Alex Mustard - Anthias Sunset


I took this portrait of a male anthias (scalefin anthias: Pseudanthias squamipinnis) swimming in open water above a coral reef photographed earlier in the summer. And it is a favourite because it was not an easy image to produce. I had to shoot with an open aperture and fast shutter speed to render the circles of light in this way, which are caused by the light from the sunset dancing on the surface of the water. These light patterns are constantly moving with the waves, and it was a big challenge to get a fish posing in front of them at exactly the moment all the lights were going off. I am not ashamed to admit I took a lot of images to finally get this shot.

Location: Sinai, Egypt

Tags: Alex Mustard, coral reef, egypt, Pseudanthias squamipinnis, red sea, scalefin anthias, sunset, underwater

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  1. Jost Stergarsek said:

    25/09/2013 08:59

    i absolutely love it! it feels like some crazy festival