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Nishikigoi by arctoa Nishikigoi by arctoa
Updated 22/11/2007 @ 01:50


Location: Shiremoor, Northumberland, England
Date: 26/10/2007 @ 15:19
Light Conditions: Indoors/Dull

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: 17-85mm kit
Focal Length: 85 mm
Flash: --
Flash Mode: --
Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec.
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: ISO-1000
Filters: --

Post-work: Crop / Monochrome / Colour balance
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This is Fishy, one of my most popular deviations.
What follows is a description of how I took the shot, for the purposes of the *Ex-po-zure club.

I think this shows the versatility of SLR cameras in overcoming adverse shooting conditions: this was taken in a pretty dark room without access to a tripod, so I had to bump the ISO up to get enough sensitivity and use a relatively slow shutter-speed to get enough light onto the sensor. Flash would have flattened the image so I left it off, as I wanted the fish to stand out against the backdrop: the fish-tank light is giving all luminance in this shot.

The thing to remember is that you need to experiment on-site whenever possible to get the best range of shots to choose from later. I also recommending shooting in RAW whenever possible: I couldn't at the time 'cause I didn't have the drivers for my computer.

Post-work is fairly minimal, and would have taken me no longer than ten minutes. I use both Lightroom and CS3 these days, but this was worked in CS2. My first step is to crop square, but the rest of my work applies to other formats too: this is just personal preference on my part. Secondly, I converted to B&W using the Channel Mixer, as this gives more control over the settings and the final result. I usually push the reds, but it depends on your image.

Levels didn't really need to be altered in this one, but I'd have done so here if it was necessary.

The next step was to create a new layer and then use the High Pass technique to sharpen the shot: use no more than 3 pixel sharpening, else you'll end up with too much noise. Set the layer to Overlay, then use the Eraser tool to take out parts that are oversharpened.

Finally, I used the Colour Balance tool to get the subtle split-toning: just push the mid-tones to blue and the highlights to yellow.

I always reduce my images to 600x600 for web viewing, just remember to Save As to not damage your orignal file!
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:iconnosdi:
Nosdi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
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petebuck1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't take this the wrong way, but I could see this image making a great t-shirt design.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh, an interesting idea.
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JaiCho Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done as usual~ The subject is given a ton of value in the composition through it's contrast with the background, and you keep just enough of the background texture visible to compliment the fish; the photo wouldn't have looked nearly as complete without teh rock textures in the bg. Aaaah~
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh, this one has certainly proven popular over time! Thanks again, I appreciate you taking the time to look through - and comment upon - my work.
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:iconjaicho:
JaiCho Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AND IT'S SO MYSTERIOUS
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Somewhat.

:lol:
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astrangeallure Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly beautiful...I think it's the look on the fish's face...do fishes have faces? :D And its stillness....Coloring is superb...excellent. :heart:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks, it's appreciated.
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:iconchildwoman:
childwoman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very accomplished. The processing is deft and it's a lovely shot.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly; this one's proven to be rather popular. As for the fish itself, it's now about a foot long and lives in a pond outside!
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Ruth-Tay Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The fish looks almost painlike! nice picture!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the comment.
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:iconlanabosak:
lanabosak Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Beautiful balance of contrast. Beautiful fish.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the comment, it's appreciated.
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:iconmikper:
mikper Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
excellent...:)
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, it's appreciated.
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:iconforwardedfate:
forwardedfate Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Featured here [link] and here [link] :D
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Student Photographer
Many thanks, I'm glad that you like it.
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:iconpeewee1002:
peewee1002 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The article has finally gone up!

Check it out at [link]
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student Photographer
;)
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:iconpeewee1002:
peewee1002 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The article has finally gone up!

Check it out at [link]
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student Photographer
Excellent, cheers.
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey I am writing a article for PHOTOTUTS+ ([link]) and I would like to feature this photo.

I am just making sure this is ok with you? There will be a link to this piece so people can visit your work.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Student Photographer
Brilliant, go for it, it'd be most appreciated. I'd like to see the article once you're done, too, if you don't mind.
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ok will do!

Just waiting on permission from other people now!
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getcarter Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009   Photographer
:heart:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you.
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:iconbaba49:
baba49 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wave: I feature this beautiful deviation in my new journal [link] If you have any objections, please let me know and I will remove it. Thank you! :bow:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, it's most appreciated.
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:iconchinastone:
Chinastone Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Featured [link] :)
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the feature, I appreciate it.
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:iconrachpushkaniev:
Rachpushkaniev Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Congrats! This shot is wonderful :)
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you, I appreciate it. This one certainly seems to be popular.
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:iconsintk:
SintK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Student Artist
Ahw. I love fishes ^^
awesome shot ^^
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, I appreciate it.
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:iconmegson:
Megson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
featured: [link] :D
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, it's appreciated.
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Angilram Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not a photographer myself, so the technical details are lost on me. But there's is such beauty and perfection in this photo it's amazing. This fish looks like it's going to pop out of my screen. Very vibrant and almost eerie.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that comment, I appreciate it.
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Aqua--Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Fish are amazingly fascinating and one day the world will know it <3
Almost want this as a desktop background, but whatever.
Amazing
Gorgeous
I want to stare at it forever~
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Student Photographer
Heh, thank-you for the comments and the favourite-list addition; I appreciate it.
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:iconaqua--dragon:
Aqua--Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Your work seems quite amazing; keep it up! n_____n~
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:iconrsslo:
Rsslo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
amazing!!

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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the comment and the favourite-list addition of this piece, I appreciate it.
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:iconrsslo:
Rsslo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
You´re welcome! your works are awesome! sincerely splendid...Please continue with your works...I´ll wait them anxiously

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oO-Rein-Oo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008   Photographer
Awesome shot!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, and for the favourite-list addition: I appreciate that.
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:iconoo-rein-oo:
oO-Rein-Oo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008   Photographer
You're welcome! Come see some of my photos :D
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