Fishy Business

by Chweeleng January. 27, 2011 2076 views

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I've always thought shooting KOIs is a piece of cake until I did it myself. For the 1st half hour, I was utterly frustrated - blurred images,reflections, criss-cross fishes - a real mess! It was a real challenge and I seriously need to change my strategy. So I did - fully manual metering, high-speed, high ISO, small aperture. Most important, I stake out a spot with minimal reflections and wait for the fish to come to me. Here are some of my captures. They can certainly be improved. I will try again the next chance I got.

#1 These golden KOIs are real beauties. The dark floor accentuates their color.

#2 A swish of the tail and they're gone from your viewfinder - that's how fast they moved.

#3 It's important to catch them in motion to give your pictures that added sparkle.

#4 This golden KOI appears to be swimming among the stars.

#5 It's hundreds shots later before I managed to catch them in a nice formation - thank goodness for digital cameras.

#6 Another rare and disciplined formation. Most of the time, your pictures are a real mess of tails, fins and criss-cross of fishes.

#7 Take your shot head-on and you may catch a nice line of fish forming.

#8 You need to shoot in multi-shot mode as the action moved very quickly.

#9 Follow the leader - problem is the leader keeps changing and you have a hard them following.

#10 This was a lucky shot. A split second later, everything changes.

#11 Getting the right exposure is critical. The entire background blacks out leaving the fishes in the limelight.

#13 A classic S-curve is harder to capture than it looks. Fast shutter speed and multiple shots are the key.

#14 A nano-second later, a new pose.

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Aaron 10 years, 7 months ago

#14 is best. Now we know why koi paintings still sell so well...

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David Cardona 10 years, 7 months ago

Well done work! Thanks for sharing!

10 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lynda 10 years, 7 months ago

Great set

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