THE QUARY: Inevitably, we see Nature's creatures through anthropomorphic eyes. That's why we have subjectively demonized many of Her creations and have easily slaughtered so many. This creature, through those same anthropomorphic eyes, is horrifyingly ugly. To it's advantage, it is extremely well camouflaged, highly venomous, not appealing as a food fish and unsurprisingly, has been left alone. I try to cast aside those debilitating anthropomorphic lenses, and in this case, I see the pure beauty of Nature's design in the face of this startling SPOTTED SCORPIONFISH. THE HUNT: I'm always looking for a SCORPIONFISH to shoot and was lucky to find this one perched on top of a boulder ideally positioned to create an exposure with a dark contrasting background. This individual was the perfect model. It never once twitched as I flopped back and forth in the surge, camera intruding to within inches and strobes flanking and flashing, testing it's nerve and it's faith in it's invisibility and venom. THE WEAPON: Canon 5DM2, 100mm, YS-110a THE SHOT: 1/125sec @ f/19, ISO 200 THE PLACE: Cayman Brac, June 4, 2010
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