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Koi & Lotus

Koi & Lotus
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-17
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-135mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-09 5:06
Viewed: 10829
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Koi (鯉 or コイ ?) or more specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉 ?) literally "brocaded carp"), are ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp Cyprinus carpio. They are also sometimes called Japanese carp.

I really like koi as it is a beautiful species when seen from the top in a pond. So many colours and patches. What really amaze me more is its depiction in the Chinese painting. The one stroke paint brush looks so brilliant.
I would normally see this type of painting or photo in our Malaysian yearly calendar.

Six Principles of chinese painting:
Six principles
The "Six principles of Chinese painting" were established by Xie He, a writer, art historian and critic in 5th century China. He is most famous for his "Six points to consider when judging a painting" (绘画六法, Pinyin:Huhu Lifǎ), taken from the preface to his book "The Record of the Classification of Old Painters" (古画品录; Pinyin: Gǔhu Pǐnl). Keep in mind that this was written circa 550 A.D. and refers to "old" and "ancient" practices. The six elements that define a painting are:

The Sakyamuni Buddha, by Zhang Shengwen, 1173-1176 AD, Song Dynasty.
A mural painting of Li Xian's tomb at the Qianling Mausoleum, dated 706 AD, Tang Dynasty"Spirit Resonance", or vitality, and seems to translate to the nervous energy transmitted from the artist into the work. The overall energy of a work of art. Xie He said that without Spirit Resonance, there was no need to look further.
"Bone Method", or the way of using the brush. This refers not only to texture and brush stroke, but to the close link between handwriting and personality. In his day, the art of calligraphy was inseparable from painting.
"Correspondence to the Object", or the depicting of form, which would include shape and line.
"Suitability to Type", or the application of color, including layers, value and tone.
"Division and Planning", or placing and arrangement, corresponding to composition, space and depth.
"Transmission by Copying", or the copying of models, not only from life but also the works of antiquity.

The carp is a large group of fish originally found in Central Europe and Asia. Various carp species were domesticated in China and South East Asia, where it was used as a food fish. The ability of carp to survive and adapt to many climates and water conditions allowed the domesticated species to be propagated to many new locations including Japan. Natural color mutations of these carp would have occurred across all populations. Historical records indicate that carp were first bred for color mutations in China. Selective breeding of the Prussian carp led to the development of the goldfish. By the Song Dynasty (960 1279), yellow, orange, white and red-and-white coloration had been developed.[1] Goldfish were introduced to Japan in the 16th century and to Europe in the 17th century.

Of the various domesticated carp species, the common carp is the most commonly raised food fish used in aquaculture. The common carp are known as koi in Japan. Koi were first bred for color in Japan in the 1820s, initially in the town of Ojiya in the Niigata prefecture on the north eastern coast of Honshu island.[2] By the 20th century, a number of color patterns had been established, most notably the red-and-white Kohaku. The outside world was not aware of the development of color variations in koi until 1914, when the Niigata koi were exhibited in the annual exposition in Tokyo. At that point, interest in koi exploded throughout Japan. The hobby of keeping koi eventually spread worldwide. Koi are now commonly sold in most pet stores, with higher-quality fish available from specialist dealers.

Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Ghost koi, developed in the 1980s are metallic hybrids of wild carp and Ogon koi and are not considered true Nishikigoi. Butterfly koi, Longfin koi, or Dragon Carp were also developed in the 1980s and are notable for their long and flowing fins. They are actually hybrids with Asian carp and, like Ghost koi, are not considered true Nishikigoi. Koi fish are very shy, and will dart away with ease.

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Hello Foozi,
a beautiful picture, i like the POV and the nice composition, very good sharpness and beautiful vivid colours well saturated, well done.
Best regards

Hello Foozi, beautiful colors, sharpness and composition.

A beautiful composition with excellent colour balance Foozi, TFS this fine scene my friend.

Hi Foozi,

This is a splendid photo. Beautiful concept and colors. Amazing to see a beautiful red fish with the lotus leafs.

TFS, Sreya

Hello Foozi
a nice shot of this red fish, his color makes a great contrast against the dark water and green lotus
very good composition with nice details
TFS Jacqueline

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2009-04-09 20:45]

Ya Foozi,
We people of desert are much amazed of water lily or fishes, I like this very much that brought freshness in my eyes as I'm just now back fron a long walk on the dry mountains but shot and find many desert plants that I'm going to share with TN members..


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-09 21:12]

good composition with those leaves and colors but could have improved with some more brightness. tfs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-10 10:59]

Hi Foozi.
What a colourful and nice composition. I like wonderful lighting and rich colours of the fish and water plants. Sharpness and details are amazing and selected POV is very impressive. Bravo. Well done.

Hi Foozi
Very sharp colors and details...Nice composition and excellent picture..Well done....TFS.

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