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Blazer88
09-18-2007, 07:39 PM
I had the pleasure to check out Ben's tank last Friday and snap a "few" (meaning like 300) shots. I missed his BBQ back in August and I was happy to finally check out this monster of a tank. He did an awesome job on the build and everything looks happy and healthy! This first batch of photo's are just some of the fish. I'll post more shots (corals and full-tank shots) later as I get time to edit them up. I'm sure the question will come up; I use a Canon 30D and a mix of lenses (EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS, EF-S 60mm F/2.8 Macro, Sigma 150mm F/2.8 Macro). Enjoy!

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Blazer88
09-18-2007, 07:40 PM
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Blazer88
09-18-2007, 07:41 PM
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Blazer88
09-18-2007, 07:42 PM
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class clown
09-18-2007, 07:43 PM
he he.. so fun to see! I think I may order up a couple larger prints for my office too. Thanks again - the pictures look so beautiful! :):):):):):):):):):)

Blazer88
09-18-2007, 07:44 PM
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Blazer88
09-18-2007, 07:47 PM
he he.. so fun to see! I think I may order up a couple larger prints for my office too. Thanks again - the pictures look so beautiful! :):):):):):):):):):)

You let me know which ones you want as I have all of the full-resolution shots. I would get the prints done at Costco, I have used them in the past for prints and they turned out excellent. I still have TONS more pictures to edit, lol. Don't start picking out the ones you want quite yet :D

krisfal
09-18-2007, 09:39 PM
Blazer88,
Beautiful pictures once again! You are right about Ben's fish being happy just look at the smile on the face of the hippo in photo number 2:p

My son is an aspiring (starving) photographer. He is using a nikon D50? I believe. I recently bought him a macro lens and showed him your pictures and said "I want some shots like that" he goes by the handle "tuldas" on flicker.

How much editing do you do after taking the shot? What program do you use for editing? I believe my son is using lighthouse? or something like that. I am still trying to master photoshop.

I hope to get my own digital SLR some day, I think I will be looking at Pentax as I have a pentax 35mm SLR with some nice lenses and would like to be able to use those lenses.

Krish
09-18-2007, 09:41 PM
Amazing photos as always man...:)

Elmo18
09-18-2007, 10:11 PM
Awesome shots Rick.

Let us know the equipment... Canon Eos 30D, but with what lenses?

Best,
Ilham

edwing206
09-18-2007, 10:20 PM
Awesome shots! My favorite is #7.
Ilham, look in first post. Right before the first picture.

roscoe
09-18-2007, 10:32 PM
wow thats all I can say is wow!!!!!! Hey steven11 if you see these pics I'm sorry man I can't take pics like that. This really inspire me to really invest in a good macro lens for my nikon d40 now!!!!!

steven11
09-18-2007, 10:33 PM
I love pic number 10 of the blenny cannon!

NC2WA
09-18-2007, 10:44 PM
Blazer88,

What program are you using to edit your photos?

Elmo18
09-18-2007, 11:16 PM
Awesome shots! My favorite is #7.
Ilham, look in first post. Right before the first picture.

Alright, I am getting old. Hah.

Best,
Ilham

Blazer88
09-19-2007, 10:36 AM
Thanks for all of the kind comments guys. My editing can be pretty extensive depending on the initial shot. There are a few things that you have to get right when you hit the shutter no matter how good your photoshop skills are. Composition is something that I'm working on as having everything directly centered in the frame can get quite boring. But I use Adobe Lightroom to process my RAW files and then export into Photoshop CS3 for the final touches. I'll be happy to post a few before and after shots if people are curious to see how much editing I do. But here is the next batch of photos.

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Jan
09-19-2007, 12:33 PM
Beautiful photos! :D

What is that in photo #26?

