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Friday 5 December 2008

Tokyo Sea Life Park: Sharks and Tunas

Whenever I am travelling, I like to visit the aquariums as they are places where I can see some of the local fishes of one particular place. I have been to the one in Cape Town of South Africa and the one in Genoa of Italy. When I was in Japan, I went to the one in Tokyo called Tokyo Sea Life Park (Kasai Rinkai Suizokuen).


I went there with a postgraduate student from Vietnam called Lam. He is very enthusiastic about photography and I suggested to him to go to an aquarium to practice the panning technique. We chose Tokyo Sea Life Park over the other aquariums around Tokyo because its entrance fee was the cheapest amongst those we have found on the Internet.


The main entrance to the aquarium is a big glass dome that lets in the natural light.



Before we entered the aquarium, I spotted some tensioned roofs with their reflections that resembled fishes.


One of the main highlights in Tokyo Sea Life Park is the hammer-head shark tank. There were more than ten of them swimming in this tank at the time of our visit. The lighting was quite poor inside the tank and I was having a hard time getting clear shots of these wonderful creatures.




The main showcase of Tokyo Sea Life Park is the donut-shaped tank containing 2.2 million litres of water. The blue-fin tunas swim around freely in a circular circuit. Although the lighting in this tank is slightly better than the hammer-head shark tank, the blue-fin tunas were swimming very fast that was quite a challenge to my panning photography.






Tink *~*~* said...

Hi CK!

I would say you did a pretty good job getting clear shots. I don't see any reflection from the flash, so I'm assuming that you didn't use one. Yet a lot of the time, aquariums don't have a lot of light because the tanks are lit instead. So tell a little about the conditions at the aquarium and what settings you used on the camera, etc. Please!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

CK Ng said...

Hi Tink, I didn't use flash as it would cause a white patch on the photos. So, I boosted the ISO to 800, sometimes even up to 1600. I used aperture of f/4 and shutter speed of 1/60 to 1/200 seconds and pan the camera in the same direction of the fish movement.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ah Heer!
This make me thinkin' of Makuro and Toro.
It should be really fresh!

CK Ng said...

Hey Ah Tee, are you still thiking of that hamachi and maguro eat all you can dinner? Haha! :D

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