A school of glassfish (Ambassis sp.), Low Isles, far north Queensland, Australia.

During a break on a field trip I spent ages just lazing in the warm shallows stalking this school of fish. Taken just next to the beach on an idyllic coral island in the northern Great Barrier Reef.

I wasn’t just stalking these little guys either, click the thumbnail to see more:


fish, school, teeming, tropical, island, underwater, low isles, north queensland, great barrier reef, australia


  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! Without the title, it would have taken me a while to figure this one out! Cool!

  • :) I had a heap of fun getting this pic. They kept just milling around and I wanted them all swimming in the same direction so I’d focus then hold the camera in my right hand and then wave my left hand at them to make them swim across in front of me. Life’s tough when you’re a little fish, but at least I wasn’t a shark…

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Kitsmumma
    Kitsmummaalmost 3 years ago

    They’re so cute!! This looks so much like a drawing/painting!! Love their little eyes :D

  • so glad you like it! I’ve been sitting on this photo for quite a while now, and it’s taken a ludicrous number of attempts to get the colour and tones more or less ‘right’ (to my eyes, anyway). So it’s nice to get some positive feedback :)

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 3 years ago

    wow , I have been starting at this for like five minutes now.. insanely cool!

  • those beady little eyes are a bit mesmerising aren’t they? thanks for taking the time to have a good look! :)

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 3 years ago

    they made me have a typo.. mesmerising indeed LOL

  • lol… I got someone’s name wrong in a comment recently because I was too busy being mesmerised! oops :(

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image! Well done.

  • thanks very much :)

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenalmost 3 years ago

    Dieter this is very cool and unque – it took me a little while to work it out. I bet this was fun….
    Have a good day, mate. x

  • you bet it was fun! :) thanks Ulla!

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Steen Nielsen
    Steen Nielsenalmost 3 years ago

    LOL, It must have been wonderful chasing them in the water. It’s a great shot Dieter.

  • thanks Steen :)

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 3 years ago

    looks incredible Dieter!

  • thanks a lot Georgie!

    – Dieter Tracey

  • Jenifer  Bunnett
    Jenifer Bunnettalmost 3 years ago

    Fascinating. Love it!

  • thanks Jenifer, really glad you like it :) cheers

    – Dieter Tracey

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