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@jessica18 @shullin It is gorgeous. It almost doesn't look real. :)
reminds me of a scene in a kdrama I saw...
So sweet and beautiful.
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The Lionfish (Pterois)
During my 7 day visit to the Caribbean island of Nassau I spent my spare time shooting photos of the island and the Atlantis Resort (where I was staying). What I found most interesting about the Atlantis was the impressive number of aquarium exhibits and their integration into the resort's design. There are catacombs and hidden walking paths all which lead to little coves or underwater chambers where you can view a stunning array of exotic ocean life. I quickly found that my 50mm f/1.4 lens was my best friend. It offered the best choice for the environment for many of the displays were tightly interwoven into the architecture of the resort; instead of large areas which would be better suited to a wide angle lens the Atlantis offers small intimate viewing locations. Finding the right mix of focal length and low-light ability - the f/1.4 50mm lens really outperformed all of my other lenses for capturing the marine life in these exhibits. ONE EXHIBIT THAT I FOUND PARTICULARLY BEAUTIFUL TO PHOTOGRAPH WAS THE LIONFISH HABITAT. Because the lighting was perfect to minimize reflections on the viewing window's surface and the habitat itself was colorful and bright, these beautifully dangerous looking creatures really photographed well. Wanting to understand more about what a Lionfish was, I decided to do some research. They are actually fascinating fish. HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED - Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as Lionfish. The Lionfish is also called Zebrafish, Firefish, Turkeyfish or Butterfly-cod, is an unmistakably striking creature due to conspicuous warning coloration in red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fins. There are 9 different sub-species of Pterois with each sharing common traits such as their venomous spiky fins and stripped coloration. Pterois range from 5 to 45 cm (2.0 to 17.7 in) in length, weighing from 0.025 to 1.3 kg (0.055 to 2.866 lb). Pterois species can live from five to 15 years and have complex courtship and mating behaviors. The lionfish is a predator and it aggressively preys on small fish and invertebrates. They can be found around the seaward edge of reefs and coral, in lagoons, and on rocky surfaces to 150ft (50m) deep. They show a preference for inshore areas and in harbors, and have a generally hostile attitude and are territorial towards other reef fish. Many universities in the Indo-Pacific have documented reports of Pterois aggression towards divers and researchers. Lionfish are known for their venomous fin rays, an uncommon feature among marine fish. These are primarily defensive tools used to keep larger predators from successfully attacking the Lionfish. The potency of their venom makes them a serious potential threat to fishermen and divers. In humans, Pterois venom can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness, redness on the affected area, headache, numbness, paresthesia (pins and needles), heartburn, diarrhea, and sweating. Rarely, such stings can cause temporary paralysis of the limbs, heart failure, and even death. Fatalities are common in very young children, the elderly, those with a weak immune system, or those who are allergic to their venom. Their venom is rarely fatal to healthy adults, but some species have enough venom to produce extreme discomfort for a period of several days. Pterois venom is a danger to allergic victims as they may experience anaphylaxis, a serious and often life-threatening condition that requires immediate emergency medical treatment. Severe allergic reactions include chest pain, severe breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure, swelling of the tongue, sweating, runny nose, or slurred speech. Such reactions can be fatal if not treated. There have been cases where humans were stung but the Lionfish did not release venom into the wound, suggesting that they can control if venom is injected or not. Most accidents happen to fishermen when they inadvertently catch a Lionfish in their nets. AS THEIR NAME SUGGESTS - LIONFISH ARE DEADLY HUNTERS According to a study that involved the dissection of over 1,400 lionfish stomachs, Pterois prey mostly on small fish, invertebrates, and mollusks in large amounts, with some specimens’ stomachs containing up to six different species of prey. Lionfish are skilled hunters, using specialized bilateral swim bladder muscles to provide exquisite control of location in the water column, allowing the fish to alter its center of gravity to better attack prey. The lionfish then spreads its large pectoral fins and swallows its prey in a single motion. They blow jets of water while approaching prey. The theory behind the blowing of these jets is to disorient their prey making it easier to catch. Indigenous to the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific regions – two of the nine species of Pterois, the Red Lionfish (P. volitans) and the Common Lionfish (P. miles), have established themselves as significant invasive species off the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. They have been described as "one of the most aggressively invasive species on the planet". The Lionfish invasion is considered to be one of the most serious recent threats to Caribbean and Florida coral reef ecosystems according to a 2015 report