Visitor Alan Rudnicki was kind enough to share these gorgeous photos of the Two Oceans Aquarium on our Facebook page. We asked him to tell us more …
I am a medic in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and have been for the past 26 years, starting at a very early age. I am 45 years old at present and I live in the Table View area in Cape Town.
I have had an interest in photography for a few years but have taken it seriously (more as a hobby in my free time) for the past two years. I am an amateur photographer and will never profess to be a professional (yet...) I have had no formal training and am self-taught.
My photography is an “escape” from my day job in the EMS. I absolutely love working for the EMS however, to relax on my off days, I find that taking photos takes my mind off my work.
And, most importantly for me, I love how my photography brings so much joy to so many people, friends or strangers...
I have visited the Aquarium quite a few times, and each time I still love it.
I was very impressed by the Jelly Gallery and the staff were extremely friendly, which definitely makes a person return to a place.
The Jelly Gallery is like a different world and I loved the colours shining through the water.
My family and I love the feeling of serenity as we enter the Aquarium. And my 3,5-year-old nephew loves any kind of animal and he was seriously in his element.
He loved crawling behind the West Coast rock lobster display and looking through the water. And the “jelly baby” area. He loved the clownfish too.
It's always a challenge photographing moving animals, especially fish as they dart around.
Another challenge when photographing the fish is trying to block out reflections and lights shining on the fish tanks. I don't PhotoShop my photos so I try to get it perfect with the challenges mentioned.
I either get a friend or family member to stand in front of the light or reflection before getting my shot. As for the fast moving fish, I use a sports mode on my camera and take a few shots till I get the right one.
The main subjects I enjoy photographing are flora and fauna. However, I do other types of photos too.
My photos are never just a snap of what I see. It either tells a story or has that wow-factor... Not to blow my own trumpet!
Photography for me, as mentioned, is firstly an escape from my full-time job. I have had so much positive feedback from so many people, friends and family.
At the moment I do photography for pleasure and don't expect any financial reward. Social media is a wonderful way to gain exposure and I have found that over the past two years I've had such an awesome response to my work.
The big, popular radio station in Cape Town, KFM, even donated a stunning camera with many attachments to me almost one year ago, in association with Cameraland Cape Town. This was a totally unexpected surprise and I was interviewed live during peak time. I was under the impression I was being interviewed solely about my photography and my passion. Little did I know during the interview a massive gift had been organised just for me. I felt so overwhelmed and very humbled.
You can follow Alan's work on his Facebook page. Thanks for visiting us and casting your talented eye over our exhibits, Alan. Come back soon!