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AquaStudent 07-11-2012 04:28 PM

AquaStudent's Photography Journal
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


Red Zebra/Chewere


Blue Zebra]

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.

DishyFishy 07-11-2012 05:12 PM

They are all awesome. But I especially like Rusty Cichlid.

tosoross 07-12-2012 07:21 AM

Nice shot :)
But I think the betta fish will look better if he is flaring.

amygirl11 07-17-2012 02:19 AM

Rusty gets my vote. Great shots!!!

Chrisinator 07-17-2012 02:26 AM

Awesome colors on that betta!

AquaStudent 10-24-2012 06:12 PM

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'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.

GMYukonon24s 10-25-2012 04:24 PM

Nice Job!

ferretowner96 10-25-2012 04:49 PM

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.

andrewss 10-29-2012 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by DishyFishy (Post 1938540)
They are all awesome. But I especially like Rusty Cichlid.

I agree...

great photos :D

bud29 10-30-2012 03:27 AM

Those are some NICE photos! Great job!

AquaStudent 10-30-2012 04:59 AM

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.

GMYukonon24s 10-30-2012 06:39 PM

Great shots the 4th picture with the bubbles is interesting.

bud29 10-30-2012 07:01 PM

None of your latest pictures will show on my computer :(

SMB 10-31-2012 01:01 PM

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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.

AquaStudent 10-31-2012 09:59 PM

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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