Submitted by melev on Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:27
I wanted to discuss that feeling that you get when you take a picture of your aquarium. Everything looks perfect to your eye, but the camera gives you a blue picture that seems less focused, slightly rounded, and overall it seems rather meh. Nothing that makes you want to share those images with others, at least not with any sense of pride.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:33
Continuing from the previous blog, here are a few more actinic shots. I really wanted to capture a decent reflection shot, but the blue lighting doesn't help make it easy.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:29
Taking pictures when all you've got are blue LEDs shining can be frustrating. Bottom line, it's unlikely you can take and share them instantly. The best method is to load them into some photo-editing software, and do some color correction to share something pretty others would appreciate. I took about 100 pictures over the past 24 hours, and these were the ones that I felt were the most worthy. I used Lightroom for post-processing.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 12/25/2017 - 20:03
I've been observing this one area of my reef for a while, which is pretty much in the center of the 400g. The sunset montipora of course is vivid and beautiful, but the leading edge of the rock -- what's going on there?
Submitted by melev on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 02:44
For the past few days, I've been watching the film algae grow on the glass of all my tanks and just wasn't motivated to clean it off. My guilt grew worse as I imagined the fish were disgusted with these conditions and I swiped all the panes clean today. Within a couple of hours, my beautiful corals were visible again and of course the urge to take some pictures struck again.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:41
I recently shipped out a Smartphone Floater to a customer that has a Samsung Note8 phone. His immediate concern was that he was going to flood the box and ruin his phone. I've been making a type of floater box for iPhones for the past six years or more. I'm sure in that time, someone has had an accident and got water inside the box because not everyone is perfect. That being said, I've never had that problem. I put the phone in the box, place it on the surface of the water and hold it where I want to take a picture.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:29
I bought a new lens for my D90 today. I've been having a problem using any of my lenses for topdown photography, even though I've lowered the corals to the rockwork in my recent reef reset.
The camera wouldn't focus, and I couldn't even press the shutter button. It was one of those annoying things I've been putting up with for a long time, raising the camera more and more away from the subject. The minimum focal distance was the hurdle.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 09/29/2017 - 03:17
Two days ago I took a few pictures of the corals from the side of the tank, but today I wanted to get a few images from above as well. However, the lenses I have require a minimum focal length that frustrates my process. Basically, the corals are too close to the lens for it to focus. Shooting from the side of the tank with a tripod, I can back up slightly to get that perfect distance for a good shot, but from above there isn't much room. I'm going to try out a new lens soon and see if that works because I love shooting from above.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 22:21
I took this picture yesterday, and once I pulled out the blue fog via Lightroom, I was blown away by how pretty this coral is. I see it from the front of the tank all the time, but I just don't get up on the walkboard to gaze down into my reef nearly enough. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Submitted by emasis on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:58
Spock says hi. Shot with a 105mm macro lens.