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Sailfin Blenny

Sailfin Blenny
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Copyright: Andrew Wallis (AndrewWallis) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 32 N: 44] (246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor AF Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/32, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 14:30
Viewed: 5476
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing with fishy photos, I believe this is a Sailfin Blenny (though the identification can be a bit tough), one of a number of species of tube blennies. These fish inhabit small holes in the coral or the limestone base of the reef and dart out to snatch passing bits of food.

The blenny is around 1.5 inches long.

In Cayman I found different blenny species lived at different depths. I never tended to find sailfin blennies below the hard pan (hard rocky area in the shallows) whereas in the deeper main reef area you tended to find mainly secretary blennies.

These fish can be quite territorial and it is possible to persuade them to attack their own reflection if you hold a mirror in front of them.

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Interesting post, well composed, exposed, and good use of DOF to isolate your subject from the BG.
The only little nit is that it seems to be a bit low in contrast. I've added a bit in my workshop, have a look. I suppose you like moderate contrast, so I kept adjustment to a minimum (added just a little to render the pupils black and the white parts white).
Excellent detail and sharpness, and at f/32 too. Interesting note. Great post!

Kind regards,

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