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Academy of Sciences visit - the funcrunch files


Jun. 1st, 2009 11:35 pm Academy of Sciences visit

thomwatson took me to the California Academy of Sciences, where he has a membership, today. I had yet to go there since the new facility opened. We had a good lunch at Crepevine and then headed into Golden Gate Park.

Looking at all of the animals was fun, and the planetarium experience was spectacular. I couldn't resist taking lots of photos, of course, though they didn't turn out all that well in my opinion; judge for yourself. (A macro lens, long telephoto, and polarizing filter all would have helped.)

It's amusing that though I have a relatively low aptitude in the subject, science museums are the only kind I like to visit - especially the hands-on kind, like the Exploratorium. I'm not usually interested in looking at paintings or other art exhibits for very long. Unfortunately the science museums tend to attract a lot more families with children than the art museums do...

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From:bluelake367
Date:June 2nd, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
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i've tried to go a couple of times and the crowds were crazy -- one day I'll make it, love taking photos at aquariums, done many at Monterey:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edbierman/sets/72157605344737890/
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From:funcrunch
Date:June 2nd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Maybe not a long telephoto, but something longer than 70mm would have been useful. The polarizer would have helped with the reflections off the glass, I think. And yeah, IS would have been great, I wish they offered an IS version of this lens, though I'm sure that would add at least a couple hundred bucks to the price.

Ironically one of the other visitors commented on the size of my lens (the one pictured in my user icon), and guessed that it must be 400mm ;-)

Edited at 2009-06-02 07:35 pm (UTC)