Clown Fish & Anemone

Clown fish & Anemone

Leaving the zoo in favor of the aquarium, a clown fish nestled in an anemone… If you look close, this is a really poor picture as, in my experience, most from an aquarium are.  There’s piles of chromatic aberration around all the anemone ends at the bottom, but I think it’s from the aquarium glass, not the lens that’s the cause.  Too bad really, because I like the overall look of it… Maybe I’ll have to go back to the aquarium some day.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 85mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec, ISO 400

Western Lowland Gorilla

Wenstern Lowland Gorilla

One of the female western lowland gorillas.  Not as good a shot as the others because of the obvious nature of the man made habitat, but oh well, I felt the gorillas needed fair representation here.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-s 18-135mm lens @ SEL 18-200mm lens @ 85mm, f/10, 1/13 sec, ISO 400



One of the zoo’s lionesses – I don’t have such a good picture of the male, he was too lazy and just laid around all day.  OK, he was also very old and has since died, plus, laying around all day is pretty much a cat’s job I think.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 135mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec shutter, ISO 1600.

Chilean Flamingos


Flamingos… Chilean Flamingos. I didn’t know there were multiple kinds.  Apparently the Lincoln Park zookeepers are aware of the special diet they need to keep their plumage nice and bright.  If I recall, this was taken on a pretty dull, overcast day which was probably good for limiting the contrast (noting the lack of shadows) and glare on the water.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 135mm, f/10, 1/500 sec shutter, ISO 1600.

Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Uncle John's

Happy Halloween!  This is the most Halloween picture I could find in my archives and it’s completely a shill for a place that I don’t really care about.  I might have some pictures of pumpkins somewhere else in the archives, but I’m not sure where they’re stashed away.

Pictures taken with Canon 350D, 17-85mm lens @ 49mm, 1/200 sec shutter, f/5.6, ISO 200

World Financial Center

World Financial Center

Indeed it would appear that we did go up in the Pearl Tower as this perspective on the World Financial Center in Shanghai could only have been taken from there.  There is an incredible amount of correction for haze on this picture that it’s really no longer a good quality shot, but that’s probably why air treatment systems sell so well in China.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 17-85mm @ 33mm, 1/8 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100

Pearl Tower

Pearl Tower

The Pearl Tower in Shanghai, China.  I thought I had posted some of these before – but this was one of the buildings on what Josh called “Matt’s tall building tour” because when in foreign countries, there was often an observation deck / tourist attraction in the tall buildings.  I think we did end up going up in this one, though I’m not convinced I was the primary driver for the visit.  And, yes, tall buildings get old quickly, but when in a foreign country over the weekend, they’re something to see – it’s not like we took kayaks with us, nor would we have wanted to be in the river anyway.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 17-85mm @ 17mm, 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

I was looking for a good past shot from Labor Day weekend – specifically hoping to find one of when we paddled under the Mackinac Bridge during the annual bridge walk.  But, I had no good pictures from those events – at least not taken from the water.  So, instead, you get an awkwardly wide panorama of Mackinac Island taken from Round Island.

Pictures taken with Canon 350D, EF 70-300mm lens @ 110mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec shutter, ISO 100