Beautiful fish for sale at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo (2005)
The selection of fish at Tsukiji Fish Market simply has to be seen to be believed, I visited in 2005 and it took me years to identify most of the fish in my photos… even then I can’t say for sure that I’m 100% correct. The fish above with visible eyes are striped jack (shima aji / シマアジ) at the top, Pacific saury (sanma / サンマ) on the bottom left and kinmedai (golden eye snapper / キンメダイ) on the bottom right. I rarely use flash, but this photo is one of the few times it was either use it or lose the picture – it was just too dark to hold the camera still and I had no tripod. When I finally got a look at a larger version of the photo I noticed the eyes of the kinmedai fish were unusually light in the black areas, about 30% lighter than everything else. I “fixed” it thinking it was some version of “red-eye” from the flash, but that was before I had any idea what the fish was. It turns out maybe the eyes were supposed to look that way after all, I’m still not certain if it was a trick of the light. In any case I saved over the original and only had one shot of the fish because back in 2005 memory cards were much more expensive and held relatively few pictures – you had to choose wisely .
A digital lesson for me.