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MARINE IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Melanopus

The damselfish Amphiprion melanopus in the anemeone Entamacea quadricolor.

For a long time, I didn't bother trying to take artistic clownfish pictures, as I thought they were an "easy" subject that had been done to death by every other underwater photographer with a Nikonos and a battery of strobes. However, I needed scientific pictures of them for my Image Library, so eventually I had to try and shoot some under natural light conditions - at which point I discovered that they aren't so easy to shoot after all, particularly while free-diving! They tend to move around a lot when the photographer gets close to the anemone, and they rarely present a decent profile. I still don't have many shots of them that I'm happy with, but the one shown here is probably my favourite - I like the deep shadows in the top right corner, and the image of the brilliantly coloured fish peeping out from deep inside a nest of tentacles.

(Olympus 5050Z, F5, 1/200, ISO 100, natural light).

Image of the Month Archive

Wall of eyes

Spawning squid

Hydnophora

Derasa Whirlpool

Reef Erotica 1

Melanopus

Trident

Avian Dawn

Tentacle Towers

Barracuda

Reef Erotica 2

Stingray's Cave

Number 10

Sarcophyton

Pavona

Ocean Rock Sky

Coral Garden

Fish Temple

Volitans

Scyllarus

Sand-Swept

Monsoon

Beams 1

Beams 2

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