I am still working with the new camera. I wanted to post these along with some background that might be interesting.
This photo was taken with a telephoto lens. It really "pulls" the fish into the foreground. In all the photos below I used two flashes. The general rule was a main light (camera) and a "slave" flash angled at the side of the fish. The goal is to try and bury the shadow..in turn illuminating the background of the shot.
Similar shot different aperature opening. You can see how critical the angel of the fish can be to the depth of field.
I was playing with the color balance of the image. A little more blue...not as accurate a representation of the true color...but a nice shot. The side lighting is working better here. The shot was also taken with a telephoto. Because of the angle of the fish is in focus and the background isn't. The depth of field adds to the seperation.
Focus is soft, but the action shot is good. This poor SOB thinks he's going to get his woman back. Keeps cleaning the "pad".
This shot is as close to "technically perfect" as I ever got. The seperation between foreground and background is excellent. I wish I would have used a lower ISO to eliminate some of the noise.
Check out a close up of the head. On the top you can see the white edge. This is the flash illuminating the back of the fish. But the best part is the shadow on the bottom of the head. That black line is actually the shadow caused by the camera flash. The side light is so right on that it buried it behind the fish. Very cool.
And I couldn't help but post this. I am not positive, but I think you are looking at the inside
of the lens of the fish eye.
In all I took 122 photos in one sitting to get the above. One of the really nice things about the camera is the abilibty to take continuous photos. In addition I can configure the camera to bracket the exposure. In essence, if I get close...I have a useable image.