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Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish
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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
Exposure: 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic marine life, Fishes from around the world, The Red Sea, Underwater World #2, Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-13 11:20
Viewed: 12327
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
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Parrot Fish

Amazingly beautiful as they drift along the ridges of the coral reef, the parrot fish, which is found in the Scaridae family, rides along with the ebb and flow of the tides. These gentle, colorful fish with their somewhat long bodies and large heads, have very interesting large teeth at the front of their mouth that are fused to form a sort of parrot like beak. The parrot fish can be found in tropical oceans throughout the world, varying in size from eighteen inches up to four feet long. Found in the order of Perciformes this interesting fish is known to feed on algae which it scrapes off the reef with its beak like teeth. As the algae is removed bits of coral are removed with it and passed to the throat where pharyngeal teeth supply a kind of chewing surface where the algae is ground into digestible bits. The bits of coral reef are then expelled in what appear to be chosen sites forming mounds of coral sand. With over eighty species, some of the larger parrot fish are known to be capable of breaking off chunks of the reef as they attempt to get at their food. This has created a good amount of destruction to some coral reef areas, producing what is called the white coral sand effect. (More on link below)

Source: http://nh.essortment.com/parrotfish_rzbj.htm

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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bonjour alain
couleurs splendides,magnifique cliché.

Hello Alain,

Wonderful colors and details in this posting.

I am a wee envious of those who can capture such beauty below the water's surface.

You have managed another amazing image, for which I thank you.

Have a fun weekend!

Nice shot of this parrot fish the colors are just amazing with a nice composition as well. Well done Alain. :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-13 14:17]

Bonjour Alain,les couleurs sont excellentes et la netteté bonne.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-13 17:51]

Great compo and these colours rock. Presentation with frame excellent as usual, another digital postcard.

Hi Alain,
The colors in this are eye popping. Very vivid and well saturated. Detail is excellent, as is the clarity of the water to show the detail. Compo. and framing are superb.
Oops, gotta revisit for pts. tomorrow!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-14 9:53]

Hello Alain!
Very nice capture.I liked POV,colors,3d effect,framing and lighting a lot.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-01-15 5:18]

Hi Alain,
Beautiful colors, wonderful exposure, great focus.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-01-23 16:34]

Very good catch of such a colourful fish. Great notes too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-01 23:41]

Superbe, Alain. Un réel plaisir pour les yeux, belle composition, belle lumière. 10/10 ! Excellent scan aussi. Merci.


Hello Alain,
You have some fine photographs in your gallery... Like this one!
I like the composition... DOF spot on and fine colours and details... Well done!
Pablo -

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-03-23 20:43]

Un autre poisson magnifique!

Très bonne clarté et des couleurs très vives. La composition est aussi très bien réussie.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-04-29 0:58]

Nice yellow parrot, Alain! The colours are very strong and the POV is excelent! Goooood buddy!

Hi Alain,
Another very nice adventure into the aquatic :)
Very nicely composed, wonderful color with excellent flashwork. Excellent details..
I like it!
Very well done..and Thank You!

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