Bernard Weil, Rene Johnston & Steve Russell - Staff Photographers
Believe it or not, the aquarium at the base of the CN Tower has finally opened.
The aquarium operated by Ripley's features 450 species of fish swimming in 5.7 million litres of water!
The aquarium also offers challenges to photographers.
"This place is awesome," says Rene Johnston who reported on the progress of the aquarium for the Star's Layar edition, "Great fish and challenging light." See Rene's video on Pepper the Giant Pacific Octopus
His offers this advice for shutterbugs trying to get great pictures, "The biggest problem will be crowds. Photographer should go early in the mayor go later when crowds are lighter." The aquarium will be open 9 to 9 daily.
Bernard Weil also part of the Layar edition says, "now that all the exhibits are operating. With more than 16,000 marine animals on site, there's definitely a wow factor going on here."
As far as photography goes, "Shooting inside is fairly easy. If you want more than a silhouette of your kids gawking at the creatures, bring a flash, but watch out for reflections against the glass."
As for me, a scuba diver, the displays reminded me of dives I had made in the past.
I was impressed with the tanks, there are a lot of tanks with curved glass so I was worried about reflections. The layout and lighting design are great and there are very few reflections of from other tanks, lights or exit signs. With reflection in mind, a trip to the aquarium is a great day to leave the white shirt hanging in the closet and wear something darker.
My advice is to try to shoot as square as you can to the tank glass to minimize distortion.