False Clown Anemonefish 23

False Clown Anemonefish 23

I left the Misool Ecoresort in Indonesia 3 weeks ago today, but it still feels like it was just yesterday. It was probably my favorite photography trip that I have ever done and I can not wait to return. I’ll likely lead a photo tour there in the fall of 2012. I am only about 1/3 of the way through editing my images, but I already have a few favorites. Take this comical picture of a juvenile clown anemonefish. I spent a lot of time photographing these aggressive little fish during 2 weeks of scuba-diving. They constantly darted around, hiding in the anemone’s tentacles, but every once in a while I photographed a perfect moment where the fish had clear eye contact with the camera. Unfortunately, I could not do much about it’s “frowning” face, but hopefully it contributes to the humor of this image. I looked for patterns of consistent form and texture of the tentacles and waited until the fish swam into the most aesthetically pleasing sections. Also, I was surprised to learn that this type of clownfish, which most people recognize from the movie Finding Nemo, is actually called a false clown anemonefish. A true clown anemonefish has more pronounced black bars on it’s body. I created this image using my Canon 5DmkII and 100mm f2.8 macro lens in my Ikelite 5DmkII housing with dual Ikelite DS160 strobes set on TTL. This image required minimal processing using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5.

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8 thoughts on “False Clown Anemonefish 23

  1. That is amazing Jon. Great work man.

  2. Gorgeous shot Jon. The colors are so amazing you never notice that the fish isn’t smiling 😉

  3. I think both the fish and the anemone ate some psychedelic radioactive substance. Wow, that is one luminous and beautiful shot. How big is that fish anyway? And I’m curious Jon, why the need for both Aperture and CS5 if you are only doing minimal processing? What specific tasks did both apps require. Send me that RAW file, I would love to give it a go in Lightroom.

  4. Richard & Russ, Big Thank Yous!

    Patrick-Though I was in Asia, these creatures were not that close to any nuclear meltdowns. 🙂

    My standard workflow in Aperture is to set a white & black point, slightly bump the saturation & contrast, devignette, and modestly enhance shadows/recover highlights. I almost always shoot using WB set to Cloudy. From 5800K, I will go slightly up or down depending on the image. I then find that it is easier to copy & paste descriptions & keywords using File Info in Photoshop. I also choose a final white & black point setting in Photoshop because I feel that my old computer sees the subtle changes faster and easier using it. Does that sound pretty straight forward?

  5. Yes,
    I’m tracking with you. I only asked since I’m sensitive to the time/workflow issue, as I’m now through almost 30,000 files, giving them all revisions (with the help of my employee). It is epic. I want one program! So far, LR is not perfect, but I’m using it both for image grading and metadata. It works pretty well. See the 1 minute version I did on your fish shot, I sent you a screen capture so you could see me settings. I’m unfamiliar with Aperture, so not sure of the settings panel in that program. Killer shot, wow, I’d love to just watch those little guys dart around.

  6. Hey Jon! I haven’t commented in a while, but I look all the time. This photograph just sucks me in. As a diver and a photographer, I fully appreciate the patience and challenge involved with this photograph. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

  7. Thanks, Larry. I appreciate you still looking!

    If anyone is interested, I was working on this 2 weeks ago before I shared this image the other day. Pretty awesome!


  8. Wow, what color. How do you get such clarity in your underwater images? That’s something I feel a lot of photographers struggle with. (Not me. I don’t have a housing, so I make 0 underwater photos. But I’m still curious.

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