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Yellow Sailfin Tang

Yellow Sailfin Tang
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-18 6:19
Viewed: 4302
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tropical fish - Yellow Sailfin Tang

They are small fish, very thin, generally reaching about 7.5-12.5cm in length and height, and 1-2cm in thickness. They are bright yellow in color across their entire bodies which are their trademark. Small, tightly packed scales on the body give the fish a velvety appearance. Like other fish in the surgeon fish family they have a number of small spines protruding near their tail, which is the reason for their common name, the scalpel fish. These sharp spines serve dual purposes as a means of defense and as an anchor on the rocks when sleeping. During the night, in common with many fish, their colour fades.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 3:25 p.m.
Date: 17th March 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/2.8
Focal Length: 145mm
Flash: Canon Inbuilt
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
realy a cute fish, I love the apple-green colour. In the preview it looked like a new sort of strange grasshopper ;-) Haha.
Very well done, thanks for sharing, bye and greetings.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I went up at 4 in the morning today to watch the F1-race in Australia - and that's after midday in your country, strange! So it's almost time for you to go to bed - good night ;-)

Hi Pam,
Very nice picture with great details. Well composed and beautiful colors. TFSStéph

Excellent shot Pam, excellent. Very good colour combination. Picture is in color balanced. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-18 17:59]

Hello Pam,
It's a lovely composition. I like the contrast between the fish and the background. Also the details are striking!
Best greetings,

Wow Pam this is a beauty the POV is excellent the light is wonderfull and the sharpness is great. Very well composed with the bit of space. tfs well done rgds Necip.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-19 14:16]

Hi Pam

Finally back and with some time for writing something :)
What a SPLENDID shot! He looks like a little cartoon-movie star ;)

His bright and vivd colors looks simply terrific on that darker BG and the pose you captured him in is outstanding!
The details are also very sharp (not that easy when shooting through water and glass) and the DOF is impeccable!
The textures on body are also very well visible, the lighting and the lack of reflection from any source of light is most impressive and the framing and compo are wonderful!
Superb work!

Bravo and TFS

Salut Pam
Excellente prise avec ce magnifique poisson
Les couleurs sont éclatantes et la netteté est parfaite. Félicitations pour la qualité On jurerais qu'il n'y a pas de vitre sur cette prise..

Merci et a bientôt.....JP

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-19 19:44]

Hello Pam,
Excellent, excellent composition Pam, thanks for sharing.

Hi Pam,
A nice shot on this Yellow Sailfin Tang. Nice exposure has the colors and detail looking great. He looks like he is wanting to give you a kiss here. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-03-20 2:43]

Hello Pam,
Not a bird today ;-) Good idea, this strange fish is so nice.
The "+++++" : subject, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred BG, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : perhaps more space on right side ?
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-22 12:21]

this is truly outstanding! Eye contact POV, composition, background, colour and sharpness.
I laos love the humour that pervades this composition: you've put a smile on my face

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-03-22 17:56]

Great angle Pam. I like the visibility of surface and structures.TFS

Great color and detail on this tang. Love the fact that you can see the individual scales. We use to have one of these in our marine aquarium... we called him Oink, as he ate everything we put in the tank... including things that he wasn't suppose to, as a species, like. He was a feisty character and we had to be careful when cleaning the tank, as he would, if disturbed, flick his tail in an effort to spike us with those caudal spines. Thanks for the memories, lol.

Another fantastic capture with good placement in frame. Well done.

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