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Pacific Sea Life Study I

Pacific Sea Life Study I
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Copyright: Gary Denni (garydenni) (152)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-01
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: Soney Cypershot DSC W70, Karl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 2.8-5.2/6.3-18.9
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-27 10:29
Viewed: 3310
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another posting from the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-01-27 13:44]

aquarium shots are very difficult. it's hard to get focus and even if you get the focus right it's hard to hold the camera, especially a small one, steady enough to avoid focus blur. The lighting is usually atrocias so you get funny colors with blue casts being common. Some tips

1) compose the shot, exhale and then, before inhaling, take the shot--that will help you stablise the camera
2) use highest iso you can and clean up in post processing. you can generally fix noise but focus problems due to camera motion are impossible
3) try and put an intersting subject in the phot and make it large enough that people can see it imediately. in this shot the sea horse is very hard to notice. you can do this by cropping down to the main subject. normally that causes you to lose detail--effectively you're doing a digital zoom--but since the biggest pic you an post on trek is 800pixels it's not such a big deal here.
4) get the fastest lens you can. i try and use a 50mm f1.4 whenever possible.
5) take lots of pics. they're free and sometimes everything will click and you'll get a perfect shot even though you haven't changed anything.

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