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September 9, 2010
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Bully
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So, we got the wife a new DSLR today for her to use on a photography course she's started. I've posted these on PFK but though I would share here too /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

All shots are on auto macro mode, as I don't know how to use it otherwise /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Even in the hands of the inept, better results are produced then I could ever manage with the compact. Especially since the success rate is so much higher. I can't wait for the wife to learn how to use it properly so that she can teach me! /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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September 9, 2010
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September 9, 2010
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Very nice Gareth! The first one got me a bit sentimental, looks identical to my sicyopterus that I lost last week. loved that fish! What camera did you get? Looking forward to more pics!!

September 10, 2010
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Nice one Gareth - love the E. canarensis and at last a decent shot or two of P. rhomboocellatus for the profile! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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September 10, 2010
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Thanks Jim /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Sorry for your lost fish /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> I'm always sad when I lose a fish, in fact, the one in this photo was also lost at one point. I stripped the tank down to re-do all the rockwork and do a much needed head count by removing every fish from the tank (exc. the Etroplus, and I could only find 2 Sicyopterus. I checked just about everywhere you can check in a tank that only contained only substrate and a background, and there was no sign of it.....I was gutted. Two days later, there were 3 Sicyopterus out in the tank! Sneaky fellow /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

September 10, 2010
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Thanks Matt, those rhombo's are the bane of my photographic endeavours, I swear it's impossible to get any decent shots of them /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I hope the wife learns how to use this camera quickly, I am determined to get a good shot one day, or at least let her get a good shot /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

Jim I forgot to answer your previous question; we bought a Nikon D5000 kit, which comes with the 18-55mm lens /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> For the budget, it was between that and a Canon EOS 500, and all my research showed the Nikon just pipped the Canon, if I had another £200 it would have been the Canon EOS 550D /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 10, 2010
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Lovely pics Gareth /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

That last photo is very nice /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

September 10, 2010
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Thanks Mark /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> This photography business is really quite addictive!

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The full tank shots are pretty poor, need to work out how to do it properly /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 10, 2010
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Great photos, thanks for sharing. It's always a treat to see what others are keeping!

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September 10, 2010
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Thanks Dennis /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I agree, it's great looking at other peoples setups!

Some more of the E. canarensis, individual shots this time:

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September 10, 2010
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good shots /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

as soon as you can, try using the manual mode and aim for a higher F no. i tend to use F9 to F16 for fish pics depending on how fast i can get the shutter speed. You should try a manual setting of a shutter speed the same length as your focal length and an F no of about 11 to start with. try using the flash and take at a slight angle to avoid bounce back...

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September 10, 2010
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Thanks Colin, I will have a play, a read of the manual (probably in that order /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />) and give those settings a go /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 11, 2010
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yeah lets see how you get on -
so for example if you are using a kit lens 18 - 55mm and have it set at 55 you want a shutter speed of at least 55

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September 11, 2010
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Right, that makes a little more sense /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I can still use autofocus with those settings though, can't I? I've done some practice with manual focus but, it can be tricky with moving fish /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

September 11, 2010
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Hi Bully , fantastic pics of beautifully conditioned fish ,like Matt said the Barbs look awesome ! as do the Canarensis /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> when you get time you could share your experiences with the Dwarf Puffers /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

Only one complaint no pics of those gorgeous Sids of yours /mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" /> only joking /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

September 11, 2010
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Yeah AF will work fine.

The higher F number (smaller aperture) means that more of the fish will be in focus but this has more demand on the amount of light needed.... LOL stick at it - it'll make sense!!!

September 11, 2010
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Also love those canarensis Gareth! I've never seen them over here, beautiful fish!

i'm not familiar with the new D5000 but I just read the review by my favorite Nikon guy and it's sounds good.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nik...../d5000.htm

I also have the 18-55, though mine is older and not the VR model. It's an adequate lens and great for everyday IMO but if you're going to get serious about macro & fish have a look at the 60mm micro and 105 mm micro. An external flash is also important. Not sure what goes with that model but likely the SB600, 800, or 900.
With my D70s & 60mm micro, I usually shoot on Manual setting, f22, shutter speed 200-400 depending on the fish. Keep practicing with the manual focus. Most fish shots look best if the eye is in focus.

September 13, 2010
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QUOTE (andy rushworth @ Sep 11 2010, 12:23 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Bully , fantastic pics of beautifully conditioned fish ,like Matt said the Barbs look awesome ! as do the Canarensis /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> when you get time you could share your experiences with the Dwarf Puffers /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

Only one complaint no pics of those gorgeous Sids of yours /mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" /> only joking /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

Thanks Andy! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I've thought of moving the barbs on recently, in lieu of something more biotope correct but, I just don't have the heart to do it /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

The sids are getting more difficult to photo as they now spend about 90% of their time in amongst the stone work, I managed to pick up a stray from my lfs a few days ago for £5 so the group is now back up to 14 /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

What do you mean about the puffers? Add my experiences here, or on a separate thread?

QUOTE (Colin @ Sep 11 2010, 12:29 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah AF will work fine.

The higher F number (smaller aperture) means that more of the fish will be in focus but this has more demand on the amount of light needed.... LOL stick at it - it'll make sense!!!

Thanks Colin, I tried a few shots with some settings but, I got a better depth of field (fish in focus background blurred?) but the fish themselves were quite noisy? I have so much to learn before I can really begin to understand how this photography stuff works, I'm hoping the wife will learn via her course and then relay it to me /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

QUOTE (plaamoo @ Sep 11 2010, 02:33 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also love those canarensis Gareth! I've never seen them over here, beautiful fish!

If I remember correctly, one of the few people that has successfully breed these in captivity was from the US and he seemed to have a regular supply for shipping!

QUOTE (plaamoo @ Sep 11 2010, 02:33 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
i'm not familiar with the new D5000 but I just read the review by my favorite Nikon guy and it's sounds good.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nik...../d5000.htm

Wow, he gave it a glowing review, better than the one offered on dpreview /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

QUOTE (plaamoo @ Sep 11 2010, 02:33 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I also have the 18-55, though mine is older and not the VR model. It's an adequate lens and great for everyday IMO but if you're going to get serious about macro & fish have a look at the 60mm micro and 105 mm micro. An external flash is also important. Not sure what goes with that model but likely the SB600, 800, or 900.
With my D70s & 60mm micro, I usually shoot on Manual setting, f22, shutter speed 200-400 depending on the fish. Keep practicing with the manual focus. Most fish shots look best if the eye is in focus.

The D5000 doesn't have an auto-focus motor in the body, so I think there is a slight disadvantage with the availability of lenses, although, there seems to be plenty about. As it's officially the wife's camera we will be buying for her purposes first /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> External flashes are a must for her anyway I think, so that's a bonus.

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