This shot is all about colour and abundance, and was created very simply.

Taming Anarchic Anthias

 

 

The Coral Grouper in the centre of this picture, drew my attention, to this coral block, it was mooching about around the area, probably looking to pick off one of the Anthias, which if your aren’t aware of are the bright orange fish which are so indicative of many Red Sea scenes. I rarely get tired of seeing them.
How on earth have I managed to get them all to point inwards seemingly at the Coral Grouper in the centre of the frame?

Anthias as a group like this are mostly female, they are the orange ones, the males in much lesser numbers are a purple colour.
Like most creatures that flock, swarm or school, they tend to all react as one to sudden stimuli.
So getting them all to point in like this is simply a matter of making a noise, I find coughing and snapping my fingers simultaneously works well.
Do this and they will all dart for cover at the same time, you also have to be quick and time it right with your trigger finger to get the shot at the right time.
They move quite quickly so I suggest that you pick the fastest flash synch speed that your camera allows, this will prevent secondary blurring.
If you want a shot with them all pointing outwards, then wait a few moments after making a noise and they will relax and return to their original positions, you only have a slim window of opportunity though as if their is no current they will quickly just resume milling about randomly.
Good luck and have fun.

 

 

Just a question of timing, once you've got your initial exposure correct, then just a cough or click of your fingers is enough to make the Anthias all dart in unison towards the cover of the reef.

Just a question of timing, once you’ve got your initial exposure correct, then just a cough or click of your fingers is enough to make the Anthias all dart in unison towards the cover of the reef.

 

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Duxy