Fin Fatale

© Val Feldman

Fin Fatale

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:33:03 AM

Wonderful capture and details! Glad the moms are on the mend. My mother-in-law is right in the middle at 91!

Happy Holidays to you too Valarie! #1218241

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:45:31 AM

Superb capture of this guy Valarie, colors and detail are awesome. Glad to hear the venom is not "usually" deadly lol..
Nice to hear that your mothers are doing well, Texas must be a healthy climate. #8236814

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:46:10 AM

Details, clarity and colors are superb, Valarie. Glad the mothers are feeling better and Merry Christmas!!! #8236816

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:49:40 AM

Stunning capture and treatment, Valarie! These fish are just so gorgeous! Glad to hear you guys are OK! #8236825

Michelle Alton level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:49:42 AM

A spectacular aquarium shot, Valarie!
Beautiful. Whatever holidays you are celebrating, I wish you warmth (even though it's not SO cold where you are), joy, light, and a wonderful and prosperous New Year. [Prosperous might be tough for a while in the U.S.] #8236826

Amy M. Wilson level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:50:03 AM

Gorgeous comp, colors, details and love the title, Valarie!! So glad your mom's are on the mend, I'm wishing you all a wonderfully blessed holiday season filled with lots of love! #8236829

Jim Huffield level-deluxe 12/21/2009 6:12:18 AM

Stunning work, Valarie. Jim #8236991

Jack Ryan level-deluxe 12/21/2009 6:28:35 AM

Awesome...wonderful detail and color...and a very clever title...excellent photo. #8237040

Robert Jensen level-deluxe 12/21/2009 6:44:45 AM 1

Superb - I hope to see this as a winner this month #8237077

Ron McEwan level-deluxe 12/21/2009 6:46:48 AM

Beautiful shot Valarie, looks like it came out of a National Geographic. #8237081

Nina Shields level-deluxe 12/21/2009 7:25:38 AM

Valerie, first of all, I hope your Mothers' are on the mend and are healing up quickly, heading towards restored health! The photo is amazing as I've always found any type of aquarium shooting very challenging; Congratulations, in advance, for this image, worthy of much recognition! #8237160

Carol L. Fowler 12/21/2009 7:28:11 AM

Great shot. These guys are difficult to capture through the glass but you did a marvelous job. Hope everyone is getting better and Merry Christmas to the whole clan! #8237173

Cathy Barrows 12/21/2009 7:34:18 AM

i love these beautiful guys...we have a new exhibit of these at the ga aquarium...they are amazing #8237210

Gina Cormier level-deluxe 12/21/2009 7:43:55 AM

Another magnificent image!! I tried to shoot fish but...didn't get any that I like. They swim around too much!! lol

Love the title... #8237247

Kathleen Rinker 12/21/2009 8:06:07 AM

Awesome image!! #8237313

Ann Coates level-deluxe 12/21/2009 9:44:39 AM

You mentioned about my duck expressions.
Well, look at the expression on this beautiful guy's face. This is outstanding Valarie. I am sure we will see this again. I'm glad to hear your mothers are on the mend. Wishing you and your family a happy and relaxing christmas and all the best for 2010. #8237474

Walter H. Wiesbeck 12/21/2009 10:50:11 AM

Beautiful capture,realy love the detail and color,Valarie,hope everthing go OK,and also have a Merry Christmass and a Happy New Year!! #8237593

Douglas Pignet 12/21/2009 11:14:39 AM

Wonderful shot Val, hoipe to see this one again,Doug #8237650

Hal Bambrick 12/21/2009 11:38:00 AM

Very NICE Capture!!,Hope Everybody is Well!!!!!. #8237712

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 12/21/2009 11:47:06 AM

Outstanding capture, Val! Awesome color and comp! Super, super work! #8237746

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 12/21/2009 11:47:07 AM

Outstanding capture, Val! Awesome color and comp! Super, super work! #8237747

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 12/21/2009 11:48:13 AM

Added to favs! (sorry for duplicate post) #8237751

Ken R. Frischkorn level-deluxe 12/21/2009 12:20:16 PM

Awesome photo with beautiful color and clarity. #8237835

Jim Baines level-deluxe 12/21/2009 4:47:00 PM

Ahhh, Texanna, one of my favorite exhibits at Cameron Park! Just love the lighting, sharp crisp details and the perfect background! Did you have snorkel and flippers? I trust you and all your family are on the mend! Merry Christmas .. be safe! #8238226

Patricia Seidler level-deluxe 12/21/2009 5:25:57 PM

Fabulous detail, color, and title Valarie. #8238314

Sam Britt level-deluxe 12/21/2009 7:26:19 PM

Terrific detail, color & lighting, Val. I wish your moms a speedy recovery! #8238557

