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Old 12/24/2007, 09:12 AM
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Kurt,

If you ever run a class I'd be interested. These shots are truly great... and the tank ain't so shabby either.
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Old 12/31/2007, 04:14 AM
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Nice tank thread. I myself lost almost all my fish due to ICH as well. It came from a Powder Blue Tang too. It was so pretty, my 2nd fav Tang behind the Achilles. I just had to have it and I never thought of qurantining it at all. She showed signs of ich in the first week it wasn't funny. Within a month I lost her and my beloved black & white clowns. That was the hardest part cause they just finally hosted my OBTA after more than 2 months of introduction. I've learned my lesson about quarantining especially for Tangs. I sure hope your latest PBT will be a success for you this time around. Best of Luck! I'll stay Tang free for now.
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Old 12/31/2007, 07:07 AM
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? for ya how is the powder blue now and do u think i can put one in a 90 for a little and when she gets to big trade her in. Also what do u think the minimum size tank is for the foxface
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Old 12/31/2007, 08:44 AM
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I have been out of town for about 5 days for a hockey tournament in Ottawa...my wife is feeding the fish...well she is supposed to be. Has not mentioned any issues with the tank or dead fish and I think that she would bring that up in conversation.

Reeftank, I think foxface in a 90 would be fine the tang would do well for awhile not sure once it got full grown.
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Old 01/01/2008, 06:56 AM
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Thanks Happy New Year also does your foxface ever pick at any corals
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Old 01/01/2008, 09:54 PM
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Yes, but never noticed any damage. Not sure if its trying to eat polyps or if its eating algae.

Got back from Ottawa today...tank is a mess, well needs a good cleaning at least.
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Old 01/06/2008, 11:45 PM
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I have this one LED acentic light, decided to try some night photography with a new camera that has good high ISO quality...

All straight from camera but cropped except for one I changed the white balance on.

This is the shot I played with the WB, its how the coral looks...my favorite acro



Thats ISO 640 f/16 for 13 seconds.

Crop of same shot



And this is the white balance from in camera set just to auto.

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Old 01/06/2008, 11:47 PM
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New FTS shot please!
ps nice acro.
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Old 01/06/2008, 11:48 PM
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Will have to do this some more once I build or buy a top down box.

Its amazing the different colors, this Acan looks nothing like this in the daylight bulbs.



This tri color acro is more of a cream color under the halides



A bit of movement in the extended polyps here, 15 second exposure

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Old 01/06/2008, 11:51 PM
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Thanks Chris, think I will be home tomorrow as my son is sick..so will get that done.

This is a red acro, not much color under halides



Another of my favorite acro

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Old 01/06/2008, 11:54 PM
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Another acan, not sure if its the feeders moving or if I missed the focus on this one.



and the last one I uploaded

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Old 01/07/2008, 12:02 AM
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Missed on I think. This is a german blue, under the halides it has a dark blue body and lighter blue tips.

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Old 01/07/2008, 12:40 AM
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awesome
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:03 AM
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Every picture is perfect, and you did a fantastic job. My question is why f/16? That would make the DOF pretty wide for a coral shot, no?
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Old 01/07/2008, 07:53 AM
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Thanks guys. Mel, not with macro lens and close distance. If you look, most of these have a DOF of less than one inch. You have to stop down to get anything in focus.
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Old 01/07/2008, 09:08 AM
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Kurt, great pictures. You might want to give infrared photopgraphy a shot. I think you would have some real fun with it.
Were you shooting 1600 or 3200 ISO? Very little grain that I can notice. Or did you process the images after to smooth them and sharpen a little?
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Old 01/07/2008, 09:20 AM
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ISO on these was 640, there was no noise reduction done. The exposure times were 13-15 seconds while shining the LED light at the coral.

I tried this after reading an article in an old National Geographic where a guy (about 6 years ago, it was an old mag) took a high powered ultraviolet light...which I think is just under the acentic range of the light spectrum...to a live reef in the sea at night and took shots. They were amazing.
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Old 01/07/2008, 09:43 AM
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Wow Kurt, as usual those shots are amazing
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Old 01/07/2008, 10:05 AM
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Kurt, I hope your cataloging these. I'm a member of the Greater Rochester NY Proffessional Photographers and these are pro pictures. You should seriously think about publishing a contact (thumbnail images) to a few photo houses. You could make a little money to pay for some of your equipment. If you interested I could bring you as a guest to one of our monthly GRPP dinners and introduce you to Bob and Wendy, the areas best commercial photographers. Since this is different than what they do I'm sure they could point you in the right direction if you were interested.

You make any serious money though I would want a free frag

And now my wife is going to beat me I have about 30k in gear but never needed a Macro lense. These images make me want to change that. I'm looking st a Sigma and two Canon lenses. The L series 180mm is about 1300 which isn't too bad compared to some of my other L series lenses. I tried using my 70-200L but I can't get the focusing distance in close enough to do anything to fun.

Anyways, good job.
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Old 01/07/2008, 12:46 PM
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Thanks for the kind words Bob, I make a bit of money on portraiture and sports photography but have never dove into the stock photo thing. Guess I could start, had a father at an event I shot last summer ask for some product shot/stock photo examples but never did get back to him...he was an Ad exec at some company.

Would be interested in hearing who Wendy and Bob go through.

I am not a member of any local organization but am a member of PPA.

I use Bridge and Lightroom as DAM software but not totally sold on either, would be nice to have access to all files on all external drives without those drives being attached (like say to my laptop...) neither of these programs provide that.
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Old 01/07/2008, 12:48 PM
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Great pictures! The colors on those acans are awesome
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Old 01/08/2008, 04:45 PM
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Here is a full tank shot taken today.



Right side of the "Front"



Back left side



Back center (that is supposed to be a green slimer but has never been "Slimy")

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Old 01/08/2008, 04:57 PM
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Man thats a nice tank!
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Old 01/08/2008, 05:08 PM
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I really like how clear the water is, and how clean the background kept. It looks like you are getting a nice band of sunlight in those pictures, which really make the reef more striking.
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Old 01/08/2008, 05:08 PM
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wow kurt, they almost look 3D.

how's your new awesome aussie acan frag doing?
 

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