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May 18, 2010

Mesmerizing Mystic – Part 1, the critters

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to have a weekend away with two of my favorite people:

(Left to right: Renae, me, Jennifer; taken by Jennifer with her self-timer)

A couple of years ago, the three of us were lucky enough to have a little getaway with Rosanne from Shrew’s Daily Shutters, along with Dawn of Music Maven (two ladies whom I hope will be back to blogging some day!) to Newport, RI.  We had an awesome time.  After that, I started thinking, these little getaways should be a part of my life more often.  Jennifer and I have been friends with Renae since we were very young children, and we consider her our sister-from-another-mother yet, the three of us had never gone on a trip, just the three of us.  This past weekend, that changed.  For our getaway, we chose Mystic CT, home of the famous:

Our weekend began on Friday afternoon with a visit to the quaint Olde Mistick Village.  We browsed the shops and made purchases for the kiddos back home.  However, the subjects that charmed me for photo-taking this day were:




That evening, we headed over to Mohegan Sun.  We had dinner there at a place called SolToro Tequila Grill.  I think that Jennifer will probably have a write-up about our food, so I won’t get into much here.  I will add a link to her post when it is available.

Saturday morning brought a visit to Mystic Aquarium.  The aquarium had many opportunities to be thinking about Scott’s latest challenge, but I regretfully did not get the chance to brush-up with my camera manual before our trip.  I did do some switching of scene setting in my attempts to capture some great animal and fish shots, but lighting conditions and fast-moving creatures challenged me!  I deleted tons of blurry fish pics, and most of my shots of the sea lion show were disappointing.  However, I did get some keepers with which I was happy:

Sea lion

Beluga Whale

I liked the “expression” on the face of the penguin to the left

Big ol’ bullfrog

Clown fish


Sea horse – they really aren’t that cute of a creature up close, are they?


This is one of my less blurry pictures taken indoors, in low light with a fast moving subject.  I’d love to learn how to improve this sort of shot.  I believe I took it on one of my quick-shutter settings, in the attempt to capture the ray itself, but that’s obviously not all this shot needs.  Feel free to leave advice in the comments.

Here’s one more shot that I took, especially for Tracy:

If you are not familiar with Tracy’s blog, you should go check it out.  Tracy takes many beautiful animal and plant photos, and when she can, she always posts the Latin or scientific name of the creature.  My sister pointed out while we were at the aquarium, that the humorous folks who work there thought to include the “Latin” name of the “Newexhibit fish” – exhibitus modernicus  (in case you can’t make it out in that photo).

I’ve still got lots more to write and show about our trip to Mystic – enough to share in another post!  Part 2 will be posted very soon!


  1. What a fun time you had! I’ve never been to Mystic, CT but it looks like I should go! LOVE the first duck photo – how sweet is the female looking up at you?? And the fluffy little chick and those penguins – precious!

    Can’t wait for part II! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the shout out!! How funny is that sign? I LOVE folks with a sense of humor and I bet that is a little detail most don’t even ‘see’. Good thing your sister noticed and you photo’d it!! 😀

    As far as the low-light indoor shots of quick-moving things…welll, that is a tough one. You probably needed to switch to a High ISO setting (or switch off of AUTO ISO to the highest ISO number your camera allows) which would allow you to shoot in low-light at a higher shutter speed. This setting does introduce some noise depending upon the quality of the camera, but it might be just enough to freeze the action.

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 18, 2010 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

    • Definitely give Mystic a try sometime Tracy! So much fun and so much to photograph. Glad you liked the Newexhibit Fish! 😉

      I’m going to try to spend some quality time with my camera’s manual this week and figure out how to change my ISO. Thanks for the advice.

      Comment by Karma — May 18, 2010 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  2. Love your pictures and your blog

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — May 18, 2010 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

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  4. Sounds like a fun little getaway! (No husband, no kids… can’t beat that! 😉 )

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 19, 2010 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  5. OK, Karma, I love your blog, too! What a cool selection of photos. (And I have had great challenges taking indoor photos at all on my little Sony CyberShot. She doesn’t cooperate indoors and she definitely refuses to cooperate in places like aquariums and fast-moving anything. She shuddered when I tried to take night photos of dog sled races last year. And the fireworks photos last July looked like impressionist art work.) I Love all your pictures but Duck, Duck, Goose are my faves!

    Comment by Kathy — May 19, 2010 @ 9:10 am | Reply

    • Thanks for coming over, Kathy! I certainly understand your camera frustration. The camera I had before the one I have now was extremely uncooperative when I asked it to do things like catch a fleeting smile or a funny moment. The one I have now is better, but I still long for more!

      Comment by Karma — May 19, 2010 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  6. I’m impressed with the two fish photos you did post. The Nemo one especially.

    Tracy is right in pointing out you will need to increase the ISO in low light conditions. Once you figure out how to do that. I would test each ISO setting to see when you see it get too noisy. That way you will know to keep it under that setting in the future.

    Duck, duck, goose…brings back memories.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 19, 2010 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  7. I got lucky with the Nemo shot, Scott. That particular tank was well lit, so my camera didn’t fuss quite so much about getting that shot!

    Comment by Karma — May 19, 2010 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  8. Interestingly enough, I had better luck in the aquarium with my camera with the “ISO 3200” setting than I did with the camera’s own “aquarium” setting.

    Those sea horses were fug. They make the bullfrog look cute!

    Comment by JenniferA — May 19, 2010 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

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