NANFA-- Fish viewer

Roselawn Museum (
Fri, 30 Nov 2001 15:24:33 -0500

Hi All

For some time, I've been experimenting with various ways to photograph
fishes in the field when we go collecting. Some of you have witnessed the
terrible plastic bag shots. At last, I think I may have a winner. I did
major surgery on one of those thick, transparent plastic desk sets that has
multiple chambers for pens, notes, etc. I cut out a single chamber (approx.
4"x6"x1/2"), and painted the rough side an off-white. The results were
stunning, to me anyway. The painted backside gives enough of a backdrop for
the digital camera to recognize that the fish is the subject. The thickness
of the plastic has just enough of a magnifying effect to bring out subtle
details. On our recent Paint Rock expedition, the elements pretty much
ruled out any serious photography. However, I did shoot one fish in the new
viewer. It's a TN snubnose darter (Etheostoma simoterum). If you want to
take a look, go to:

Thanks to Jay DeLong for making this pic available on the list.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

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