Photo Gallery Spotlight: Acropora batunai and Acropora desalwi

Welcome to the Photo Gallery Spotlight. Each month we’ll showcase a particularly nice aquarium photograph, taking the time to discuss the identification and husbandry of the animal pictured as well as information relating to the technical details of how the photo was taken. Readers are encouraged to send images (and details on the organisms pictured, as well as the details of how they captured the shot) they would like to submit for possible inclusion in this feature to terry@advancedaquarist.com . For submissions that are published in Advanced Aquarist, the author will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our participating advertisers.

Acropora batunai

Acropora batunai (Green w/ purple tips) purchased as a wild coral at the LFS on 8.17.2001. This coral is located about four inches from the water surface. It receives pretty strong water flow from two 3/4-inch Sea Swirls and is illuminated by Ushio 10k MH on PFO HQI ballast and URI VHO super actinic driven by an Icecap 660 ballast.

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Photo Information

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: 995
  • F-stop: 5.5
  • Mode: Aperture Priority
  • ISO speed: Auto
  • Date of original: 5/16/2002
  • Shutter speed: 1/30
  • Metering mode: matrix
  • Flash: none
  • Focal length: f19.0mm
  • White Balance: Preset
  • Focus: Auto Focus + Tripod

Acropora desalwi

Acropora desalwi (blue tipped) purchased as a wild coral at the LFS on 8.24.2001. This coral is located about four inches from the water’s surface. It receives pretty strong water flow from two 3/4-inch Sea Swirls and is illuminated by Ushio 10k MH on PFO HQI ballast and URI VHO super actinic driven by an Icecap 660 ballast.

acro02-web.jpg

Photo Information

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: 995
  • F-stop: 6.1
  • Mode: Aperture Priority
  • ISO speed: Auto
  • Date of original: 5/16/2002
  • Shutter speed: 1/15
  • Metering mode: matrix
  • Flash: none
  • Focal length: f23.3mm
  • White Balance: Preset
  • Focus: Auto Focus + Tripod
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