Fishy Clicks - Critique

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Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby Abhishek » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:38 am

Hey all,

Opening this thread and the prime focus of it is to showcase your fishy clicks submit it here and help each other in improving each other photography skills.

As the thread topic goes feedback of every image will be provided, so the ones are not comfortable with harsh feedback can stay out of here.

And along with the picture please post the details of the snap also.

I am starting one from my end-

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Image details-
F- 5.6
ISO-400
Spot Metering
Shutter -1/200.
Clicked at 55mm of 18-55mm.
No Flash and the owner of this fish didn't have any tank light so sometimes sunlight comes to a certain area of the tank, you just have to keep your focus point there and wait for the fish to arrive at that point and then click.

Now comments and suggestions please :)



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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby parthapratim22 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:54 am

Nice click, as usual. :)
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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby aquadream » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:00 am

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Unread postby maaz » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:21 am

nice pic...
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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby apuda2010 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:05 pm

@Abhishek...very good photograph. Here are some tips from an old practictioner...

1. Spot metering is rarely used when shooting anything living (=moving). Typically , DSLRs are not very good at spot metering , except the very high end ones. It has a lot to do with the way the sensors are designed and the light measurement algorithms. So what has spot metering done to this shot ? Blurred the tail and the pelvic fins. If you switch to matrix metering , the shot would have been sharper.

2.A good practice for fish/bird shots is to focus on the eye. Once the focus is locked , hold the camera and push it slightly up. This way, the subject stays in the bottom 1/3rd of the final shot. Zoom out a little to get more background objects into the shot. Press the shutter.

3. Most DSLRs have a colour profile called Vivid. This profile accentuates colour saturation. Its a good option if one is shooting fish in a tank or birds in light which is not very strong. Try this out , it gives good results.

4. Reduce the shutter speed and get a small flash. You can then hunt the fish while it moves and not wait for the fish to come to a spot. How does this help ? For most people , shooting the animal is good enough. What about animal behaviour ? Isn't that more interesting ? What if you caught this guy chasing a female ? Now that's behaviour and capturing it is truly worth a thousand words !!! Try this in a community tank...

Keep the pictures coming....

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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby Abhishek » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:12 pm

Thanks PPC da, Rajeev Ji and Maaz bhai :)

Only nice photos wont suffice start posting images from your end too :)

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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby Abhishek » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:18 pm

Apuda thats the kind of input I am looking at :)

1. Ok dada today once I reach home will switch from spot metering to matrix mode. True even I have not noticed the pelvic part is blur and I thought its due to focus points :(
Will switch to matrix mode and again click it.

2. Yes I always follow what you have said focusing on the bird/fish eye, even practice this with human also and noticed at eye-level we really get great images. In this image also the focus was on eye.

3. Vivid function, I didn't knew about it earlier, thank you so much for letting me know I will try it out today :)

4. Yes dada I accept an external flash is the earliest doctor requirement, saving fund for it to have it soon. May be within one month might have it and then will chase the fishes :)

Will post more images, keep providing your valuable suggestions :)

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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby Abhi » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:48 pm

Now those are some good pointers Joyace dada.

If I were to submit they would be from a phone cam hehehehe.
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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby Abhishek » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:03 pm

Abhi wrote:If I were to submit they would be from a phone cam hehehehe.


No problem keep submitting :)

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Re: Fishy Clicks - Critique

Unread postby jibran_shariff » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:53 pm

shooting a subject there a few things that are essential
- subject has to comfortable
- no distracting elements in the image
- a niiice contrast
- a balance in the image composed
- as much detail of the subject that can be captured keeping the above intact

in your image the things i would not keep
- the decor of the tank being distractions
- would've cropped the blurred bottom of the image, thus giving more prominance to the fish than the clippedd and blurred sand
- removed the reflection that is there on right top corner
- would've tried to keep the fish on the most highlighting point of focus(following the rule of thirds - as iwagumi suggests )
- would've waited for the fish to come closer to the front of the glass, to gather better details and to get better exposure