Rick, I would be fascinated to see a few "before and after" pics, maybe even some "half-way done" pics (after Adobe Lightroom but before Photoshop). :)

Blazer88
09-19-2007, 01:07 PM
#26 looks like a brain coral to me. But here is a quick example of the workflow for that shot. The original full-frame shot from the camera has about a million white specs which don't show up once it was resized, those specs are always a pain to clone out. From Lightroom, I adjust the white balance, tint, minor exposure if needed, and curves before I export to CS3. This shot didn't need too much adjustment so the difference isn't huge there. The last shot is the final from CS3 before I put the border on it. I generally use a black paint brush to get rid of anything that I don't want in the scene and to isolate things that I want to. I thought this coral would look good against an all-black background so I went at it. I also had to add a bit of the snail shell since that was cut from the original frame.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Workflow.jpg

class clown
09-19-2007, 01:23 PM
wowwaa wooey! so neat to see the before, mid, and after shots. It really did make a big difference. The black background is a nice secret to share - I can see that It really helps to drive the focus of the viewer to the particular coral/fish that you're trying to capture. neat.

Jan - the red blob in #26 there is a "red lobo brain" sometimes if you catch it at the right angle, you can see it has two pretty neat green mouths too. :D

Jan
09-19-2007, 01:51 PM
It's very cool. Thanks for sharing your process, Rick. Question...how did you know what kind of color adjustment you needed to do prior to imput into Photoshop? What I mean is, frame #2 shows more yellow/less red/generally lighter color saturation compared to the original in frame #1. Was the decision to make those changes just based on your memory of how it looked in the tank and your own judgement as to how to best represent that?

The other thing that jumps out at me is the additional contrast and clarity of the pixels (if I'm using the right language) in frame #3...it's like the difference between regular t.v. and high definition t.v., you know? So does that part come from Photoshop? I love it. :cool: :)

jezzeaepi
09-19-2007, 03:23 PM
Very nice shots! What kind of anthias are those Ben?

Blazer88
09-19-2007, 03:27 PM
Jan, color is such a subjective thing and not always easy to get accurate. I just play around with the color temperature sliders in Lightroom until it looks correct to my eyes. I have my white balance set to manual so everything should come out consistent so not much adjustment would be needed one way or the other. So that means I pretty much just wing it :) I noticed the snail shell still looked a little too yellow after I exported the shot into Photoshop so I did some color stuff there rather than in Lightroom. Those three samples aren't really enough to judge sharpness as the first two were just resized for this example and not sharpened after, the third shot was sharpened before I added it to the other two.

Having that said, here are some SPS shots :D

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Snowboarda42
09-19-2007, 04:03 PM
Wow very nice! That Mandarin looks awesome! :D

class clown
09-19-2007, 04:05 PM
Very nice shots! What kind of anthias are those Ben?

Hey Jesse - those are the square sides. The male is bigger and has a purple square on this side. The female is smaller and has no square side -she's mostly yellow. Oh Jesse, you would absolutely love these guys in your new tank. Anthias have quickly become one of my favorites. They are always out and about and are so graceful and showey.. i'd love to get a few more for my own tank.

NC2WA
09-19-2007, 04:57 PM
Ben,

I have been told that unless you have a harem of females, the male will lose its bright color.

logiktest
09-19-2007, 11:42 PM
Beautiful photography. The water must be crystal clear in the tank because the fish appear to be swimming in air. Wonderful specimens captured as well.

Damsel13
09-20-2007, 03:39 AM
Can't say it enough. Awsome pictures, awsome website!

Jan
09-20-2007, 04:56 PM
wow...I came rushing over here to check out #27 & 29. :D

Like you keep reminding me, it's amazing how different the same coral can look in different people's tanks! The yellow acro looks awesome! :)

brady816
09-20-2007, 05:35 PM
looking very nice!!!!!

matts125
09-20-2007, 06:21 PM
nice shots as always, where is the full tank shot?

Matt

trido
09-20-2007, 08:08 PM
I wish I had a professional photographer. :(

Blazer88
09-20-2007, 09:05 PM
Thanks for all of the comments so far. I'm trying to squeeze in a little time to edit these up between remodeling my condo, he is tonights effort. I call this fun with actinics :D


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edwing206
09-20-2007, 09:32 PM
Amazing pictures! The tank looks great Ben.

Jan
09-20-2007, 10:20 PM
Very nice! :D

Damsel13
09-21-2007, 12:59 AM
THAT THING MAKES ME DIZZY! Oh wait I was dizzy already. nevermind.:D

matts125
09-21-2007, 01:12 PM
Ben your tank is looking great! I am already seeing new growth! Good job man!!!

