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By Perry_95
I think this is quite a good shot considering it was shot through a glass tank under low ligh conditions, original file format was raw so that i could alter the colour cast that was apearing from the strange tank light.

Tags: Pets and captive animals

Voters: KarenFB, jamestheboy, iancatch and 2 more

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
4 Apr 2011 7:31PM
Very well caught! Capturing fish in an aquarium is really difficult - because of the low light the exposure is longer, but fish tend to move, which usually turns them into a blob! You've caught the fish beautifully sharp, well done! Smile

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jamestheboy 8 447 5 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 7:33PM
This good work perry Smile

james Smile
Perry_95 7 59 1 Wales
4 Apr 2011 7:36PM
hand held, in a dark room over my grandparents house, only light was from the tank which dropped the exposure time o 1/20 second so i was pretty pleased to say the least that i got some sharp shots! Smile
iancatch 11 4 45 England
4 Apr 2011 8:01PM
This is a Black Widow if I am not mistaken. You obviously know what you are doing to get a shot this sharp and knowing to use RAW to give you that post processing power. Did you sharpen it at all? If not most digital photos benefit from some sharpening as the last thing to do in the post processing process. Try 2 pixels at 60%.

Like I say, you have the ability to get the shot sharp in very difficult lighting conditions with longish exposure with a subject that moves. what ISO do you use? Depending on your camera you can go as high as ISO 800 without too much graining. This with a big F number with give you the quickest shutter speed as the dof doesn't need to be that great as fish as fairly flat creatures.

Its a really good shot but if I had one critique it would be that of composition. This would be best done in the post processing as a crop. If you have taken it in RAw, as you have, you can get quite a hefty crop before things deteriorate.

Well done and I hope the advice, if it is indeed that is what it is and you didn't know about the things suggested, is useful.


MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
4 Apr 2011 8:43PM
Excellent job - much better than I can do! Smile

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Perry_95 7 59 1 Wales
4 Apr 2011 8:51PM
Thanks Ian Yes that is a black widow, i used a 1600 ISO because my little pentax k-x has really good ISO capabilities, Also i did sharpen it slightly but not much simply because i was going to upload it on here. How would you suggest i change the composition?

Thanks Fran will deffinately be entering!
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
5 Apr 2011 7:10AM
The 'rules' say 'don't have your main subject slap bang in the middle of the shot' so, if I were going to follow the 'rules', I may crop some off the left hand side (leaving space for the fish to swim into). But saying that it's totally up to you if you follow the 'rules', some of the nicest pictures I've seen have the subject slap bang in the middle! Don't be afraid to experiment, that's what I like about digital - the images are free!! Smile
Perry_95 7 59 1 Wales
5 Apr 2011 6:00PM
Will keep that tip in mind, however in these circumstances i was simply trying to find a fish that will keep still for 1/20 of a second!!! Smile thanks for the tips Smile

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