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I'll sting!!!


I'll sting!!!
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bergquist (Pedda) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2004-01-05
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon IXUS 400
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World, Lionfish [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-26 16:31
Viewed: 6106
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The fish on the picture is a Common Lionfish (Pterois volitans). Lionfish are called many things like; Devilfish, Firefish and Dragonfish. They belong to the family Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes). Common Lionfish is the biggest one and can grow up to be 38 cm long. Itís dorsal fin consists of 13 venomous spines. These spines are used as a protective mechanism from predators. The venom is protein based which means that heat assists in the breakdown of the venom. If you are allergic you might die, but otherwise it only hurts like H-LL according to friends of mine ;-)

Lionfish is one of my favourite fish during day time, but during night dives itís a different story. Why? Simply because they are sneaky b_stards that thinks "Dinner time" every time they see a diver with a bright flashlight in his/hers hand. And since I have a really bright light they all set their target on me, and then the stalking begins. Had over 30+ around me one dive while my friends in front of me had NONE. The reason for this behaviour is simply that bright light blinds their natural prey that is small fish, shrimps, and crabs. I always tell my guest: Look under you chest and belly before you put you hands there because you might have a "friend" lurking there.

The picture is taken on 8 meters depth at a dive site called El Heloug. No flash is used only natural light. The picture is cropped and levels are adjusted with PS.

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It really a great shot you made there on 8 meters depth Peter,
I like the colours alot the capture is very good the dof is also good, the note is very good, Well I think you did a great job here. good work.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-27 5:52]

I really like these fish (to look at) and you've done an exceptional job here. I like the cropping here getting the body in but leaving out dome of the fins. Very good stuff and excellent note.

Clear sharp detail of a beautiful fish, well done, and an interesting note to.

The note is spot on, full of detail and some personal experience too. the colours and sharpness of the image are such that i thought before the notes that it must be in a tank. Nice one and well captured.

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