NANFA-L-- Photo Tank Idea

Crail, Todd (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Mon, 13 Feb 2006 18:11:39 -0500

Hi gang,

Well I've been trying to make getting photos easier. Laying in the mud,
getting chewed by mosquitos and flies just kinda sucks. The problem has been
lighting, although I've found my way around pretty well in the tanks... Just I
reaaaaally hate shooting through thick glass. I think I've found a surrogate
that you might be interested in.

I've been playing with the GE and Phillips full spectrum light bulbs. GE is
Reveal, I can't remember what the Phillips is. Anyway, they're working great
for lights on some 10 gallons I've set up-in-school. Plants grow well, fish
look fairly natural under the light. A wee bit yellow, but for $13 a fixture
(one of those bell clamp fixtures-$7 and 50 watt bulb-$6 or a little more for
a 65 watt) you can't beat the price. And! You get glitter lines like halide

So anyway, I was like "Hey! Why don't a put one of these over a 2.5 gallon
I'll use to take pictures. With the linear flow in my tank, it's really easy
to catch the fish. Why not. So I gave it a shot.

Here's what I messed around with today:

I did have to autocorrect the fish in Photoshop to get the yellow under
control. I'm interested to see what happens when it's not light out. I think
it will work better in the dark where the source light is the only light.
Then the camera will go "hey, that's yellow, I'll correct that" like it did
with the caddisflies. These durn things... so smart.

Oh, and they make good enrichment tools for shut-in kitties! :)


2.5 gallon tank... $8
Light and Fixture... $13
Digital Camera... $400
Getting pictures of breeding condition fish-in-your desk.... Priceless.

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
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