Originally Posted by FlyingHellFish
You know Tom, if you just tried a bit, that a top 10 IAPLC tank. Pic # 2 looks majestic, toss on some moss (IAPLC love moss) and you got a killer tank.
I doubt that, maybe back in 2001. Today, way down there. Maybe top 200 if I was lucky.
I just reduced the gamma a tad and then cropped and resized the images, they are pretty much just point and shoot pics, not special photoshoot, no flash, no black or white boards, no filtering the water or doing several large water changes back to back etc.
Debating if I'll even bother. I approach this more like an open house, than photoshoot. But I will get around to a decent photo shoot sometime this week maybe. Video etc.
I have no interest or desire to enter contest, never "did it" for me. Same with Judging contest. My tank, hard work and intellectual property becomes ADA's basically and then they use that to promote their company. I do not need "promotion", so it a very very one sided affair and then to be knocked way down below the top 100-200 is perhaps more than likely. So......
Anyhow, I've made more $ off the tank selling plants and farming than any IAPLC prize money could possibly offer.
And unlike a contest, that is money in the bank. I know many of the top folks really focus very strongly on such contest, some come back year after year, but many do not unfortunately. The AGA contest is the only one I really support. Many of the ADA entries are in that contest also. Likewise, that contest has gotten really competitive. But the AGA is a non profit and is the oldest on line contest in the world.
I can enter as a show case aquarium, a non competitive entry for that.
There's plenty of moss in the tank, you just do no see it from a distance or the views. Sure, I can easily add more Fissidens, Xmas etc real quick, but....they are weedy.