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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: 2004-09-22
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor Micro 60mm
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World, Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-25 12:31
Viewed: 4759
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Variegated lizardfish (Synodus variegatus)

This is the most common reef living lizardfish. Youíll find it at depths between 3-50 meters in the Arabian and Red Sea.

The Variegated Lizardfish has a long, cylindrical body, a short-based first dorsal fin, a small adipose second dorsal fin and a deeply forked caudal fin. It has a large mouth with needle-like teeth. This species has a red stripe along the sides of the body which runs through darker red blotches. Below these are a series of white blotches. They grow up to 25 cm in length.

Most of the time they are laying alone or in pairs on hard coral. They got their name from the shape of their head which looks like a reptile.

The picture is taken on 4 meters depth at the dive site El Desha. Iíve used one external Sea&Sea YS-120 flash. The port of the housing is about 10 cm from the fish. Itís a 100% crop. Iíve converted it from RAW to JPEG with C1. Iíve deleted some distracting backscatter in PS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-25 13:05]
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Wow, great close up! How close did you get to this fish Peter? I love this view and I can see where he gets his name. I'm looking forward to the note.

Great Peter.
Nice composition , nice colours and good sharpness with good details.
Mycket bra gjort.

Nice on Peter.(Q) What a set of teeth you have. (A) all the better to eat you with. ;0))#

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-25 16:05]

Impactante retrato Peter.
La agudeza del disparo y sobre todo el colorido del ojo es fantastico.
Para un ojo poco avezado... pensaria que se trata de un animal fuera del agua.

Impressive portrait Peter.
The sharpness of the shot and mainly the colorful one of the eye is fantastic.
For a little experienced eye... it would think that one is an animal outside the water.

Peter, Well, you have me on this one. I'd have to truthfully say this is the best fish-head shot I've seen! The patterns, small sharp teeth & the silver sheen against the blue is great. And the eye blues rimmed in gold is striking also. Thanx for posting!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-26 5:09]

Excellent composition Peter, the sharpness is complete, the colours are really, very nice details, great worh here!

WOW! Peter. What a capture. I always enjoy your underwater shots but now you are starting underwtaer macro shots. :) Great work. The eye detail and scale textures are breathtaking. Cobined with the detailed note this is an eceptional post. Thanx.

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