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UPY 2019 Portrait - Commended
'Sinister Pygmy' - Nicholas More
Scuba Seraya house reef, Bali, is home to the most friendly Bargibanti pygmy seahorses, that I have encountered. Uplighting using a single strobe from below gives an unusual and sinister portrait of these normally cute critters. A fast shutter speed was used to create a black background and I didn't have to wait very long for the pregnant, little dude to turn and face me, to get my shot.
Judge's comment: It's all about the lighting, and the author has most successfully found an innovative way to bring a new take on this particular portrait. The eyes as well as the rest of the Bargy are in perfect alignment both compositionally and in balance.
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