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maxwell
12/17/2015, 04:41 AM
Hi
Some macro shots of sps corals using a tamron 90mm ,please critique

bill

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maxwell
12/17/2015, 04:49 AM
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12/17/2015, 05:00 AM
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Reef Bass
12/17/2015, 08:11 AM
Might I suggest embedding your images in your post instead of attaching them? They much easier to view and more impactful that way.

Just click the little postcard looking icon and enter the url to your image.

noy
12/17/2015, 12:04 PM
Might I suggest embedding your images in your post instead of attaching them? They much easier to view and more impactful that way.

Just click the little postcard looking icon and enter the url to your image.

You will have to upload them to a site like flickr first.

maxwell
12/17/2015, 12:58 PM
Hi
I have not done this before , i have put them in photobucket in a folder and ticked the photo's to select but no option/instructions to download i will ask for help and try again to post them.

Bill

woodnaquanut
12/17/2015, 01:35 PM
Beautiful corals.

I like your compositions and exposures. Focus seems soft. Are you using a tripod?

maxwell
12/17/2015, 01:51 PM
Hi woodnaquanut
I did use tripod and remote shutter,i generally have trouble with the focus by soft do you mean not sharp. I used tamron 90mm macro lens and on a couple i put a small ext tube which i received today to see what difference it made .I am new to photography and its a learn as i go process i was as close to the glass has i could get when i get a reasonable picture i have used the trim function to enlarge them magnification.

Bill

rickztahone
12/17/2015, 04:19 PM
Hi woodnaquanut
I did use tripod and remote shutter,i generally have trouble with the focus by soft do you mean not sharp. I used tamron 90mm macro lens and on a couple i put a small ext tube which i received today to see what difference it made .I am new to photography and its a learn as i go process i was as close to the glass has i could get when i get a reasonable picture i have used the trim function to enlarge them magnification.

Bill

You wouldn't happen to have an external flash would you?

Reef Bass
12/17/2015, 05:37 PM
Hi
I have not done this before , i have put them in photobucket in a folder and ticked the photo's to select but no option/instructions to download i will ask for help and try again to post them.

Bill

You are very close to embedding your pictures. In Photobucket, when an image is selected, tap the Share button and Get Links. Tap the IMG code box. That will copy the necessary code to embed your pic. Paste that directly into your post. No need to use the post card icon. When you preview your post, you should see your photo at whatever size you uploaded it to Photobucket.

maxwell
12/17/2015, 11:49 PM
sps , Thanks for the help with posting . I have not got a ext flash please critque .
Bill

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maxwell
12/17/2015, 11:55 PM
Hi
easy when you know how.

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maxwell
12/18/2015, 12:01 AM
Hi
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bill

Reef Bass
12/18/2015, 06:11 AM
Much better! Thanks. Feel free to add a carriage return between images to separate them a bit and especially following the IMG tags when you're adding text to stop text from jutting out to the right of the bottom of the pics.

Very nice corals. Good job on your husbandry.

That second to last digitata seems to be veiled with a vermetid snail web. I'd put an end to that personally.

I agree the photos could be sharper. If you are already using a tripod and remote shutter release, then perhaps you are not shooting straight through the glass? That's very important. Also focus manually.

I checked the EXIF info on a couple and see you're using a relatively high ISOs (2000-2500) and very small aperture (f22). If you are using a tripod and your pumps are off, then dial that ISO way back to even 100 and go for longer shutterspeeds. You can see noise in your tighter cropped images.

I would also open up your lens more to say F10-13. I get your desire for greater depth of field, but at smaller apertures, diffraction can become an issue and is likely a significant factor contributing to your loss of sharpness.

DubiousMaximus
12/18/2015, 06:37 AM
I want a few frags. White table acro, green tip branching moti...all of them really. Very beautiful!

Im not a photographer but yes some seem soft focus over sharper

maxwell
12/18/2015, 07:20 AM
reefbase
Thanks for the advice on the settings i will try that when i take some more shots in few weeks time,it was interesting to note your comment on the pumps off as i had not tried that and have 2 x gyres,1 x vortec and a tunze running on the tank its been a big factor in the corals surviving and doing well.

