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Zebra batfish

Zebra batfish
Photo Information
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, Nikkor 28mm f/2.0, Ektachrome, Vivitar Close-up (+1,+2 or +4)
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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: 2005-11-04 11:13
Viewed: 10626
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took that picture while I was in Hurgada Club Med in Egypt. Back from an exploration dive, I dove under the peer of our dive boat to finish my roll of film when I saw them slowly swimming. Here is the result.

As you can see, you don’t have to go far in the ocean, good subjects are close to home, just by our dive shack ;o)

Thanks Paul for the following info:

Zebra batfish.

Platax tiera (Forsskal 1775), the Tiera, Round-Faced or Tail-Fin Batfish, is a fabulously friendly animal, in aquariums and on the reef. In tourists diving areas they greet, follow and wave-off visiting humans. In captivity tiera bats imprint on their "outside" friends, always ready to wag them a hello. At right, aquarium specimens of a five inch tall juvenile and eight inch high semi-adult, and full size adult off Heron Island, Australia showing the characteristic black blotch behind the pelvic fins.
Source: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/spadfsh.htm

Technical data:

Camera : Nikkormat EL
Accessory-1 : Ikelite camera housing with dome port
Lens : 28mm f :2.0 Nikkor
F/stop : Not recorded
Shutter speed : Not recorded
Filter: close-up lens +2 *
Flash : Vivitar 285
Accessory-2 : Ikelite flash housing
Tripod : None
Film : Ektachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

* Close-up is necessary when the housing is used with a spherical dome port in front of a wide angle lens. The spherical dome when in contact with the water, it creates a negative lens. This negative lens creates a virtual image very close to the camera. Unless you have a macro wide angle lens, it is necessary to put a close-up lens so you can focus real close with the wide angle lens.

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  • Great 
  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-11-04 12:16]

I really like this photo Alain. Interesting object.
Perfect composition and really nice color.
Regards Krzysztof.

Hello Alain, I believe these are called Humpback or Zebra Batfish (Platax batavianus) I also believe that these are juveniles with the more thinner elegant body shapes. Nice shot of the group. Paul :)

Excellent work again Alain. I find the techniques employed in underwater photography very interesting. I had to read that last paragraph three times slowly to get it right though..Hey, it's Friday :-)
Not only are the Zebra fish very well detailed & lit but the BG effect is fantastic here. Very well done & Thank You.

Your lighting, composition and colours are just superb.
Ceci est fantastique!

Hi Alain,
It's a very good and interesting picture.
The light and colours are very nice. Well composed and good details.
Very well done.

Hi Alain.
An excellent shot, I love the shapes and colors in this shot. Beautiful fish!


Hi Alain. Thanks very much for the technical info. It is great to know about this stuff, even I neved dived in my life. You got a very artistical composition here. The three subjects a excellent and nicely placed, and the BG is superb.
Although I like the soft atmosphere you achieved, I was temptated to exagerate a bit focus to enjoy myself, so I did a fast workshop. Hope you like!
Thanks for sharing this one.

Lovely capture great colour and lighting...
Well done...

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-06 3:36]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Alain. J'aime bien.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-06 5:50]

Beautiful and interesting shot that you have well done ! Congratulation Alain and thanks for sharing.

" the Life is so rare in the universe and the Nature so precious, take care of them! " Christian...

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-06 17:33]

Alain, this is a great image.

Excellent sharpness and vivid colors. I like contrast too.

Your note is a very useful one.

Congratulations on everything.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-07 2:45]

Hello Alain!
This one is also wonderful.I liked POV,colors,lighting framing and composition a lot.TFS..:-)

I like so much!
colours and composition gear up for a very fine result.
this one is the best for me

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-04-04 20:04]

Voici une très belle composition triagulaire. De plus le contrast entre le jaune et le bleu est très beau. L'image est nette le le flash est bien dosé. Le flou de l'arrière plan est superbe. Bravo.

Hola Alain, esta es una de las fotos sub mas hermosas que he encontrado en treknatura, la luz sobre los peces es perfecta así como el fondo azul, cruzado por las siluetas del muelle... Ejipto es un paraiso submarino!!



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