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My First Time Visiting the Florida Aquarium

#FloridaAquarium

I went to the Florida Aquarium with my cousin while we were in Tampa visiting for her graduation. Some of these pictures I took with my phone, and others I took with my camera. I paid $20 for my admission and I have to admit, I was slightly underwhelmed by the exhibits. Maybe I was expecting too much, but most of the animals were asleep. There were some slightly cool sights like one of the birds with a dead rat in his mouth and the two turtles having sex. The animals were cool to look at and be able to see them up close, but the exhibits were kind of boring in my opinion.

We went through the exhibit a couple of times just because it only took 15 minutes to go through the whole thing once. At least at the movies, you’re paying $10 for 2 hours of entertainment. I might have been more satisfied if it was only $10 for admission because there were a lot of cool photo opportunities. The Texas State Aquarium was twice as big and had more exotic animals. It almost made me regret going because it seems like the animals didn’t really like it there, but I could be wrong.

Overall, I had fun getting to spend time with my cousin since we only go to Florida to visit every couple of years. I’m glad we chose the aquarium over the zoo that day because it ended up raining pretty hard. We had to wait out the rain for almost 15 minutes, but I still say it was worth visiting. I figured there wouldn’t be that many kids since it was already the end of May. There were actually a few groups of kids there so it was a bit crowded in some areas. I think the photos came out great and I can’t wait to visit aquariums in other states someday.

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Roger Waters: US + THEM Concert San Antonio

(Roger Waters in San Antonio. Saturday, July 1, 2017)

I haven’t been to a concert in a few weeks, and I was really excited to go to this one because as my dad said: “This is the closest you will ever get to seeing the real Pink Floyd.” It was an amazing show. I’ve been to over 50 concerts, and I’ve never seen anything quite so spectacular. I even saw The Who a while back and even though The Who was amazing, Roger Waters put on a show. This show was very special to me because it was the third concert after my dad got out of the hospital. Normally by this time of year, we would have gone to about 6 or 7 concerts. I’ve always gone to concerts with my dad since I was little and I was little worried that he wouldn’t be able to do it anymore. We both had a blast even though we couldn’t be as close as we usually are. My dad has always said that “if you aren’t in the front row then what’s the point in going?” To a certain extent, he’s right, but I’m glad he came around. I love that I still get to spend time with my dad, but his health is important to me and I know how it important it is that he takes things slow and easy. Since my birthday is later on this month, this was quite possibly the best birthday gift I’ve ever gotten. Now that we are going to fewer concerts, it allows me to get better prepared for the next one which I believe is Green Day. I know we are also going to Katy Perry in January.

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Please Enjoy These Rejected Adobe Stock Photographs

Here are a few photos that Adobe Stock rejected for not having any commercial value. I disagree, but since I’m being generous you can check out these photos for free. I thought a lot of these pictures came out pretty good, but I suppose I can see why they weren’t accepted. I learned a lot about what makes for good stock photography. I brought a photography guide with me so that I can try to take better photographs. Even though it was published in 1974, it still had a lot of timeless advice that translated well into modern photography. I took over 3,000 photographs and barely had 200 photos that came out relatively good. I have definitely improved my photography skills over the years. It helps to have a nice camera, but as I tell anyone who asks me, it doesn’t matter what camera you used to take photos.

If you would like to purchase some of my accepted photographs, feel free to check out my Adobe Stock contributor page. There are some really awesome photos that people submit. Stock photography isn’t what it used to be. There’s a much wider selection available now. I find it better to take my own photographs for blog posts, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using stock photography.

What I would take away from this experience is that you should always take lots of photos to maybe get one photo. A majority of the pictures I took were while we were going 70 MPH in the car. I was actually shocked at how good some of the pictures came out since we were going so fast. My favorite one is one of the trains and I was a little hurt that it wasn’t accepted because I thought it came out great.

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