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Copyright: Kathy Davis (kedavis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 119] (436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-09
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon EFS 18-55
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 1:34
Viewed: 6083
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Evening Friends..
Tonight I would like to share this little seahorse. I photographed him last month on a very little island named Tangier in the Chesapeake Bay. The people (population slightly over 600) on the island make their living crabbing and often they bring up seahorses intangled in their crab pots. They are almost always returned to the sea, but this one lady had some in a tank in her yard. She said her son brought them in for the children to see. She was quite happy for me to take some pictures. I can only hope she will return them to their homes.

As far as the photograph goes, the glass was fairly dirty and I tried to clean up the worst spots. We were under a tree with complete shade. I cropped, used some Highlight/shadow (thank you Serge) and sharpen somewhat. Any help/comments/critques etc. to improve this photo would be appreciated.
Take Care,

Sea horses are pieced together with many different parts and abilities of other animals. They have the head of a horse with the snout of an aardvark, spines like a puffer fish, a pouch of a kangaroo, eyes like a lizards(each eye moves independently), the tail of a monkey, an armor plated body like Stegosaurus, the ability to change colors like a chameleon and to wrap their tails around things

reproduction: male becomes pregnant when a female deposits her eggs into his pouch; each pregnancy lasts about two to three weeks (varies with species and water temperature); once the male gives birth, between 50 and 1.500 ponies, he usually becomes pregnant again right away.

diet: each day a seahorse can consume up to 3,000 brine shrimp; seahorses have no teeth and swallow their food whole. Seahorses eat by a quite special snatch-sucking movement of their snout. This suction movement is so strong that a clearly audible noise develops

species: about 35 known species exist

size: depending on the species, from 1/4 inch to a foot or more

range: found in most of the world's temperate and tropical coastal waters

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Hi Kathy,
Exellent picture. Very good, lights, colours, and it is very clear. Well done on a great job.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-08 1:57]

Nice shot for this Seahorse, it is a pleasure to see this strange animal. For sharpness I understand. For the composition, perhaps more space on right...
Congratulations Kathy and thanks for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-08 3:27]

Hi Kathy,

Lovely seahorse. Not often seen on TN. I like the colors, sharpness and composition.


Hello Kathy, excllent use of light perfect details, excllent POV details, Perfect colors spot on, nicly composed photo, TFS kyle

Hi Kathy,
Nice shot under the conditions you describe.
Very good job of cleaning it up PP..
Nice framing, detail, and POV.
Well done & TFS!

Hi Kathy,
This is a good catch under those circumstances :-) This is an original post of specie that we don't see often. I think details are pretty good and your notes very interesting. TFS,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-08 17:50]

Hi Kathy,

Lovely shot, they really are amazing little animals that we don't see very often, nice details and colours, well done.

TFS Hilary :)

Bonjour Kathy
Une excellente photo en macro de ce beau petit hypocampe ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition et ton BG est superbe.

Merci et bravo...JP

Hi Kathy,
I think you did very well here for the bad conditions you had to shoot under. The colors and detail look pretty good. You just gotta love these delicate little creatures. Nice post!

The profile of this seahorse highlights many of its features nicely. Despite the glass there the details in its skin are evident. Well done.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-11 14:34]

Lovely shot really beautiful

Great details and composition

A pleasure to see

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-10-25 20:52]

Hello Kathy,
I love the shape of seahorses and you have shown this to perfection. Excellent.

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