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Male Orangethroat Darter-Upper Paint Creek Drainage, Ohio  Etheostoma spectabile,Geotagged,Orangethroat darter,United States,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Male Orangethroat Darter-Upper Paint Creek Drainage, Ohio

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  1. So beautiful!

    Zach, I was wondering if you could tell a bit about your process to photograph these? They remind me a bit of Dante's work:

    102Life in the dark
    Posted 2 months ago
  2. Oh, and also want to use the opportunity to show that you can cross link between images by just pasting the URL of the other image inside a comment or in the photo's description. It will then render as a thumbnail. As an example, in this case you could cross link between the male and female of this species:

    Female Orangethroat Darter-Upper Paint Creek Drainage, Ohio  Etheostoma spectabile,Geotagged,Orangethroat darter,United States,Winter

    You can also post things like lists, tags, users, and youtube/vimeo videos, and these will render into little widgets.
    Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. Great! Thanks for the explanation! I'm a huge fan of Dantes work, although I can't say i know whether or not the methods he uses are the same as mine. I actually learned how to do this type of photography from Brian Zimmerman, a research associate at the Ohio State University, and a good friend of mine. I assisted him with a good chunk of his new book "A Naturalist Guide to the Fishes of Ohio" while I worked for him for a field season. The methods are pretty straight forward, the challenge is getting the fish to pose the way you want without stressing them too much. I use a small acrylic photo tank to hold the fish, and drape a black towel over the back to create a dark shadow that effectively creates the black background. I gently hold the fish up to the front of the tank with another piece of acrylic, holding it in place with clips. The slight pressure on the fish will naturally make them stand their fins up(usually)...once you get to that point it's just about getting the lighting right and making sure the fish stays where you want it to for the shot. I use programmable flashes that allow me to adjust how much light hits the subject, very important considering some fish reflect alot more light than others. If anyone reading this has any questions, feel free to direct message me. Some useful tips for getting the fish to hold its color while setting up...keep the fish in a black bucket and add a little bit of aquarium salt. This will help keep the fish calm, and keep them from washing out and loosing their color. I also try to shoot my photos at the site of capture as much as possible, so the fish looks as much like it did at the point of capture as possible. In the field I simply build my setup out of the back of my car or on the tailgate of a truck. Hope this is helpful for anyone who wants to photograph ichthyofauna! Posted 2 months ago
      1. Thanks, Zach, that's super helpful! Sounds like a very involved process that requires lots of dedication. The results show it!

        And what about before/after. How are the fish captured? And do they get released afterwards?
        Posted 2 months ago
        1. Most often the capture method is either a seine or a dipnet, the dimensions of the seine net depend on what is legal to use in a given state. For Ohio and KY I usually use an 8' x 4' seine to capture the fish, sometimes solo and sometimes with a helping hand. I usually release most fish right after taking the photograph, unless it's a particular species I'm interested in keeping for my native aquarium(of course certain species are off limits to keep due to their status). If the fish is to be released, its put right back where it was captured. Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
          1. Thanks once again, Zach. Sounds like an ethical process! Posted 2 months ago

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The orangethroat darter is a species of darter endemic to the central and eastern United States where it is native to parts of the Mississippi River Basin and Lake Erie Basin. Its typical habitat includes shallow gravel riffles in cooler streams and rocky runs and pools in headwaters, creeks, and small rivers, with sand, gravel, rubble, or rock substrates. It forages on the bottom for the aquatic larvae of midges, blackfly, mayfly and caddisfly, as well as isopods and amphipods. Spawning takes place.. more

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Zach Alley
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By Zach Alley

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Uploaded Feb 13, 2019. Captured Jan 1, 2019 07:52 in 3199 Co Hwy 17, London, OH 43140, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T5
  • f/8.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm