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Georgia Aquarium Meetup with Dean Stevenson & Marvin Price

Join us as we meet up at the Georgia Aquarium 2 1/2 hours before the doors open to the public to photograph all the aquarium has to offer. Beluga whales, sting rays, African penguins, American alligators, and a plethora of sharks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and other mammals will be all ours as we explore the exhibits with our cameras.

We will meet at 6:30am where will be guided into the aquarium by myself and professional underwater and nature photographer and instructor Marvin Price. Marvin has been professionally shooting for over 20 years and is a certified underwater photographer with the Nikon School of Underwater Photography. He is also a docent at the aquarium and he has been kind enough to help us gain access to the aquarium before the public enters. Marvin and I will briefly go over some essential instruction before we enter the exhibits to be sure you get the best images. We will continue to provide hands-on instruction as needed throughout the meet up as each part of the aquarium presents it's own challenges. You will also be able to explore on your own. At 9:00a, the doors open to the public and we will gather together to head over to the Oceans Ballroom where we will have time to photograph the interior as well as the Aquarium's marquee whale shark and beluga habitats. 

The cost is $20 per member to RSVP and an advanced aquarium ticket purchase is required. I suggest purchasing the aquariums Early Bird Total Ticket Online Discount for either Adult or Senior as appropriate. This ticket will be valid for the entire day and includes access to special exhibits such as Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and the Sea Monsters Revealed-Aquatic Bodies exhibit. Please choose Saturday, August 2, for your admission date and be sure to print the ticket and bring it with you to the meet up. A pre-paid parking ticket for $9 is also required. Both the Early Bird Total Ticket Online Discount and Pre-Paid Parking Ticket can be found by clicking the link below.

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/acb/stores/1/category.aspx

Concerning gear, you will want to bring your cameras, tripods, fresh batteries, memory cards, remotes or cable release, all lenses (think wide, normal and fish-eye for sure), and UV & Circular Polarizing filters. I will send a reminder email a few days before we meet concerning all necessities and logistics.  

Please Note: It is absolutely imperative that you show up a few minutes before 6:30am the day of the meet up as security will be letting us in at that time and no access will be granted afterwards. 

As always, if you have any questions, please email me at [masked] and I look forward to seeing you there.

Best,

Dean

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  • Frank I.

    I am humbled by the greatness of the images uploaded.

    August 3, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Great event. Only problem is I took too many photos - it'll take me forever to sort, process and post...one of these days I'll learn.

    August 3, 2014

  • Barbara L. J.

    Thank you Dean and Marvin for hosting this event and making yourselves available to help with attempting to photograph these challenging subjects. I always learn when I attend outings such as this.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was one of the most challenging shoots I've ever been on. That said, it was also one of my most rewarding. I think I have a new set of wallpapers! I also learned some key limitations of my gear. Doesn't mean I'll upgrade, but I know where the line is.... that's just as important. Thanks Dean for the event!

    1 · August 3, 2014

    • Roni B

      I completely agree! It was very challenging and rewarding all at the same time!

      1 · August 3, 2014

  • Marvin P.

    Wow I am really enjoying seeing all the wonderful images posted. It makes getting up at 4:15 yesterday all worthwhile. Me and my friends hope you all come back to visit us at the Ga Aquarium.

    3 · August 3, 2014

  • Mary A.

    I found it to be very informative and challenging in all aspects. I'm pretty sure I got it! Thank you Dean and Marvin for sharing your knowledge and giving us this tremendous opportunity. I am very well satisfied with several of the images i walked away with. Dean, I'd appreciate you critic when you get a chance as well as anyone else.

    August 3, 2014

  • Marvin P.

    I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Great images o the cannonball jellies & weedy sea dragons. Can't wait to see more!

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Nicole D.

    I am so looking forward to this! I have always wanted to spend time with the fishes without the general public around with my camera! Thank you so much for putting this together, Dean!

    1 · July 3, 2014

    • Frank I.

      Keep on touch it was nice meeting you!

      August 2, 2014

  • Frank I.

    Thank you very much Dean and Marvin for a very professional , instructional, and inspiring workshop. It was nice meeting everybody.

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Satheesh P.

    Had a blast

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • DeWane

    This is the best way to see the Georgia Aquarium! The tips & advice from Dean and Marvin were very helpful. (I gotta get a camera with better low light resolution.)

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Michael P.

    a real opportunity and a challenge to photograph

    2 · August 2, 2014

  • Marcella

    Have fun, everyone!! I hope this is a repeat event! :)

    August 1, 2014

  • Harry C.

    Hi Dean,

    I would love to attend if an opening becomes available.

    Regards,

    Harry.

    July 30, 2014

  • ray d.

    Dean
    Will not be able to attend.
    Ray Davis

    July 30, 2014

  • Brandon W.

    Hi Dean,
    Please make that 2 who are interested in joining if any cancellations occur. :)
    -Brandon

    July 29, 2014

  • Dean S.

    Hi Janet,

    All spots are currently filled. Will keep everyone on the wait list posted if an opening comes up.

    Best,
    Dean

    July 28, 2014

  • Janet R.

    Dean, has there been any cancellations? I would love to participate in this meet-up.

    ~JR

    July 28, 2014

  • Dean S.

    Concerning tripods, I agree with Marvin that they will only get in the way. I mentioned bringing them in the meetup description but will be clarifying to everyone before the meetup that they wont really be necessary. Every shot I've taken at the aquarium has been hand-held. Polarizers might reduce your exposure time too much but I would bring them anyway just in case. Flash is something you will more than likely want to avoid as it can introduce more obstacles than it's worth. I would bring a telephoto if you have plenty of room in your bag for it but not at the expense of leaving home a wide or normal lens or a lens with a large maximum aperture.

    3 · July 22, 2014

  • Frank I.

    Would you recommend a telephoto lens , a polarizer and a flash? Monopod or tripod?

    July 21, 2014

    • Satheesh P.

      Flash is not allowed inside the aquarium.Tripod is good.I would carry primes and wide angles

      July 21, 2014

    • Marvin P.

      Actually not helpful but flash is allowed in all but a few exhibits. I do not bring one but in just a few circumstances can be helpful. Will show examples during first half hour.

      July 21, 2014

  • Marvin P.

    Wide angle is preferred need a short minimal
    Focusing distance. Although I usually use a tripod for almost everything but at the aquarium I feel tripods are counterproductive. Monopods okay but not necessary.
    The

    July 21, 2014

    • Marvin P.

      I accidentally hit post in mid sentence above. The polarizer is one way to help with reflections but I find the loss of one or two stops is critical & I suggest other ways to reduce them such as having the lens with lens hoods pressing or ver close to the glass.

      July 21, 2014

  • Janet R.

    I'm new to the group and would love to join the group going to the GA Aquarium on August 2nd. Please notify me if there is a cancellation. Thx.

    July 16, 2014

  • Frank I.

    I have never been here but I alway wanted to go it is going to be great.

    July 13, 2014

  • Marvin P.

    My friends & I in photo 1 are looking forward to your visit to the Georgia Aquarium

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Donna P.

    Thank You Dean, this venue is going to be amazing !!

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Tra

    Dean and APW network , this will be one of the best photography events of any meet up. Sorry I will miss it, I'll be at a shoot in NYC. Dean, will you be able to acquire this venue again?

    July 3, 2014

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