CLOWNFISH of RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA

They always make me smile and I always seem to make m nervous as I come close to take a picture, but love watching them. Anemone fish are kind off hard to get on camera properly. They dance around and move fast. Sometimes they hide under the anemone. Recently I found a way to get some decent pictures of these orange clowns.

Did you know that:

Clown fish perform an elaborate dance with an anemone before taking up residence, gently touching its tentacles with different parts of their bodies until they are acclimated to their host. A layer of mucus on the clown fish’s skin makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting.

Anyway back to taking the pictures. What I do is keep my distance but use a proper zoom in. By keeping distance they stay calm and don’t move so much. Plus they are more likely to look at me too 😉

On top of that I use a video light and not a strobe. the flashing of the strobe seems to upset m even more and the video light is just a constant light. Plus this light gives me the opportunity to use a high shutter speed combines with high sequential shooting. Making sure i not only get some shots that are sharp, but also in positions that I like.

Result? Here are some of my pictures 😉

Hugs and Bubbles, Anke

@ SY INDO SIREN by sirenfleet.com, blueotwo.com

 

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