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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikkormat EL & Ikelite housing, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Ektachrome
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic marine life, Fishes from around the world, The Red Sea, Underwater World #2, Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-02 17:21
Viewed: 10373
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Variegated Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus)

The Variegated Lizardfish has a long, cylindrical body, a short-based first dorsal fin, a small adipose second dorsal fin, and a deeply forked caudal fin. It has a large mouth with needle-like teeth.

This species has a red stripe along the sides of the body which runs through darker red blotches. Below these are a series of white blotches.

The Variegated Lizardfish grows to at least 28cm in length.

It is a bottom-dwelling predator that lives in a range of habitats from coral reefs to silty rubble areas.

This species is found widely throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from the coast of north-western Western Australia around the north of the country and south to the central New South Wales coast.

Source: http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/svariegat.htm

Technical data:

Camera : Nikkormat EL
Accessory-1 : Ikelite camera housing with flat port
Lens : 55mm f :3.5 Micro-Nikkor
F/stop : Not recorded
Shutter speed : Not recorded
Filter: None
Flash : Vivitar 285
Accessory-2 : Ikelite flash housing
Tripod : None
Film : Ektachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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To loot: Scanning could equal digital sensorAthila 4 04-08 05:32
To ellis49: 1.33 (4/3) is the index of refraction of waterAthila 2 04-07 11:17
To Luc: Archives sous-marinesAthila 1 04-04 13:15
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Salut Alain,

Plein de détails à faire peur et encore une fois un exemple parfait de maîtrise de la photo sous-marine.

Je vais à Hawaii la semaine prochaine et j'aimerais être capable de ramener de tels clichés, mais je sais que ce ne sera malheureusement pas possible... faut laisser ça aux experts bien équipé !!!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-04-02 17:33]

Hi Alain,
Great post with good detal sharpness and colour. I like the composition that adds to the sharpness of those teeth - looks like it might come at you any minute now. Good use of DOF to isolate the subject from the BG and add to the 3D effect.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-02 17:50]

Hi Alain,
Excellent shot, perfect sharpness and detail, colours are great for an underwater shot. Well taken!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-02 18:01]


Une superbe prise de vue. Les détails et les couleurs sont parfaits. J'aime beaucoup le fond bleuté et l'environnement. Une excellente composition Alain.



Great depth to this up-close view of the lizardfish. Spectacular clarity and color. The POV adds energy to the photo, suggesting a darting motion. Well done.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-04-02 19:49]

Hello Alain,
A great portrait of this scary looking fish :-)
All it says it's just - I would eat you if I were big enough :-)
Great colours and details!
I'm amazed...
Best greetings,

Very nice,I like the colour and texture that you achieved to captured...
Great shot...

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-04-02 21:40]

Wow! Quel poisson surprenant. Ceci semble vraiement être un grop plan si les petits grains blancs sur son corps sont du sable. La netteté est stupéfiante. La lecture de lumière est parfaite avec des détails sur toute la surface de l'image. L'éclairage dirigé est très natuel. Et les yeux ont quelque chose d'hynoptisant. Cent fois bravo pour cette belle image.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-02 23:42]

Incredible shot, I have to come with more time to see the rest of your gallery. It is not very frequently we have the opportunity to have shots at fishes. Great colors and definition. thanks for sharing, Gabriel

Hi Alain,
Excellent shot!
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed,
great colour and very well composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-03 2:42]

Hello Alain,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-03 8:02]

Hello Alain!
Excellent underwater close up.Colors,POV,clear details,sharpness,framing
and composition are wonderful.

Hi Alain,
This is a fantastic macro - amazing result.
The clarity, details and position of the fish in the frame are excellent - the background adds more to the scene
TFS - Shir

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-03 8:42]

Hi Alain, great shot. Wonderful POv and detail with excellent detail and colour. TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-03 10:50]

Incroyable ! Tellement clair et net. C'est une superbe réussite. Bravo encore !


Hi Alain,
What a grin he is giving you, fantastic capture with incredible details on the head. Accurate exposure and good clarity of image. Very nice work.

Salut Alain
Félicitation pour la clareté de cette photo prise sous l'eau.Les couleurs sont splendides et la netteté dans les détails est surprenante.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

excellent detail and exposure. well done.

Hello Alain,

Wow, this one is a bit intimidating!

Look at those teeth and that wonderful eye contact!

I am impressed by the quality of shots and detail that you can post with scanned images, great job.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-04 9:50]

Bonjeur Alain!
Fantastic capture! This fish looks rather dangerous with its dark eyes and big fangs. Great composition, light and details. Underwater photography is far harder and you're real master!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-04 11:33]
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Une excellente photo. Prise en 1985...
Une numérisation qui semble impeccable.
Merci Alain.

Hello Alain,
This is a wonderful closeup, very sharp and the flash has brought out some fantastic details..Everything looks great. DOF, POV, comp. and colors are perfect.
Very well done.

Hi Alain,
wow, this one is looking realy dangerous.
I love the glance in the eye, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-05 0:34]

Hi Alain, this is a new fish to me. I like his needle-like teeth, very scary. good shot of the fish, nice and sharp too. You have scanned it very well. Thank you

Un gran close up!, parece que fuera enorme, el detalle es impresionante!. A mi parecer le falto un poco de encuadre, se ve medio cortado por debajo y tiene mucho " aire ".



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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-07 0:00]
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Hi Alain
Gosh, I have not seen, on TN, a portfolio with more individual selection of 'favourite photo' than I've seen in yours. Brilliant work.
This little fish is no exception and to think it is a scanned photo - it just boggles the mind.
Totally excellent on all counts. Very well done and TFS.

PS. Sorry it took me soooo long to return my dues, but TN can really keep one busy. A pleasant busy that is though.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-04-07 0:25]

Great capture Alain! Excelent sharpness and perfect lights and colours. Well done shot!

Hi Alain,
another great UW-photo. The details are very good.
Lovely colours, well composed and good POV.
It's amazing that the DOF could be so good in UW-photo but the water must be very clear. Correct me if I'm wrong, someone told me that the water has about 1.6 crop.
The scanning is excellent lika always.
Great work.

The leading line and subject placemnet makes this for me. Lovely capture and an very interesting subject. Great work.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-04-24 11:24]

Excellent close-up. Well framed. Good quality. Really eye catching.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-04-26 6:23]

Excellent picture. Composition is great and so are exposure, colors, DOF & POV. Very well done & TFS!


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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-04-26 18:09]

Hi Alain, I like it very much.
Excellent close-up! A really interesting Lizardfish portrait.
Very good clarity, sharpness and colour.
Well done and thanks for sharing!
Regards, Krzysztof

Excellent underwater lighting on this fantastic capture, the detail is razor sharp with awesome colors. Well done Alain. :)

An outstanding photo! Very effective composition. The fish seems to come right out of the screen.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-05-17 17:11]

Hello Alain, this is a great shot. I love the pose - it looks really nasty! The composition is very good and there are good details.

Hi Alain,
By far the best macro of a lizard fish i've seen. Incredibly beautiful composition. BRAVO! tfs

Great shot! Good angle of view and nice composition.

salut Alain
a fantastic capture of very beautiful Lizardfish from great POV/DOF and with great sharp focus. eyes contact, colors and composition also superb. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done

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  • iamxa (82)
  • [2011-05-12 9:56]

HOW !!!
Amazing. I really like your photo. More better than me, sure.
Congratulations, it's not easy to do.

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