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Brittle Star

Brittle Star
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-08
Categories: Echinoderms
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EFS 18-55mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/13 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best wildlife shots, Underwater Wonder World 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-14 13:36
Viewed: 5014
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Brittle Starfish.

This was captured in "Exploris" the Northern Ireland Aquarium. Conditions were very dark and no flash allowed. ISO1600 1/13 sec Handheld!

Echinoderms are central disc organisms that use tube feet or spines to move their bodies. The Ophiuroidea Class is made up of Starfish that have a flat and smooth central disc with five spined arms. They come in colors of black, brown, and a combination of the two.

Their flexible arms are lined with many spines that allows them to move very quickly. These starfish are nocturnal and like to spend the day hiding in rockwork. During the night they will come out of the rockwork to search for food.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/13 sec
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 1600
Focal Length: 28/1 mm

sAner, JeanMichel, chiliu, liquidsunshine, thistle, puffy, PDP, sway, scottevers7, extramundi, TAZ, Ninfa has marked this note useful
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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2005-07-14 13:40]

nice, interesting photo.

A bit noisy, but a nice picture under the light conditions you had.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-14 14:56]

You're kidding me, right Stephen??? 1/13 handheld????! Man, you must have a real steady hand! The picture is a little noisy, but that's normal under these conditions. I like the composition a lot and this sure is a different from average subject. Well done & TFS!


As explained, conditions were difficult, but for 1/13 (I guess lens leaning on the glass), it's a very well stabilized image. Question of noise... it gives IMO an originality to this shot putting it as a kind of science-fiction image from a fifties magazine. The subject... a really great one!
Well done on the whole line, Stephen.

Hello Stepehn!
Fantastic composition! I love this great shot!
Arty and very beautiful!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-14 17:42]

Hey, man, 1/13 handheld? Congratulations. By using such speed, I'm sure I would get a blur or something.

I do enjoy this shot. A pleasant picture with very nice mood and lighting.

Once more, congratulations.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-14 18:23]

Hi Stephen,
Fantastic composition!
I like the lovely pastel colours.
The lighting, sharpness, and framing are excellent.

Unusual and interesting shot Stephen,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, Thanks for posting

This is amazing!
It looks like capture from some SF movie, not a photo of living crature.
As for such conditions this is even more amazing. Superb colours and light, great visual impact.
This is really special shot.

Great shot Stephen especially considering that you shot it at ISO 1600! That's unexplored territory for me thus far..Great details and a very interesting shot with all those arms creating a "feast" for the eye..Well done!

Great composition of this unusual organism.

  • Great 
  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-15 8:37]

Nice shot Steve, very well composed, I like the details and the colours. I agree with Pieter, you must have a very steady hand.... I can't never take any shot like this without tripod. Well done, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-15 17:53]

Very nice shot Stephen, I've always thought this is a good name for this starfish, it does look brittle. Very nice composition and details. Nice work.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-15 20:37]

Great capture.
Fantastic details.
I love the arms of the star fish and the wiggly patterns they make, like something out of a science fiction movie

Hi stephen,
This is a nice capture on the star fish. Under the conditions and high ISO, you did an excellent job. Nice Shot!

Fun use of light and line here, Stephen! The star is almost in sillhouette, adding the emphasis to the lines it creates. There is noise here, but I'm not sure if its the water or the camera. Nice shot though.

This is a excellent example how to use ambient light to make a more than decent and most interesting capture. I love the background, full of OOF tentacles, enhancing the perpendicular main star :)
Great 1/13 handheld. TFS. A fav not only for skill but arty.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-07-17 9:05]

Une photo artistique et très original. Les couleurs et la composition sont très belles.

Félicitations !!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-25 14:06]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb Starfish ! It is rare to see this. Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Stephen.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2006-02-14 2:07]

Hola Stephen: I had not been able to see this beautiful capture that your you have made, but today I found him in the general menu of TN. I don't know that to simply say, the composition catches me and each one of its tentacles invades my thought, me the fascinating encounter, without a doubt some one of my favorite ones. The colors and the perfect illumination, the shades to be enigmatic and fascinating. it is a picture to enjoy principle to end the image to leave a very pleasant sensation to the eyes. Congratulations. Cordial greetings. Happy Day of San Valentine. *Ninfa Urania*

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