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Red Sea Grouper

Red Sea Grouper
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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
Exposure: 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic marine life, Fishes from around the world, The Red Sea, Underwater World #2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-30 22:46
Viewed: 25061
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coral Grouper (Coral Rock-Cod),
Cephalopholis miniata

Found around coral in areas with clear water, Coral Groupers are easy to spot and fairly common. They range from 2 to 150 m and feed mostly on fish. Juveniles have yellow bodies with blue spots and as adults grow to around 41 cm.

Like all groupers, Cephalopholis miniata are carnivorours with large mouths and sharp teeth. They use grinding plates within their throats to break up prey. A Grouper can summon a burst of speed, aiding their attack. They are the most important family of reef based predators. Territorial and solitary apart from in the mating season in June.

According to legend, the grouper was the first fish to have gills. This was because he swallowed a beautiful girl that he loved. The girl had sharp shells with her which she used to cut slits in the fish's body and swim to freedom.

Source: http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/grouper.html

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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  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-30 22:56]

Superbe composition ici, le contraste entre le Bg et le sujet est superbe et les couleurs sont très jolies.

Merci Alain!

Excellent shot Alain, this is a very nice shot of a Grouper with great composition and colors. You really reached way back into the archives on this one. :)

I really enjoy your tropical fish collection. I see that in the time you took these photos you were using reversible film. I know that reversible film requires more attention at setting up the camera parameters. You did a very good job.

Regards, Petru

Hi Alain,
I love the colors in this fish. Vibrant would be an under statement for them. Great composition, and the detail is razor sharp. The water clarity here is amazing. Great stuff!
I am ready to gear up and go diving again.

Another excellent shot, detail and color are spot on, good execution.


Salut Alain,

Excellente prestation, des couleurs vives, un arrière-plan assez foncé qui fait bien ressortir le poisson.
Super !!!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-01 4:16]

Des couleurs magnifiques, Alain. Un tres joli poisson. Merci pour l'envoie. : )

Hi Alain,
This is very good picture!
Excellent composition, very nice colour,
the image is very sharp and detailed.
Well done and thank you!

This is a great species photo. Nice colors and a good diagonal composition with corals in top left. Well done.

Amazing colour combination. I especially like how it looks more iridescent on the tail.
Good composition and exposure. Another great underwater shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-01 9:14]

Hello Alain!
Excellent capture.Vivid colors,contrast,POV,details,cross framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Very well composed Alain with the diagonal presentation & just the right amount of space. Beautiful colors with the warm red and iridescent blue spots a fantastic look. Excellent note and Very well done!
Thank you.

Your really coming out with some good shots Alain. Bet you have many, many more. Do you have any Morays?

Great work


  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-01 11:27]

Hello Alain,
Very good capture.Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent.TFS

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-01 15:39]

Colours and composition really stand out in this one. The head is the clear focus. Orientation and dark diagonal lines accentuate this. Very good!

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-01 23:39]

What a pretty Grouper, such attractive colours Alain. Fish do look brighter and large in the water - am I right? Or is that just in aquariums?
Anyhow, you caught this one well. It's a good job, thank you.

Hi Alain!
It's just marvellous photo. What fantastic colours! Just great.

Hello Alain,
Very nice capture with great colours and sharpness/dof. Very good composition.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-12-04 16:45]

Bonsoir Alain
Vu l'âge de la photo, cela donne très bien encore aujourd'hui. Les couleurs sont très belles. Joli cadrage. J'aime bien ta note. Cela fait pensé au dernier film Harry Potter quand il se transforme en homme-poisson.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-05 4:43]

Ce poisson tacheté a un air taquin.
Je n'y connais rien en photographie sous-marine ni en plongée d'ailleurs mais je pressens que tu as eu une énorme joie en juxtaposant ces deux loisirs/travaux.
Une superbe image, Alain.
Merci bien.

Hello Alain,
Great shot of this amazingly coloured fish. Very effective diagonal composition and perfect colours!
TFS and greetings,

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-14 9:38]

Hi Alain!

Your underwater pictures are just amazing! This one is no exception - I love almost UV spots on red body. Great picture and note.
I hope I'll visit Hurgada some day...

Hi Alain.
it's a beautiful shot with lovely colours.
Well composed, good POV and details.
Excellent work.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-12-15 22:53]

Lindo peixe... excelente foto!!!!
Cores e nitidez. Muito bom. Parabéns
Beautiful fish... excellent picture!!!!
Colors and clearness. Very good. Congratulations

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-17 16:59]

Une autre belle photo de la vie sousmarine ! C'est vraiment une réussite à tout point de vue. Bravo !


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-12-23 11:56]

Bonjour Alain,

Beuatiful capture and well done on the composition.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.


That's beautiful!

Beautiful colors and perspective!
Good POV and excellent pose!

Ana :)

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-16 9:35]

Well done, Athila! I love this fish, and I´m sure almost all divers love it because of it´s bright colours. It´s nice to see your picture, with perfect diagonal DOF! I´ve posted my picture from the same fish recently. Take a look if you like it! Tfs!

beau specimen et tres belle photo , bravo !

Amitiés ! ;)

  • Great 
  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-03-23 20:35]

Salut Alain!

Je suis nouvelle sur Treknature, je trouve cette photo sous-marine très jolie. Le focus est bon, et l'exposition très bien réussie.
Bravo, merci de partager tes images.

Hello Alain,
I probably shouldn't comment on this since I don't know the first thing about under water photography..! However, it looks like very well done to me... Colours are awesome, details also... As far as I'm concerned I think this is very well done!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-23 7:13]

Hello Alain, this is a great shot. The composition is good and the the fish looks fantastic! Very nice work.

Hiya Alain, really like the brilliant, vivid colours of this fish, almost seems surreal, wonderful sharpness of detail, great composition!

I like that the grouper is seen in his rocky habitat, but that he's isolated against a simple black shadow. All the more impressive that this was shot without the benefit of autofocus or TTL flash! You've done well to freeze frame a quick-moving fish!

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