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Today In The Fishroom~4/29/11 F0 P.managuense "Honduras"

8 years 2 months ago #29920 by Aquamojo


You should call them Heidi and Ashton.  ;D


LOL...that's pretty funny.

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8 years 2 months ago #29899 by ziggy2
Those are some of the best shots I have ever seen.

Good luck with the breeding.

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8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago #29892 by Red Tiger
Your pics are always awesome. Second to none.

And you have the best models to work with.

You should call them Heidi and Ashton.  ;D
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8 years 2 months ago #29891 by Aquamojo
It really comes down to light.  I have three Nikon SB-900 flash units trained around what is essentially a two foot area of a fish tank...PLUS the light on my camera.  This allows me to shoot at a VERY low ISO (100) and a high aperture (f32)/high shutter speed 1/250.  Now...using those settings WITHOUT any substantial flash would make it almost impossible to get an image...it would all be dark.  I position the flash units toward the front of the tank..and pointing somewhat forward.  When I take the shot I am blocking out the back of the tank.  Some residual light is there...but when you adjust the levels in post editing you can knock that down a bit.  I get asked about the color a lot.  Sure I shoot in RAW and have some latitude with post editing...but I sure as heck didn't paint those colors on the fish.  LOL  Hope that helps.

Mo

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8 years 2 months ago #29890 by BCParker
Those are amazing pictures. Awesome fish!

What are you using to edit to get the colors to pop like that?

I mean where the backround is darker and the fish stands out.-  that's not just point and shoot and they come out like that is it?

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8 years 2 months ago #29889 by whetfish
Awesome shots!  Hopefully they decide on a new site.

Not checked for facts.

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8 years 2 months ago #29886 by Aquamojo
The pair are beginning to breed in their new tank.

The male





The female...a little ticked at the intrusion.



A lot of posturing and lip locking







They selected a nice flat stone for breeding...field stone from our farm...nice stuff.



Flashing the female...or maybe that was dodging a side strike.



Him chasing her...



Her chasing him...



The pair had a regular breeding spot in the old tank.  The larger tank affords them a few different choices.  The female seems to prefer the old standby piece of bowl shaped slate.  The male seems to be very interested in leading her back to the large strawberry pot....something that was too large for the last tank.  If you look at the pictures above you will notice that the male organ is down and ready for action.  The female is not there yet.....but ****....haven't most of US males been there as well?  LOL





As you can see the male is ready for action.  This is a good shot of what the male organ looks like from the side.  It comes to an obvious point and is pointed forward.  A female will look like a soda straw pointed backward.



The female is not ready...no visible sign other than a slight thickness in that area.  What I think is going on is that they can't comes to terms with WHERE they want to breed.  The male keeps selling the large pot..darting in and scraping the inside while the female watches.



He is also scraping along the sides and top of the pot...all while the female watches.



The female literally ignores this and swims over top of the slate...puffing up her operculum and scraping the bottom and cleaning the slate.





The male...dejected...will lay along side waiting for the female to return for a repeat performance.



Back and forth...each trying to lay the ground rules for the next breeding site.



Two shots of the male:





Two of my favorite shots thus far....the male making a quick turn.  I actually caught this pose four or five times  These are the best of the bunch.





And so it goes...


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