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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:38 am Post subject: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 Hi  all
 please  share  your  experiences  on  photographing  fish  on  field  trips.
 I  again  made  a  trip  to  Narara  island,  however  photographing  fish  and  inverts  is  posing  to  be  a  problem.
 Tips  required.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:35 am Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 why  don't  you  buy  a  filter  for  your  camera  lens
 that  way  it  becomes  easier  to  remove  glare  from  the  water  surface  while  taking  snaps  of  the  subject  in  the  water.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:27 am Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 Best  is  to  have  a  photo  tank  preferable  like  6"x3"x6".   If  you  aren't  having  a  DSLR  most  Digis  will  focus  on  the  reflections  on  the  water  surface.   Have  the  fish  in  a  photo  tank  with  some  gravel,  shoot  it  and  just  take  a  few  landscape  pics  of  the  biotopes  and  if  it  is  shady  and  if  you  could  cut  the  reflections,  pics  of  fishes  in  their  habitat  would  be  great.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:42 am Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 I  try  to  focus  manually  on  the  fish.  I  do  not  use  a  flash.  Then  again  i  am  no  expert  photographer.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:52 am Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 Reflections  on  surface  of  water  are  only  a  part  of  the  problem.
 This  problem  occurs  when  you  are  shooting  on  the  surface  of  seas,  like  shooting  corals  and  anemones,  they  are  static  and  also  cannot  be  taken  out  of  water.
 By  changing  the  angle  of  my  position  with  reference  to  the  sun,  I  have  been  able  to  cut  down  the  reflections.
 However  fast  moving  creatures  like  fish  and  invertibrates  cannot  be  shot  in  water,  they  have  to  be  taken  out  for  a  while,  photo  is  taken  and  they  are  returned  back  to  sea.
 
 The  vehicles  are  parked  way  back  and  it  is  a  trek  of  more  than  4  kms,  before  you  can  even  start  sighting  animals.
 Carrying  a  glass  tank  would  be  very  tiring,  Very Happy  
 I  was  thinking  of  building  a  small  acrylic  tank  of  6"  by  4"  by  4".
 Can  it  be  done.
 
 This  time  i  got  hold  of  baby  puffer  fish,  they  were  very  beautiful,  I  tired  to  shoot  by  placing  it  in  a  small  plastic  lid,  I  got  some  okay  top  shot,  but  the  fish  looks  more  beautiful  in  side  shots,  not  top  shots.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:55 am Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 U  can  reduce  reflections  by  using  umbrella.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:06 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 a  filter  for  a  camera  lens  is  a  very  niice  attachment,  helps  a  lot.  and  is  quite  cheap  too.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:21 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

                                                   
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a  filter  for  a  camera  lens  is  a  very  niice  attachment,  helps  a  lot.  and  is  quite  cheap  too.                

 
 Well,  I  am  not  using  an  DSLR,  it  is  normal  point  and  shoot   camera.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:37 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

                                                   
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a  filter  for  a  camera  lens  is  a  very  niice  attachment,  helps  a  lot.  and  is  quite  cheap  too.                

 Well,  I  am  not  using  an  DSLR,  it  is  normal  point  and  shoot  ┬ácamera.                

 
 attachments  come  for  regular  point  and  shoot  cameras  too,  i  don't  know  which  camera  u  use,  but  anyone  having  a  point  and  shoot  can  check  for  attachments  on  the  brand  website  of  their  camera.
 
 i  have  seen  people  using  macro  lens  attachments  for  regular  point  and  shoot.
 
 hope  this  helps
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:52 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 To  avoid  reflection  .......  use  the  best  filter  available  ........  there's  a  big  difference  between  using  the  cheapo  type  and  the  branded  ones.And  its  a  lifetime  investment.I  think  HOYA  PRO  is  highly  recommended.You  can  goggle  thru  and  see  the  difference.
 
 Nowadays  ......  you  can  also  get  those  waterproof  P  &  S  digital  camera(Olympus  got  a  few  models  of  these)  ........  This  would  be  great  for  shooting  while  snorkeling  .........  Thinking  of  getting  them  myself  Smile  
 
 For  my  blackwater  type  fishes/field  trips  ......  usually  i  just  shoot  the  habitat  ......  bring  the  fish  back  .......  Use  what  i  collected  from  the  habitat  like  leaf  litters  twigs  plants  and  create  the  biotope  in  my  tank.  I  let  the  fishes  adapt  in  the  tank  for  a  few  days  before  i  shoot  them.This  way  i  get  to  control  which  angle  i  can  shoot  ......  and  i  get  to  see  how  they  interact  with  the  other  species  in  their  habitat.
 
 I  think  you  can  do  this  if  you  have  the  reef  setup  back  home  ........  provided  of  course  whether  it  is  legal  for  you  to  bring  them  back  Chuckle  And  of  course  it  would  be  impractical  to  bring  the  big  fishes.Back  then  ....  i  like  to  take  frags  of  acroporas  .....  as  there  are  usually  many  other  inverts  like  shrimps  that  live  within.  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:14 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 Thanks  Hajbadurddin
 I  use  Canon  A  460,  it  don't  think  it  supports  filter  of  any  type.
 I  am  thinking  of  taking  my  old  Pentax  SLR(uses  roll),  I  have  number  of  lenses  and  filter  for  that  camera.
 The  area  I  visit  falls  under  National  Marine  Wild  park,  nothing  can  be  collected  from  there,  infact  you  cannot  even  enter  without  a  guard  accompanying  you.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:49 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  am  thinking  of  taking  my  old  Pentax  SLR(uses  roll),  I  have  number  of  lenses  and  filter  for  that  camera.
                 

 Just  apart  from  topic.
 Can  we  use  old  SLR  lenses  with  new  DSLR  body?  i  also  have  Nikon  FM10  with  Lense,  can  i  use  tht  lense  with  DSLR  body.  the  prices  for  D40  or  canon  EOS  body  is  just  around  3-5  k.  
   So  i  am  planning  to  buy  body  and  will  use  that  lense  with  it,  and  when  budget  permits  i  can  add  lenses.
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 for  a  nikon  body  any  lens  which  supports  a  nikon  fit,  will  work,  only  prob  is  if  the  body  doesn't  have  autofocus  and  if  the  lens  also  doesn't  have  autofocus,  then  your  only  go  will  be  manual  focus.
 
 you  can  also  use  universal  adapters  for  different  lens  attachments  
 
 are  you  sure  the  value  of  a  nikon  D40  body  is  a  four  figure  sum.
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 are  you  sure  the  value  of  a  nikon  D40  body  is  a  four  figure  sum.                

 
 Sorry  ,  its  D3000  and  D5000  price.  didnt  check  the  price  for  D40,  For  D90  its  around  12-13  K.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:53 pm Post subject: Re: How to Photograph fish on field trips Reply with quote

 It  will  depend  on  what  lenses  you  have.  Only  AF-s  lenses  will  autofocus  on  D40,  D60  ,  D5000  etc.  If  you  have  AF-D,  AF,  AI-s  ,  AI  etc  then  manual  focus  is  your  only  option.  AI-s  and  AI  lenses  will  also  not  meter  with  the  consumer  SLR  bodies  like  the  D40  and  d90.  Also  the  prices  you  have  mentioned  don't  look  right.  D90  at  that  price  would  be  great  though.  Chuckle  
 
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