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By SH87
This shot was taken though glass and in a very dimly lit aquarium.

Iíve just started to use the camera on full manual mode and any tips and comments are most welcome



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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
5 Sep 2012 10:02AM
The Pincer Movement........GrinGrin

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dhaval 8 India
5 Sep 2012 10:18AM
Great CaptureGrin
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 2:08PM
A good try in the circumstances. The best results of this type need off camera flash at 45 degrees to the glass. The glass must be clean too. You are not quite pin sharp and the colours are wrong. This is tank lighting and the high ISOalong with wiide aperture and slow shutter speed.

If allowed, a flash on extension lead would allow much smaller aperture and the shutter speed becomes the flash duration. Colours would also be near correct. The enemy of flash in tank photography is reflection and flare hotspots,hence 45 degrees.

Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 5:13PM
The other enemy is all the dust/food waste/silt etc held in suspension in the water!

You can use a rubber lens hood to get a good light seal by pressing lightly against the glass - the rubber will deform slightly, then you can fire the flash without fear of reflections from the glass flaring the picture.

Everything else covered above.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
6 Sep 2012 4:36PM
Always a difficult type of sjot, but youve done well.

very good advice above. Crystal clear glass, inside and outside; crystal clear water; the subject is slow moving, so this is great and also can allow a shot without flash; make sure the aquarium light cover is clean and free of algae; try placing a fixed light on top of the aquarium to supplement the existing light.

Ive also loaded a mod, - somewhat guessing at colour balance, perhaps it works?

Hope this is helpful,



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