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July 30, 2011
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25 mm
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Jul 31, 2011, 2:51:44 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Windows
Emperor of the Sea by Kami-no-kuroi-namida Emperor of the Sea by Kami-no-kuroi-namida
The quality suffered a bit under the circumstances of taking this picture through glass. Hope you'll like it anyway.
I was like :wow: when I saw this fish and definetely wanted to post this one here.

Made a spontaneous visit to the zoo this week which resulted in a few absolutely fantastic shots which I will share over the next few days here.

Edit: Replaced by another version which I prefer better because of it's colours.
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The lionfish is one of the animals which always make me take a look at a picture. It is a wonderful subject for any photographer because it's relatively easy to get an attractive cadre out of it - nature has simply done most of the work. But there are certain hidden difficulties as well.

One of the commonest issues is composition. The many growths of the fish complicate things and most photographers simply try to compass the entire fish within the frames of the photo. Here, the decision "cut" part of the body out of the photo resulted in a good composition, a more intimate and influential portrait. It only seems a little "tight" in the bottom of the cadre because the main focus of attention is always in the face of the animal. In this sense a little more space in bottom would look better.
Another issue with lionfishes is focus. With so many beautiful fins, where do I focus? The answer is the golden rule of fish photography: always focus the eye. The eye looks a little blurry to me on this photograph and this irritates a bit. Nevertheless, the focus is satisfactory as it made the stripes of the fish very clear. Another good thing is the perfect sharpness in the focal area. There is no motion blur, nor any other distortion caused by movement or refraction.
Yet the best thing about this photograph is the colors. In them one can see the truly artistic touch of the author. Since the fish is mainly black and white in colors, she combined it with a colorful background to both strenghten the impression from the animal through color contrast and to make the whole cadre more pleasant to look at. I like the rainbow-ish overall gradient very much. It is vivid, but not overly saturated, it really gives life to the piece. Also, I like how the fins' hues delicately blend into background to the left and upper right. It creates harmony between the elements of the cadre.

Shortly said, this is an excellent and very attractive work. The author took a masterpiece of nature and managed to recreate it into its best light, creating a masterpiece of her own.
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AnuPdin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
its still really amazing!!! :O :D
Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Photographer
:blush: Glad you liked it ^^ It is one of my few animal pictures that actually look quite nice.
AnuPdin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
it looks pretty awesome! and that frog in ur gallery too! cheers!:)
Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Photographer
Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the praise :hug:^^ I think that animal photography is extremely hard to do, as those lively creatures tend to be very shy and to jump - and swim around at their whim for eternity until they stay in one place. I took about 30 pictures of these fish and only about 2 turned out nicely :D
AnuPdin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
living things, especially those shy of humans are reaaaaally hard to capture.. most of them just jump around evading the lens!!
its superb capture!! :D
KAPI-MURDER Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible picture and the colors look so vivid^^
Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you very much ^^ :bow:
It was quite hard to take as the glass of the aquarium in the zoo was pretty thick and they didn't provide much light in order to not disturbe the fish and keep their surroundings as natural as possible.
KAPI-MURDER Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah i know that here is the same i was once in the zoo in the aquarium section wanting to shoot and it took me so much time to not reflect light and the picture to look good and not to be kicked out for disturbing the tiny fishes :D
Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Photographer
Exactly! And the most disturbing thing were small loud kids (in my case), who made it very hard to actually focus on doing the photography!
MidsummerMasquerade Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is striking...I wouldn't have even known it was through glass!
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