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Old 03-14-2004, 07:29 PM   #1
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These are a couple of pics of my tank so far. It has been up and running for a month now. Any hints/tips on how to take pics of aquariums would be greatly appreciated, I know these arent that good.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:08 PM   #2
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Looking promising. Is that glosso on the bottom of the second image?

Some tips for taking whole tank photos, assuming that you did the switch to digital already...

- Don't use a flash
- Wait until it is dark, and turn off all ambient light to avoid reflections in the glass
- If you have a tripod, use it. If not, look for something sturdy to rest your camera upon. Maybe a chair or two, a little desk, a ladder, whatever. Do not try to handhold the camera, thinking that your hands aren't that shaky.
- Take your time focussing. Some fully automatic AF cameras need about half a second to focus. If you press the shutter too fast, the optic is still searching. Better cameras tell you when the object is in focus.
- If you have a "long" tank, and are familiar with image editing, you could take two pictures, one of each half, and combine them afterwards. Displaying a "left side" and a "right side" separately is an option, but often doesn't do justice to the entire tank. Also, don't cut part of the tank, unless it is empty surface area.
- Take several shots, adjusting the exposure, and then pick the best one.
- Take the photo centered in front of the tank (unless you take two shots like described above). Then, in an image editor, cut off the dark parts (canopy, stand) which usually don't add much to the image. That way it is smaller, loads faster, and the focus is more on the contents of the tank, rather then the surroundings.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:22 PM   #3
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That half of the tank looks very healthy for only being a month old, good growth and color. Nice job.
Dont worry, just like our tanks get better with age, so do the photos .

If its digital, tripods are a must I have learned. Out of 50 photos I normally delete 49 and like 1 if that helps shed some light... LOL
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:10 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the great tips. I will try them all when I take some more Photos. That is Glosso in the front and im trying to get it to spread to the right of the tank. I think once the stems in the back get a little better height it will look alot more full and to scale. Thanks for the compliments too ops: , very encouraging.
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Old 03-15-2004, 04:46 AM   #5
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What is the name of the tallest plant in the pics you posted?? lost it in my Mind Plant Dictionary
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Old 03-15-2004, 03:35 PM   #6
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Could it be Sunset Hygro, or some other Hygro?
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Old 03-15-2004, 04:37 PM   #7
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The hygro looks leggy at the bottom, but much nicer growth at the top. Maybe you should clip it down and replant the tops so you get fuller growth. Just a thought, tank looks great either way.
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Old 03-16-2004, 04:49 PM   #8
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If I remember correctly the tall plants in the middle back are Hygro Corymbosa Form:Stricta. I really need to trim the tops and replant them for all the stems in the back, to fill them out and take up all the space in the back. I am trying to get them a little taller before i do that so that they will still be visible and be able to get some decent light. I still feel that this tank could benefit from additional lights in the rear of the tank. I Have the PCs on the front so the Glosso gets enough light.
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Old 03-16-2004, 05:10 PM   #9
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The look more like Hygro polysperma to me than corymbosa.
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Same to me George, either the leaves look small in that swimming pool of his or the plant isn't doing well. Lets hope it's the pool, or a mis-identification.
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