08 Oct Beyond The Sea

Source: Little Big Travelling Camera

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (56mm, f/2, 1/200 sec, ISO3200)

Just when I returned from Japan autumn arrived in Austria. I took the Monday off but since it was cold and rainy I decided to stay indoors.

I went to the “Haus des Meeres” (house of the sea) which is located in an anti aircraft tower from world war II. Firstly I planned to go to a museum but than I realised that I never went to this place before. One week after my visit at the Kaiyukan, the big aquarium in Osaka, I was prepared to be disappointed.

Of course the tanks are much smaller here and the hammer head shark is baby compared to his brother and especially compared to the whale sharks in Japan. It’s not even close but there are some very beautiful things to see in this small Aquarium in the middle of Vienna.

The true highlights for me were the freely roaming common marmosets and the small tank with the seahorses. Both were challenging to photograph. The little monkeys because they were so fast and constantly moving and the sea horses because their tank was rather dark and they were swimming much faster than I would have had expected. To avoid motion blur I changed minimum shutter speed to 1/200s which resulted in high ISO values even at f2.0. I doubt that all the smart phone shooters got useful results here. And it tricky for entry level…

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