Re: NANFA-L-- Spring Fling - The Preliminary Picture.

Todd D. Crail (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Mon, 14 Mar 2005 13:22:00 -0500

They probably are duryi. They were taken from the Duck-in-Collinsville,
which it'd make more sense for them to be blacks than snubs. But that was
one nuance we weren't going to figure out without someone standing there
telling us, and pointing to it :) On the O-fish-al list, I think they're
even noted as duryi/simoterum

Thanks for the compliment Jan... Wait until you see Jeff's shots. We took
the time to get the fish to flare etc etc while he was shooting. There's
one of a monster sized mobile logperch that'll burn your eyes out with its
orange band :) I just didn't feel up to weeding through 5 million pictures
to get that "perfect one" when I got home. I have enough crap that I'm
behind on that I didn't need to be fussin' with that too ;)

Tom, the photo tank is a Klaus Schoening es-pec-i-al, purchased-in-the
auction-in-the convention last year (yes, this is the $50 one, thank you Jan
and Chris ;)P I'll take a pic of it tonight. It's pretty straight forward,
and if you're good with silicone (which I am not) you could put one of these
together fairly easily. The photo tank I'd really like to get is the one
Dave Neely has, where the fish don't have anywhere to swim, and so it makes
it much more simple. But... If you're willing to spend the time with the
larger view tank... You can get photos that look like you're right in the
stream with them. Sometimes, due to slight turbidity, it'll wash the
picture out. I use Photoshop or ImageReady to correct the brightness and
contrast. It'd be nice to get it crystal clear, but usually the clouds and
such make a reflection. It's always nice though to get home, resize and
then move out to the web instead of futzin with it ;)

The camera brand is inconsequential... What you want is a decent digital
camera with a well rated macro setting (like on cNet or Consumer Reports).
I happen to have a Coolpix 950 which was one of the early cameras to have
the < 10mm macro, and well, I paid for it. Many cameras have this now and
for a much more palateable price. I'd base my purchase on what other
features the cameras have. Jeff is using a Fuji something-or-other and it
shoots great. I think they go around the $300 mark. And the zoom on his
camera blows mine away.

FWIW From what I understand, right now the Nikon Coolpix 880 has a $250
rebate on it, which puts it-in-about $300. I'm considering getting one
becuase it has a larger apperature than the Coolpix 950 I have now (and has
seen better days) which will help out with shots-in-home. I just have the
quarter sized lense on the 950, and it just doesn't get enough light and
wants to flash. I've figured ways around it, but man it's just too much
work and way too many blown shots.

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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