Freshwater fish isolations

I decided that I wanted to add to my portfolio some freshwater fish isolations for buyers looking for fish identification or as an insert to some projects they may be working on.

Some little tips and tricks I have learned as I was doing this are:

1. Get comfortable doing good isolations. It takes time and everyone has a different method but when it works you'll know it. If it isn't a good isolation it won't even get on the board.

2. Add the latin name whenever possible to any animal species. Some people only look them up in this manner, and often time slang names for fish or animals are very regional.

3. Make the fish look as lifelike as possible. It isn't easy but I try and have the fins up and just before I take the shot I wet them down with a light coating of cooking oil. Water sometimes beads away from some areas where the oil gives a nice even coating and makes it look as if it just came out of the water.

I kind of like isolations from time to time and I like to fish so I enjoy it on both ends.

Hope you like them.

Photo credits: Dave Willman.

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Very nice hint with the oil. I do that with some fruits and/ or eggs when do photographs. By the way, if you don't wan't to cook a chicken but you wanna photograph it like it is cook, you should use burned oil. :P


I am wondering, do you oil on one side correct? Just wondering if the oil starts to spill over to the floor of your acrylic board or not? I haven't tried it but I worry it will get a bit messy.


Yes I did catch them, I should of taken shots of them in the pan after the flour was added to the oil


When I read wet them down with cooking oil for some reason I thought they were alive LOL! Great tips thank you , did you catch these all yourself?

This was my attempt at a fish isolation, it was a live fish in a tank, why do angel fish always look worried? :D


Do you wrap them in tinfoil and BBQ them after their oil rub? Yummm. Oops sorry, I'm hungry for my lunch. Great idea! Cheers for the tips :0)


I would isolate them on black (oak) and with some cooking oil :))
Good tip, thanks ;)


Very nice work. Good tip on using cooking oil.

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