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Lurking Beneath

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Lurking Beneath
Aquarium shots have always been a challange for me. On my vacaton to Atlantis in the Bahamas, while everyone was enjoying the sun, I spent hours experimenting with shutter speed and f-stops to get the correct exposure. With the Nikon Martrix metering I used a shutter speed of 1/90 and my aperture at f-5, the focal length happened to be 28mm. I worked on all types of fish and the hardest to capture in low light was the jelly fish.
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Brinn MacDougall
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    You did a terrific job! Very nice capture, Gunther.


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9/19/2006 9:14:07 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Brinn! It was tough to get the shark to hold still, but I managed to get a few shots that ended up clear enough! :-)


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9/19/2006 9:21:15 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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OUTSTANDING capture, Gunther! I can only imagine how difficult it was; you did it perfectly! A wonderful composition with a lot of energy and power. I really love this shot!


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9/19/2006 10:09:54 AM

 
Judy A. Lawhon
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OMG...I have tried to get decent shots in an aquarium and it is very difficult...you did a great job, Gunther!!


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9/19/2006 10:29:00 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you for your kind comments Nadya and Judy. In this shot I got lucky, because the shark swam close enough to the glass to get the details better! -G


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9/19/2006 10:43:39 AM

 
Mary Swift
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Wonderful capture, Gunther! Looks like all that experimenting paid off, the clarity is impressive!


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9/19/2006 2:49:45 PM

 
Tarun Bose
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Excellent shot Gunther. Great details and lovely lighting. Well done.


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9/19/2006 3:38:03 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Gunther, very nice detail, exposure and lighting.


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9/19/2006 4:01:12 PM

 
William Moore
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without a doubt this is the best aquarium shot ever...the hues and details are perfect as is your comp...


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9/19/2006 4:24:39 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you so much Tarun, Janine and William. I chose a corner of the tank that had the best lighting and just waited to see if a shark would come in my area. I did not bring my tripod on the trip for fear of someone thinking it would be a weapon and with the extra security I didn't want any trouble. I hoped I could steady my self against the glass and prayed that this shark would come to me.

One thing I did do in PhotoShop to enhance the lighting was to select just the shark and de saturate the color somewhat. The darkness and reflection made everything blue, so I wanted him to look more natural in tone and color.

I guess I got lucky with this one!


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9/19/2006 4:33:54 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Sorry Mary - I forgot to thank you in the last group! I loved looking at your gallery too!!


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9/19/2006 4:46:49 PM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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great image, very beautiful capture!


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9/19/2006 5:21:32 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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Wonderful shot, Gunther...It looks like it should be gracing the cover of a shark documentary!


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9/19/2006 9:30:57 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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I really appreciate your comments Jessica and Sherry! I beleive this is a Bahimian Reef Shark. Or is it Bahamian? Anyhow, I've runn into smaller versions of this guy while snorkling!


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9/19/2006 9:37:04 PM

 
Joy E. Cobb
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You probably swam away as quickly while snorkling as those two little fish are doing here! :) Fascinating capture, Gunther, and your gallery is great!


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9/20/2006 5:01:47 AM

 
Charles C. Berkeley
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I have gone diving in the Bahamas. You would never know that the photo of the shark was taken at the aquarium. Very realistic! Nice light and tonal range!


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9/20/2006 9:22:38 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thanks Charles and Joy! I actually tried taking a photo of a shark while I was diving, but honestly was too chicken to get close enough to get a clear photo. The aquarium offered me a bettr alternative and if you find the best time of day to find the best lighting you can get some good shots. The aquariums at Atlantis do not have tops to them and are open to let sunlight in. I took this at around 2 P.M. in the afternoon so I could get enough light and not have to use such a slow shutter speed. I tried earlier in the day, but their wasn't enought light and the fish all came out too blurry. -G


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9/20/2006 4:43:35 PM

 
Robin R.
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Aquarium's are challenging, but a great capture like this one make the challenge worth it.


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9/20/2006 6:55:37 PM

 
Barbara Sharts
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Boy did that time you spent pay off!!! What a fantastic photo! Absolutely stunning! Great job.


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9/25/2006 8:30:43 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Robin and Barbara! This is perhaps my best Aquarium capture ever. I can't beleive how many shots it took to get it! -G


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9/26/2006 8:14:19 AM

 
Alison Greenwood
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Wow! Superb shot Gunther :o)


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9/27/2006 2:13:44 AM

 
Stephanie A. Laird
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Hi Gunther! This is incredible! What a great shot!


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12/21/2006 9:49:56 AM

 
Gunther Allen
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Thank you Stephanie and Alison! Happy Holidays to both of you!!


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12/21/2006 6:39:45 PM

 
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