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A starry embrace

A starry embrace
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Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-01
Categories: Echinoderms
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-08 2:02
Viewed: 4029
Points: 4
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A pair of Sea Stars attempting a loving embrace? These are the common starfish of the Pacific Northwest -Pisaster Ochraceus.
I liked the colours of the stars against that of the seaweed and the bumpy texture of the barnacles.
The challenge here is to cut down on the shiny-ness of the wet stars. So idf any one can tell me how to accomplish that (some sort of filter or some clever post-processing technique) I would be very grateful.

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I think a polarising filter might do it. It has 2 functions and one of them allows you to see through glass without the reflections... I have also seen it usd on a leaf which had a very high shine becuase of the angle and with it, you couldn't see the shine at all, but you might have to be at a slight angle rather than overhead....

I think you have cropped the photo a touch too much for my liking, and need a slightly greater DOF, but I don't know your camera at all and don't know if this is possible.

Oherwise I like the idea and Evelynn is probably the person to offer more advice on this field. She has done a great series in shoreline creatures like starfish.

Hi John,
I've never seen these unusual starfish before.
As far as the shinyness goes,I've found that setting your white balance to 'sunny' and fine adjusting slightly towards the red can cancel out some of the UV glare,which is basically bluish.
When photos come out with UV glare in them,I invariably turn the blue down a notch in post processing which often helps.
Its a very nice shot though.
Definitely deserved more points.

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