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Maldivian Batfish

Maldivian Batfish
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Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-02
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikonos V, Fuji Superia 800
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-07-31 14:42
Viewed: 20107
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Any diver will tell : Maldives are a big fish heaven. Coral has dramatically bleached since El Nino 98, but the fish is still there.

One instructor told me the coral had bleached in a week time in 98, becoming powder white : at first they had the weird impression they were diving over snow fields.

When I went to the Maldives 4 years after, the coral was still devastated, stone grey dull tones, slowly recovering in some patches. But the fish was still there... everywhere on every dive, sharks, manta rays, eagle rays.. just name it, it will be around...

It's difficult to feel something about a fish. well a fish is a fish, it's not a mammal, it doesn't breathe air... You respect sharks, look suspiciously at morays or are amazed with the manta rays grace, but nothing on the "empathy" side...
however, the Batfish (here a Platax teira) is one of the few fish divers like because they can play with... usually when ascending to the decompression stop, the batfish comes to see what is going on and swims around. The mandatory 3 minutes decompression stop is then time to enjoy the Batfish elegance and shoot some pics.

This is a natural light UW image, it didn't need any additional strobe lighting IMHO (fortunate...I didn't have any at that period). A bit grainy due to the 800 print film I took expecting dim light 30m below.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-31 14:53]

Looks like a large Angel. I like it, but it is apity it is swimming away from you and one misses the eye. I like the fact that one can see he is descending, tough. the details on the top fin is very clear and that sliver of yellow rounds this off.

Sharpness, here again, is amazing. When looking intensively for a while at the picture it seems like the fish is detaching itself from the background, kind of 3D effect.
Well, I hope you will post the front side soon! :o)

Wow! That is seriously good. I love the angle, use of light and the sharpness. I've done a Workshop by filtering image through NeatImage, it does take away some of the detail from the water and scales but reduces the grain.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 16:13]

Great capture of a topic I know very little about. I also like Paul's workshop on this

Luko glad to see a nother picture from below water level this I like , and I dont mind too much that its going away the detail is very good. The notes are superb and look forward to further information from below he waves of a simular quality

Nice photo Luko,
I really like this shot, the shapning is amasing, good depth is nice, colours are good, well it's an exelent photo, ery good job.

WOW, underwater photography is something I can only dream of at this stage. There are not many photos of this theme. Keep 'em coming. The texture of the fish you can almost feel. The angle would have been better from the front. But thats just me. Thanx for sharing.

Very sharp image, it does look almost 3D

I learn't to scuba dive last year in the Caribbean and wanted to take underwater pictures to show what I was seeing - unfortunately, it wasn't possible to by an underwater camera where I was.

Your picture here really captures something of what I could see. Your description of the lack of empathy with fish is quite true, though it doesn't detract from the pure wonder of being in such an environment. I guess being limited to 40 minutes under water at a time makes it difficult to build a relationship with the animals underwater (not like on land where you can spend hours looking at the same animal to understand its nature).

The only (and this is really really minor) comment is that the picture is a little bit heavily cropped at the top, would have been nicer to have a little more clear water to frame the fish better. Overall, excellent.

bravo! c'est vraiment superbe!

I like to dive with these batfishes, they are very kind animals. Your picture is excellent. Good colors and sharpness.

La photo soumarine, je n'ai pas le matériel pour... mais il s'agit d'une superbe photo et les Maldives, cela doit être un endroit de rêve aussi. Bravo!

Great aquatic shot, with amazing details.
Light and colors are really lovely.
I made a little WS to remove noise on the water background, without erasing scales details.
I hope you like it.
Good work.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-08-28 10:00]

Impressive photo. The light and shadows are great!

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  • natc (4)
  • [2004-08-30 8:07]

that's impressing, the texture of the fish skin is so precise that it seems to be out of water, not wet!
being a diver myself, your photograph reminds me of all those great moments you spend watching a fish, breathing slowly not to frighten it.
thanks for this shot!

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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2004-09-21 5:01]

super photo de platax
le point de vue donne de l'importance au sujet.
Pris comme ça prêt de la surface, on a l'impression qu'il est immense.
vive la photo sub

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-01 21:44]

Well, Luko, we can say you literally dive into the world of photography. And, besides, you are skilled enough when you write. Great jobs.

As for the picture, perfect sharpness and beautiful colors.

Thanks for sharing with us the sea world.


very nice photo! it is very well done! great colours and the sea at background is perfect. congratulations

This is a good underwater photo I ever seen !
beautiful and artisticly done

Hi Luko!
It's a nice picture, exposure of subject and surface are excellent. The absence of flash give a nice 3D effect and is very natural. To bad you took it as it was swimming away from the camera. Picture are more interesting when the subject in moving in camera direction (as your shark picture) so you can see subject eyes. TFS

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  • Active Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 113 W: 6 N: 19] (1231)
  • [2005-10-18 13:58]

Great sharpness. The light is perfect. Wonderfull depth. WOW!!!

The POV and the light is great, nice job.

Wonderful shot,looks like you could reach out and rub this fish.

Very nice shot, good colours and details! I like very much the effect of the iso 800. Good work!
Bye Tom

hello Luko!

a bit grainy but a god focus on a very cool fish. nice light and the composition with light from behind is good. But I really would like to see the fish from the side or the front..


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  • Kevlar (16)
  • [2006-10-07 13:20]

Magnifique , I like it

You captured a piece of eternity here for me!I like very much the watersetting around it, as if coming from the deep. Thanks, CarOze

perfect under water shot


Sure, a face shot would have been cool, but that is an amazing image, Luko. Thanks for sharing.

Dear Luko,
Very good sharp Rt oblique photograph of a batfish with candid POV against excellent lighted blue background. Your photographer's note is interesting. TFS.

Hi Luko,
You did a great job! Underwater photography is unbelievable to me. Brilliant shot of a Batfish with excellent composition, details and colors. Well done, Luko, and tfs,

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