|China Rockfish - his pectoral fin remind me of fingers!|
This week Sally
has challenged us to explore the details of the ordinary up close with macro photography. Since I seem to be on a fish kick, I thought I'd share a few closeups of some of my favorite friends from the local aquarium.
I took a number of shots trying to catch the movement of this China Rockfish's pectoral fins. Rather than a solid fin, it's composed of individual streamers that seem to fan somewhat independently, in waves of motion.
This little guy is only about two and a half inches long. Isn't he cool? There are so many interesting things about him - all the little spikes, how fast his fins fan (you can't even see his pectoral fins in this shot, they're moving so fast - like a hummingbird's wings), his bright blue eyes. Then there's his name - Spiny Lumpsucker! So named because he also has a suction cup on his belly for attaching himself to reef rocks.
This shot is straight out of the camera - the slight graininess is from pushing my macro to the limits to catch this guy. He's yet another species of Rockfish, but I think he looks like a dragon.
Thanks again Sally for this week's prompt. To see what others decided to study up close and personal, take a gander over at The Studio Sublime
and Week 14 of Sally Rusic's Focus on Life photography series.
very cool pics! I love your little Rockfish guy :)ReplyDelete
Wow, such wonderful colors and textures in these photos. We love visitin aquariums when we travel and never get tired of them. I usually have a hard time getting good photos though.ReplyDelete
Oh, I love the aquarium! The names they give the fish sometimes make me laugh...I wonder if THEY suffer in Jr. High because of their names?? :-)ReplyDelete
So cool Karen, these guys would be beautiful all beaded up in a bead embroidered piece.ReplyDelete
I agree with Therese! You captured some beautiful texture and color and the aquarium is a perfect place for inspiration. Great photos!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous!!! You captured lots of wonderful color and texture.ReplyDelete
Spiny lumpsucker sounds like an insult...hehReplyDelete
Such beautiful fish, thanks for bringing them to us!ReplyDelete
I love your rockfish photo, so cool!ReplyDelete
I love these. My husband loves fish and aquariums and your photos definitely show how lovely those creatures can be.ReplyDelete
Fantastic shots! The Spiny Lumpsucker looks like a beaded fish!ReplyDelete
That bottom fish looks like grumpy fish! These really are gorgeous shots!ReplyDelete