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post #46 of 58 (permalink) Old 02-24-2019, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thank You! I like it much better- now it has the warmness that @OVT said it would.

The next thing that would make it better would be to put a dark background behind the window-film to get better contrast. I really like the texture the window film gives in person, but the color is not doing much for pictures.
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I agree 100% with @OVT's suggestion. The Fuvals belong in front. The color is much better. The fish and the plants pop a lot more. The other fixture up front was washing everything out. Play around with the settings. They really are a nice light.

Dark background is a good idea as well. It does not reduce the reflection to plants much as most of the reflection is from the glass surface, but it is much more pleasing to the eye and the camera.
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Um, I like the colors and the contrast but it looks dim to me. Man, it is a big tank.
Bump the whites to 75-80% ?
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The important issue is how does the tank look in real life versus the photos? For me it's hard to get good photos and a lot depends on what camera your using. Plus your gravel is white, so the camera could be dimming down the exposure to compensate and the result is the plants are not as bright in the photo as opposed to what one would see if standing in front of the tank.
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Ill have to look at it throughout the day. The Fluvel lights turn on to full capacity at 2:00 pm- 9:00 pm.
The Licah is on from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This light no longer works like it should- it no longer has any blue, only white.


Ill take a picture with my I-phone later so you can see the before and after with the same device?
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Agree with Ken above.

It's one thing to get the lights dialed in to provide the nicest look to your eye. Capturing the color with a camera is tricky too.

Some basic things help. Clean the outside of the glass. Take pics with the room dark, no ambient light. No flash. Take lots of pictures.

Next are the camera settings. I'm using a Galaxy Note 8. I tested it against my fancy DSLR camera a while back, and I got better pictures with the phone.

It's also worth it to experiment with different settings. We had a discussion a while back in my thread here....................

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...l#post11103817

And some of the usual suspects have posted pics with various settings in their threads as well.


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Agree with Ken above.

It's one thing to get the lights dialed in to provide the nicest look to your eye. Capturing the color with a camera is tricky too.

Some basic things help. Clean the outside of the glass. Take pics with the room dark, no ambient light. No flash. Take lots of pictures.

Next are the camera settings. I'm using a Galaxy Note 8. I tested it against my fancy DSLR camera a while back, and I got better pictures with the phone.

It's also worth it to experiment with different settings. We had a discussion a while back in my thread here....................

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...l#post11103817

And some of the usual suspects have posted pics with various settings in their threads as well.

Perfect, thank you @Greggz. Ill read through that thread and take advice and clean the glass. It is primarily that hard green algae that is such a pain in the --- to get off
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I suggest getting Adobe Lightroom for your iPhone. The free version isn’t full featured but offers lots of adjustments. Dehaze, bring out contrast, blacken your blacks, adjust colors.
I’ve never found anything better to remove hard green algae than the Arm and Hammer Magic Eraser.


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I haven't updated this for a long time. Here is a few pictures:






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I haven't updated this for a long time. Here is a few pictures:















Beautiful! What’s the trick to having geophagus in a planted tank?


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Thank you! the trick is a lot of plants attached to driftwood: Java fern and anubias in my case. Also, stems that either grow fast or send down deep roots- like valisneria or crypt spiralis. I have tried many plants that dont work because grow too slow or get constantly buried: primarily carpeting plants and crypts.
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Tank is looking great.

I like the "vibe". Very natural and soothing.

Nice work!
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What an enjoyable tank, thank you for sharing some update pictures!
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