Friday, November 02, 2007
Friday Fish Fotos
Trinectes maculatus ... aka Hogchoker
Last week, I went dip netting in Gulf Hammock. The week that followed was so busy and the skies so grey, that I did not get a chance to photograph the critters that I brought home. Today, I spent some frustrating time trying to get decent fish photos.
The thing about aquarium photography is ... it's tough to make the photo look like it was NOT taken in an aquarium. I started out with the photo aquarium outside in front of a heavily planted background aquarium, but the reflections were overwhelming.
So I moved into the barn and set up this Rube Goldbergian arrangement. When I darkened the barn, the fish fairly glowed under the shop light, but the photos came out too dark. If I used the flash, I got flash reflections. It also made it easy to see the details of the black (sleeveless of course) T-shirt I was using as a back drop.
By this time, the dissolved gases in the well water were coming out of solution and coating the photo tank with zillions of microbubbles. Each one of these bubbles caught the flash and sparkled like diamonds ... arrrgh.
Eventually, I gave up on the artsy fartsy "you can't tell it's an aquarium shot"and just went back outside where I had started.
Don't get too excited about these freshwater shrimp. They may look tasty, but the big one is only about one inch long.
That's full size for these little cuties.
This Hogchoker is a euryhaline fish, capable of adjusting to differing salinities. You can find them in the sweetest spring water or out in the salty Gulf flats. Wherever you find them, they are a really neat fish. This one might grow a few more inches, but that's it.
In an aquarium, the Hogchoker uses the glass sides as if it were bottom substrate. They are very clingy.
Traditionally, I have called these pretty minnows "Dace", but I'm dubious of that ID now.
I'm almost tempted to think it's one of the killifish clan.
The jury is still out on that one, but even nameless, it's a beautiful fish.
It's hard to find good nongame fish freshwater fish ID guides for Florida ... maybe that's the book I need to write.
I'll have to get better at fishy fotos if I do.