Tricks to get that corker photo!

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  1. Broder

    Broder Mudshark

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    I thought of starting a thread to share tricks to get those pesky little fish to sit still while we compose that supreme shot. So I've heard that it's not cool to use elecro shock therapy to do this. Any other ideas? I had a fair amount of success with nori on the front glass this weekend, which I'm gonna shamelessly flaunt here, but I'd love to be able to get the shot without seaweed in the foreground.

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    Nice pics, and good idea. I used to use a mirror
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Did you just stick it up against the glass in a corner, or did you just take the photos at an angle?
     
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    Held the mirror just below the lens on the glass. It helps getting the fish "puff" up and fins stand up.
     
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    sean...very clever...thats awesome...
     
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    Now hit that rep button (i see Dean is online..lol)
    If we cannot chase post counts, let us chase the reps.. :whistling:
     
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    just an idea, perhaps a tripod and one of those long cords so the fish don't see you coming? my fish normaly dart off when they see the flash too, so i'd turn that off too.

    i must say the nori on the magnet looks like a good plan too
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Yes dv8, but then how do you focus? That plan does give me an idea though. You could try leaving the camera on its tripod and in front of the tank, so that the fish get used to seeing it there.
     
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    wow! awesome picks mudshark:thumbup: i like the nori and mirror idea.what camera are you using mudshark? ur picks are amazing:)
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Thanks Clinton. I'm using a Panasonic Lumix FZ8. My opinion is that one needs to practice taking pictures more than anything else. Only once you are getting the basics like focus, depth of field, white balance, shutter speed etc right, will the benefit of a really good camera start showing results. Does this sound like the type of thing that someone who is green with envy, that everyone is getting new cameras would say? Damn... am i that transparent?
     
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    yeh you spot on man..im still working everything out.getting there though:)
    taking lots of photos of the same things but with different settings like shutter speed,depth of field and so on...it takes a bit of time and lots of reading to get to know all these things:p oh and thats a nice camera you got there dude;)
     
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    to be honest the best shots ive taken of fish have been in well lit tanks that are simply used to having people around the tank.....most often people whom work from home. The fish just take down better.

    light is also a very important factor and tanks that are well lit really are alot easier to photograph.

    if you want a specific fish shot i find that takinga good 300mm telephoto lense, a beer and a comfy chair, back off from the tank and watch the fish a while. things like tangs often have a pattern they swim in and you can anticipate the fishes movements. this is particularly good at getting fish comming out from behind a reef if you can pin his route down.

    the curiosity factor and food are two huge draw cards for fish, so simply having the tanks owner stand near you often gets the fishes attention, or else holding the feed they are used to will often get the to shoal near the surface. If the pumps are off and you ahve a reflective film from the surface, you can get some awesum pics from below the fishes, flash off:)
     
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    thanks for the info Crispin;) i wish i could afford a 300mm telephoto lense:p but it does make sense though...working out the swim pattern of the fish you wanto shoot will help you alot.im still new to SLR cameras and shutter speed,f-stop ect..but im slowly comming to terms with different settings and by taking photos of the same object with diff settings helps me determine the correct settings for different situations.
    its easy to take a photo but its upto urself to create the perfect photo;)
     
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    More shots with nori on the front glass. This time a snail joined the party.

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    nice tries there mudshark, but i am afraid that u need as in NEEEEEEED a decent macro lense.
     
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    ****E mate! Those sure are CORKERS of pics! Kudo's....

    Crispin - yeah - a macro would do great. BUT these are really AWESOME tries.....
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Thanks Jacques. Thanks for the motivation.
    Wow Shaun... those sure are great photos. It makes me wonder why we don't see more photos from you guys. If there's such awesome talent here, lets see more of it.
     
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    agreed jacques, im just pulling his leg a little as mudshark is one photographer whom i think has skills limited by his equipment. i think with another camera mudshark would love macro photography:)
     
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    agreed, there really are some great pics on masa, some top tallent here:)
     
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