Calling photographers - aquarium backing

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Andrew Butler, 10 May 2019.

  1. Andrew Butler

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    I'm considering applying some kind of reverse printed window sticker to my aquarium with some 'interesting' looking clouds. I know this is bordering on tactless but with the look I am wanting thought it may create a bit more interest than a simple black vinyl backing and could become tactful - opinions?
    A translucent/frosted backing is not really an option for me due to an array of doser pipes, ATO sensors and temperature sensors running up the back.
    Has anyone with any photographic experience got any time to help me here at all please?
    Product would be using something like in the link below
    https://bigprintfast.com/product/Reverse-Printed-Window-Sticker
    The kind of look I'm quite open to suggestions with but am not looking at blue skies so I think that would leave me with something more thundercloud in description.

    How things stand at the minute; the wall is yet to have some work to it and quite possibly some kind of path running from the front left tapering to the wall at the back, also considering a bit more wall along the path.

    Thanks
    Andrew

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  2. dean

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    I’d just get the first one printed on paper then pin it to some cardboard so you can see if you like it or not

    What’s the size of the glass panel you want to cover ?


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  3. Aqua sobriquet

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    I’m sure I’ve seen something like you’re suggesting before Andrew and it looked ok to me. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and give it a try.
     
  4. Ed Wiser

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    Frosty film is what I use.

     
  5. Andrew Butler

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    Not an option for me but thanks.
    I think I probably will just do that if I can get the right picture and as @dean suggested try it printed on paper to give a rough idea but as we know everything looks different when planted up, with water and with a glossy look.
     
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    Do any of these help ?[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  9. dean

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    Remember you can crop them
    Some of the ones I’ve just borrowed from google had sheep houses etc in the foreground that I simply cropped out

    You need to decide the kind of scene you want
    Is there to be distant hills ?
    Or just sky ?
    Or you want a grey rainy sky?
    Dramatic red sunset ?

    What about the side panels ?

    If your not sure send me a photo of the tank and I’ll play with it
    Be very good if you can cover the back panel with anything green when you take the pic as software is designed to replace that



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  10. dean

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    You also need to think about which fish you will have if any
    No point having greyish silver fish against a grey sky background etc


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  11. Andrew Butler

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    Thanks for the input, this is not 'interesting' as I see it; maybe 'dramatic' would have been a better descriptor for the look I am thinking.
    The enquiry is more about photography skills, software etc.
    I've had a look through a couple of these sites and although I maybe found a few I don't think the DPI is upto what is needed.
    I'm able to lay my hands on some unrestricted photos but as said above the DPI isn't upto what I need from what I've come across.
    The kind of scene I am looking for is one of 'dramatic clouds' which is very open to interpretation I realise but I can picture some storm clouds with a blue/grey/white colour palette which might not help further but it's all about what photos either I'm able to take or someone has lying around.
    I don't think it would be a good idea to add and mountains or further background.

    Although there is still quite some work to do with the wall, the substrate and other things these are the rough proportions of my aquarium.

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  12. Andrew Butler

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    Anyone with any high quality photos of some interesting looking clouds; maybe thunderous that would match the aquarium levels and willing to help me out?
    I'm looking for that balance of it not being blue but likewise not being too black at the same time - if that's possible?!
    Tactful V's Tasteless.
     
  13. tam

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    Royalty free photos: https://pixabay.com

    Also have a look at ebay etc. for photography backgrounds/backdrops.
     
  14. Andrew Butler

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    Thanks,
    The quality isn't good enough on pixaby and ones on eBay etc seem very blue/light cloudy skies.
     
  15. dean

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    Your going to have to take it yourself as no one is ever going to have the perfect photo for you to use


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  16. tam

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    Some free sites have a few higher res images: https://www.freeimages.com/ (use the advanced search to select resolution). You can also use the google advanced image search to pick size and usage. You'll have more choice of higher res looking at paid sites though as most people won't have the cameras that take them. Somewhere like https://www.istockphoto.com etc.
     
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  17. Andrew Butler

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    Thanks,
    I did have a look through a few places but when it comes to paid I'd rather divert funds back into the hobby although it seems there are no volunteers.
    Time for a trawl through I think. :pompus:
     
  18. dean

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    You’ve not really said what it is you want apart from not blue or grey skies

    So is it just a sky you want ?


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  19. Andrew Butler

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    This is the kind of thing I have in my mind; some quite dark, grey clouds with a bit of interest to them.

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  20. dean

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    I think it’s a nice change to see this rather than the solid colours & films etc


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