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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Seventy Nine: at the zoo > Red Sea Eel, Aquarium, Aqaba, Jordan, 2011
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Red Sea Eel, Aquarium, Aqaba, Jordan, 2011
14-NOV-2011

Red Sea Eel, Aquarium, Aqaba, Jordan, 2011

I am not an underwater photographer – I don’t even like to swim. But in this case, I still was able to explore the various forms of life within the Red Sea by photographing in Aqaba’s aquarium. An aquarium is an extension of a zoo – only its inhabitants have fins instead of legs or wings. The rooms within this aquarium building were lined with fish tanks, brilliantly illuminated from within. I was able to bring my lens almost flush with the glass panel of the tanks, stopping the action within by using a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second. (I noticed many tourists using their flashes in the room – they forgot that glass reflects light, and their images suffered accordingly.) This eel seemed as interested in me as I was in it. Time and time again, it would swim directly towards me – here it seemed to have an expression of bewilderment on its face.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1/80s f/3.3 at 19.2mm iso400 full exif

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Phil Douglis02-Jan-2012 18:59
So did I -- so human, bewildered and fearful all at once.
Tim May01-Jan-2012 23:07
I love the look on his face.
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