Joined: Dec 19, 2005 Posts: 2753 Location: Surat, Gujarat
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:44 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally!
I would like to congratulate you on a wonderful set-up!
Thanks for sharing it with us - the best thing I liked about the set-up is it's simplicity and the way you presented us with a virtual tour was really something to thank you for
Keep up the good work!
Joined: Jul 04, 2003 Posts: 1133 Location: Coimbatore, India
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally!
Thanks Nauzer, Beta, Thilak and Shankar!
Thilak, the fish is a plakat! He isnt lone there, as I do have marbled hatchets, and 20 adult cardinal tetras. They are spawning all the time on the java and willow moss, and so are busy inside all the time.
Have introduced some rummy nose, to get them out of there and start socializing!
Thanks Raghu, Hayath, Venket and all of you for your encouragement.
Venket, for the AGA, I am sure our tanks need to be much better, and definitely a better photographer who can do some good post processing, like Atanu!
Atanu, are you hearing this? If you come anywhere near Coimbatore, you are welcome, to come and click pictures of my tank. It would be great to have someone like you, do the honors!
Just going through the chains after a long time. I have a new addition to the family so travelling is out of question, otherwise I would love to travel down to Coimbatore to shoot the tank in person. However it seemed to me that the pictures need to do justice to the tank.
Would love to help you out on the post processing part. Just take a sharp picture and upload the full file on e-mail without modifications. Before that check you camera manual..if raw file mode is available set the picture file mode to raw, otherwise set it into jpeg fine or what ever gives you the biggest of the file. If you can stop sharpening and auto-contrast in the camera, stop all those. Thumb rule is no prost processing inside the camera, a desktop running specialized image editors does a much better job.
If you can set up the stand and can adjust the exposure on the camera, take 3 shots(preferrably in auto bracketing mode in quick succession as you have moving fish inside the tank), first shot at normal metering, one shot at 1 stop less than normal, and one shot 1 stop more than normal, that will solve out your dark corner problems in your picture, It is possible to attach multiple pictures and create a single one with a very high dynamic range, where from the darkest corner to brightest spot are clearly visible.
Avoid flash or any other outside light source hitting the front glass. A dark room with the bright tank is ideal.
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