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07-OCT-2010 Walter O. Koenig

October 7

Leafy Sea Dragon

Photo taken at Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

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Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D AF
1/200s f/2.5 at 85.0mm iso2500 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Michael Martin14-Oct-2010 22:20
Very good balance between shallow depth of field available and low light necessity of using iso2500. How many tries? If it were me, it'd be about a dozen with maybe only slight success. My Olympus is not so forgivable at high iso.
janescottcumming12-Oct-2010 00:44
Wow, That's an awesome looking thing. Fabulous colors! Great shot. ~V~
Maaike Huizer11-Oct-2010 14:34
Wow, that is spectaculair. Beautiful. V
Jaime González10-Oct-2010 07:31
The shapes and colors of marine life are always impressive!
Wonderful image in spite of the low lighting condition. -V-
Simon Chandler10-Oct-2010 04:03
Excellent capture. It's almost impossible to capture this constantly moving creature in low light condition without considerable technical skills. v
Chad Ramsey09-Oct-2010 14:21
Simply gorgeous! Fantastic shot Walter!!! V
Dawn B08-Oct-2010 22:03
This is so amazing... what an interesting creature and his details come out beautifully with the dark background.
Randall Fox08-Oct-2010 21:02
Leafy Sea Dragons truly are amazing. There is only one licensed supplier of these animals in the whole world and they are quite difficult to maintain so any time we get to see them in our aquariums it is a real treat. You've done a really nice job capturing the essence of this one Walter. Voted
Ronny Van Eeckhoutte08-Oct-2010 19:13
Good colours, composition, and details. Best regards,

maggie_falconi08-Oct-2010 17:21
Wow!!! Amazing capture Walter!!! V
Yvonne08-Oct-2010 10:49
Wow, a superb capture Walter! v
Mieke WA Minkjan08-Oct-2010 06:22
excellent, never seen this one before
Ieke Vonk08-Oct-2010 05:16
Amazing .....VOTED
Margaret Lew08-Oct-2010 05:14
What a wonderful creature! Perfect shot!!
Carla Resh08-Oct-2010 04:12
Speechless. Great it.V
Herb Knufken08-Oct-2010 03:36
Great shot
larose forest photos08-Oct-2010 01:49
WOW!!! This is a most fantastic, magical, enchanting creature. Stunning. All the life in the oceans that we rarely see. V
lou_rozensteins08-Oct-2010 01:23
Beautiful in that light. Well done.
David Buzzeo08-Oct-2010 01:23
One of nature's little beauties. Well done. V
carol j. phipps08-Oct-2010 00:41
Gorgeous capture of this beautiful peace!
BleuEvanescence08-Oct-2010 00:34
I am totally amazed at what
IS in our world...
BleuEvanescence08-Oct-2010 00:33
Now...i had no clue this existed!!!
Incredibly delicate and beautiful.
Now, i will never be afraid of dragons...
LynnH08-Oct-2010 00:31
Super capture! I love these lacy dragons! V
Hubert Steed07-Oct-2010 23:50
Well done, Walter! V
Brenda07-Oct-2010 23:39
I thought that this was in an aquarium. Beautiful photo. V!
pkocinski07-Oct-2010 23:27
It's just so hard to believe these creatures are real but they are - great shot!
Wenche Aune07-Oct-2010 23:00
Fantastic! V
Bill Warren07-Oct-2010 22:56
Great pop of the outrageous dragon against the black Walter.
Jim Coffman07-Oct-2010 22:53
Splendid image,Walter!! V
Astrid Taen07-Oct-2010 22:43
Excellent! V
Wolfgang Bluhm07-Oct-2010 22:22
Fabulous shot. Looks unreal. I couldn't tell at all from the thumbnail what it was. I've seen similar ones at the Birch aquarium, but don't recall seeing this blue one.
Chris Spracklen07-Oct-2010 22:20
Awesome shot, Walter!
Technically brilliant and captivating to boot. (V)
FrankB07-Oct-2010 22:06
Nature at its most bizarre and beautiful....V
Aud Elise Sjøsæther07-Oct-2010 21:51
Amazing creature!! V
Doug Cruden07-Oct-2010 21:43
Fascinating shot of this amazing creature...expertly composed with that inky-black background
Barbara Heide07-Oct-2010 21:11
I only had heard of these, never ever seen one! thank you much Walter, for posting this magical dragon! V
Jola Dziubinska07-Oct-2010 21:10
Amazing creature, superb capture, Walter. V.
laine07-Oct-2010 20:57
and yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus :)
Love this sweet dragon!
Cindi Smith07-Oct-2010 20:36
Wow, they are so amazing and beautiful. Wonderful capture, Walter! V
eye2see07-Oct-2010 20:31
Great Shot and colors! ~V
Mairéad07-Oct-2010 20:24
This is super - what a beautiful creature - perfect colours and light. V
mart s07-Oct-2010 20:20
marie-jose wolff07-Oct-2010 20:18
Fantastic shapes and colors! V
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