Monterey Bay Aquarium – 7D Impressions

Published On August 14, 2010 | By Mike Carroll | DSLR

A ballet of jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

This past Tuesday Bonnie and I took our grandson Sam, who is from New York and is spending the summer with us, to the coast to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have to tell you that I was completely unprepared for what I saw. I’d been to an aquarium in the Midwest ages ago, but this was like beholding living art.

I had the Canon 7D with a 28-135mm lens with me, intending to only shoot still photos — tourist snapshots. But I quickly found that the still pictures I was getting were flat, uninteresting. What was beautiful was the movement of the marine life in the water. I switched over to video (1080 24p) and began recording some of the stunning, swirling movement.

This was done completely on the spur of the moment to capture some of this incredible imagery for memory. The Aquarium was also incredibly packed with families on summer vacation. Bonnie and I are planning a return to the Aquarium in January or February — when school is in session, tourist season is long since dead and dried up and blown away as dust, and the winter rainy season is keeping everyone else at home.

Monterey Bay Aquarium 8-9-2010 – Canon 7D from Mike Carroll on Vimeo.

Tripods are not allowed in the Aquarium so these were all taken by simply cradling the camera in my hands. Apologies for any jerkiness. Enjoy and imagine…

Sam and Bonnie taking in the beauty of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Canon 7D / Canon 28-135mm lens / Final Cut Pro / Music: “An Ending (Ascent)” by Brian Eno from the “28 Days Later” soundtrack.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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