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Grim smile, not a reptile, barely a fish

Grim smile, not a reptile, barely a fish
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Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 53 N: 198] (445)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1995-06
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Nikonos V, 35mm f/3.5, Fuji Velvia 50, Macro frame 3:1
Exposure: f/16
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Scuba diving, the pros and cons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-05-14 20:36
Viewed: 4659
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles is a paradise for divers, it's written on their car plates...I've been a few times there, that's where I learnt to scuba a decade ago, that's later where my daughter enjoyed her first beach holidays, she was 18 months old.

Bonaire is also known for macro critters : when it comes to macro you're seldom disapointed with photo opportunities, specially portraits.
Some say small is beautiful, I don't agree : you wouldn't believe how ugly the smaller stuff underwater are.

Very similar looking to a lizard though not a reptile this is the lizard fish, 5 cm to 20cm big, you find them resting quietly on sandy patches. It's not a very beautiful fish seen from far away but it provides very interesting portraits if you get close to it.

I took my time for this one, at least 10 minutes : it was in the 20m deep range, I first left my camera on the bottom not so close in order it accustoms to the rig, which I believe can be impressive for a small fish. Only then pushed my camera closer to it, alternating me pushing the camera and me getting 5 m away. I finally got less then 10 cm to it, my camera resting on the sand, I only had to depress the shutter and let the strobe light up the scene.

Ain't he a handsome guy?

(Note to Adam or Porteplume : I temporarily put this shot into Aruba region, which is incorrect, I think there should be created a Netherland Antilles region which should group Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Marteen and Saba, or specific regions for all these dutch west indies islands.)

adam, zto, Porteplume, dsidwell, Ninfa_Urania, pompey, Isabelle, gringofil, ruudblok, cherokeechief, Freddie has marked this note useful
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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 916 W: 122 N: 24] (14)
  • [2004-05-15 5:12]

Very handsmoe guy indeed Luko. :) Stunning picture. Thanks for the note letting us know how you managed to achive this. Really well done. I'm impressed as always :)

The fish may not be very beautiful, I agree, but the picture is impressive. You tell us he can't be more than max 20cm but you got so close that it looks enormous!

[I wrote a respons to you & Adam about what should be the correct location]

Time for dinnah! Fun macro undersea icthiologist close-up fish shot! Next shot will not doubt be a shark from the inside?

My goal is that before I'm 50, I'll be scuba diving, too. My daughter wants to do it, too, so she can become a marine biologist.

It looks like you might have used a wide angle lens here, but maybe it's just a fish-eye. I like your close point of view, with view of a few of the teeth and the underside of the jaw. Menacing indeed!

This guy is pretty good looking! I really like how close you got to this fish and the details I can make out. Kudos on the black background as it makes the subject stand out even more. Excellent work, Luko.

This quit a monster if you look in the thumbnail. You photographed the fish in frog position on land I believe. I think itís a great shot and I like the blue green eye.
If they are not 5cm but 5mter than we have a bad dream.

Holly Crap this creature is one hell of an ugly alien!

Hi Luko!
Such a weird fish, how big is it?
I'm impressed w/ the clarity of your shot even if it is taken underwater. TFS
Freddie :)

Hi Luko
Great portrait of a fish in an excellent and rare POV!
Very nice colors.

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