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Blackbar Soldierfish

Blackbar Soldierfish
Photo Information
Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikkormat EL & Ikelite housing, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Ektachrome
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic marine life, Fishes from around the world, Underwater World #2, Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-26 13:54
Viewed: 6837
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blackbar Soldierfish (Myripristis jacobus)

Blackbar Soldierfish are identified by their brilliant red color and their single black bar. A bar is a vertical stripe on a fish. Also note the thin, white outlines on the Blackbar Soldierfish's fins. Blackbar Soldierfish are a member of a family of fishes calles Squirrelfish. Like other Squirrelfish, Blackbar Soldierfish have huge eyes and are red all over.

Blackbar Soldierfish are common on many reefs in the Caribbean. They hide in crevices and holes in the reef during the day, but go out at night to hunt and swim in the waters above the reef. The Blackbar Soldierfish's red color and huge eyes make it a terrific nighttime hunter. The blue waters of the tropical oceans filter out red light, so the Blackbar Soldierfish's red color makes it nearly invisible at night. The Blackbar Soldierfish's huge eyes gather what little light is available at night, so it can see to hunt plankton in the water above the reef.

Source: http://www.reefnews.com/reefnews/photos/blkbar.html

Technical data:

Camera : Nikkormat EL
Accessory-1 : Ikelite camera housing with flat port
Lens : 55mm f :3.5 Micro-Nikkor
F/stop : Not recorded
Shutter speed : Not recorded
Filter: None
Flash : Vivitar 285
Accessory-2 : Ikelite flash housing
Tripod : None
Film : Ektachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-26 14:24]

Hi Alain,
Excellent capture!
Good lighting and great colour,
sharp detail and nice framing.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • damien (88)
  • [2006-01-26 15:34]

Salut Alain,

je n'y connais pas grand'chose en photo sous-marine, mais ce que j'aime dans ta photo, c'est la "bouille" des poissons, semblant se demander ce que tu fais là ! Très bonne netteté sur l'ensemble de la photo, les détails sont bien présents. Juste un petit regret : le poisson du bas qui est coupé...
une très jolie photo !


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-26 16:13]

Alain, this is very beautiful.

Lovely colors, pov and composition.

Great saturation, vivid shades of red.


Beautiful underwater capture Alain I love the colors of the fish, very pleasant image to view. :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-26 18:11]

Une trés belle prise, les couleurs sont superbes et le contraste excellent.

Merci Alain1


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-01-27 2:16]

Exellent! Composition is perfect and the fish in the middle is just perfect, with the high and sharp dorselfin. Wonderul colors and razorsharp details. One of the best underwater photos I've seen so far. TFS!


Always a pleasure to see these "real deal" underwater captures Alain. This is an excellent scanned image. I like how the flash has "lit-up" the main subject, and its fins erect posture, providing an excellent display. Very well done.
Thank You!

Hi Alain

This is great work. Nice colours. Sharpness, clarity and detail are all spot on. Well done. TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-01-27 17:14]

Very nice compostion, the background looks fabulous as contrast. The beautiful light lets the fish shimmer. Excellent presentaion.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-29 1:56]

Cool pic of little red fish.

Hi Alain,
The flash exposure is excellent in this shot. Well saturated colors. The detail, DOF, and clarity are superb. The one in the center with his dorsal fin up is a nice bonus.

Excellent pic, great colour,good sharpness and nice composition.

Goutham R

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-02-06 22:22]

Nice sharp photo, Alain! Colours are great, and also the motion! Excelent lights! Congratulations!

Well done indeed, you kept focus on the lot and it shows, nice work.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-01 7:14]

Pour moi qui arrive de la neige, ces jolis poissons me dépaysent un peu. C'est petit Soldierfish n'ont pas l'air commode ;-) Compliments Alain.

good shot Alain,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and pose.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-20 22:17]

Incroyable photo Alain, c'est clair et la profondeur de champs est excellente. Bravo.


  • OdetteVN Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 127] (386)
  • [2006-03-21 6:03]
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This is a nice shot. The colours, details and sharpness are good. Well done!!!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-03-24 20:45]

Une très bonne photo.
Merci Alain.
À ce que je vois, vous n'êtes pas né de la dernière pluie en matière de photographie.

  • Great 
  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-03-29 9:41]

Très belle image de ces petits poissons rouges. Pour une image prise sous l'eau, la netteté est impressionnate et l'expostion très bien faite. J'aime bien aussi la composition. Bravo.

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