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Everything posted by BrianM

  1. Nick the spots on your orange Lembeh frogfish indicate A. pictus so it's reasonable to think the tiny orange one with spots is the same species.
  2. Thanks Alex & Howei I don't think my orange frogfish is a Bandfin frogfish / Antennatus tuberosus (nice photo btw.) even though it too was hiding under a rock. Like Alex, I think the body shape is too different. Also I'm not sure about it being Antennarius maculatus either though it does look a better fit. For comparison, here's a similar size Antennarius maculatus that I shot, but in Anilao not Bali, there could be regional variations.
  3. Thanks Nick. I would say your black frogfish is Antennarius pictus for sure, but the little one is as much a mystery to me as mine our. If only we had a ID expert here that was more in love with frogfish than worms.
  4. So is it also impossible to tell species for this juvenile too? I estimate it's about 5mm based on the size of my wife's little finger.
  5. Anyone know what type of frogfish this tiny little guy is?
  6. Leslie - Wow! you even know about non worm things ;-) You can't see it too clearly because of the depth of field in the image, but the spines are sticking out of the fish right down the length of it's body to it's tail. Also where the spines are sticking in, the colouration of the skin around is darkened for a large area around it, perhaps indicating infection. So I assume that worm must have wrapped itself around the fish to cause so many spines to wound over such a large area.
  7. Practice on the surface first. Flowers and bugs make good subjects. I prefer to use autofocus and press the shutter halfway to lock the focus, then rock back and forth slightly to get the DOF where you want it on the subject, usually the eyes. The DOF increases slightly the smaller the aperture, so with the G9 you want to set it to f8.
  8. I'm glad it worked for you. I was reluctant to remove all 6 screws as I didn't want to break the seal on the port, but testing that it's still waterproof without the camera in it can easily get around this concern. If anyone is going to use this modification with just the internal flash (like me), then by moving the diffuser to the end of the close-up lenses, the shadow of the lenses are almost, if not completely reduced. I did mine by using a piece of elastic (from a flight luggage label) and drilling another hole in the diffuser. The next two images show what I mean. Plus here is a shot of the technique being used.
  9. Thanks Marli. I'm surprised to see that they are velvetfish but can now see they seem similar to the photo in your link. Cheers Brian
  10. Tony Wu found a similar fish recently in Lembeh and like me he's searching for an ID Here's the link to Tony's Photo
  11. Nice looking filefish. I can see the resemblance to the adult. Fish pooing eh! Was it making a comment or did you frighten it?
  12. Ed, it looks like you fed the little froggie to the wobbie. How could you? ;-) Another great DIY job. How about you post the write up on your macro adapter using wetsuit leg seal?
  13. Great work as usual Ed. I like the shot that looks like it was taken near an undersea volcano with glowing lava. Nice idea.
  14. When I first spotted this small (3 inches) fish, I thought it was dead, as it was just laying on top of the sand in a shallow 5 metres depth. It certainly wasn't camouflaged and stood out quite a lot. When I got very close for the macro shots it moved slightly, then eventually tried to cover itself with sand. I thought perhaps it may be some kind of juvenile flounder or even a flathead, because it has eye tassels like those of a crocodile flathead. I'm curious to know what it is and if anyone has an ID for it. Pretending to be dead? Eye tassels like those of a crocodile flathead. Doesn't like my attention and covers itself with sand. Thanks for looking
  15. Thanks Marli. As you say the Google images for Stalix histrio don't look like mine. Fishbase states distribution as Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Japan. If they mean Red Sea to Japan, then it's still a possibility. Does it give a range in your book or say where the photo was taken? Cheers Brian
  16. Bruce mate, that's long enough, what is it then? DOF is reduced a lot with the close-up lenses, I can't recall how many I used on these shots, maybe it was two.
  17. Nice nudi Kay, I haven't seen that one before. For a name, how about Kay's Flabby?
  18. Cal, I agree with Drew. Charlie Chaplin look alike guy is no substitute for the Swedish model. Also, come on, the guy didn't even have a fake flower in his button hole. You're definitely slipping. ;-)
  19. Kay, I think #4 is the same as mine here and here, but also without species name. btw. they're all great finds. :-)
  20. I found this small jawfish (about 4cm, maybe a juvenile) out in the open on the sand. Once it noticed me it went into panic mode and tried to make a burrow in the sand with it's tail. Then it settled for a threat posture of wide open mouth. I can't seem to identify it in my books so need some help.
  21. Thanks, that sounds about right including the habitat. I didn't recall any "small leafy appendages on the body", but reckon there could be signs of that in the bottom left corner of my 2nd photo.
  22. Perhaps the spines that stick out of it's head above the eyes are a diagnostic feature, you can see them a bit better in this profile shot. (D'oh, I should have posted it earlier).
  23. I don't think so when I compare it with images here http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=7981 Also I'm not sure the range extends as far as Lembeh, Sulawesi. However all suggestions are welcome, thank you for looking.
  24. Thanks Bruce. It was so well camouflaged I wouldn't have seen it if it had stayed still. Just the two lenses but a lot of zoom. I thought you were going to ID it for me. :-)
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