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Black Lionfish

Black Lionfish
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 58mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 3, Underwater Wonder World 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 4:51
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Points: 31
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Hi Chi,
Very interesting fish you captured there. The head is quite sharp so that one can see the detail of the head very good. I like it's position.
the spots on the glass can be seen, but they aren't to flashy.
Some weeks ago I tried to make some photos in a public aquarium, too. I didn't have many results as good as this.

TFS Tatjana

interesting cath you got here, with nice detail . all fins are bnicelu shown. in my ignorance i did not know this fish so thank you very much

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-24 7:10]

Hi Chi,
quite the fish, what interesting features it has.
THis POV works very well to see the funny expression in this fishs face. Nice and clear and wonderful color.

Dear Chi Liu,
It is not a lionfish; rather it is known as lion head (wen; Chinese term for headgrowth) gold fish (bluish-black). They come in variety of colors, including what you have captured.

Refer: http://gardenoaks.com/pd_4-5_lionhead_goldfish.cfm

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-24 7:59]

Hi Chi.
What an unusual and rare subject as well as an amazing POV. Pose of the fish and quality of the image. Superb portrait work in every respect. My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Liu,

What a strange, but interesting species you've captured here.
Never seen a fish like this before.
Love the way you've used minimal DOF to only get the head of the fish in sharp focus.
Very nice details and color tones.

Best regards, Harry

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-24 8:55]

Hi Chi,

This fish looks a bit like a flower. Very expressive fish with wonderful colors.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-24 10:00]

lovely picture..had never seen such a fish,
a good one.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-03-24 11:14]

Hello Chi liu , Amezing fish ,never seen before ,It's a beauty , great compositie and colours ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-24 18:41]

Hi Chi.
Wow I had never seen this rare fish in my life. Great image My friend. I like this one
Saludos Chi.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-24 22:42]

Hi Chi,
Wonderful shot of this black lionfish and I like this grumpy face. Seems like it has a mouthful. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and illumination. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hallo Chi
Wow, what a fascinating fish! Loot and I visited a view aquariums but I cannot recall that I have ever seen something like this. It looks like a character from some scary movie. The details of the eyes and mouth are great. It looks likes an old man with lots of cares in the world and I would like to put this one in the same category as Loot's Grumpy Old Man
I think the two of them will have a very interesting conversation. Trek Nature is indeed a very motivating and most educational site. Not a day passes that I don't see something new. Thanks for sharing this most amusing fish. Enjoy your day.
Kind regards

This image is so abstract I see a human face in it, Chi.
Superb outline to the head with amazing colours.
Is it taken underwater or from outside an aquarium?

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-03-30 1:40]
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Hi Chi

A very fascinating capture indeed of this amazing Lionhead goldfish - Carassius auratus auratus. I made sure I used the correct name before I might also get a visit from an avid educator (chuckle). Aaah, I'm just pulling Subbash's leg as he really means well and good for him.

This is a fine aquarium shot and you managed to capture this specimen in a full frontal pose without any reflective light from an external source. Although the flash did not fire and you obviously made use entirely of ambient and the aquarium internal lighting, the reflective light from the glass could still be somewhat problematic. The narrow aperture ensured that you basically captured the details of the facial (or head) region only and the rest of the fish came out soft focused which gave the image an intriguing appearance. You did well to capture sufficient sharp details of the subject, given the relative slow shutter speed. The OOF and well remove BG is great to keep the eye focused on the subject only and the colour tones on the fish is natural and pleasing.

Well done and TFS.

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  • jalvex (67)
  • [2008-04-02 9:31]

Amazing shot and amazing creature.Very sharp
Best regards.

Dear Chi,
This is a very impressive image from the Aquarium.

I personally found photographs taken WITHOUT FLASH more rewarding, thus avoiding reflection on the glass.

Obviously, the transparency of the water also plays a big role i.e. "milky" water clouds the photo like a curtain drawn and ruins focus as well as colour...

In this case the details are very good, and so is the colour.

I just wish, you had added some notes about the fish.
Have a nice evening,
Kind regards

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