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Lion Fish

Lion Fish
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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: 1985
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikkormat EL & Ikelite housing, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Ektachrome
Exposure: 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lionfish, Exotic marine life, Fishes from around the world, The Red Sea, Underwater World #2, Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-09 22:03
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lion Fish (Pterois volitans)


The lion-fish belongs to the Scorpion fish family.
This brightly coloured fish is usually found in coral reefs, especially in shallow waters hovering in caves or near crevices. Lion-fish have venomous fin spines that can produce painful puncture wounds.

Fatalities, however, are rare.
The fish have elongated dorsal fin spines and enlarged pectoral fins, and each species has a particular pattern of zebra like stripes.
A person punctured by one of the sharp spines will immediately feel strong pain. Rapid swelling of the affected body area develops along with the possibility of making movement of limbs very difficult. Lion-fish stings can cause nausea, breathing difficulties, paralysis, convulsions and collapse. Even death may occur in exceptional circumstances. Most people survive in spite of the great pain. The venom in the spines remains active for days, so even discarded spines should be treated with caution. It may take several months for a full recovery and if the sting is left untreated, gangrene may develop.

First Aid

At first immerse the affected area (most often a hand or foot) into hot water. This is thought to improve the blood flow and disperse the venom. Local anesthetic agents may provide deep relief in most cases and occasionally a nerve-block may be required. An X-ray of the wound should be performed to detect any presence of broken spines, so any possible infection can be prevented.

Source: http://www.barrierreefaustralia.com/the-great-barrier-reef/lionfish.htm

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
Filter: None
Flash : Vivitar 285
Accessory-2 : Ikelite flash housing
Tripod : None
Film : Ektachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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To iglootrek: Ma mémoire me fait un peu défaut pour cela ;oAthila 1 01-10 09:27
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Superbe photo de ce "LionFish"...
Excellente exposition, par contre un peu serré en haut et en bas mais il ne faut pas trop être exigeant car produire une photographie sous-marine de qualité comme celle-ci est très difficile.


PS J'ai ajouté ta photo au thème Lionfish que j'avais créé !!!

PS2 J'aurais bien aimé que tu raconte un peu les conditions dans lesquelles tu as découvert ce spécimen.

Hi Alain,
as always, well done with the scanning, maybe add some contrast.
Well composed, good POV and colours.
Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-10 3:00]

Very nice POV of this lion fish, Alain. The framing is a bit tight in my opinion too, but it does show the whole fish in its full splendor. Good details and light. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-10 3:36]

What a wonderful and interesting fish that you have well captured ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Alain and thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-10 5:52]

Hi Alain, you show us another super fish. What amazing patterns and colours here. And I thought it must be a poisonour one too. Good capture, thank you.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-10 6:04]

Looking for your pictures Alain, I feel stronger and stronger need to see these wonders for my own eyes. This one is another superb capture. What a shapes and colours! Perfect for hard winter.

Hi Alain,
A superb shot on this Lion Fish. The fill flash exposure looks to have be right on the money. I think composition and framing are perfect IMHO. Great Detail and DOF including the surrounding corals. These shots are really making me want to get back to diving. Very good work!

Hi Alain,
Very little time tonight. Well worth a big green smile.
Thanks for posting

Very nice composition on this beautifully framed Lion Fish, it looks like a profession postcard. :)

Alain, this is an excellent picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composition. Well done. Thanks for posting.

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-03-29 9:56]

Ce poisson très joli donne l'impression qu'il pourrait voler. Ca semble assez nette et bien exposé. Le cadre est un peu serré car on perd le bout des nagroires mais malgré tout la composition est équilibrée avec plus d'espace devant que derrière le sujet. Bravo.

Hello Alain! Wonderful picture. Good light, bright and colours. Very good sharpness. Well done!

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