Blue Chromis, Chromis cyanea, Damselfishes

 Good morning from Curacao, I have such a great video of a baby elephant playing in the ocean for you all this morning compliments of our South Dakota friends! Here is the link; Next we have a super cool little fish called a Blue Chromis, Chromis cyanea for your viewing pleasure that I photographed for you all yesterday. These are again one of the harder fish to photograph because of their iridescent, brilliant blue body that just sparkles underwater! The trick for shooting these is to use a longer F-stop, this was shot at F-16 at 250th of a second and with two strobes. Also, I tell friends not to be in a rush, it’s better to come back with 10 great photos than 100 bad ones, patience is a virtue. All Chromis are members of the Damselfish family but the group carries it’s own common name and it’s members are somewhat different in appearance and behavior. The Blue and Brown Chromis are the most frequently seen especially here in Curacao, we have never seen a Yellowfin to date. Both are somewhat elongate plankton pickers with deeply forked tails. During the day Brown chromis traditionally feed high above outer reefs slopes in huge aggregations, while Blue chromis form small groups that feed just above low profile reef structures.  MORE:Blue Chromis, Chromis cyanea, Damselfishes
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