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08/19/2002 07:06:10 AM · #1
Thanks to everyone who showed interest in my picture “Sea Foal”

This is a genuine baby Sea Horse and is about 1;5 cm long so the magnification is about 10 times real size. It was really a very difficult shot to take because the camera (bless its heart ) kept focussing on the glass! so I waited until one came close enough to be in focus while near the glass. The next problem was the flash. If I took without a flash they turned into silhouettes, cute but no detail—but the flash just highlighted the scratches on the glass both inside and outside and this was very irritating—The last problem was that I really wanted a photo of the father with babies with tails curled around his tail—this is the shot we remember from National Geographic but this is a fantasy—these particular sea horses eat their young rather than look cute for us.
So as with all photographs this was a compromise from beginning to end—I could have cut out the scratches with Photoshop had we been allowed—although Im not sure that I know how.
Thanks to all of you who gave me such understanding comments—I’m really grateful for the time and effort you took---andrewm
08/19/2002 08:20:38 AM · #2
Shooting through glass is always tough.

One thing you could try is putting the lens right up to the glass. You can get rubber lens hoods that you can press right on the glass but don't let light through. The flash then fires and lights the subject through a different bit of the glass. The scratches etc in front of the lens don't get illuminated and reflection is reduced.

Or you could just get yourself an underwater housing, learn to dive, sit on a long haul flight to the far east and hope you're really lucky. Like I did with these :0)
08/19/2002 01:31:45 PM · #3
Whew--fantastic shots---but I would have to lesrn to dive first--I think an aquarium is the way to go and thanks for the tip about the rubber lens cap.
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