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#1 edpdiver

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 12:00 PM

This is my second post. I like getting such expert advice on my first entry, so I thought I would try again. Comments are appreciated. It was taken at the Wakatobi resort in Indonesia. The camera was a Nikon D200 with a Sigma Subal 18-55 lens in a Subal housing, with an Ikelite DS125 strobe was used.

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#2 Autopsea

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 03:47 PM

Photo from profile are rarely great with trumpetfish.
The light seems to be ok, but I don't like the background (confusing the fish).
Is it croped?
it's a good photo to me, but nothing really special in it :)

try to shoot from ahead, keeping the full body in the photo and focusing in the head ?

#3 MikeVeitch

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:49 PM

has great colour and the exposure is bang on.

But yea, i also think its a little lacking in "oomph". A little more head on would give it some personality. Tough subject those trumpets

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:12 PM

Yep, tough subject - I've still not taken a pic of one I liked. Your exposure, focus, and color look great. I do find the background distracting - maybe shoot up to put it against blue water, or set DOF to blur it out. Might also try a vertical format, to catch these guys hanging head-down.
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#5 edpdiver

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 06:36 PM

Thanks for the feedback. It is the best shot of a trumpetfish I had taken, so I thought I would get suggestions for improvements (maybe shoot other fish?). In answer to the earlier question, it is cropped.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:07 AM

Try portrait instead, I think looks better.

#7 lennycliffbanger

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 10:29 PM

I am a Sydney-based underwater photographer and I had photographed a TRUMPET FISH in Sipadan. You may have a look at it: http://lennycliffban...a5bbd#h39c6f938
 
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#8 AllisonFinch

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 05:40 PM

 

I am a Sydney-based underwater photographer and I had photographed a TRUMPET FISH in Sipadan. You may have a look at it: http://lennycliffban...a5bbd#h39c6f938
 
See link for more underwater photos: http://lennycliffbanger.com/

 

Only problem is that is not a trumpet fish (Aulostomus maculatus), it is a cornet fish (Fistulariidae)....

Not sure which one, possibly commersonii?

 

Interesting shot, nonetheless.


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#9 dwayne

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:53 AM

Amazingly sharp. Looking forward to seeing more as well!



#10 Burtooked

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 01:46 PM

The shot is interesting. Though this fish is rarely taken in profile I love this one. 



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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:46 PM

Photo aspects aside - as they have been covered, I'm pretty sure it's a trumpet fish. The photo clearly shows a number of characteristics that identify it as such. It has a chin barbel, rows of fine scales and a laterally-compressed mouth. Also, the eye is comparatively smaller (eye diameter as a % of S.L.) and less oval in shape. Cornet fish, on the other hand, lack a chin barbel and scales - rather, they are either scale-less or have rows of hard plates in the skin, and the mouth is somewhat dorso-ventrally compressed. The eye of a cornet fish is comparatively larger and  much more oval in shape when compared to a trumpet fish.

 

In terms of the photo - either is challenging to get an engaging shot of! I'd echo the comments on exposure and focus - nice job!