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so i bought a d80 back in july, and now i have a 105mm macro lens! just tried it out for a bit on some of my frogs, not the best pictures but ill get better. especially since i intend to use this thing a lot let me know what you think!













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I can only say, WOW, those are some really nice photos!
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I'd close the aperture down a bit more. Sometimes there's a such thing as too little DOF, I think.
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Absolutly wonderful! I edited the pum pic though, it could just be me but its position looks kind of akward. (it got kind of distorted lol, this one needs to be clicked...)

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Yea, I'd increase the f-stop a little bit. You have it as f4 right now, but I think that if you went up to f8, you'd get a bit more detail. Otherwise, excellent
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If you back up from your subjects just a few more inches you'll find that your DOF is also improved and the subjects will still come out huge in the final image (just need to do a bit more cropping).

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I need to get me a macro for my xti. Pics look really nice!
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very nice...i'd like to see em a little brighter though
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Hi Adam,

I got nikon d80 too, but I keep it on 'A' put the flash up and shoot with f11/f16. The flash gives me more sharpness (or did I just make up a new word?)
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nice shots! that basti is wicked!!
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I just got that macro lens for christmas myself. Let me know when you get it figured out. I have been shooting with it for about 3 weeks now and still haven't seen improvements in my skills.
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Those pics are awesome! I've been meaning to get me a good camera, but every time I get enough money....I buy more frogs...LOL
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hey thanks everybody! and thanks for all the good advice, im not very good with it yet so advice is always welcome!

ive been screwing around with it a lot and i am improving but i cant get the pictures exactly how i want them. i did use the flash in these by the way, even though i didnt want to. but if i dont use the flash then obviously the shutter speed slows and then it gets blurry. i was hopeing the light in the tank would be bright enough for the flash not to go off but no such luck. if the flash didnt go off then it would be brighter looking (which sounds very odd to me). anymore advice?

ill take some more pictures and post them this week. i really need to get some good shots of my variabilis and quinquevittatus

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oh and believe it or not julio, my other basti is even more red ill have to get some pics of that too
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I would love to see pics of the variabilis
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The colors are great but I agree, more DOF would be nice. Try it at f/22 and see where that gets you. Here is a top down I took today of one of my terribilis at f/22.

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great coloring on that terriblis! have anymore? what kind of plant is that? it looks like clover. i really like those mint terriblis, the color is just awesome.

yes ill try and get some more of the variabilis. they arent very shy but if you open the tank they are usually GONE. my quinquevittatus arent like that luckily, they just dont seem to care what you are doing as long as they get flies after you open the tank, haha.
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Yeah, it is some clover that was included in a small patch of yard grass I dug up and put in my viv and is doing great.
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heh, thats pretty cool. didnt think it would live in that humid of an environment. by the way thats an awesome signature nubster

i unfortunetly have way to much homework to get any pictures or post them. its the second week of the new quarter so CCC(cascadia comm. college) is really unloading on us.
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That sux. I start school on Monday. I have not done school work since 1994...lol...so this should be a total shock to my system. Go to school from 10am to 2pm then work from 5pm to 4am, three days a week. Should be loads of fun.
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And yeah, as far as the grass and clover, I wasn't expecting much but it is really doing great. Only been in there a month so not sure about long term so we'll see how it goes.
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Have you tried using a tripod ? If the frogs are still (which may take some patience) you should be able to set the shutter speed low enough to get a good exposure.

A few other things, I do , Shoot in .raw, it gives you a TON more editing options and exposure correction capabilities.

You can also "Overexpose" the image as your snapping away. (Hit the +/- button and scroll the front wheel I think to a + number.

The D80 is a powerful little camera, I love mine. (I am by no means a pro, just have found what works best for me in low light situation.)
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good luck with that nubster, sounds like a total overload. most of the time when people my age(18) or around there, try and work a lot and go to school it becomes way too much stress. especially when you add in homework time and for us...frogs! good luck though! since your not fresh outta high school your probably more used to working a lot.

i could actually see the grass making it since grass dies in the summer when there is no water, and can survive in extremely wet conditions. might be pretty cool looking if you can control it.

ya the tripod would work for my azureus, auratus and leucs but things like the pums and quinqs wouldnt sit still at all. ill try over exposing it though. i have some free time tomorrow so im gonna try a few things and then post more on here.

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ok sorry i took so long! now i have some free time and i got a whole bunch of pictures. i took these a couple days ago, nothing special. in a little bit ill be posting a lot more pictures that i took today!

anyway heres a few,











in the last one i used just the auto feature, notice how white the lines are? in a minute ill post some using other camera features and you will see it really brings out the green of the quinqs.
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so i have a new misting system and this weekend im putting bulkheads in the 6 tanks that im installing the mister in. i had to remove all my frogs of course so what a perfect oportunity to get some good shots! tonight i did the orange lamasi tank and the quinquevittatus tank. quinqs first so enjoy!

the first 7 i was messing around with "M" and the last ones were on "A" with f/20. "A" made the legs dark brown but the flash marks stood out more. both settings made the lines very green!














and now the ones using "A".










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ok now the orange lamasi pics. this was "A" on f/20. i think it made them too dark so i want to try something more like f/16. any other suggestions are completely welcome!















if anyone else out there just got a new camera or lens feel free to post! we can compare and people that know more about this can help us improve.
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nothing? come on guys give me some kind of feed back. ill post pictures of the variabilis and the bastimentos tonight or tomorrow night!
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Well, I can safely say that the frogs are beautiful. Very nice.
I can also tell you that you're taking some excellent photographs. Very well done!

Now for the hard part... in my opinion the photos are a bit dark. You can either play with the available light or add some of your own and adjust the camera (widen the aperature and slow the shutter) to suit the conditions or try using the flash and shrink the aperature and speed up the shutter to find the right combination. A tripod can help when you slow things down, but either way it's not easy trying to get things just right... Might not hurt to do some mock photo shoots with a plastic toy frog until you get it dialed in.

I've found that a ring flash can help a lot, but you can still take spectacular shots with the stock flash. Keep working on it! You're already producing some very good images!!
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hey thanks a lot! ill have to try all those things. i totally agree about it being a little dark. the pictures i took of my bastis and variabilis turned out a little better, i tried over exposing in some of the images. ill post them tomorrow.

thanks for the advice, always appreciated!
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so here are the variabilis and the bastis. i liked how some of them turned out but they are still too dark.











and the bastis...














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You're getting it! Getting everything just right is not easy, but you're getting closer for sure. If it was easy we would all be great photographers

I notice that your DOF is getting very thin in some of the photos, which is one of the variables that will be affected as you try and adjust for the right exposure. If that is the effect you're after that is great, but if you would prefer to have the whole frog in focus it can be as easy as just backing up another 6" from the frog with the camera or you can adjust the aperature (which will probably dictate a change in the shutter speed again )

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thanks! i noticed that too. my problem is the picture is bright but blurry, entire frog in picture but too dark, or most of the frog is blurry but its a little brighter :P just cant get it!

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I love your variabilis.
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thanks! im buying some of the 'southern' morph from understory. they look even cooler in my opinion. but then you cant tell just from pictures!
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thanks littledip! still room for improvement of course, but i think im getting it.....kinda :P

thanks julio, they are one of my favorites! in my collection and others. great red coloring and extremely bold.
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