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I realized I hadn't posted in a while!

Where have my bloggish manners gone? Out the window with our living room square footage, I think. Actually, I have been busy taking photos of all of my husband's saltwater fish and corals. It's been a change to photograph things underwater and through glass. The lights also put a serious blue cast on everything that makes white balance almost impossible to keep up with as you move around the tank.

I have been forging on ahead and notice things getting better and better (if I DO say so myself *laugh*).

Here are a few of my favorites from the last couple of weeks. I have also presented the first one for "Click it up a notch" favorite photo of the past month. It's great to get feedback on how you might improve and to bring that information to future photos.

What did YOU take pictures of this month?

My little Fu Manchu Lionfish:





Our Volitan Lionfish (the big bully of the tank):



Three fire gobies, or as we now call them, "Anemone lunch":



Get inspired and learn a little at the same time:
Click It Up A Notch

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georgiaskydiver
Jun. 2nd, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
WOW!!!!
Those are AWESOME photos!!! What kind of camera are you using, and what settings do you have it on?

My camera took a beating when I got run over, but it's still working. But it's been all screwed up and takes crappy quality photos ever since my mom messed with the settings more than a year ago. I don't know what she did, so I don't know how to put it back the way it was. :(
trshtwns01
Jun. 2nd, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!!!!
Let's see, I have a Canon Rebel XTi (400D). I have several different lenses - an 18-55mm, a 75-300mm, and a 50mm prime. For some of the saltwater aquarium shots (although not these 4) I also use magnification filters on the front (I have a 2x, 4x, 6x and 10x). One day I hope to have an actual macro lens, because I LOVE closeup photography and how the most common things can look abstract if you get in close enough. They cost a lot though. :)

For settings? Well, I've started trying to do most things manually unless I'm having to take a ton of random photos, like at the boys' last day of school. Some shots are close, some far, some indoors, some out. Too much for me to figure out manual settings that quickly without missing the shot. :) When I have more time and are taking photos for myself, I go manual. With the aquariums, I usually do ISO 400, try to go with the lowest aperture setting that will keep what I want in focus and nothing more (like in the Fu Manchu lionfish pics where his face and eyes are in focus, towards his tail gets blurry and the background almost drops out. For shutter speed, you have to go a bit faster to catch them since they don't stay still much *laugh*, but for shooting the corals I can take a lot longer with a tripod.

The biggest thing with the aquarium shots is getting the white balance is crazy hard, but important. I take what I think is correct, but almost always end up tweaking the white balance afterwards with software. Everything tends to go a bit blue in the tanks because of the lights.

I'm learning by just doing, which is way easier now that we have digital and can immediately see how changes in settings affect the photos.

Sucks that your camera got banged up. Sucks even more that you got banged up. :( Love you.
georgiaskydiver
Jun. 2nd, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!!!!
I really need to take a photography class!! In fact, when my mom bought me this camera she also purchased classes for me, which I never took - since it meant going down to Jacksonville for a week. *DUH!*

And I am going to keep this camera FOREVER. It broke my fall and took the brunt of my upper-body impact. I have not a single scrape on my arms, hands, face or elbows, and my wrists aren't broken. It happened so quickly and without any warning that I had absolutely ZERO reaction time. One nano-second I was reaching for water, the next I was on the ground under the tire. Reflexes don't kick in if your brain doesn't have time to receive the input. Thank you my beloved camera, for saving me from a whole lot more damage.

CANON: It takes a lickin' and keeps on clickin'. <3
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