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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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I want to start up a thread where I can post some of my photographs as I gain more experience with photography.

Here's just a few I've taken over the past few months (with the exception of the scarlet badis. That shot is from last year before I bought my Nikon D5000).

Yellow Lab


Telmatochromis Dhonti (Young)


Telmatochromis Dhonti


Scarlet Badis (Dario dario) in Marsilea Quadrifolia carpet


Rusty Cichlid


Joanjohnsonsae


Red Zebra/Chewere


Chewere


Blue Zebra


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Super-Deltatail Betta


African Featherfin Catfish



I'm also trying to enter a competition on another site. The theme is 'macro' fish photography. Which do you think is the best chance.
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They are all awesome. But I especially like Rusty Cichlid.
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Nice shot
But I think the betta fish will look better if he is flaring.
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Rusty gets my vote. Great shots!!!
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Awesome colors on that betta!

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Note: All of these photos have not been edited.

Here are some more photos. I picked up a Tamron 90mm lens a bit ago and am finally getting some results...it's definitely not easy...African cichlids do not like to hold still.
















I have the most macro shots of the Metriaclima callainos because she likes to hang out in front of the glass and doesn't move nearly as often as many of the other fish.
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Nice Job!

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Those pics are awesome! I love the Rusty and betta. A lot of the fish/aquarium books I have don't even have as good of pics as these are.
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They are all awesome. But I especially like Rusty Cichlid.
I agree...

great photos
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Those are some NICE photos! Great job!
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Here are a few pictures from before. The Dragonblood peacock and Jacob's peacock photos were taken with the Tamron 90mm and the shots of my Dad's Oscar were with the standard lens (this past spring).

This is one of my favorites
















I'm excited to get the chance to shoot Mr. Oscar again over Thanksgiving Break in a few weeks.
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Great shots the 4th picture with the bubbles is interesting.

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Great shots AS. I haven't tried my hand at dry land tank photography yet (need some fish in the tank first) but I have photographed a lot of fish. Here are a few thoughts: Unless you are highlighting the mouth/teeth, be sure the eye is tack sharp in focus. In head shots try to get a slight angle. Watch your background. Keep extraneous stuff out of the image. Sometimes you can do this with manual camera settings to give a black background.
I am sure this is hard with tank images and maybe a tripod with the camera aimed at a specific area would help, waiting for the fish to come to you. (Often a technique underwater.)
BTW Happy Halloween.
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Thanks SMB! I will definitely keep that in mind. That's one of the great things about photography (and fishkeeping). You try things and figure out what works and what doesnt. Talk to people that have tried things too and get their experiences.

Thanks for the tips and Happy Halloween to you also!

That's a very festive fish!

I actually have a very hard time using manual focus. My eyes aren't perfect but they also aren't horrible. I only wear glasses when I'm trying to read physics equations off the board (or want to look smarter). I tried using manual focus without my glasses but everything I thought was perfectly in focus was not when I got it onto the computer :P Hence I have now had to commit myself to wearing glasses!
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