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The Strangeness of Beauty by Lydia Minatoya
The Strangeness of Beauty by Lydia Minatoya

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Literary Adventure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Kirkland, WA USA
Date: Mar 8, 2006
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Animals, Water
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2006

Photographer’s Notes
There’s a nearby restaurant that we frequent with a neat aquarium. I asked for and received permission to photograph the resident Lion Fish. So I stopped by this morning before they opened and took about 20 shots. This is the best in my opinion. Setup was pretty easy, I simply taped black paper to the sides of the aquarium so it wouldn't look like the fish was cruising through the restaurant. Hope you enjoy it.

Post Processing
Convert from Raw
Reduce Noise
Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
Clone out a distraction
History Brush
Dodge & Burn
Clone out a few distracting floating bits
Resize Image
Save for Web

Camera Data
Nikon D200
2006/03/08 16:27:09.9
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 42mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/20 sec - F/4.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: On (High)

Place: 62 out of 165
Avg (all users): 5.8280
Avg (commenters): 7.2857
Avg (participants): 5.6571
Avg (non-participants): 5.9310
Views since voting: 1124
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 186
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/19/2006 10:14:17 PM
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03/19/2006 04:26:21 PM
Lovely Picture
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03/17/2006 03:29:04 PM
gr8 fish,lovely colours
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03/14/2006 08:43:07 AM
Very nice photo. I am not sure about the diffrent hues in the front and back of the fish. To my mind the spines at the back should be the same hue as the mouth and gills at the front. Well done though.
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03/14/2006 05:28:38 AM
this is an excellent shot...love the colour and black background
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03/13/2006 03:45:53 PM
I love Lion fish, probably the fish that would take me away from Tropicals. Very nice shot especially as Glass, light, water and moving fish make things difficult.
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03/13/2006 02:06:23 PM
Wonderful, love this image, so clear and sharp....."WOW" factor for sure.....
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03/13/2006 10:41:06 AM
Okay, um, insane fish! But wow! Beautiful imagery. What is that!?
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