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To My Celestine by Virgilio Cortez IAPLC#23

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Showcase' started by Ed Villagracia, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    at last after 7 years the Philippines entry to iaplc was recognized thru the effort of our colleague/local group member Virgilio Jhay Cortez. the tank scape entry is a 60cm. the scape planted mainly by mosses some stauro repens and anubias nana petite. i will ask permission later by posting his scape images hahahahahah. 22554997_10155785527184414_4792348497320084061_n.jpg 22687713_10155785527244414_3915348159954448979_n.jpg 22687746_10155785528179414_1132958188467840423_n.jpg
     
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  2. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    that was the initial tank scape. later i will post the remaining 2 more photos.
    it is going to be a little surprise. even me was surprised how he was able to do it.

    if you look at the first two photos, i am sure you will not impress.
    but the 3rd photo surprisingly getting the picture.
     
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  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Ed

    That is an extremely interesting aquascape, no matter where you look there is some point of interest.

    I hope the plants do not distract your eyes from seeing all the DW details.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    sharing to the ASW people the go the win entry ;)(y)
    JHAY CORTEZ IAPLC NO.23.jpg

    below the photo during the Nature Aquairum party[declaration of winners]
    not my entry but proud as he is our group member.
    JHAY CORTEZ IAPLC No.23 .jpg
     
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    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Absolutely Stunning. Great to have the initial hardscape pics too to help inspire us.

    Sent from Mountolympus via neural interface
     
  6. Tim Harrison

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    Absolutely, thanks Ed. It's great to see how it was constructed. It's revealed a few secrets, especially the effect of the tropical rainforest creepers, and how to construct a vanishing point to give an impression of infinite depth.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Many new members think its only matter of creating a hardscape and adding plants and you have a fantastic Aquascape.

    Perspective is certainly far from a "New" thing its learning and understanding it and how it can improve your Aquascape remembering its only one part of Aquascaping.
    perspective.

    Perspective
    `1 The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other. "the theory and practice of perspective".

    2 A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.
    "most guidebook history is written from the editor's perspective"
    synonyms: outlook, view, viewpoint, point of view, standpoint, position, stand, stance, angle, slant, attitude, frame of mind, frame of reference, approach, way of looking/thinking, vantage point, interpretation
    "her perspective on everything had been changing"

    One thing I can say "It was not the easiest Drawing subject I had to teach to Apprentices"

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    I can only image the massive pile of the little bits of wood rejected as they didn't quite lie right against the bigger DW and rocks. So many must have been rejected. The hours/days playing with the little pieces, then apply all the perspective, getting the lines right, size shape position, getting getting to be ready to flood, then pieces warp out of position with water and time. Choosing the right plants, getting the growth just right so the plant size fits the scale of the hardscape to create, the illusion off depth and scale.
    The skill in getting the plants to grow and look healthy algea free.
    The final pic we don't see wood rocks plants, we see an amazing living illusion of an artist, a true master of a multi disciplined hardscape and living Art form.
    That's what I am starting to see in tanks like these, my efforts are not even stracthing the surface by comparison and completly unworthy of comparison.

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    Its called having a wonderful eye for detail plus many years of experience getting to that level.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    It was nice to see more small tanks in the top 100 this year. This is an excellent layout for many of the reasons already mentioned here. An additional element not mentioned and often neglected by scapers is the use of shadow in the scape. You will find many top layouts utilize shadow and texture well. Please, pass my congratulations on to your fellow countryman for a job well done.
     
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    actually Jhay is new to the hobby...about 2years only.
    what is interesting is his eagle eye in creating a nice perspective to his creation.
     
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    hi Shawn thank you so much. i will "copy/paste" and post your comment to the group.
     
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    here are some of Philippines iaplc 2017 entry utilizing small tank [except one tank about 50gallons].
    tank scape entry ranking is from 944 to 250. i think not that bad out of 2,056 total entry.
    2 scapers are first timer Virgilio and Mathew. the rest have been joining previously.
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    Ed

    Thank you for posting those excellent Aquascapes.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I like this one. Quite innovative, and a little spooky look...
    This is not a 2D photo tank. I guess it looks great in 3D with lots of free space for fish.
     
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    I fully agree with you on that. If a back lighting was used correctly it could look very spooky indeed.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  17. Ed Villagracia

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    thank you guys for liking this thread. i hope the photos can inspire newbie on how aquascape should look.
     
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    It certainly should inspire not only beginners but every Aquascaper who wishes to be a competition entrant one day.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    John Whatmough Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lovely aquascapes Ed certainly inspiring as to what can be achieved
     
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    Fantastic Ed. Where can I get more information for the plantation and lighting

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