Map Turtles (Graptemys geographica)
Newport Aquarium, Newport, Kentucky
"Understand what you want to say. Understand how you want to say it. Then say it without compromise." - Bruce Barnbaum
Using the aquarium as a way to test out shooting indoors in the dark, I stumbled upon these map turtles playing about on this log. While most other tourists passed it by quick, the patient observer gets to see the log flip over and drop the turtles in the water. This happened several times as I stood and photographed them in the tricky lighting. Speaking of the lighting, the heavenly warm glow on the left side works well in this case. The left turtle has its head raised in such an interesting way, while the other seems to be looking that way.
Wildlife photography, aquarium or not, is to preemptively think ahead of your subject. While I was waiting to capture the split second moment of the log tipping them over, I got this special photo as well. There are many more map turtles in this aquarium tank than theses two, but I prefered the small connection displayed here. Photograph wildlife for behavior and to show a relationship to each other or the environment they're in.
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