The Big Flap by Norbert Probst


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Beside a small reef, on sand bottom, I wanted to photograph this venomous Bearded Scorpionfish, (Scorpaenopsis barbata). Surprisingly he did not escape but showed me his impressive big mouth yawning .
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Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt, Red Sea

Canon EOS 5D MKII, 4.0/17-40mm, (28mm), 1/100s, f9, ISO 200

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Passionated, professional photographer since 1992 with worldwide publications in magazines, newspapers, calendars, prospects, advertising, internet and on products.
I am located in Nuremberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, and my heart beats for marine wildlife.

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 2 years ago

    Superb work!!

  • Thanks John!

    – Norbert Probst

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 2 years ago

    amazing : such a brilliant colour and texture on a living animal!

  • Thank you Berndt. This one was extraordinary.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 2 years ago

    What an extraordinary looking animal! I think someone must have rung the lunch bell. As soon as I saw that mouth, I thought of the “Which Way?” group on RB.

  • He was not hungry but tired. It’s a kind of yawning! Thank you Gary.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Thomas Young
    Thomas Youngabout 2 years ago

    That must be an odd thing to come across Norbert. I bet there are a lot of strange things down there!

  • I saw it several ties in my life, but not that close. Thank you Thomas.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtabout 2 years ago

    Yawn …he is just tired or is he saying, OMG …. it’s Norbert Probst!!!! :_)))

    Nice timing Norb
  • I had to promised him that his picture will be printed in a magazine ;-) In between it was a full page in “unterwasser”. Thank you Barbara.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful details of a bit scary looking fish

  • This one is not aggressive but venomous! Thank you Hans.

    – Norbert Probst

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 2 years ago

    I wonder if THAT throat ever gets sore…. Another startling photo, Norbert. Great work, fantastic colors!

  • It’s a kind of yawning… Thank you very much.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Lorelle Gromus
    Lorelle Gromusabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you Lorelle. Very kindly.

    – Norbert Probst

  • eyeland
    eyelandabout 2 years ago

    Another exceptional capture Norbert! I never tire of your world of adventure.

  • This is a good sign to me…. Thank you very much for the compliment.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 2 years ago

    only you can bring back that kind of amazing pictures! wow! absolutely stunning ;)

  • Great, that you like it Manon. Thank you.

    – Norbert Probst

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