Alaska Revisited, Part 16

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Welcome back to my little jaunt down memory lane.  Alaska was probably my most epic adventure with a camera and ironically, I didn’t spend that much time with the camera in hand.  When I did, it was squeezed in with other activities which I greatly regret.  One of those activities was visiting the aquarium in Seward.  I brought my camera along on the off chance that I could get something cool.  As it turned out, I was lucky inside with some of the displays.  I found myself lost in the colors of the different sea creatures that were there.  Sadly, because these images didn’t really fit any of my existing collections, they eventually got dropped from the gallery.  These images haven’t been seen in over ten years now.  Having found my RAW images from the trip I have seen the opportunity to give these images a new lease on life.  Since my current body of work involves a great many detail and abstract shots, I figured that these would fit right in once again.

Bad Hair, Don’t Care“, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f/4L, No filters

Go ahead and read the title and laugh.  Get it out of the way and I’ll tell you about the new edit here.  I’ll wait….


So, as with the last one that I talked about, this was done right up on the glass using the lens hood to keep the reflections at bay.  You can immediately tell what the main subject here is.  It wasn’t all that easy in the original image though since the shadowed areas were much brighter.  Obviously, the design of these aquariums was to provide even lighting on everything in the tanks.  While this is great for viewing for the general public, it is not all that great for photographers.  I wanted to limit the distractions that I was seeing so that was where Lightroom came in.  Something that I wasn’t knowledgeable in how to do was dodging and burning in Photoshop.  The original edit had a lot of detail all around the main subject which diluted the image.  For this second attempt at an edit, I embraced the shadows and really brought the attention to those translucent fingers stretching out in the imaginary breeze.  it was a relatively easy edit and only took a few minutes.  As with my other image from the same location, I used the ability to work saturation on a local level to really pull the attention where I wanted it to be.  The composition didn’t need to be adjusted any and was perfect right out of the box.

There really isn’t that much to say with this one since it is a pretty straightforward shot of an aquarium exhibit.  I am happy to have it as part of my portfolio though after ten years of sitting dormant as a digital file.  I still have one more to go from my aquarium shoot, so stick around!