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Get Ready for the August Frag Swap!
John and Bryan, of Aqua Hut Aquariums, have graciously offered to host our August Frag Swap event and will be having a livestock sale. There will be food and drinks, music, frags, and fun!
We have all sorts of fun things planned for this event, including a great raffle (with items to be listed soon), fragging demonstrations, and more!
We hope to see you all there!
When: August 24, 2014
Where: Aqua Hut Aquariums
17424 Airline Hwy
Prairieville, LA 70769
Time: 2pm - 6pm!
Be on the lookout for the list of items that will be raffled off at the event. You will not want to miss this one!
This is indeed a frag swap! Frag swapping/trading/selling WILL BE permitted at the event, we will have an ice chest with water to float bags while the event takes place.
*hobbyists bags brought into the store will be marked with a colored rubber band, to distinguish from Aqua Hut purchases*
RAFFLE ITEMS ARE IN!
These are just a few of the items secured for the raffle, you are not going to want to miss this event!
Saltcritters.com - $25 gift certificate!
Crabby Ron's -(2) $20 gift certificates!
Coral Fever Frag Pack!!
An amazing zoa pack for all you polyp lovers!
Air Water & Ice - RO/DI Unit Filter replacement pack!
Acrylic Frag Tray Donated by Melev's Reef!
(4) Passes to The Audubon Aquarium, Zoo, or Insectarium!
EVEN MORE TO COME! STAY TUNED!!
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Aquarium Photography Guide
1/90s f/2.8 ISO 400 1/6s f/11 ISO 400 1.5s f/32 ISO 400
1/125s f/2.8 ISO 400
1/125s f/4.0 ISO 400
1/125s f/2.8 ISO 500
1/200s f/11 ISO 400 using a DIY ringflash
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We are pleased to announce that Adam (TheGrimmReefer) has joined the Bayou Reefkeeping staff!
He has become a very active member, attended many of the recent events, and even makes a yummy pork dish for potlucks. Adam's passion for the hobby is plain to see when you look at his gorgeous reef tank full of thriving SPS colonies and a variety of livestock. He is enthusiastic about all things reefing and is always willing to help. His experience with organizing fun events will undoubtedly spice up future fragswaps!
Now, if I can just get you to bring your camera to the fragswaps!
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We are proud to inform all of you our area is having a great fall frag swap! Steve Tyree's Coral Farmers Market is doing a new "Pro Tour". The vendors involved select the cities on the tour and one of the cities chosen for 2014 is New Orleans! Everyone made a great impression upon them with Fragniappe!
Bayou Reefkeeping will be participating as the region's primary hobbyist organization with a booth at the CFM along with exclusive rights for conducting a raffle! There will be around fifteen total booths, most of which are coral vendors.
Bayou Reefkeeping is also happy to be able to offer a great service to the Coral Farmers Market attendees! Make sure you stop by the Bayou Reefkeeping booth to experience the BRK Coral Coat Check Service!
BRK Staff members will be ready with insulated boxes of different sizes, to check and hold your purchases for you, while you are free to roam the event floor. Once you're ready to go, come back by and exchange your ticket for your insulated box of corals, ready to go!
That's not all, more information to come! Stay tuned!
Here are some further details!
Double Tree by Hilton New Orleans Airport
2150 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Kenner, Louisiana 70062
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Bayou Reefkeeping is thrilled to announce Fragniappe 2015, the Frag Swap with a little something extra! Once again the event will be benefiting a local charity and it will return to the Northshore Harbor Center.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: NorthShore Harbor Center
Based on vendor surveys, we expect almost all of last year's vendors to return for Fragniappe 2015! We are also expanding the exhibition space to allow for better traffic flow and to allow for around five more vendors.
Further details will be provided in the upcoming months!!!
Save the Date!!!!
As if that's not enough, stay tuned for information on a great Fall Frag Swap involving national vendors coming to New Orleans in early October!
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Guide to Creating an Animated GIF
The internet if full of Animated GIFs; from memes to the more artistic “cinemagraphs”, and we all love to view them. What many people don’t know is that they are actually pretty simple to make! They are basically a few frames of a video or, more commonly, several photos placed into a sequence and saved as a .gif file. Over the last few years, many tools have been developed to make animated gif creation easy, such as mobile phone apps, website-based generators, and photo editing programs. We’ll go through the easier options first, then work our way to the more advanced tricks for those who like to have more control.
Tip: You’ll want to try to keep the phone or camera as still as possible, either by bracing against a wall or chair or by using a tripod (or having really great muscle control!). This will help prevent the image from “waggling” when the loop jumps back to the first image. For those who want to go the advanced route, the waggling can be corrected in post-processing, which we’ll get to later.
Mobile phone apps
There are several apps available on both IOS and Android, and thankfully most of them are free. For the most part, they are pretty simple to use! I tested a few of them out and they all required a simple push or hold of the button. Some even allow the addition of filters and effects, which is pretty nifty for general use.
Pros: Easy to upload gif to tapatalk, google drive, email with the “Share Gif” option. You can also copy the URL from the app. Great image quality.
