure of about 1/31,000th of a second.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PL Fireworks 2012 PL 花火

 August 1st is the day that the PL church has one of the biggest fireworks displays in Japan, with about 25,000 shells being used this year.