The Golden Stare

© Csaba Tokolyi

Photograph by Csaba Tokolyi,
Location: Pag Island, Croatia

Date: April 22, 2010
Camera: Nikon D300 (in Subal ND300 housing)
Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/13
ISO/Film: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
Flash: yes

Note: Csaba Tokolyi took this picture underwater of a Longsnout Seahorse (wiki link) on the Pag Island in Croatia (wiki link). These creatures live among fields of seagrass and usually stay hidden among them. He was very lucky with this fellow, who ventured between two patches just a few inches from each other. The fish moved rather slowly so he could frame a portrait with sand being in the background. The glowing orange tones from the seahorse and the sand are complimentary to the creatures orange and blank black eyes. Humans usually can’t see all the detail in these fish because of their small size, so to capture such amazing detail and to be staring this little guy directly in the eyes is a pretty neat capture. Well done!

Tip: Csaba used an underwater camera housing unit for his Nikon D300 (link).  He also used flash to a highlight some of the features on the Seahorses face.  When shooting nature, it’s key to be patient like Csaba.  Good moments aren’t captured with ease!

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