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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
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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.
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AnuPdin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
it looks pretty awesome! and that frog in ur gallery too! cheers!:)
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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
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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
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KAPI-MURDER Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible picture and the colors look so vivid^^
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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.
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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
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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!
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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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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Photographer
That's a big compliment ^^ I am reassured to see that the glass did not the picture too much. I though wish that the result could've been a little bit more focussed. It's always this way - people are there own harshest critics :D
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MidsummerMasquerade Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!

Haha, and that's true. It's probably because we have an image in our heads of exactly how it should look, so we notice anything off. xD
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Photographer
If there were no images in our heads the world would be looking pretty boring today = ) Art is born from our imagination - though I have to admit that it's pretty hard to realize images exactly as one whishes.
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MidsummerMasquerade Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's the truth. I've heard that the world is like a blank canvas colored by imagination. xD But I can't remember who said that...oh well.
But you're right, it is hard.
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Photographer
That's a wonderful quote :love: I also believe that there are tons of possibilities of colouring your own little world. We always have the choice to change small things around us - for example - we aren't forced to live in a room with cold, depressingly white walls, instead we can cover it with pictures which we love ^^
The majority might be hard, but one has to start somewhere! :aww:
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MidsummerMasquerade Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, why thank you.
I agree! That's a good example. In fact, it's kind of funny...because pictures themselves are an art form. :D Yup, everyone's gotta start somewhere.
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Photographer
Art is everything that evoces positive emotions in people's minds. Maybe I'm too sturdy to accept horror and macabre as art - but art should be something rather constructive than destructive, right?
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k-fury93 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
The colours on this are wonderful!
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Photographer
Glad to hear this =) :hug:
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Nisfornarwhal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant array of colours!
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Photographer
Thx! :handshake: I was lucky to catch it in this position in the aquarium.
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Jac888 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Job well done. I know how hard it is to focus on moving fish :)
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Photographer
That's true, especially if you like to focus manually to achieve the optimum result ^^. It took me a bunch of nerves to get this one done :D
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ShadowDragonK Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Beautiful! I haven't seen the other version, but I definitely love this version. It's almost like there's a rainbow above it.
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you (:
The other version kept the background in one colour, this is why I decided to take this one as the yellow in the left corner and the blue in the right one add more colourfulness to the fish in the middle.
I wish there was some red and green, then the rainbow would be almost complete:D
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shash17 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beauty!
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you^^ :hug:
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shash17 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome
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Animal-Lover-161 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Fantastic shot! You captured it perfectly. And beautiful fish, but dangerous. I'd hate to be stuck in an aquarium with one of those. They can really do some damage.
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you! :bow:I had a really hard time getting an acceptable picture, as I had to take it through the glass and the fish had fun moving around constantly.
By the way, one of my friends noticed that is exactly the fish used in the Naked Gun movie 1, where Leslie Nielson stabs it with a fountain pen :omg:
Well, those fish aren't somebody you could feel at ease in an aquarium, but I'd prefer those to piranhas, which are even worse :D
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Animal-Lover-161 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
You still did a great job! :D
That's cool! So you photographed a celebrity!
I don't know. I think I'd have to decide on the number of fish in the aquarium. 1 of those fish or 100 piranhas. Yeah, I'd choose that fish, but 100 of those and 1 piranha, I'd go with the piranha!
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Photographer
Well, as Einstein said "everything is relative".
I think I would also prefer 1 piranha over 100 of those battle fish ^^ The chances of survival would be definetely higher.
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Animal-Lover-161 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Lol. Let's hope we never have to make that choice!
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Photographer
Yeah! :highfive: Sometimes not having the choice is preferable.
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DragonflyAndromeda Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011   Photographer
Вау!:omg:Это же рыба зебра=)Очень красивая рыбка:aww:В полосочку:heart:
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Photographer
Bila nakanune w zooparke i w aquariume naschla etu prelest :aww:
Eto riba moschno widet w filme "Голый пистолет. Из полицейских архивов" s 1988 goda s Leslie Nielson. Ti etot film znajesch? Tam on netschajano protikiwajet rutschkoj etu ribu w aquariume odnojo zlodeja. Sowsem prikolnaja komedija, dumaju schto widela jejo usche raza :thumbsup:
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DragonflyAndromeda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   Photographer
Да,знаю этот фильмчик=)Помню как он её проткнул:lol:Бедная рыбка:rofl:Хех,обожаю этот фильм:la:
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Photographer
Eto jeschjo odin is lutschich komedijnich filmow^^ :love:U menja ot smecha bolel togda schiwot:rofl:
Za ribku koneschno otschen schalko... :-(
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LauraDaniel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Photographer
This is beautiful! :)
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you ^^ :hug:
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CastielVermillion Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aren't they poisonous...or are these those "legendary" "combat fish"?!(The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!):dizzy:

Anyway, good shot!:la:
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Photographer
Exactly!:highfive: It's the fish from the Naked Gun movie, great job on noticing that. I was really anticipating to have someone recognize the true identity of this fish. They are indeed poisonous, touching them is not recommended :evillaugh:
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CastielVermillion Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
After all I was a mad scientist!:laughing:(and partly still am:D)
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Photographer
As long as you don't turn into a megalomaniac:icondignitylaughplz: who wants to rule the world by inventing bio-weapons, I am not worried :D
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CastielVermillion Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...at least not with bio-weapons!:laughing: Just kidding?!:D
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Photographer
Sollte ich jetzt besorgt oder beruhigt sein? :iconrelievedplz:
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CastielVermillion Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Das überlasse ich dir!:laughing:
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Owlcitygurl22 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the glass didn't seem to affect the photo at all! looks just as if you were right there in the water with it! wonderful shot :)
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Kami-no-kuroi-namida Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Photographer
That's reassuring! The glass wasn't very clean and pretty thick, which made me worry. Underwaterphotography is always difficult as you can't focus as easily as in case of non-moving objects. This fish had a lot of fun teasing me by swimming around without stopping.
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Owlcitygurl22 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha darn fishie :) you still did a wonderful job! :dance:
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