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Juvenile Imperator

Juvenile Imperator
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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, Baby Animals 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-02 20:45
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Juvenile Emperor Angelfish

For a description of the species, please refer to my previous picture of an adult Emperor Angelfish (Imperator)

The thing to know is that juvenile imperator is about 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm) long. The black dot on its tail simulates an eye while the real eyes are hidden by a black bar. Also note that the end of the tail is transparent to keep that end shape almost round.

If a predator attacks, it will believe that the juvenile imperator will swim from left to right while it will really swim from right to left. This dot will disappear in the adult state and fish will have yellow and blue strips. (See my Imperator picture and description)

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
Flash : Vivitar 285
Accessory-2 : Ikelite flash housing
Film : Ektachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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To Adanac: Just a little baby...Athila 1 09-28 18:50
To zeca: Cropped for more effective composition.Athila 1 05-03 11:20
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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-02 20:55]

Encore une prise aux couleurs hallucinantes et un fantastique éclairage. Félicitations pour les détails et la beauté du spécimen.

Merci pour l'envoie.


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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-05-02 21:00]

Hi Alain, beautiful color combination, nice sharp photo, interesting coments, Juan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-02 21:08]

On dirait un poisson de la période psychédélique des années soixante. Directement du film Yellow Submarine ! :-) Superbe cliché, net et clair. Bravo encore !


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-02 22:45]
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Finger print! Beautiful fish, Alain! I suppose you crop it a little bit, because of its sharpness is not at the best like other photos from your gallery, but anyway its an amazing capture!
all the best!

Hi Alain,
What an amazing looking fish. Very beautiful colors and detail in this guy. Just amazing the variety of coloruful life that exists below the surface.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-03 2:31]

Grâce à vous on peut découvrir le monde sous-marin si varié. Et ce cliché de qualité met bien en valeur cet extraordinaire poisson. Compliments Alain et merci pour le partage.

Hi Alain,
Very exotic looking blue colors..almost neon-like.
The border treatment really emphasizes, and adds some great impact to those colors..
Striking capture!

Hi Alain, Excellent colors, Bg, POV, framing, Excellent job,. TFS Kyle

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-05-03 13:28]

Impressionnant poisson. L'effet de mimétisme est impressionnant. Bravo pour cette belle photo.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-03 14:13]
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Hi Alain
I wonder what the psychologist’s make of us when we 'analyse' and comment on these weird and wonderfully patterned fishes you regularly frequent in your portfolio. They must be having a field day when visiting your portfolio (chuckle).
What a wonderful world to be exposed to. You diving photographers are surely blessed to see all these amazing creatures under the ocean. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Great capture of this little fish that is almost small enough to make this underwater macro photography. Your composition is just great, the BG isolates the fish, and the exposure/lighting was well controlled. Excellent details and stunning colours gives this shot additional impact.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-03 15:11]

Hi Alain,
What a beautiful little fish and amazing defence mechanism it has. A nice shot and informative note, a good post.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-03 15:49]

Hi Alain, nice shot. I love the pattern on this fish, almost hypnotic. Great colours and detail. TFS.

Hi Alain,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-03 19:35]

Hello Alain, Very nice colors of this fish. The picture is a bit soft of DOF. I like your frame, it does help to focus better in the subject. Well done, Gabriel

Lovely image,and beautiful colours,amazing creature!
well taken.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-05 3:47]

Hello Alain!
Excellent capture.I liked colors,contrast POV,frame and lighting a lot.TFS...:-)


Very colourful subject indeed. I enjoy the Composition and POV of this pic. TFS,

Amazing creatures of the deep Alain, nature plays wonderful tricks. I think the image lack contrast though, maybe a slight raise in levels would do the trick. Well done , TFS.

I am new in TN, but photos sub aren't as common as I think they should be. You can find beautiful images underwatwer for sure! Awesome fish, I wish I can see one of these some day. Beautiful colours, nice shot!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-11 16:18]

Hello Alain,
ohh I love this blue, very eye catching. Good POV and excellent framing.

This fella really must stand out in a crowd, nice shot.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-06-02 19:46]

Une superbe photo, Alain.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-06-03 19:34]

Hi Alain,
Beautiful fish very well captured with perfect exposure, good lighting, great colours and sharp details.
Very well done and thanks for sharing!

I can not stare at it for long... it reminds me of the jungle book. "Look into my eyes..." :)

Lovely colors the frame compliments it very nicely. Well done.

Great shot! You've captured this Angelfish beautifully, and it's expertly isolated just the right amount from the background. The only minor nit I have is there's a small quantity of chromatic aberration in this version. If you have the full frame to hand, it might be worth experimenting with the Filter/Distort/LensCorrection command in Photoshop - perhaps play with the Chromatic Aberration settings whilst zoomed in to the higest contrast edges and see whether you can make a wonderful shot even better! Very nicely done :D

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  • buggy (0)
  • [2007-05-27 21:21]

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Hello Alain

You are very talented at underwater photography.
This is terrific.
The colours are rich and vivid.
Excellent use of light.
The shot is well composed.
Great job.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-09-28 18:37]
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Hello Alain,
I looked back in your portfolio as your underwater images caught my eye as I used to dive myself. I am envious as I has always wanted to dive the Red Sea. Your image of this stunning species is superb Alain, thank you.

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