Julianne Bradford level-deluxe 12/21/2009 10:23:08 PM

How wonderful to have both mom's. I'm with Samantha..a speedy recovery to both mom's and wonderful holidays and a healthy New Year! #8238699

Julie Burnett level-deluxe 12/22/2009 4:09:05 AM

Gorgeous capture, Val!! The colors and composition are outstanding!! Merry Christmas!! And I'm very happy the mom's are on the mend! #8239047

Tommy E. Burgess 12/22/2009 4:49:05 AM

Stunning capture with superb details, colors, and composition Valarie!! But I'm still afraid to go in the water lol. #8239128

Maria A. Gonzalez 12/22/2009 4:49:10 AM

Hi Val...My wish for the best for you and your family for the holiday and a speedy recovery of the moms on the mend..Celebrate,my friend....
Beautiful close-up with amazing detail and clarity...Excellent work with this one,it is awesome...The colors and composition are amazing too.WTG. #8239129

Nancy J. Locke 12/22/2009 5:40:32 AM

{{{HUGS}}} for your family, Valarie. I pray your moms are better soon.

A MASTERPIECE!!! Beautiful capture.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, dear friend.

Nancy J Locke #8239264

Marty Straub 12/22/2009 9:35:02 AM

What a scarry looking creature, and you did a fine job capturing all of its interesting detail, Valarie. Yes, I've been out awhile, too, but have missed your personality. It's like coming to school and looking over to see your empty desk again. 90 and 93!? #8239788

Val Feldman level-deluxe 12/23/2009 6:25:31 AM

Thank you all for your comments on this one - as always, your stopping by and taking the time to comment is always appreciated! Happy Holidays!!! ~Val #8241558

Karen Bacon level-deluxe 12/27/2009 8:43:01 AM

This is fabulous Valerie! I tried so hard to get a sharp image of one these guys recently-but it did'nt happen.Great job on this difficult capture! #8249100

Dianna Murphy 12/27/2009 9:45:50 AM

Glad everyone is on the mend! Beautiful image. They say a sting from these guys equals the pain of child birth! That's pretty scary! #8249254

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 12/27/2009 7:57:28 PM

This is absolutely beautiful, Valatie...such sharp details, vivid colors, and lovely movement...fabulous work!

Happy New Year to you and your family :)
Patti #8250467

Thomas E. Hinds level-deluxe 12/29/2009 5:50:43 PM

Stunning colors, Valerie! Terrific capture of this beautiful but poisonous fish! I like all of his spines and fins! #8254731

Robert R. Goodman level-deluxe 4/18/2010 6:59:26 PM

A big Congratulations Valarie!!! #8544814

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 4/18/2010 7:40:39 PM

This is so fantastic...congratulations, Valarie!

Patti #8545221

Jeana Clark 4/18/2010 9:08:51 PM

WOWZERS!!!!! Great Shot Val!!
Congratulations on
this Awesome finalist!!!

~J~ #8546069

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 4/18/2010 11:39:43 PM

Good Lord Woman! You have gotten 6 finalists in ONE MONTH!? HA! I just thought I'd mosey on over and look to see if you had gotten one this month...Nearly fainted! So impressive and to think you even talk to a little peon like me! :)

HUGE CONGRATS for ALL of your beautiful images!!! You have a high standard of excellence and it shows!

-Laura :) #8546682

Julie Burnett 4/19/2010 4:31:14 AM

I do believe Laura said it all, Val!! HUGE congrats once more!! #8547417

Amy M. Wilson 4/19/2010 11:11:44 AM

A truly wonderful month for you and so well deserved... another fabulous Finalist, my friend!!! WTG Valarie!!! #8550041

The Judges at 4/19/2010 2:15:49 PM

Very colorful and artistic! #8550975

Sam Britt 4/19/2010 2:26:52 PM

Big Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Val! #8551034

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 4/19/2010 2:42:04 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible finalist, Valarie! WTG! #8551078

Nancyj E. Hovey level-deluxe 4/19/2010 3:21:44 PM

on your FINALISTs! 8o) #8551261

Courtenay Vanderbilt 4/19/2010 7:15:34 PM

Big Congrats on this beauty, Valarie! #8552257

Ann Coates level-deluxe 4/20/2010 3:30:45 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Valarie. #8553225

Dianna Murphy 4/20/2010 8:44:33 AM

Wow girl, great month! So happy for you. You know I'm you're biggest fan! #8554184

