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Serious Photo Shoot-- "Naupaka Coast"

When you reach 1000 pageviews at deviantart, it's customary to release something special as thanks to your fans. In this last week, my account finally reached 1000 pageviews (in large part to the support from aquascaping forumers I'm sure). I decided, that the only piece that could merit this special spot (and then become my featured piece) is a full-tank shot of the current "Naupaka Coast." I realize the tank (being only 3 weeks old) is still at a very immature stage. That said, the plant condition has reached a good point for some "serious-style progress photos." The folks at devART won't know the difference anyway.

Thanks for your support everyone, and enjoy the pics





My close-ups are still really weak compared to others (like Paradise or Aquasaur), but I'm trying!









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great shots! This tank looks so natural.
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I gotta tell you, I love those twigs. Excellent idea.
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thats rotala green right at the center? why my rotala green are bending in different position, how to make the green like yours? anyway thats a nice tank

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Thanks a lot guys!

Cooper-- I haven't really trimmed the rotala (or any of the other plants) yet, save for the odd stem that tried to creep ONTO my tenellus and HC. What you see is just the way it's been growing on its own in my tank.
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What camera and lens are you using for all of these pictures? Great job, I envy you.

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Sweet looking! Nice picture! What kind of camera are you using? I want great shots like that. My camera is the sony H5 7.2mp. Do you think I need a micro lens because my micro on my camera is mama! (So-So) I cant wait to show my tank when its grown in, but I this time I'm fighting gray fuzz-hair algae. When are you planning on visiting Japan again?
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turtlehead-- Canon EOS 10D (a hand-me-down from my uncle), and a 18-200mm lens. Personally, I want to take good photos, but I don't think the next best aquascaper in the world will be whoever takes the best photos-- it'll be the one who aquascapes the best! Ya-ha

gabestone-- tsugi no ikuno wa, mada [censored][censored][censored][censored]eimasen kedo, rainen no haru gakki ryugakku suru ni ikitai. Ikeru to iindesuyo. Micro-renzu wa nan no mono? Macro to iu nara, kawanai mo ii to omou . . . takai mono dana, sore? Ore wa [Close-up] firuta wo tsukau kedo, oreno kamera no macro was mama yori ii to omou. Toki-doki firuta wo tsukawanaide mo macro shashin wo toru. mmm, daga, oreno macro shashin wa mada mada amari yokunai. Homu no macro renzu wa benri dana . . . Gabestone-san no suiso ni, yoku ganbere kuree.



(I still don't know when the next time I got to Japan is but, I want to study abroad at next spring semester. I hope I can go. What's a micro lens? If it's macro we're talking about, I think it's okay to not buy one . . . they're expensive, yah? I use "Close-Up" filters but, I think my camera's macro is better than so-so. Sometimes I take macro shots even without filters. Mmm, but, my macro shots are still not that good. A real macro lens is a really convenient thing, ya . . . In regards to your own aquarium, please work real hard!

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I probably made a lot of mistakes in my Japanese (and that translation is also rough), but I just really like practicing! And sorry for the rough language-- we're studying keigo in class now and it's driving me crazy!!


Snapple-- you can get more details in my journal thread, but yeah they're lava rocks.
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turtlehead-- Canon EOS 10D (a hand-me-down from my uncle), and a 18-200mm lens. Personally, I want to take good photos, but I don't think the next best aquascaper in the world will be whoever takes the best photos-- it'll be the one who aquascapes the best! Ya-ha
Steven,

Thank you for sharing your amazing tank. It is a pleasure to look at.

I would like to comment on above statement. None of us can't say that Mr. Takashi Amano is not a successful aquascaper or photographer. Some of his remarks at the last ADA Party were about photography. Although photography is not 100% what this hobby is all about, visual presentation has huge impact on how your work will be judged. Mr. Amano mentioned that some of 2006 entries would have placed higher if "photography department" was improved.

I strongly recommend Rio Negro by Takashi Amano if you don't have one yet.


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I just love the photographs. I really have to hand it to you steven for your artistic talents and photography skills. It is what made everything come together. Your aquascape is really very pleasing to look at and with such great artistic skills at your disposal,i must say you have further enhanced the pleasure that we can derive from it. Great job!
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Thanks for the tip off there Jay. I'll try to get a copy sometime!

What I said earlier, I just would like to think that creativity as an aquascaper is something rare and special, right? Also, that it is possible to have others do the photography for you if you lack the skill to do it yourself. However, I know you're right about the importance of the quality of photography/presentation, especially in regards to contests. I probably still have the tendancy to act like an idealistic brat a lot of the time.


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