A flattering shot of one skunk

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Mark in Vancouver
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A flattering shot of one skunk

Post by Mark in Vancouver » Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:58 pm

http://www2.2cah.com/coppermine/albums/ ... G_5920.JPG

I like these loaches. I added three, on Nonn's advice, to my two. Heavy business in the loach tank. I've added some more shelters, but now I disrupt the intended planting.... Urgh. Once more I must upgrade to a larger tank and again promise myself to get rid of the tanks the upgrade replaces.
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Post by jerry_tyler » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:05 am

very nice pic . :D
I like them too

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Post by shari » Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:02 am

Very nice shot Mark! I love the gold dusting that shows up so beautifully.

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Post by Graeme Robson » Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:39 am

Great picture! Colouration is superb!



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Post by Emma Turner » Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:03 am

Beautiful photograph, Mark! The 'glittering' colours are just gorgeous.

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Post by mamaschild » Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:23 am

Wonderful pic :):)

I've never seen the shimmer like that :D

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Post by Bazz » Thu Jan 12, 2006 2:50 pm

Great Pic, I like the shine on the black band.
how did you get a go close up of a skunk?, my four scatter anytime I get close with the camera this is the best I have ever got -

http://www.loachtank.com//displayimage. ... fullsize=1

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Post by Martin Thoene » Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:46 pm

Mark....that is SO nice!.......Nice enough to be a Book species description choice "bumper "IMO.

Certainly is very flattering, but it's a gorgeous example of a Skunk. You have the big file yes? :wink:

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Post by Mark in Vancouver » Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:00 am

I'd have to reshoot it. I still haven't archived my photos very well. But with five in the tank now, there are more obvious moments at hand. I know it's not as good a shot as I can get because I haven't spent much time trying.
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Post by JD » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:52 am

Mark, that is an excellent shot. I love the color and the composition is good. To bad he wasn't looking towards the camera. It is clear, well lit and the color balance is perfect.

Do yourself a favor and bump up the aperture a couple stops. If the flash has the power, shooting at f11 will give you more depth of filed and be more forgiving. At 5.6, you can see the DOF is not quite deep enough to get the entire fish in focus.

Keep it up,
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Post by newshound » Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:49 pm

JD wrote:
Do yourself a favor and bump up the aperture a couple stops. If the flash has the power, shooting at f11 will give you more depth of filed and be more forgiving. At 5.6, you can see the DOF is not quite deep enough to get the entire fish in focus.
I'd say the opposite.
Shoot it wide open to blow out the background better (make it even more out of focus) and therefore making the skunk "pop".
I love the look of skunks.
Too bad they are so nippy.
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Post by JD » Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:35 pm

While I agree, that would be a good look, it will be even more important that he nails the focus on the eyes. With a moving target like them, it is exceedingly difficult to focus where you want, and more often you get it somewhere else:) Aesthetically I agree completely, practically, it will yield very few keepers. But hey it's digital, shoot away. Also, with the lens I suspect he has, he's already wide open at 5.6.

That is a good shot though, and a nice fish. I agree, it sucks they are so nippy, or I would have had them years ago too.

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Post by Mark in Vancouver » Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:43 pm

I was fiddling with the depth of field - man this camera is fun. You can see though how closing down the aperture gets specific. The pectoral fins and part of the fish's side are perfect. Too bad he flinched! It's a pretty long exposure even with the flash.

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Post by newshound » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:51 pm

JD wrote: Aesthetically I agree completely, practically, it will yield very few keepers. But hey it's digital, shoot away.
Also, with the lens I suspect he has, he's already wide open at 5.6.
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ya sorry I was thinking 2.8 kinda thing
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Focus is a PITA.
I am still not sure what gets me a larger "take" of sharp keepers.
My AF is very good but with such a shallow DOF and low light it is difficult at the best of times.
I do like that shot too! :wink:
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