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Old 03-02-2013, 08:12 PM   #101
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lol Oops didn't realize the cigarette pack was in the picture.

It's just a cheap camera and pretty old. Zooming in to try and get a close up of a fish less than a three quarters of an inch seems impossible. Just trying makes them blurry on the screen.

I'm pretty sure the Java moss likes my tank. I bought that as a golfball size amount a couple months ago. Same day I got the fish actually.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:34 PM   #102
 
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That looks like an awesome tank to have next to your laptop!! It looks great now and it's going to look even more amazing when you get it in the new tank with the lovely black sparkly sand!!

Don't sell yourself short. Tanks are difficult to photograph. You got a great photo, tho! And we can even see one of your tiny little lovelies!!

Maybe Jes could give you some hints. After seeing how her photographs come out I've started angling the flash and taking pictures of my tanks at 3/4 view, and they've been coming out better than I though!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:26 AM   #103
 
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Izzy acts like she doesn't take phenomenal pictures, lol... I have no 'hints' that she doesn't know. . . and I happen to like cigarette packs, heehee.

I can't take shots of the lil' guys without flash, either. They move too fast, entirely. If you're taking a flash-off full tank shot, your best bet will be to turn off ALL other ambient lighting (including computer monitors!) and put the camera on a table, or a tripod, or a bucket overturned on a chair, lol. Anything that gets it out of your hand and onto a solid surface will minimize camera shake. But you STILL won't catch your tinyl' fish, unless you're really lucky - they almost always blur, because they have to be holding still for the entire length of time that the camera's shutter is open - and that is very uncommon!

Like Izzy said, taking a shot at an angle is helpful, because it increases the amount of lighting that hits the camera, if you have the lighting from the front plus the sides, the camera will be able to take a non-flash picture more quickly, so there is less chance of blur. The farther away you are from the tank, the better it works (as in, your camera will 'see' more light if you're taking a whole-tank shot, then if you're taking a close-up without a flash)

If you want to shoot with flash, same thing with ambient lighting, but again, do it at an angle - any angle. It will keep the reflection from sunbursting on the glass - but don't take too many flashy pics at a time, cuz' it'll scare the fish. I HAVE to use flash to take pics of my Tetra, I haven't figured out any other way. I imagine that if I blasted the top of the tank with lots of extra lighting, I could do it, but I don't have the time or patience for that. . . plus flash shots are hard to get right, because you have to get just the right dimness to your flash or you'll get loads of reflections off the scales. And there are always deep cast shadows, and colors are off.

That's all I've got, lol! No new tricks here! But I DO like the tank, and I think it's a nice shot, too! ALWAYS a score if you manage to get a fish that isn't just a blur, lol!:)
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:55 PM   #104
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Thank you for the tips. Obviously taking pictures of small things is possible since you both manage it very well. Me on the other hand? Not so much. My red lizard whiptail was perfectly still at the front of the tank and I took several pictures, but they all came out indistinct. He's 4 inches too! My camera is a Polaroid i533. So a basic point and click.

I think the picture I posted was flash on, using the back of my chair as a makeshift tripod, and at a slight upwards angle. I was just happy that the colors actually appeared true to what they are. So often when I take pictures that isn't the case.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:44 PM   #105
 
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Me too. . .it's really tough to get tank shots true-to-live with the color *nods* I STILL say it's a good shot of a beautiful tank! (especially considering that you had. . . creatures. . . climbing all over you! You TOTALLY get an extra 250 point bonus for that. I often shoot with my cat on my head. It ain't easy!)
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:24 PM   #106
 
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You got those shots while being a jungle gym? You certainly do earn extra points! I have had to kick the cats out a few times while I was trying to photograph my tanks.

And you know... once you show us one picture we'll be demanding more!!!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:13 PM   #107
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I promise full tank shots on a regular basis, provided the new tank ever gets set up.

Speaking of which...the package shipped today! The package shipped today! The package shipped today! The TMS? HAHAHAHAHA NO! Wrong package. No instead the crypts I ordered 2 hours ago have already been shipped.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #108
 
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OMG the sand still hasn't shipped!?!?!?? O.o
WTH did ya order from so I know to never from them!?!?!

That's awesome that the crypts shipped already though!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:49 PM   #109
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It was off the Amazon website, but shipped and sold by a place called Ozbo. I paid for it 16 days ago and haven't heard a word from them.

I got the last two C. tonkinensis the guy had. I had originally asked about getting four and he sent me the estimate for shipping. He emailed me back a little later on saying he didn't have that many, but he'd send the two he had for $2 total which was less than the cost of one. Plus he took another $2 off the shipping. That made me happy. It's the second not expensive, but almost impossible to find, plant I would have missed out on if I had waited for the sand first like I originally planned.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #110
 
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Great deal on the Crypts! YAY!!! When are you going to contact the company and whine at them?! Did they give you an estimated arrival date?
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