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Arrow Crab

Arrow Crab
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: 1984
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Nikkormat EL & Ikelite housing, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Ektachrome
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic marine life, Underwater World #2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-16 22:47
Viewed: 6118
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Physical Description:

The Arrow Crab has eight spider-like legs and has a head that is exceptionally pointed at the tip. The legs of an Arrow Crab can be more than three times its body length. The body of an Arrow Crab is composed of many colors. The whole body is covered in a golden-brown color, with white, brown, or gold stripes running along the crab's body. The ends of the legs are dark violet. As the Arrow Crab grows it will shed an outer layer of its skin called the exoskeleton.

Social Organization:

The Arrow Crab is known for being territorial. The Arrow Crab is very docile towards divers, but acts very aggressively towards other sea creatures, including its own species.

More info on link below.

Source: http://www.whozoo.org/Intro2002/EmilioBarela/EB_ArrowCrab.html

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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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-16 22:59]
  • [2]

Hi Alain
Great underwater shot of the highly interesting crab. It sure is a fabulous world down under the water and it is great that you share these lovely shots with us.
Excellent composition, the colours are vivid and clear, the DOF is very good showing lovely details, and the exposure was perfectly handled.
Very good work and TFS.

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

Thanks for posting, Have a great week.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-17 5:52]
  • [2]

Bonjour Alain,

Félicitations pour la belle lumière et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Amazing capture Alain, although its lost a little in the BG it looks most unusual. Good sharpness and POV on this. Very nice work.

Hi Alain,
What a unique looking fellow. Great detail and clarity as always in your underwater work. Great DOF in this one too. Great subtle colors and tones. Flash exposure was perfect here.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-17 7:59]

Hello Alain!
Excellent capture.I liked POV,details,lighting,framing
and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Alain, excellent work, great details with excellent sharpness, Great work, TFS Kyle

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-17 8:28]

Belle créature, vraiment bien photographiée. Tout y est bien, la lumière, la composition, les couleurs et la netteté, bravo et merci Alain.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-17 17:44]

Cool shot Alain, hard on to do if this taken in the wild? Good details and composition. Very well done.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-18 12:16]

Hi Adrian, nice shot. Excellent detail and colour with good POV. Well composed with good focus. TFS.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-04-19 11:08]

Very good and sharp picture of crab. TFS

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-04-21 14:46]

Hi Alain,
A lovely shot with such a well caught pose.He looks almost alien!Well composed with the addition of the anemone in the background to show some of its surroundings.TFS.
Regards, David

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-21 21:09]

Alain, how lucky to be able to take this shots under the water. Perfect colors and details. thank for sharing the mysteries of the ocean. Take care, Gabriel

Un étrange créature... et une magnifique photo ! Belle composition, beau cadre, excellente netteté avec beaucoup de détails. J'aime beaucoup les belles couleurs chaudes de cette photo, ainsi que cette anémone de mer à l'arrière-plan.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-25 4:09]

Hi Alain,
What an amazing little creature, I've never heard of it or seen it before. A nice shot, lovely colour and detail. The oceans are a whole different world, thanks for sharing some of it with us!

Hi Alain,
This is excellent! Very interesting looking creature feature :)
Sorry this is short, I'm still preping the house exterior for painting this week :(
Gotta go..
Very well done.

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-05-03 13:38]

Un "personnage" bien amusant. On dirait un personnage de bande dessiné avec sa grande tête pointue. On dirait qu'il va être attaqué par les tentacules derrière lui. La netteté et la luminosité sont très bonnes. La composition me semble bonne. Bravo, belle image.

Beautiful portrait Alain.
Very good colours, details and composition. The exposure and background are also very good.
Great work.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-08 21:43]

Hello Alain,
What an excellent image of this arrow crab, I have seen many on dives at Cozemel. I know how hard underwater photography is so I real appreciate this fine image.

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2011-01-21 14:03]

Take in 1984! Wow and that image looks incredibly crisp even by today's standards! Bravo Alan! Incredible image with delicate detail brilliant golden colors and fantastic composition! The strange Arrow crab looks incredibly fragile! Bravo, once again!
George Veltchev

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