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Spinecheek Anemonefish by Courtney Platt
Friday, 27th June 2008

Spinecheek Anemonefish

by Courtney Platt

A maroon colored Spinecheek Anemonefish, or Clownfish takes refuge within the protective tentacles of it's host anemone in The Mabini, Batangas, Philippines dive resort area known widely as Anilao.
Equipment: Nikon D2X, 105mm macro lens, Subal housing, Ikelite Substrobes
Courtney Platt
Courtney's favorite of eight assignments done for National Geographic Magazine was a 2,400 year old shipwreck in Turkey published in the March, 2002 issue. His assignment and stock images have illustrated numerous publications including: National Geographic (beginning with "Down the Cayman Wall", Nov. 1988), National Geographic World. Skin Diver, Scuba Times, Ocean Realm, Sport Diver, Sea Frontiers, Time, Forbes, numerous Cayman Islands publications and several books including two of his own. A seasoned professional, Courtney Platt has been photographing underwater since 1976 and above water since 1983. His work has won numerous awards. Courtney has lived in Grand Cayman since 1983. Courtney also frequently shoots weddings, commercial advertising, realty, location portraiture, aerials, nature, and underwater.

Spinecheek Anemonefish by Courtney Platt was photo of the day on Friday, 27th June 2008. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


27th June 2008 at 7:42 am

Very nice closeup. crystal clear shot and the contrast is perfect. nice shooting


27th June 2008 at 8:06 am

2. Great colors.

27th June 2008 at 8:29 am

Lovely close up; nice composition.

27th June 2008 at 2:35 pm

Nice shot, up close & personal!

Lori Harvey

27th June 2008 at 3:14 pm

Awesome shot! Love the symbiotic relationship!


27th June 2008 at 6:34 pm

Love the underwater photos! Congrats!

Gloria Talbert

27th June 2008 at 8:35 pm

That’s a shot great .

Susan Gagnon

27th June 2008 at 11:58 pm

Quite a compelling picture. Interesting & Impressive! :)


28th June 2008 at 4:07 am

A fine piece of u/w photgraphy. As an u/w photographer, I know how difficult a shot like this can be – even for the pros like courtney. I’ve been on live aboardtake as many as 70-80 frames to get 1 crisp shot like this. Clown fish are defensive too. They don’t exactly just sit there while you frame a shot. I’ve had ‘em bump my faceplate and lens a few times – they see their own reflection and take aggressive action.
Great piece of work.

28th June 2008 at 7:01 am

so magnificent .good lights.


28th June 2008 at 8:07 am

Great sight to behold. Thanks for sharing.


28th June 2008 at 5:23 pm

Beautiful! Splendid water shots on earthshots are rare, and this one is wonderful! I love the definition of the anemone balls!


27th June 2009 at 10:22 am

Just an awesome shot congrats.

22nd July 2009 at 6:36 pm

What a big mouth on him.


27th June 2010 at 11:00 am

Nice shot and thanks Rick for the further insight.


28th June 2010 at 1:30 pm

wonderful shot.

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