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Old 10/25/2007, 09:55 PM
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Old 10/25/2007, 09:57 PM
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Old 10/27/2007, 10:19 AM
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I can't believe how much of a diff the "Macro Slider" made. The details are much better. All of these photo's are untouched, cropped only. Natural color......Prior pics of this zoa the colors were way off, I even think I mentioned that the colors were faded....The Tangerine Zoa's seriously look like this, they scream "look at me"....LOL


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This is tiny frag of my Superman, intense blue color with red polyps, none of this faded crap that people try and pawn off as a superman

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I kicked the setting to f9, what an incredible difference it made on capturing the true colors on all these zoa's

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Old 11/22/2007, 01:01 AM
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Old 11/22/2007, 01:05 AM
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Old 11/22/2007, 01:07 AM
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Old 11/22/2007, 01:13 AM
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All of the above posted pics were taken before I really started to understand how to use my camera. At the time I thought they were incredible images, now I see how some of the details were lacking, depth of field, colors etc were just OK....
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Old 11/22/2007, 07:36 AM
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Those are some amazing corals and shots!
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Old 11/22/2007, 10:17 AM
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Hi:

There are some very nice shots and corals. I love the colors and the way pics improved with the 105 macro.

I just purchased on ebay a Nikon D40x with the regular 18-55 lens. I used to have a Canon Power Shot A630 which was nice but want to get in the DSLR camera world with different lens alternatives.

I imagine that my Nikon with the regular lens should be better than the Canon A630 and that is an improvement. When I look at prices for the 105 macro I see that they are very expensive. Is there an alternative in other brand of lens like Sigma, etc? What about quality of the lens?

In my post there are some photos with my Canon Point & Shot A630.

http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...readid=1248409
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Old 12/07/2007, 09:48 AM
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Some of the latest additions,


For some reason I like this composition, not the best quality, but I like it ...



My "Tina Turner Duncan" LOL....


Oh yeah, almost forgot.....And a new 215g Starphire tank!
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Old 12/07/2007, 10:40 AM
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Macro Slider? Are you using a Bellows with your 105? I've got one on my Santa list that I'm looking forward to getting (crosses fingers).

You've come a long way with your photog skills from your first photos. Great job putting in the effort it takes to get good at it.

Good luck with the new tank.
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Old 12/07/2007, 10:52 AM
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Phyl,

thank you.....At first I was under the impression that I could just buy a nice camera and start clicking.....farthest thing from the truth you can imagine....

I'm still working out some lighting/shadow issues along with white balance. Just got PS2 and now I have another "thing" to learn.....

The exposure compensation has been the greatest help, along with understanding the fstop...
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Old 12/07/2007, 11:25 AM
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I thought the same thing. I am still trying to figure out the exposure thing. Any tips? I also am using a Nikon D40x. Thanks
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Old 12/07/2007, 12:40 PM
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Still curious to know if you're using a bellows with that?

For your white balance try white balancing the camera manually on a piece of rock. That seems to work pretty well.

A lot of folks think that it is as easy as buying a decent camera. Unfortunately, you have to understand your camera (and how it works) as well. We did a Photog 101 seminar at a club meeting recently to teach some of the basics.
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Old 12/07/2007, 12:57 PM
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I also set my wb to my sand bed and it works pretty well. Give that one a try. I have an expodisc, but I have heard that you can use a thin coffee filter.
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Old 12/07/2007, 04:40 PM
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Great shots!!!!
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Old 12/08/2007, 06:19 AM
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Now that I've learned what not to do and how to stage the corals for photography, over the next week I plan on re-shooting all the corals
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Old 12/08/2007, 09:33 AM
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Beautiful pics! A couple of questions.

Do you have higher resolution images of the following picture?


It was probably my personal favorite out of the collection. I like to use them for a background, and if the resolution is high enough, I may have it blown up to a poster like I have done with another RC'ers Great Barrier Reef Dive pic.

So I was just wondering if you have a higher resolution one for that purpose or not.
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Old 12/16/2007, 12:40 PM
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Latest updates,


I bumped the tank with the lens and several of the zoa's retracted






This is the new tank viewing room, totally dedicated to the new 215 starphire, we decided to paint the tank wall a deep chocolate color thats used thru the rest of the house, the stand and canopy are a cherry color and the we thought the olive green wall behind it would look a little odd. The main goal of the room was to have a cozy and comfortable place to relax and watch the tank. We should start installing the tank this Thu
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Old 12/16/2007, 12:42 PM
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The above pic was taken when the paint was still wet, so it looks very glossy, actually a mat finish and dries to a much, much darker color.
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Old 12/16/2007, 04:17 PM
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amazing shots of those blastos. real photo skills you have there.
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Old 12/16/2007, 08:25 PM
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Well thank you, I still feel like the images look like horrible, I have a lot more to learn
Here are some of this evenings shots

Loving the details on this one




This is not enchanced or photoshopped, it's electric, neon green and brown
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Old 12/18/2007, 06:30 AM
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awesome pics
 

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