Spiny Beauty by Norbert Probst


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The Lionfish (Pterois volitans) with long, poisonous stings in his back sails under the sun and hunts small fishes.
Lionfish symmetric from head-on
Seven lionfish hunting

Banka island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Banda Sea

Canon EOS 5D, EF 4.0/17-40mm USM, Seacam housing, Speedlite 580EX, TTL, Sealux housing, 1/250s, f14, ISO 100

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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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  • macky mcrae
    macky mcraealmost 5 years ago

    i love how you got the sun in the background. beautiful colors :)

  • Thank you Macky. Yes, that was the idea for to bring more depth into the image.
    Regards, Norbert

    – Norbert Probst

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAalmost 5 years ago

    A real classic example.

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinalmost 5 years ago

    your work is simply stunning!!! Awesome…WOW… :-)

  • Thank you very much. I try always to see usual things in a different way.
    Best fishes, Norbert

    – Norbert Probst

  • ralph arce
    ralph arcealmost 5 years ago

    great capture! :)

  • Tanks again Raphael.

    – Norbert Probst

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesalmost 5 years ago

    I seem to be commenting on nearly every image, they are just amazing. I am extremely envious, of both the photographic skill (and images produced by that) and of the experience of seeing these things in such beautiful locations.

  • Thank you Chris. I enjoy your commends very much. But feel free to do the same job :-)))
    Best fishes, Norbert

    – Norbert Probst

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...almost 5 years ago

    A wonderful creature, and stunning shot.

    I remember coming accross these in Penang, quite close to the beach on a little mini reef. It watched one of them bowing and charging towards a childs pair of legs. I just managed to lift the child out of the water. This was only a juvenile, but they appear to have a bit of an aggresive streak in them..

  • Thank you very much. Yes you have to take really care of them.
    Best fishes, Norbert

    – Norbert Probst

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    terrific photography!!

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyalmost 5 years ago

    I see these things on TV documentaries, but to see the still, and have the chance to study it, that’s special!

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoalmost 5 years ago

    gorgeous colours

  • Shelley Warbrooke
    Shelley Warbrookealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Norbert! I love the different tones and patterns of the coral against the stripes of the Lionfish. Absolutely beautiful!

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