Welcome to the Photo Gallery Spotlight. Each month we’ll showcase a particularly nice aquarium photograph, taking the time to discuss the identification and husbandry of the animal pictured as well as information relating to the technical details of how the photo was taken. Readers are encouraged to send images (and details on the organisms pictured, as well as the details of how they captured the shot) they would like to submit for possible inclusion in this feature to firstname.lastname@example.org . If your submission is selected for use in the magazine, you will receive an item from the reefs.org or advancedaquarist.com store equal to $25 or less.
Tesselated Blenny underneath the HI-576A Offshore Platform. These blennies make their homes in dead barnacle shells and can almost always be found on the offshore platforms. This fish would make an ideal aquarium specimen.
Shot with the Fuji S2pro using the Nikkor 70-180 Micro Zoom with a +1 diopter. The camera was set to manual f16 @ 1/125th Dual flashes and side lighting were used to create the dramatic effect. For underwater supermacro (this fish is 1/2″ across) sometimes it is necessary to use manual focus – this was one of those dives. Surge and low light conditions meant that I had to hold the manual focus knob with one hand, and snap the photo with the other hand – all while hovering underneath an offshore platform in 400 feet of water.