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Glowing in the Dark

Glowing in the Dark
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-23
Categories: Fish
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): #2 Aquatic Animals, Underwater Wonder World 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-13 0:12
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Captured at Sea World Indonesia. These two fishes are really large, about 2 meters in length.

Note from Wikipedia:

The Arapaima (Arapaima gigas), also known as the Piracucu, Pirarucu, or Paiche, is one of the world's largest freshwater fish. The species is reported to reach lengths in excess of 3 m (9.8 ft.) and weigh up to 200 kg (440 lb), although these reports have been disputed. As one of the most sought after fish species in South America, it is often captured by spearing for export, and, consequently, large Arapaima of more than 2 m are seldom found today.

The diet of A. gigas consists of other fish or even small animals, including birds. This fish is able to survive extensive drought periods by gulping air and burrowing in the mud or sand of the swamps.

En Espanol:

Crece hasta superar los 3 metros de largo y pesar hasta 250 kilos. En cierta época del año vive en aguas poco oxigenadas, por lo que el oxígeno que absorbe por sus branquias es insuficiente, así que debe respirar aire atmosférico o "boquear" al menos una vez por hora. Esto le ayuda a respirar ya que la mucosa de su boca es muy rica en vasos sanguíneos, por donde realiza el intercambio de aire sin tener pulmones. Esto lo hacen otras especies del Amazonas, como la anguila eléctrica.

Vive en el río Amazonas, en Perú y Bolivia, aunque ha sido introducido para su pesca en Tailandia y Malasia. Su hábitat se inunda casi la mitad de cada año por las lluvias y el deshielo en los Andes, por lo que una parte del año nada entre los árboles, y cuando baja mucho el nivel del agua (en algunas zonas altas de la planicie amazónica) se entierra en el lodo con la cabeza fuera, probablemente de ahí su forma de respiración.

Su dieta consiste de otros peces y hasta de pequeños animales terrestres, incluso aves, que captura cuando caen al agua, o incluso dando saltos fuera del agua.

musin1002, thor68, pablominto, jcoowanitwong, jeanpaul, njmv79, fyapici, SkyF, saguzar, s_a_s_h_a, mlines, oanaotilia has marked this note useful
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To Robbrown: Capturing thru the glassblakitan 2 01-08 11:22
To saguzar: Thanks for correction.blakitan 1 10-14 18:25
To musin1002: Terima Kasihblakitan 1 10-13 03:01
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I like the silvery color of them....
but focussing is a bit out of range especially in the face areas, choosing a wider diafragma would be better I guess...
nevertheless this image is very attractive..
oh ya, good use of available lighting too and info is very useful....TFS!

great shot of the two arapaimas, ben! :-)
there doing some parallel-swimming, aren´t they? *g*
the silvery glow is awesome as is if they were made of metal.
good sharpness on the bodies, slightly soft focus on the faces
which is ok at 1/40 with a moving object i guess, and the
flash worked well, through the glass, good job.
well done & take care, thorsten.

Hello Ben,
A good double fish portrait with an interesting note!
I like the framing here, and difficult exposure conditions well taken care of!
Pablo -

Salam Ben,
What a amazing fish shot.Superb sharp and POV.Very well composed.Regards.


Hello Benyamin,
Nice shot through thick glass. Well done and seen. A good example for me to try the same thing. TFS.

Bonjour Ben
Bravo pour les contraste et les superbes couleurs et la composition et les détails de ces deux poissons
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Benyamin,
what a nice fish, looks ancient, it looks too beautiful and nice colors of bright silver, well done my friend,

Salam Ben,
Other friends told all things about this beautiful shot. I like very much silver colour. They looks like silver-made. Thanks for this nice photo.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-14 7:55]

Hello Benyamin,
very nice double take on this shot. Very well timed and cropped so the fish are very well place in this frame. Nice sharp details even through the glass and the metallic color comes through very good. Very well done.

Hello Benyamin,
Good picture because was taken in poor light conditions, having a glass in front that produce distortions. Focus is not optimal but is nice the image.
You write no flash used, but if you see in photo info says flash used. It´s a mistake? I thik that was fired.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-14 16:50]

Lovely subtle colours on the fish, excellent composition



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-15 23:33]

Hello Benyamin

Very well done.The fish are relatively well focused,and great detail, and the dark BG really help make them standout.Well exposed with no glare from the glass.TFS


The Amazon teams with this fish. Great food.
The clarity is of EXCELLENT quality.
The sharpness is so superb that I can see the scales
like 3D.
Your notes are highly educative.

Hi Benyamin,
This is good double fish portrait with an interesting note.

Well done

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-21 16:23]

Fajnie wysz³o to zdjêcie. Dobrze wykadrowane. Ryby wygl±daj± jak odlane z metalu.

Unusual shot! Really well composed, but needs a little more focus,

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-11-04 5:41]

Very nice picture. Ive never seen - or even heard about - this kind of fish! Nicely captured and great light control! Nice details on the body, though head is slightly out of focus. I guess that is due to the movement of the fish and the fairly long exposure. Im impressed that you got such a sharp photo at all in that light!
Well done!

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2006-11-12 22:39]

Superb capture, magnificent lighting and movement!,
Best wishes, kona

Wow, Ben, what a fantastic capture! These fish don't even look real, they almost look metallic in nature. Good job shooting through glass, I've posted a few aquarium shots here (we have a huge one in Atlanta now) and it is difficult to capture well.



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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-01-06 20:23]

Hi Ben. Good shot of these interesting fish, fancy growing up to 3 metres, would feed a lot of people. Good clarity and colour. Off to Kalimantan next week, hope to see some wildlife. TFS. Murray.

Hi Benyamin intresting image of these silvery fish, looking at the large scales of both fish they look sharp so the blurr of the head is probably due to movement. I think you did remarkably well through thick glass.
Did you clean it 1st and were you in contact with the glass? and was the flash held away from the camera?
TFS yours Robert

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