Originally Posted by MzKityLvsBrdsTo
Awwe, he is so adorable! I have been toying with the idea of getting a turtle, but I have such a zoo now. I really want one for my ponds in the summer, but I have yet to decide where he would reside in the winter months! LOL. When I decide that, I will get one. And, I have to make a little fence around my ponds so he won't take off! I get awefully attached to my pets! Wouldn't want him to go anywhere. I have to compliment you on your photography! You are awesome. What camera do you use? Have you been taking pictures long? All of your pictures are so vivid and clear and, well, just down right beautiful! Can you give me any tips?
For as long as I can remember, I've had a camera in my hand. My dad was really into it growing up, and I guess I just followed him straight off the bat.
A good portion of the older pictures are taken with an Olympus SP350. It's a really nice 8mp camera. Semi pro, but also, pretty cheap (I got mine for under 200$) I love that little point and shoot bugger. The newer pics are taken with a Cannon Digital Rebel XTi. My dad gave it to me as I've been wanting one more then life itself for the past 3 years and was having a horrible time affording it.
I dunno, mostly I just point and shoot (with tweaking to the aperture and what not first of course.). I wait till I think it'd be a good picture and then take it. I make use of the tank lights and any lights around to make sure it's not too dark. I also use Macro like it's my job for the close up shots. I spot focus on their faces, or part of them I want to be clear. and I feel if you get down to their level, the picture is more personal... They're not looking up, so it feels like a better shot.. more in their world then just looking into their world. If your camera has a manual setting, where you can pick your own ISO and Saturation and Centering or anything, play with it... you'll get a feel for it after awhile. Try pictures off the standard settings that come with the camera.. and if you don't have that, try setting it to portrait for face shots, and focusing on their face, and if you want more vivid greens and reds, try landscape. It's geared more for those colors.
but yeah, just play around with the camera. Try different settings until you find one that works!
In a bright area, change your ISO to a lower number. You'll take pictures faster, and when possible, don't use a flash. I reckon it annoys the crap out of the animal and you get a more natural color without it.. Which is where the "more lighting" (such as their tank light) comes into play.
I had a 4mp camera, and just played with the settings and managed to get some really good pictures of ferrets! FERRETS! they don't stand still for anything. Normally, they're just blurs.
Anywho. That'd be really awful if you got a turt and he went missing. My friend had two, and one, Sal Manilla (cute right) went to her friends to turtle sit because she was moving and he was little and she didn't want to stress him with the move.. Her friend let him into her pond in the front yard, but didn't watch him, and my friend came back to Sal being gone. She was HEARTBROKEN. I put Moto outside, but never without me being around. I want to build him a pond cage, with a top on it.. so he can't get out, and nothing can get in.. but im still scared something will happen.