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A Deadly Delicacy
Photograph by Cary Wolinsky

Fugu, or pufferfish, is a delicacy in Japan. But because the liver and other internal organs of the fish contain tetrodotoxin, fugu can be deadly if not prepared correctly. Since 1958 Tokyo has required chefs to be licensed. At this practice examination, held at the Tsukiji fish market in the center of Tokyo, candidates have 20 minutes to dissect the fish into edible and inedible pieces, label the parts with plastic tags, and artfully arrange a plate of fugu sashimi.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 100
Lens: Nikkor 16mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: I used a Nikon Speedlight flash on the camera to provide a little fill and to kill some of the green color coming from the fluorescent lighting, which was mixing with daylight from a partially blocked window.

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