by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in the United States. The red Lionfish was likely first introduced off the Florida coast by the early to mid-1990s. This introduction may have occurred in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew destroyed an aquarium in southern Florida, releasing six Lionfish into Biscayne Bay. Another theory is that the Lionfish may have been purposefully discarded by unsatisfied aquarium enthusiasts. This is in part due because Lionfish require an experienced aquarium owner but are often sold to novices who find their care too difficult. Lionfish have successfully adapted to the coastal waters of the Atlantic in less than a decade and they pose a major threat to reef ecological systems in these areas. The ecological damage caused by Pterois is born from their impact on prey population numbers therefore directly affecting food chain relationships; leading to reef deterioration and negatively influencing Atlantic species diversity. Lionfish have already been shown to overpopulate reef areas and display aggressive tendencies forcing native species to move to waters where conditions might be less than desirable. Because the Lionfish thrive in the Atlantic and the Caribbean's nutrient-rich waters while also enjoying a lack of natural predators the species has spread rapidly. A single Lionfish can reduce young juvenile reef fish populations by 79%. LIONFISH SANDWICH ANYONE? In 2010, NOAA began a campaign to encourage the consumption of the fish. The "Lionfish as Food" campaign encourages human hunting of the fish as the only form of control known to date. Encouraging the consumption of Lionfish could not only help to maintain a reasonable population density, but also provide an alternative fishing source to other overfished populations, such as grouper and snapper. NOAA also encourages people to report Lionfish sightings, to help track Lionfish population dispersal. When properly filleted, the naturally venomous fish is safe to eat. The NOAA calls the Lionfish a "delicious, delicately flavored fish" similar in texture to grouper. Recipes for Lionfish include deep frying, ceviche, jerky, and grilling. So there you go… if you can catch one without getting stung… you can find recipes for how to cook them. I personally would rather just see them as I did at the Atlantis Resort – behind a wall of glass in an aquarium display. © Copyright 2010-2015, Jon Patrick Hyde, All Rights Reserved.
Master The Skills Of Jewelry Photography Editing Tips And Be Successful
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A leading auction house: Hindman
A leading auction house: Hindman Hindman is one of the country's driving compelling artwork closeout houses. With an immovable spotlight on customer administration, Hindman offers all-encompassing answers for interface customers in nearby US urban communities to the worldwide craftsmanship market. Hindman works a greater number of salerooms in the United States than some other sales management firm and leads more than 100 sales every year in classes like fine adornments, compelling artwork, current plan, fine books and original copies, furniture, beautifying expressions, couture, Asian masterpieces, specialties of the American west, numismatics, and that's just the beginning. Hindman Auctions will also introduce the Spring Prints and Multiples sell-off on May 5, 2021. The deal includes an expansive determination of works from Old Master through Contemporary Prints, Photography, and Picasso ceramics. The closeout starts with a prominently solid meeting of Pop Art from Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein with other noteworthy works of art by Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Ruscha, and Ellsworth Kelly. The photography meeting incorporates works by Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, and Marilyn Minter among others. Leslie Hindman auctions is satisfied to introduce Post War and Contemporary Art, a bartering occurring on May 4, 2021. This deal includes a noteworthy cluster of unique works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alexander Calder, Sam Francis, Sadamasa Montonaga, Jim Nutt, Tom Wesselmann, and Joan Mitchell, envisioned here, among others. Untitled, 1989 is a dazzling late-vocation Joan Mitchell painting characteristic of both the craftsman's last venture in France and her supported subject of painting from conveyed scene recollections. With her studio in a real sense in Monet's terraces, the touchy spirits of Impressionism occupy this advanced Abstract Expressionist model, adding a convincing referential applied intricacy. We are satisfied to offer this composition in front of Mitchell's impending far reaching review co-coordinated by The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Music assumes an enormous part in the entirety of our lives, and when this JukeBox begins to play, the audience is quickly shipped back to a period before the advanced music age. You feel each fly of the record and hear the tin-sounding speakers, something that is almost difficult to duplicate. Part 3130 in the present deal, A Gentleman's Pursuits, is a 1940s Rock-Ola Model F Juke Box, in Working Condition, with assessments of $3,000-$5,000. The forthcoming American and European Art sale will offer in excess of 130 loads of canvases, figures, and chips away at paper from the nineteenth and twentieth hundreds of years with an eminent choice of Pennsylvania Impressionist scenes, and Modernist and Ashcan works. Of specific note is the assortment of Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth which incorporates works by Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, Everett Shinn, and Andre Derain. The deal will likewise include various twentieth century European works by Henri Le Sidaner, Jean Dufy, and Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, envisioned here. Painted in 1957 when Foujita was 71 years of age, Lot 72, 'Les Deux Amies' is a private painting in scale at 18 x 13 inches. The piece and curtain are intensely affected by works from the Italian Renaissance and the faces give off an impression of being a response to twentieth century oddity, which shows Foujita's proceeded with interest in the West. The figures are laid out in dark ink and the outside of the composition is razor-slight which harkens back to Foujita's utilization of customary Japanese methods, making this work an exemplary illustration of Foujita's merging of two distinct universes. We are extremely satisfied to have the chance to offer this uncommon work for sale to the public. The past year has given us a new appreciation for in-home dining with beautiful tablescapes and place settings! Thursday's sale, Dining at Home, has everything you need to set the perfect table! With over 500 lots of silver and porcelain tableware, stemware, and decorative objects, featuring coveted names like Herend, Royal Copenhagen, Dodie Thayer, Hermès, Tiffany & Co., Buccellati, Georg Jensen, Lalique, Baccarat, and more! Media Source: AuctionDaily
Collection of Late Philanthropist Don Marron
The Wall Street Journal described three New York galleries as "longtime rivals" for selling the collection of late philanthropist Donald Marron. Pace, Gagosian, and Acquavella planned to privately sell over 300 works totaling US $450 million. Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, etc. are among the artists included. How exactly the trio managed to pull it off, particularly with competition from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips, may never be public knowledge. “The joy of private sales,” quipped Pace president Marc Glimcher. Many in the industry were surprised by this agreement. In recent news reports, three prominent auction houses were reported to have engaged in aggressive negotiations. The Wall Street Journal report noted that the houses guaranteed that at least $300 million would be paid for the paintings by Donald Marron's widow, Catie Marron. The auction house may be assertive because of its new owner, Patrick Dahi, and the need to make a big splash in its first year. Michael Plummer, the co-founder of Arvest Partners, saw potential in a Christie's partnership. According to a report that cites Pinault, "We know [Christie's owner François] and his family like taking risks on big deals." There are good reasons for the auction houses to be aggressive. According to Artnet Analytics, 35% fewer lots crossed the auction block in 2013 with an estimate above $10 million than in 2012. Additionally, many are concerned that Brexit, Coronavirus, and the upcoming US elections will continue to impact markets. The three New York galleries who won the rights to the collection are framing it as a critique of the auction model, which will make matters worse for auction houses. Glimcher said one of the main reasons the trio teamed up was to "make a point" about how galleries can compete with auction houses. Glimcher told the Wall Street Journal that the talk about numbers and bidding was uninspiring to [Catie Marron's widow]. “Private sales are private, and sometimes that’s an advantage.” A previous report from Artnet highlighted the conceivable procurement of Donald Marron's assortment by a significant sales management firm as motivation to anticipate a turnaround "from a genuinely fair 2019." Now, those expectations lie in the assortment of land big shots Harry and Linda Macklowe, whose separate from procedures prompted a court-requested offer of their assortment, worth an expected $700 million. Artnet anticipates that those pieces should go to sell as right on time as spring. In the interim, Pace, Gagosian, and Acquavella get ready for the offer of Don Marron's 300+ piece assortment. The threesome will have an occasion on April 24th, observing Marron's achievement. In spite of the fact that it is indistinct which compositions or drawings will feature the occasion. Furthermore, the exhibitions likewise are not precluding the chance of selling a few pieces before that date. They can't bear to sell the assortment gradually. Among a couple of subtleties, we think about the association is that Pace, Gagosian, and Acquavella consented to purchase any piece from Catie Marron that they can't sell. "It was a large chunk of change, so we need to convey—we can't send any works back to her," Bill Acquavella of Acquavella Galleries told the Wall Street Journal. Be that as it may, while it is a tumultuous time for the exhibitions, it is additionally a significant second to respect the memory of Don Marron. Marron established the Wall Street firm D.B. Marron and Co. in 1959. His initial gathering enthusiasm lay in Hudson River compositions. In any case, he developed to see the value in more present-day pieces as time passed by. He proceeded to assist PaineWebber for more than 20 years with their assortment as the organization's administrator. What's more, he filled in as the leader of the Museum of Modern Art, where he likewise gave pieces from his assortment. He passed on of a coronary failure last December, matured 85. Media Source: AuctionDaily