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Discussion in 'Past Entries' started by fraggle, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. fraggle

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    [​IMG]

    I've been growing baby snails in my fish tank for a month or two now, these snails live underwater all their lives and feed on the green algae, the reason for putting them in a tank is they help keep it clean. (the fish have been banished to the outside pond to stop eating them!)

    I bought 6 initially, thinking they'd just slowly crawl around the tank, nibbling the algae and being rather boring. Its actually interesting to watch them eat, shoot around the tank (they don't half move fast!), chase after each other (and you thought rabbits went at it all the time!) and lay large clumps of eggs. They lay the eggs out of the water, obviously to prevent them being eaten in the wild, there's even a couple of small clumps of eggs hanging upside down from the top of the tank!

    The size of the babys when they first hatch is amazing, about the size of 4 grains of sand. I've got pictures of the babies like this but they wasn't any good for this comp cause I wanted to get one together with a grown up to give a sense of scale.

    Wandered past the tank last night and spotted a daddy with an ikkle baby on its back, so grabbed camera gear and shot this.

    I also found out that macro lenses are not very good shooting through glass and water - never got one good image when shooting to the back of the tank!

    Using the standard kit lens worked much better together with a little bit of offset flash. Still difficult because of the effects of the water, and snails just will not do what you tell them to! Took ages waiting for it to wander up to the water line and then back down onto the rock! :)

    The background is a sheet of plastic printed with weeds, rocks, ferns and things which you buy by the foot and stick to the back of any tank, gives a nice backdrop to the tank.

    EXIF :
    Nikon D70
    2005/09/07 20:12:47.8
    Compressed RAW (12-bit)
    Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
    Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
    Focal Length: 70mm
    Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority
    Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
    1/500 sec - F/4.5
    Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
    Sensitivity: ISO 320
    Optimize Image: Custom
    White Balance: Cloudy
    AF Mode: AF-S
    Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
    Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
    Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
    Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
    Tone Comp.: User-Defined Custom Curve
    Hue Adjustment: 0°
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpening: Auto
    Image Comment: (c) Richard Wood 2005
    Long Exposure NR: Off
    Wide Panel

    Edited the image in CS2 to crop it and tweek the colours and then ran it through Neat Image.

    Full res image is here:-
    Full Size Image
     
  2. RobertP

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    You obviously have your own webspace - why not link to the image directly so it displays in this thread? (insert image button)

    Needs to be under 800 pixels wide/high but for hosted pictures you don't have to compress them below 120k.
    I think the 'info' zoomed image is not allowed here.

    If you put the image at the start of your post it will display in the overview as well.

    I have tried some aquarium shots before - harder than they look.
     
  3. fraggle

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    I tried to use that but all it did on the preview was show the link text, i.e. [​IMG]
    I couldn't find any way of making it actually show any image?

    Sorry, don't understand you. Info?
     
  4. fraggle

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    Aha! Got embedding sussed :)
     
  5. RobertP

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    You don't need the attachment now - you did have a second attachment with a close up...(zoomed)

    If you edit your post again and move the embedded link to the top of the text you typed then your picture will show on the page where you see all the entries.
    That page shows the first couple of lines - if your picture is in the first lines it will show also.
     
  6. stevegreen

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    There seems to be a very green tint on the picture which is spoiling it a little for me, I assume thats the tank/water. I think i'd probably try and run it through Photoshop or similar to even the colours out a bit.
     
  7. fraggle

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    Ah, I see what you mean.

    I actually like the small thumbnail image it gives you from the first attachment in the forum view rather than the full sized image, but it grabs attention better! :)
     
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    <laughs>

    You should have seen it before I tweeked the colours - the original looked like it was taken with sodium street lighting as the only light source and the water was mucky green! (the tanks not very clean :) )
     
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    Time to get the scrubbing brush out then :laugh: I was lambasted about the state of my tap in the 'Water' competition last September :laugh:
     
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    The limescale was an nice touch I seem to remember :D

    Nice picture fraggle (I quite like the greenish look to the shot by the way) but can I ask one question?

    Why are you growing snails? :rolleyes:
     
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    :rotfl: I wondered that too. When I had a tank you were for ever trying to get rid of them!
     
  12. fraggle

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    Heh, very valid question :)

    I was looking round the fish shop, asked the assistant which fish would be best to keep the pond weed (that long green slimy weed) down, and for cleaning the bottom of the tank.

    He replied these snails are quite good.

    So I bought 6, thinking that they'd just snail around the tank and be boring.

    They're actually fascinating. Move damn quick, horny as heck (!!!) and I've now approx 100+ babies.

    I've got a large pond outside and when the babies grow to a big enough size (I have 2 koi carp out there that are well over a foot long, so I'm waiting until the baby snails are about 1cm big) I'll put loads of them in the pond, as its a real problem to keep clean.

    Oh, I'm also hoping to sell them back to the shop :D
     
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    They certainly make a good subject for a photo! Nice shot Richard.
     
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    Updated the original post and added in more background info.
     
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