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Title: 125 gallon pics For sale
Post by: joncat24 on December 20, 2017, 15:20:27
some shots of my 125
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 20, 2017, 15:29:53
I need to try and figure out how to get better full tank shots. I am having more problems with that than the macro stuff. Still a lot of practice with the Nikon up ahead.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Nbehnken on December 20, 2017, 16:21:15
The macro pics are looking great!
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Post by: Reeferntraining on December 20, 2017, 18:17:18
Joncat, let me know if you figure out the full tank shot. Iíve yet to capture a realistic one.

Nice macros by the way!
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 20, 2017, 18:42:13
tried a couple different things, raised f stop, lowered iso.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Agame43 on December 20, 2017, 18:53:37
Jon, great coral shots and I agree this whole field of taking pictures is very challenging. Reality says that we are somewhat limited by equipment, which is ok. I can good coral shots but whole tank is really tough. Keep sending the pics!
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 20, 2017, 19:22:33
Thanks all. I will definitely keep trying to improve
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Post by: Wall_Tank on December 21, 2017, 10:49:14
Taking angled views doesnt help, as lack of perspective correction in the lenses make it look funny. I tend to try to setup my tripod as far away as I can, and take a straight on shot from 10ft away or so.   Make sure your light metering isn't being affected by the actual lights above the tank too.   I also crop the images to remove the clutter from around the tank.

What camera/lenses do you have.  I have a variety of Nikon lenses.   Some of my better lenses are pre-digital.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 21, 2017, 11:11:08
Thanks for the tips Paul. I have a d3400 with the 2 stock lenses, and picked up a 105mm macro as well. I will try the tripod next time. And will probably shoot in aperture priority and see what happens . Merry Christmas to ya
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 21, 2017, 11:55:45
Glass is by far the most important component of quality photography. What 105mm lens did you get? I took my 105mm Nikon lens back and decided on the Sigma equivelant.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 21, 2017, 12:31:44
I have the nikon 105mm/f2.8. From what I have read it is supposed to be the best macro lens u can get for the nikon

I got lucky though, my future son in law is photographer and doesn't use it, so he let me have it. If not, I was looking at the tokina 105. It gets stellar reviews
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 21, 2017, 13:27:35
Wow. Thatís a great deal!

Yes, I read tons of reviews about it before I bought it. I wanted a really good prime lens that would also do macro. So I dropped the $1000 on it. Macros were beautiful but when I went out to take some portraits, the lens vignetted badly on any aperture of f8 or lower. So I returned it. It may have just been a bad copy, but I wasnít going to settle... I got the Sigma 105mm Macro and I couldnít be happier. Fantastic, sharp photos edge to edge. No vingetting unless itís wide open and even then, very little. And it was $400 cheaper....
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 21, 2017, 13:41:26
Good deal Jesse, thanks for the info. I rented a Tamron 90mm from dodd camera for the weekend. I was pretty impressed with it also. But I am still very very new to dslr photography. I will stick with what I have for now, and try to improve when I have the time
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Lazylivin on December 21, 2017, 13:47:10
 Try adjusting white balance. Itís really easy to do, take a picture, then click the white balance setting and select the picture you just took. Then youíre good to go.  One last thing is if youíre not using a tripod hold your elbows against your sides will help keep the camera steady. You can also use the 2 second timer so that way youíre not pushing on a button at the same time as the pictures being taken
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 21, 2017, 13:54:21
I took all if them in RAw, then adjusted white balance in Lightroom. I set the white balance at 17500k seems pretty close,to the way it looks. I do use the timer when I am on macros, I will try it with none macro as well.
That big LA laker scroll will look nice top left side...lol
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 21, 2017, 14:01:32
If you use Lightroom, get a set of white balance cards. Hold them in the tank and take a picture. You can use that photo in Lightroom to adjust your WB on all the pictures in that shooting session.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 21, 2017, 14:01:45
And yes, always shoot RAW
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 21, 2017, 14:09:01
If you use Lightroom, get a set of white balance cards. Hold them in the tank and take a picture. You can use that photo in Lightroom to adjust your WB on all the pictures in that shooting session.
Cool thx for the tip
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Wall_Tank on December 21, 2017, 14:50:39
I used to use all that.....then got Lazy.  I was using Gimp with Nikon raw import plugin.

For what it's worth too, when processing Macro shots take a look at an "Unsharp" mask. In your software.  The output of that mask is counter-intuitive to it's name.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 21, 2017, 14:53:01
Is that in Lightroom WT?
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Post by: Wall_Tank on December 21, 2017, 15:43:36
Photoshop would for sure do it.  I'm not sure how far Adobe stripped lightroom down from Photoshop.   The monthly rental fee from Adobe is rediculous.

Gimp is free.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 21, 2017, 17:04:57
Iím pretty fluent in LR so Iím guessing itís a PS ability. I just canít justify buying PS or paying that monthly fee.
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Agame43 on December 21, 2017, 20:41:34

Jesse or Jon can either of you translate for us really new guys at pic taking : RAW? What does this mean?   :not speak:
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Agame43 on December 21, 2017, 20:42:17


By the way great topic, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Reeferntraining on December 22, 2017, 07:11:36
RAW is the unprocessed, uncompressed data file of the pic taken. The camera saves data on individual pixels within the photo that allow you to process the picture in software like Lightroom or photoshop. Once processed (edited in the software) the software then converts the RAW image into a smaller, compressed file such as *.jpg
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: Alexandra on December 23, 2017, 04:10:23
Beautiful photos.

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Title: Re: 125 gallon pics
Post by: joncat24 on December 23, 2017, 04:52:48
Thx Alex
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics (for sale)
Post by: joncat24 on February 18, 2018, 01:15:03
This tank is for sale. $1000 .4 ai prime hd, trigger system 34 sapphire sump, bubble magus curve 5 skimmer. Apex classic controller,  ato ,Ice cap gyre 3k, 2 koralia 1100gph powerheads, refractometer 2 32 gallon rubbermaids, all corals and livestock. Stand is framed with 2x6, 2x4, was never skinned. I am working a ton, have no time for this tank. Needs to go. Call or text 513....833....15 six 7

The lights alone would be $1k new
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics For sale
Post by: Heinbaughb on February 18, 2018, 12:24:56
Would you be willing to sell the Ice Cap gyre separately?
Title: Re: 125 gallon pics For sale
Post by: joncat24 on February 19, 2018, 08:49:12
Tank is sold pending pickup on Sunday