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Copyright: Peter Bergquist (Pedda) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03-03
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon IXUS 400
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Underwater World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-11 17:56
Viewed: 5121
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One last post before I head down to Egypt for work again. This will hopefully produce a lot of new nice underwater pictures with my D70.

A Scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae) laying on the bottom at 12 meters depth. Normally you'll find them hiding well camouflaged on the reef where they are laying waiting for the prey to come close enough for them to leap out and swallow the food. All Scorpaenids are equipped with a large mouth, capable of swallowing prey over half their own body length.

Spines are present on the gill plate and head, though these are not the spines you need to be concerned about. The thick dorsal, pelvic, and anal spines should gather the attention of the diver/snorkler, as these are the spines capable of delivering a powerful, painful, and possibly deadly sting.

Many Scorpaenids have the ability to shed the outermost skin layer, the cuticle. Because of their sedentary lifestyle, it is not uncommon for algae or other pests to grow on these fish. The shedding benefits the fish by removing any attached algae, bacteria, and even parasites. There does not appear to be a set schedule to the behaviour,

The dive site is Aquarium East (Gota Abu Ramada). I find it hard to take good photos of the scorpionfish because it has so much details, colours and different structure on its body.

Picture are cropped and levels adjusted with PS
Exposure mode: Manual
Exposure compensation: -1
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative

TAZ, Demetrio, Callie, RAP, gerhardt, danbachmann, ellis49, PDP, Robbrown, Jax has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-12 1:41]

Cet étrange poisson est impressionnant et magnifique ! Vous avez fait une jolie photo mais un peu petite pour le mettre pleinement en valeur ;-)

Spot on great picture love Egypt for diving and when I see pics like this I must go back, Well done on a fantastic shot.


ps. Lat mig veta nar du vill ha en dykkompis! Var i Swerige ar du baserad??

This is a nice shot of an amazing creature. Thanks for sharing and for the notes.
Maybe the crop is too tight, and the image too small, but it is a beautiful fish!

Hi Peter, this poisonous guy is beautiful, I thought this was called a stone fish as it is a bottom dweller and the scorpions the ones with the leave-like fins, swimming around. Live and learn. I love that polka dot rimed eye!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-12 10:17]

Otra excelente captura submarina Peter.
Gran colorido, excelente resolucion y profundidad.
Lástima el encuadre tan ajustado que no permitió mostrar completo al escorpion.
Bien hecho.

Another excellent submarine capture Peter.
Great colorful, excellent resolution and depth. Pity the frame so fit that it did not allow to show complete the scorpion.
Well done.

He looks a lot different with all the added goodies. Nice capture. The crop is a bit tight but a nice take all together. thanx for sharing.

Det var en ful fan Peter ;-)
Great capture with nice colours ,
but I think the ws i better.
Great note.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-12 13:09]

Great shot, I'm very impressed with this. He looks a real brute of a fish. I agree about the cropping being a wee bit on the tight side, so thanks for posting the WS. Great stuff!

Hi Peter I think the Ws is very deffinatley the one you should of posted the extra space makes all the difference to the image . the front one feels very cramped. the note is very usefull too. Looking forward to seeing the new images when you get back.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-09-12 20:08]

Lovely shot despite being tight on the crop. Great dof, colours and sharpness - well done.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-27 23:01]

Nice capture, Peter! This amazing fish is always a nice subject, but it´s not easy to equilize lights on it and you did a great job! Good sharpness and details. Perfect. I need to scan my scorpionfish to show you, but I have some other u/w photos if you like to see. Have a nice day!

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