Carrie M. Groseclose level-deluxe 4/20/2010 3:54:57 PM

Congratulations Valarie on your awesome WINNER!! #8555327

Carol L. Fowler 4/20/2010 4:12:22 PM

Here you go AGAIN! WIN! #8555397

Robert R. Goodman level-deluxe 4/20/2010 4:19:18 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful win to,Valarie!!! #8555438

Maria A. Gonzalez level-deluxe 4/20/2010 4:20:14 PM

Congratulations,Val..Awesome image and amazing detail...Felicidades on your Second Place Winner...Very well done... #8555445

Julie Burnett level-deluxe 4/20/2010 4:27:26 PM

Why am I not surprised to see you here again, Cuz???? CONGRATS on this spectacular gold winner!!! :) #8555490

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe 4/20/2010 4:36:26 PM

Awesome....Congratulations!!!!!!! :) #8555557

Monnie Ryan level-deluxe 4/20/2010 5:08:08 PM

Absolutely fantastic image, Valarie -- congratulations once again! #8555720

Amy M. Wilson level-deluxe 4/20/2010 5:44:23 PM

You go, girl!!! HUGE congratulations on your fantastic win, Valarie!!! #8555910

Val Feldman level-deluxe 4/20/2010 6:11:19 PM

Thank you all so very much for your kind words and encouragement....I'm a happy camper tonight! Thanks again - you are all THE BEST!!! ~Val #8556060

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 4/20/2010 7:11:54 PM

Double Gold!!! That is awesome!! Huge congrats once more Valarie!! #8556269

Julianne Bradford 4/20/2010 8:48:44 PM

A double congratulations for this great winner Valarie! #8556502

Tommy E. Burgess 4/20/2010 10:12:46 PM

Huge congratulations on your stunning winner Valarie!!! #8556641

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 4/21/2010 1:38:56 AM

CONGRATZ. on your Golden Win, Val.

UB. #8557031

Ron McEwan 4/21/2010 6:16:46 AM

You are racking in the chips this month, congrats on another beauty Valarie #8557684

Gina Cormier level-deluxe 4/21/2010 6:58:24 AM

WOWIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats Val!!!!!!!!! So happy for you. Bet you;re glad you resubmitted this again!! lol #8557786

Margaret R. Barry 4/21/2010 7:11:33 AM

Congratulations on another fantastic winner, Valarie! #8557823

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 4/21/2010 8:43:04 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible Winner, Valarie! WTG! #8558156

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe 4/21/2010 9:41:50 AM

Another very well deserved GOLD Valarie!!! #8558492

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-deluxe 4/21/2010 10:22:51 AM

Congrats again. WTG.
JP #8558646

Debra R. Harder 4/21/2010 11:51:45 AM

WTG, Valarie! Huge congratulations on this brilliant and outstanding GOLD WINNER! Deb #8558935

David M. Montero 4/21/2010 1:48:28 PM

Another Big congratulations Valarie!!! Beautiful capture and fitting title. Well done! #8559243

Lana Arcemont level-deluxe 4/21/2010 2:02:13 PM

Again, Huge Congratulations, on the Gold! #8559273

Gail Vitikacs level-deluxe 4/21/2010 4:24:21 PM

Incredible details! Congratulations! #8559666

Carol Eade level-deluxe 4/21/2010 7:21:59 PM

Another congratulations, Valarie! #8560095

Ann Coates level-deluxe 4/21/2010 10:16:36 PM

Congratulations again Valarie, another stunning winner. #8560340

Val Feldman level-deluxe 4/22/2010 4:27:44 PM

Thank you all...from the bottom of this ol''re all the best!!! ~Val #8562547

Erica Murphy level-deluxe 4/22/2010 5:06:40 PM

Congratulations to you on this wonderful winner Valarie! #8562661

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-deluxe 4/23/2010 11:28:47 AM

Big Congratulations, Valarie! Well deserved! #8564690

Anne McKinnell level-deluxe 4/24/2010 8:59:13 AM

Beautiful! Congratulations on your win! #8566587

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 3/10/2016 7:12:29 AM

Congratulations Val on your Best of the Best in 20 years. #11444819

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Resubmitted March 2010

~Lion Fish~

Entered into DD

So many beautiful, colorful fins but it's those venomous top dorsal spines you have to watch out for! (Altho, contrary to popular belief, the venom of the lion fish is usually not fatal to human beings but it will make you very sick.) Photo taken at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX.

Been absent for a while - besides the usual holiday rush, both of our mothers (ages 90 and 93) had bad cases of laryngitis plus chest colds -both are on the mend now, thankfully! Have missed many of your wonderful photos - I'll try to catch up!

Happy Holidays Everyone and the very best to all of you in 2010!!!

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 640, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300

Uploaded on 12/21/2009 4:25:46 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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