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Spadefish in the Blue


Subject: A group of Longfin Spadefish (Platax teira) is facing the mild current on a Maldivian thila. These Spadefish (often called Batfish, but actual Batfish are bottom dwellers belonging to the Ogcocephalidae family) species is easily recognised by the large black mark above the rear edge of their pelvic fin.

Technique: Because this shot was filmed against the light and without video lamps, it was necessary to reduce the noise in the image as well as to increase the contrast (to bring out the different shades in the Spadefish’s body), to colour correct the blue of the water column and to boost the yellow of the fins.

All images Copyright 2020 Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas for Beyond scuba. All rights reserved.