Bill

maxwell
12/18/2015, 07:22 AM
Maximus
Thanks for the nice comments

Bill

Reef Bass
12/18/2015, 11:18 AM
Yes, flow is good. However, when taking pictures, turning pumps off stops water motion and that allows longer shutterspeeds without motion blur. Motion blur is likely another contributor to the lack of sharpness, particularly at the shutterspeeds you are using (1/20, 1/25). In addition, polyps tend to extend in the lack of current which makes for better images. Plus detritus settles so less marine snow in the pic.

noy
12/18/2015, 03:21 PM
Great collection of corals. Nice photos too.
I think if you tighten up the focus you can have really great shots.
+1 on Reef Bass's comments.
A few of the shots with the white/lighter colored corals could benefit from ~one f-stop less exposure to bring out the details.
I'm sure Nikon has something similar but on the macro/very close up shots i use the electronic viewfinder and there is a function to magnify a portion of the viewfinder image (and move the focal spot around). This allows me to use manual focusing to really fine tune the focus on that part of the picture. On these shots you won't have a lot of depth of field so you want to the focus to be on a particular thing - probably the polyp close to the shot and you can use this technique to get a very sharp capture of the focus of you composition.

maxwell
12/18/2015, 11:32 PM
noy
Thanks again for the advice . i will read the manual on moving the focal spot around as this will be really helpful.I will post my attempts in a few weeks to see if i can improve.
Bill

Reef Bass
12/19/2015, 07:11 AM
Extending noy's good magnification concept further...

I shoot macros tethered to my laptop / remotely. Using the Canon EOS Utility I control all aspects except focus from my laptop. The primary advantage is being able to use live view. As terrific as the 3" screen on the back of my 6D is, it is much easier for me to evaluate the image on my 15" laptop screen. I can be super accurate with the placement of the focal plane anywhere in the image. And I can use depth of field preview to see how the current aperture setting will impact the DOF in the final shot. Plus the image is saved to the laptop directly, so I'm ready to import into Lightroom.

I've also used the 6D's wifi with the Canon Connect app on my tablet to do basically the same thing, only without wires. While my tablet has a great 10" screen, I prefer the laptop's larger size for greater ease of image evaluation.

Nikon must offer similar functionality. I suggest looking into it.

maxwell
12/19/2015, 01:44 PM
Hi
I thought i might as well put a few FTS on for critique.

thanks Bill


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Reef Bass
12/20/2015, 07:50 AM
Very nice tank! Beautiful corals. Well done.

noy
12/20/2015, 08:51 AM
Wow, what an amazing collection! love the tabling sps.
Only comments on the FTS is you may want to crop out the lighting from the top of the shot.
The first shot is great, if your lighting is full spectrum, you may want to adjust it so its less "blue", this way the colour balance will reflect the true colours of your corals (which are awesome). Sometimes its just too much to try to fix post-processing.
For the angled offset shots you might want to back up a bit and take the shot from an up and down perspective. You will have to use post processing to isolate your tank.
Check out the threat in the SPS section on the best tanks in the world (see the posting by dvanacker at the beginning).

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1747132

jbm421
12/26/2015, 12:35 AM
Hi
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bill

You really need to work on your reefing skills don't think your corals look happy enough..... I am just kidding they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! What is the acro at the bottom here?

jbm421
12/26/2015, 12:36 AM
Sps I should say

maxwell
12/26/2015, 09:17 AM
jbm421
Its a Forest Fire monti grows like weeds in my tank ,those are breakages ready to go to the LFS for swaps when they have something decent in stock.Check my fts i have posted they are on the sandbed at the front , also SSC grows well in different forms and colouring.

thanks Bill

Buffcole
12/26/2015, 11:40 PM
You might want to center your pics and bring your focus tighter. Great shots, I esp like the close up of the digi.

Brett28
01/24/2016, 11:09 AM
Beautifully done. What lights are you running?

maxwell
01/26/2016, 09:37 AM
Hi Brett
I have 2 X orphek and a radion pro on the tank, I have had loads of issues with the Orphek.
Bill