Algae Blenny and Repost



My new monitor arrived and it is a pleasure to use. Sharpness and color accuracy are unbelievable. I just finished editing some photos that I took of a few residents of my reef tank. This is an algae blenny that has a lot of personality plus some amazing cryptic coloration. I cropped about 50% to get the comp and close-up to where I wanted it. The purple covering on the rocks is a type of red algae that serves to stabilize the reef and also attracts coral. The algae blenny grazes on algae and enjoys various frozen fish foods.

Thank you @Shirley_Freeman @Kris_Smith , @Diane_Miller , @linda_mellor for your comments and critiques. I reposted the image with the recommended edits. I cropped off the top and a little off the left and burned the bright portion of the rock in the LRH side. Looks pretty good. Thank you @Diane_Miller and @Shirley_Freeman for the suggested edits…Jim

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Z9 105mm f2.8 micro (1/200 sec at f16, iso=800, 2 flashes set at +1.3 ev (TTl) and 1/32 manual). Levels, crop foir comp, Topaz DeNoise, Hue and Saturation, Rubber stamp tool for bubble removal, burned in some light spots in the BG.

Congrats on the new monitor, Jim. Fascinating fish, I’ve never seen one like this.

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Thank you. The colors are nice and tame with the new monitor. The blenny is fairly elongate with a long dorsal fin. They are very cute fish that behave like rabbits when they graze on algal films…Jim

Wonderful and unusual (to me, anyway) capture! Looks like an amazing aquarium! For my taste, I could lose some of the negative space on top, just because of how busy the bottom half is. I’d be tempted to subdue the bright busy area in the LR corner and the OOF algae at the left edge.

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What a little cutie. I kept various freshwater aquaria for a long time, but never dipped my toe into saltwater or the even more specialized reef tank. Fabulous. I understand the negative space to illustrate the habitat a bit more; cranny loving critters that need to hide. But to showcase the blenny itself, maybe a little crop as Diane suggests. The colors do look really good as your new monitor shows. It’s tough to get the lighting right with aquaria and even harder to photograph it well. Keep 'em coming!

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What an amazing fish and shot, Jim. Looking at your shots feels like we are underwater somewhere out at sea. So glad the monitor has worked out for you too. I have a Dell that was factory calibrated, and I love it. Never have to do anything to it.

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I love the new crop – makes me feel much more comfortable in the frame, like I’m right in there with the little fish. And he’s making such good eye contact with me! We could sit down and have a conversation…

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