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#1 LightMeter

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:57 AM

Today I added 2 Corydoras Catfish to the 10 gallon tank. Set the D5300 on a tripod and managed to get a good shot of them still. They get to about 2 inches(50mm) I want to photograph my White Cloud Mountain Minnows, but off camera flash is the only option with them. They NEVER stay still. Not even for 1/250 of a second :)

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:59 AM

The tank is bare, but tonight I ordered many plastic plants from Ken's Fish in the state of MA.


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 08:04 AM

Nice capture thru that thick glass.

 

Plastic?

 

Not real?


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:46 PM

Nice capture thru that thick glass.

 

Plastic?

 

Not real?

 

Art, I'm not sure how Bill is doing it, especially when he's on a tripod. 

 

However, there are alternatives out there.  One of our camera club members regularly visits the Vancouver Aquarium.  He solved the reflection problem by using a toilet bowl plunger cup as a lens hood.  Minimal modification was required, and it allows him to put the lens right up against the glass, without any reflection.  I think he hand holds it, using a higher ISO.  :)


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 03:34 AM

I killed all the reflections by turning all the lights off except the aquarium light. I needed the tripod because I used a slow shutter speed. Because these catfish do sit still sometimes. I didn't need flash or fast shutter speeds. A 10 gallon tank has glass that's only 3 or 4mm thick so it didn't hurt image quality that much. However, shooting through glass and water did reduce sharpness a little, but you don't notice it in the lo resolution image I posted. Contrast was also reduced, but I took care of that in post processing. And another trick shooting through glass is keep the front of the lens parallel to the glass for best image quality.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 03:39 AM

And another thing, I always buy glass aquariums, never acryllic(did I spell that right?). I've never photographed fish in an acryllic tank, but by looking at it it seems that it would distort the images much more than glass. Another bad thing about non glass tanks is they scratch so easily.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:16 PM

Like them and had many when I had my aquarium lot (8) in my basement while growing up.


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 06:03 PM

I had a beautiful front curved 40 gallon one when Felicia was little we loved it but it was a lot of work we have Black Moores they were very cool.

 

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