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mrcrab
11-06-2008, 10:07 PM
What do you think and do you have any suggestions to make them better?

Purple pillow top
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k167/chefbazz/Corals/11_5_08/Pillowtop_post.jpg

Rose Milli
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k167/chefbazz/Corals/11_5_08/Rose_milli-crop.jpg

Tri color Delsawii
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k167/chefbazz/Corals/11_5_08/Delsawiipost.jpg

Delsawii close up
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k167/chefbazz/Corals/11_5_08/Delsawii_crop_post.jpg

Bdawgfl
11-06-2008, 10:11 PM
Nice shots. I really like the rose milli

mrcrab
11-06-2008, 11:02 PM
Thanks

rayray
11-07-2008, 02:35 AM
What do you think and do you have any suggestions to make them better?

You could put them in my tank...

Vitamin-B
11-07-2008, 08:06 AM
mrcrab,
what look do you want to achieve? just overall brighter and sharper? and what camera are you using? do you have control over the settings? are you using a tripod?
you'll get sharper pictures if you use a flash, but you'll sacrifice the look color-wise. we can talk more at the bbq, but your pics look fine to me.

mrcrab
11-07-2008, 12:19 PM
mrcrab,
what look do you want to achieve? just overall brighter and sharper? and what camera are you using? do you have control over the settings? are you using a tripod?

Yes

Canon S5 IS
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=15207

Yes.

you'll get sharper pictures if you use a flash, but you'll sacrifice the look color-wise. we can talk more at the bbq, but your pics look fine to me.[/quote]

I think I figured out part of the problem. I was having problems focusing. Yeterday I actually had a look at the lense and it was flthy, smudged. Jack must have been fiddling with it. I'll have to try again later today and see if the manual focus capabilities are any better now. Getting the white balance right is difficult at time too. Any tips for that?

Vitamin-B
11-07-2008, 12:47 PM
ugh you made me read....
well, i glanced at the specs. i don't see where you have the option to dial in kelvin to where you'd like it, but not a must have though. if you're lights are fully on, try the daylight wb preset. or...you can set custom white balance and work with that. me....i find most of the time, auto wb works fine. i do change the setting sometimes, but with the technology these days, auto should do pretty good. if you have your actinics on, it's more of a challenge. i'd say, lights on, no flash, tripod, aperture priority set around f4 or f4.5 to start, auto white balance. and go from there.
for the custom white balance...you can pick up a grey card if you don't have one, pretty cheap. not sure what camera stores are near you. i don't use custom white balance too often.
also, with using aperture priority, that will take care of the metering issue as you photo different depths in your tank.
if your photos are not sharp, then bump the iso. i found that anywhere from f4 to f5.6 works for me. i see your specs show "special scene" shooting mode for aquariums too...
good luck. looks like you'll end up with some awesome pics. :lol:
oh, if you want to do shutter priority, start at 1/125.
hope this helps.
bon

mrcrab
11-07-2008, 01:09 PM
Thanks Bonnie. I just have a hard time getting my head around the aperature settings and shutter speeds. I just need to actually sit down and read about it a bit more and figure it out.

The auto settings aren't the best, I've already tried them. I get the best results by setting the white balance manually.

Vitamin-B
11-07-2008, 05:55 PM
aperture...shutter speed...manual settings....thats rough for many people, its not really hard, its just getting used to it, and then practicing.
if you put it on Av at f4 with the iso either auto or if you are able to set it, put it at 100. the daylight setting for wb, then just play around with different settings.
does the camera's built in meter reading show when you look thru the viewfinder? if so, you can look at what they show for the fstop when its on auto, then set your Av to that and adjust until you get the look you want.
if you set the Av to say f4.0 and the picture is too bright, you can bump it until you get what you want. I'm not familiar with your camera and I don't want to read the manual link (too lazy)...are you bringing your your camera/manual with you tomorrow?? you should, you can walk around and get some gorgeous shots.
the lower the fstop #, the more light comes in. with a higher aperture (i.e. f11) the less amount of light. so thats why, if you set it on Av mode, your camera will adjust the shutter accordingly to a slower speed to let more light in if you're in a darker part of your tank, possibly resulting in a blurred image unless you use a tripod. but then i think you said your camera has built in IS ? which helps, but with digital, no guarantees! sometimes, its better to shoot in shutter priority. depends on what your shooting. fully manual is another option where you have total control...
there are technical things and "rules of thumb" and principles yada yada yada, but in the end, if you're happy with your shots, then thats what counts.
i may be saying things you already know, or i may be helping. either way, i'm sure you'll quickly learn the settings in order to get the shots that you're happy with. :D
but we can talk tomorrow.

mrcrab
11-07-2008, 06:28 PM
I'll bring it tomorrow. You were starting to venture into Greek with that last reply.

gwrench
11-08-2008, 07:27 AM
Just pay someone to take the pictures for you Barry.....LOL

MitchReef
11-16-2008, 10:50 PM
Barry, I wish I could take pictures like y'all. I just wanted to put a picture of my frag of Barry's tabling Acro. The desalwii....

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa29/mitchcarter_album/75%20Reef/CIMG1992.jpg

This is the one I ranted about looking like a Chip's, but it's a tabler....

Here is a top-down:

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa29/mitchcarter_album/desalwii.jpg

I can't take pictures of corals, but I CAN grow them....

Mitch

mrcrab
11-16-2008, 11:11 PM
Looks great Mitch...thanks.

Does yours get the purple tips, hard to tell in the pics?

MitchReef
11-17-2008, 03:22 PM
Way crazy DARK purple. Make sure and click the images to get full width, my pics are too big. The side view has the tall dark purple growth on the right side....that's where it is the richest....that IS all the one coral (it's the left side of the coral in the top down shot)

That is a beautiful piece indeed, and I thank you for your gracious contribution to my tank.

Mitch

mrcrab
11-17-2008, 03:59 PM
Glad you're enjoying it. I should have some more frags of it for the next frag auction.

JordanRHughes
05-25-2010, 07:38 PM
They sure are. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

Cheers.

Jordan.