Click on picture for bigger imageI'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.