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Old Jun 8, 2013, 11:24 PM   #1
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I had been planning on posting pictures of surfers, but there wasn't anyone out surfing this morning. So instead of photographing surfers, I went over to Birch Aquarium and took pictures of water creatures. Here's some jelly fish that I thought came out nicely.







I edited them on my laptop so I'm not exactly sure whether they are OK or not.
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Old Jun 8, 2013, 11:34 PM   #2
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The lighting for shots like these can be very tricky at times. Very nice work!
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Old Jun 9, 2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Very well done!!!!
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Old Jun 9, 2013, 12:11 PM   #4
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#2 is especially nice.
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Great series, the colours are just fab
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I agree with others, lighting is really fabulous here! Beautiful shots of creatures you DON'T want to encounter in the ocean......!!!!
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 7:12 PM   #7
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Shooting pictures at an aquarium is always difficult, some are worse (darker) than others. I've been to a couple and while small, Birch Aquarium (part of Scripps Institute) is one of my two favorite ones. The lighting is a bit darker than the Monterey Aquarium, but lighter than Long Beach. I was surprised and pleased that I did as well as this with my little compact camera, I hadn't expected it to use it much, but found that it did better than I had expected (the lens is a 1.9 and is pretty close-focusing). I think the added depth of field with the small sensor, coupled with the fast lens compensated for the fact I couldn't use the higher ISOs I could have with a dSLR.
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Excellent Q jpegs under less than ideal conditions- was much post-processing needed?
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I've been shooting raw+, these were from the raw files. They were noisier than the jpg - the camera's default settings are fairly aggressive with noise reduction at higher ISO settings (1,000 and above) and I'm not crazy about the result. I should probably take the time to work out better settings, but since I use Lightroom, it doesn't matter to me if I use raw or jpg.

I ran them through DeNoise after downsizing to the size I wanted, then used Detail to add a bit of contrast sharpening, something I do with anything that I've downsized (the settings are ones I came up with when Detail 3 first came out, I've never been crazy about the program's presets. I have an action set up in Photoshop so I can apply them with a simple keystroke).

I've been playing around with Topaz Lab's new plug-in Clarity and used it to lighten the mid-tones some and correct a bit more of the tones. I spent more time trying different settings/adustments with Clarity for each picture, noting what the various sliders did than purposefully doing anything to the pictures. Some people would think what I did was "much post-processing" but I don't think so. It wasn't like I had to take out unwanted spots or even adjust the white balance. I took the same steps with the pictures I took using the K5 (I was using much higher ISO and a slower lens with it).
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