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Safety in numbers
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-05
Categories: Fish
Camera: Olympus Camedia C920-zoom
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2 trips to the Maldives
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 12:01
Viewed: 10045
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I previously posted a similar photo over on Trekearth.
This is a view that faced me when I was scuba diving in the Maldives, only 5 or 10 metres below the surface, in May 2001. The huge shoal of fish didn't mind me being there at all, they just more or less stayed exactly where they were, gradually making a space for me to drift through as the current took me.
Sorry, I don't know what species they are, there's quite a few different ones there.
The quality isn't fantastic, I'm sure you'll agree, it was a crop from a 1.3 megapixel camera! But, I like the photo a lot and TN is really the place for it, rather than TE, so I thought I'd post it here.
Hope you like it.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-18 12:18]

as an television,
fantastic photo Andy, I like the composition with the fantastic colours, good in pov, very nice framed, well done,
gr. Jaap

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-18 12:18]

Hello Andy, it's a great shot with a lot a fish !! Beautiful colors, very well done, TFS Didier.

Hi Andy!
What a great composition! Fantastic colours and great POV!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-18 14:38]

Hi Andy,

This is a great capture. I think I have seen it before or haven't I? I think the shot is very well composed and the lights is very good. That must be difficult under water. I absolutely adore the frame. Well done & TFS!


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-18 20:21]

Excellent composition, Andy!
Great colour and details, nicely framed.

Really exciting and fun patterns, Andy. I just love the colors and that you've filled the frame with these fish.

Very nice shot, Andy.
The composition and POV are very good. The colours are lovely and very good sharpness,
Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-19 6:05]

Wall to wall fish Andy. Did you have fun? Excellent capture. Great composition and colours. Well shown, I like it. And the frame too.

Good capture.
There is one fish almost at the center what is a different specie than all the rest - you could have made friends with him :-)
TFS - shir

hmm - looking better there are 2 groups of fish from 2 different species and then this other one.

Great shot Andy!
I like this kind of photos very much - just a 'crowd' filling whole frame.
Quality is good enough to see these beauties well.
I like it very much.

Hello Andy! Great details, colors and impact..This would be great wallpaper for the PC! I have scuba dived in my younger years but gave it up..If I lived near water I think I'd take it again though..I envy your experience..It's like entering another world of great beauty and wonder when you go down their..Well done.

Hello Andy,
The photographs taken under water are not current! This one has fantastic colors and the details remain very fine in spite of the filter of water. Beautiful work.
TFS, cordially,

A celebration of colour;
Excellent composition;
Perfect light,



PS Yes, I like this one very much!!

Una foto exelente!!!. No se si te diste cuenta pero en esta foto hay 3 especies diferentes de peces. Me es util para mis clases de biologia marina!, gracias!! (con tus creditos por supiesto)

Hello Andy,
Fantastic view. Good colours and composition. Right focus
Well done

Absolutely brilliant! And taken with a 1.3 magapixel acmera too! Just shows that it's not the camera but the photographer that's important.

Excellent Picture! My camera is a 3.1 mp and my pics dont turn up as good as this!

As a zoologist I´m jealous...as a fotographer I have to comment the resolution..

But in the end....it is a great shot!

How wonderful to be there and see this, then share it!

Hello Andy.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Breathtaking! (sorry there's a pun in here as it involves diving).
But really, this photo is very, very pretty, these colors are amazing!
Marvelous shot. Gotta go there too.

What an amazing photo! Very impresive.


Hi Andy

As JJ Cousteau said Maldives are paradise!



I love the green contrasting with the blue. It's looks almost like the green is the lights reflection on the fish. A very kool fill pattern. It would make a good desktop wallpaper. Well taken! TFS Trevor

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