Cons: Only takes a few seconds of video.
Pros: This one takes photos instead of video, so you can determine how long you want the loop to last. You can also adjust the speed.
Cons: No way to share other than uploading to social media sites or copying the URL from the app.
Pros: Give you the ability to trim the gif. Fairly easy to share it.
Cons: Quality isn’t that great and ads appear at the bottom of the screen.
Those are just three of the many gif creator apps out there, so find one that works best for you!
Now for the next sections, you’ll have an easier time if you have a camera and a computer. A regular point and shoot camera will do, no need for a fancy DSLR. You can use a phone as well, and may even be able to create the gifs using the web-based generators directly on your phone’s browser, but I haven’t tried it. Otherwise you’ll need to transfer the pics from your phone to a computer.
How to take the photos
You’ll need to take a sequence of photos back-to-back, and this is easiest when you set your camera to continuous shooting mode. What this setting does is allow you to hold down the shutter button and the camera will snap a bunch of photos in rapid succession. Some cameras have a button to access the shooting mode options, but others will have to be found in the menus. Please refer to your camera manual to find out how. You can take the pics in normal shooting mode as well, but continuous shooting yields smoother gifs.
Make sure your image format is set to JPEG, and not a RAW format, as RAW files are large and greatly reduce the number and speed in which the pics are taken in a burst. Most cameras have a certain number of pics it can take in this way before it starts to slow down (in order to record the files to the memory card). On average, I use between 20 and 25 shots to make my gifs, but more or less can be used. And again, keeping the camera steady is important!
Once you download the photos to your computer, its time to turn them into an animated gif!
Website-based generators are easy to use and most allow you to adjust the size of the gif, as well as the speed. Keep in mind that these animated gif files will be larger than individual photos, so the size of the image is important to limit. Both of the sites I’ve listed below allow you to adjust the size and I suggest keeping the gif smaller than 600 pixels on the longest side. This can be adjusted easily with the sliders named ‘canvas size’ or ‘width’ or ‘height’.
For the speed: I’ve found the best results when the time between frames is set around 0.15 seconds (150 milliseconds) but this may differ depending on the subject.
Pros: Simple and straightforward.
Cons: File/images sizes are limited. You’ll need to resize the photos before uploading them.
Pros: Simple as well, and large file/image sizes are accepted and will be resized automatically. You can also use a video to create the animated gif.
Cons: The gif size is limited to 360 pixels on the longest side, but that’s still a nice size.
I recently came across this free program called PhotoScape, and was impressed with its simplicity! You can easily make animated gifs with it, as well as resize and edit photos. To create the gifs, download the install file from the link below and install the program. During installation, on the third screen, they’ll ask if you want to install something called “PureLeads”, check off “I do not accept” and finish installing.
The install file is 20.3mb and can be found here: http://www.filehippo...oad_photoscape/
Once the program is installed, open it and you will see several options on the home screen. Click on “Animated Gif” either on the wheel or the tab at the top of the screen. Find the photos you want to use via the folders on the left hand side of the screen and drag them into the main window. This should automatically show you the preview of what the gif looks like. If not, press the play button at the top right of the screen.
Now you can adjust the gif size and speed on the right-hand panel, then save it to your computer (Save button is in the top right corner) and upload it to photobucket to post on the forum. Its that easy!
I’ll admit I tried making a gif in GIMP and failed. Maybe my brain is too accustomed to Photoshop.. I couldn’t even find the image resize option. I’m sure there are guides you can find via Google, but I’ll move on to Photoshop for now and might revisit GIMP if people request it.
Photoshop is a pricey little photo editing program, but if you are internet savvy you’ll know there are workarounds for that. It really gives the user a lot of control without being overly complicated. I use this program to make animated gifs mainly because it possesses an “auto-align” function that will align all the photos to be stacked perfectly on top of one another so there is no “waggle”.
*This is what I would consider an advanced technique so you’ll need to be at least a little familiar with the program already and I’ll just list the steps here:
1. Open Photoshop.
2. File ---> Scripts ---> Load Files into Stack
3. Click on Browse and find the folder containing the images.
4. Select all the images to be used for one animated gif.
5. Check the box “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images”.
6. Click Ok. This may take a minute or two, but there is a progress bar.
7. Open the Timeline window by clicking on “Window” at the top and selecting “Timeline”. This will pop up at the bottom.
8. Click on the menu button on the right end of the timeline box.
9. Click “Make Frames from Layers”.
10. Open the same menu again and click “Reverse Frames”
11. Click on the first frame, then hold the Shift key and click on the last frame to select them all.
12. Now, on any one of the frames, click the little downward arrow next to the 0.0 and select a speed or input your own with “Other”.
13. Preview the animation by clicking the play button under the frames.
14. Crop the edges with the crop tool.
15. Resize the image.
16. File ---> Save for Web
17. At the top right, choose GIF from the drop down menu and Save...
And there you should have a super steady animated gif image! Give it a try and post your result!