I spent most of the last week in Atlanta for a work conference. It was my first trip to Atlanta. I've flown through there several times but never left the airport. I wanted to see some of the city, but I figured it would be difficult with all the day hours being spent in the hotel for a work. Well, my original noon flight down on Monday was canceled, so I decided to take an earlier flight to be sure to get there in time. I got there early enough that I even managed to squeeze in a trip to the Georgia Aquarium. I'm really glad I got to go to the aquarium and that I brought my camera with me.
When I first walked into the aquarium, I was a little overwhelmed and surprised by the set up. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it was definitely more crowded than I thought. Then I realized that I should have expected a crowd being that it is the largest aquarium in the world and that it was a holiday. I had my camera set on manual or shutter priority (Tv) mode most of the time. In addition to working on my sea life photography, I tested, and I believe improved, my patience. I figured I should let the children have their fill of each exhibit.
I also waited for at least 20 minutes for a shark to swim between my camera and the direct sunlight beaming down on me, so I could get a silhouette of it and the rays piercing through the water. It wasn't the shark I wanted, but eventually a shark did humor me.
I took the most photos at the aquarium by far, but I also took a few at the hotel and around the city. Here are some pictures from my first trip to Atlanta. You can also click on the thumbnails below to see larger versions of each image.