Matt

edwing206
09-21-2007, 02:52 PM
THAT THING MAKES ME DIZZY! Oh wait I was dizzy already. nevermind.:D

:lol: Good.

Jan
09-21-2007, 03:06 PM
Ben, what's the big green staghorn in the center of the tank? It looks a different color than the green slimer on the right side....

class clown
09-24-2007, 06:45 PM
Hey Hey... Now those are some psychadelic photos.. lots of fun!


Ben, what's the big green staghorn in the center of the tank? It looks a different color than the green slimer on the right side....

Hey Jan --- that's the famous thin branched Yellow stag from Duane (trido's) tank. If I'm not mistaken, he may have a couple frags of it still - it is quite nice. If he doesn't, I'd be glad to hook you up in a month or so. I went out of town for the weekend, came back, and swear each of the tips of this baby grew like a quarter inch or better. I should warn you though, I did go to Vegas and my judgement still may be a little impaired :p:p:p

Jan
09-24-2007, 09:03 PM
Cool! Yeah, I heard that Duane (Trido) has a little of that green staghorn left. I should snag some of that as it looks really nice! (I actually did have a frag of it once but it must have fallen into the coral-eating rocks, and is hanging out with my missing granulosa.)

dailydriven911
09-24-2007, 11:03 PM
Everything looks great Ben! Wow that clam looks like it's grown a bit too!:D

danno14
09-25-2007, 11:35 PM
Looking great! I hope to see it some day, but your posts have made it "like being there".
All my best, D

Damsel13
09-26-2007, 03:08 AM
Your tank looks great! I feel the same as danno does. I felt almost like I was there. Great thread!

Jobiwan
09-28-2007, 12:16 AM
Beautiful Ben, you've got something to be proud of...

kirk_m
09-29-2007, 10:11 PM
Awesome tank and gorgeous pictures. I have a canon EOS 20D and pretty much the same lenses you have, but, I can't get anywhere NEAR those kinds of photos! How do you do it??? I find it extremely hard as well, since my tank is all fluorescent bulbs (T5s), as opposed to a metal halide tanks, to get true to life color pictures.

salmonslayer
09-30-2007, 02:16 AM
Think about a hour per photo. Sure alot of time is put in after the shots to dress them up :eek:. Nevertheless awsome shots and well worth the time.
PS wish I take shots like that. Looking nice Ben

Blazer88
10-02-2007, 09:53 PM
It really just takes time and practice to learn how to shoot the fish/corals and which settings work best. Taking the time to get a good shot will save tons of time from the start, you can't photoshop a bad pic into a good one, only good into better. But I'm slowing getting some more time to edit some more as my house remodel is slowing down a bit. Here is the long awaited FT shot and a few others.

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class clown
10-02-2007, 10:27 PM
Oh man.. these just made my day. Thanks Rick!!!!

edwing206
10-02-2007, 10:36 PM
That tank is amazing Ben. Nice shots Rick.

Damsel13
10-03-2007, 05:48 AM
Those look like some happy fish!

Scooterman
10-03-2007, 06:21 AM
Really nice complete front shot, very sharp!

trido
10-05-2007, 10:19 PM
I really like that pagoda coral. When can I have a frag of it?

Nice FTS. That thing looks way better in person.

Jan
10-05-2007, 10:27 PM
Yeah, the tank's looking really great, Ben. :)

jezzeaepi
10-05-2007, 10:41 PM
I really like that pagoda coral. When can I have a frag of it?

Nice FTS. That thing looks way better in person.
That was one of mine actually. First coral I ever got =) Thanks ben for taking such good care of it.

trido
10-05-2007, 11:15 PM
That was one of mine actually. First coral I ever got =) Thanks ben for taking such good care of it.
I know, I was just razzing the both of you.:razz:

spongebob lover
10-06-2007, 02:02 PM
wwouu dood ...awesome pictures !! :) .
Ben your tank looks awesome as always dood, now 33,34, and 35 ... wwoouu to pretty :D .
the pictures of the anthias look awesome dood