|Chinese Dragon, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta Smith|
Due to the number of guests in the zoo and the set up of the lanterns and lighted displays, it wasn't possible to use a tripod. In order to have a fast shutter speed for handheld shooting, I had to crank up the ISO; luckily there was sufficient ambient light to help compensate. I also used a 50mm with a wide f-stop for many of my images. Most of the images were made at f/5.6 and 1600 to 2000 ISO. Some of the images are a bit grainy, but it was a willing sacrifice to capture the vivid colors against the darkening sky.
|Apsaras, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta Smith|
A section of the river was decorated with koi and lotus flowers with some of the flowers holding giant pearls. Koi appeared to leap from the river, with water shimmering around them. This was one of my favorite areas of the exhibit.
|Peacocks Aglow, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta Smith|
|Koi Pond, copyright 2015, Stephanie Maatta Smith|
Lessons learned were patience to set up the image, balance shutter speed and ISO to catch both good exposure in low light and movement of the displays, and isolate the subject carefully because so much color, shape and lines were happening among the lanterns.