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Old Jan 5, 2014, 8:34 PM   #1
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Default Favorite photos 2013 - A Real Showoff

Lion Fish. A reef fish with venomous spines - very dangerous. Showy but deadly. (Edit: see comments three posts below)

Taken at the Aquarium of the Pacific, through glass, hand held, available light.

EXIF Summary: 1/125s f/5.6 ISO3200 50mm (35mm eq:75mm) SONY NEX-5R

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Old Jan 6, 2014, 9:35 AM   #2
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What a fabulous marine animal. captured well!
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I like it very much! The one time I visited that aquarium I really struggled. Your shot is excellent - perhaps I should try again one of these days (I have a different camera and lens combination that might work better than the several I tried before).
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Thanks for the comments.

Harriet, the Sony Nex 5R has incredible low light performance. I took about 200 photos (really snapshots due to the crowded conditions) and discarded about half as unsharp due to movement (mine or the subject's) or out of focus, not a bad average, considering the conditions. Most required only a little sharpening and/or despeckling to remove or reduce background noise.

This fish is not what I fist thought it was (a juvenile Red Lionfisn, Pterois). There were so many school kids crowding the place I couldn't read the labels (although I think this one just said "Lionfish", which is is not.) It is in fact an unrelated scorpionfish, Dendrochirus brachipterus, a "Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish". Dwarf Lionfishes are sometimes called "Turkyfish", probably for the resemblance of their broad fins to the spread tail of a turkey. Dwarf Lionfish are sold in pet stores andare popular with marine aquarists. True Lionfishes are also Scorpionfish, and most Scorpionfish are venomous.

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Great work, and know what you speak of when you commented on sharing the spot with crawling crowds.
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