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Starfish Cove

Starfish Cove
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Copyright: Ian Barredo (tracer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f3.5-4.5G ED, Marumi DHG Circular PL(D) 77mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 8:10
Viewed: 2891
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TL folks!

One's visit to the City of Davao is not complete without dropping by on the Garden City of Samal or simply called Samal Island, a few minutes by boat from the main city. Samal Island is a tropical paradise boasting its own white beaches and other attractions to the ones with adventure on their veins.

This was taken on one of the rocky beaches i ventured into one afternoon, beach-combing with a camera in hand. I came into this huge starfish ( as big as a mans head) into the knee deep water at low tide. I decided to "borrow" out of the water for a while placing it into a rock for a nice subject. So this becomes a staged shot. =D
I returned it to the water after though.

Marumi CPL + Cokin GND

Thanks for the peek

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-05-31 8:37]

Woooow!!! What a splendid shot! You've captured the clearness of the water very well!
My compliments!
Great sharpness on the rocks and the starfisch, but also the water, the clouds and the montains are sharp and beautiful!!
Much depth in this photo, the horizon at 2/3.
Super, Ian!
Thanks for sharing this photo!

ps I am glad you returned the starfish in to the water. So maybe I can see it some day....:)

Really nice Ian ... I love the huge wide angle view here ... of course the starfish is the star of the shot (no pun intended :) but including the ocean and the huge view, and the big sky is great also. Your placement of the starfish is great in my opinion. Fantastic work ..

Very nice picture, good use of the high angle to catch this nice Starfish in the foreground. Very good composition, color settings and contrast. Just one point: the horizon is a little bit tilted and would need a rotation toward the left, but it's a very small detail here. :-)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-05-31 9:00]

Hi Ian,

This is a fantastic view on the beach even you have given a help at nature for your set up! :)
Superb wide angle and depth of field with this open perspective towards the cloudy horizon.
I adore the brightness of colors and the fine textures on the starfish and sand.
Superb image! Annie

Hi Ian,
this shot is so amazing, I love the result with your good lens.
The star looks so big, the colour is so brilliant - and the BG is so clear and fresh.
Very well done, I enjoy looking so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Absolutely stunning pov. Beautiful color and details on the starfish This is so beautifully taken TFS

Very nice composition. Great DOF and wonderful colors. Well done.

Hi Ian,
Perfect shot. foreground is interesting, leading nicely to background. You have captured the amazing colour.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-05-31 13:43]

Hi Ian,
A marvellous POV with an appropriate use of your wide angle lens.
Quite a considerable DOF all in accurate sharpness.
This giant starfish is placed in an adequate place to create this beautiful composition.
Very dramatic sky with great management in lighting.
Very neat work in this pleasant vertical format.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

just said one word: WONDERFULL!

Ciao Ian

The Big Star of the Sea!
look my beautiful friend ...
Wonderful scene sight about this fantastic beach
what a lovely area.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Absolutely look at is nice.
Very well done,

Best regards,


Hello Ian,

This picture is truly amazing!! I love the point of view and the focal point on the star fish! The water and the sky is great!!

Well done!


yah its looks a little staged, the fish looks almost 3-d which is kinda cool, all in all its a cool shot-well done

Hello Ian

Staged or not. the low pov makes this image happen. Very well done. I think many a shot here is staged without our knowlege. Still this is top notch. Nice work


Hello Ian,

For a smart and effective composition , it is a perfect one. Love it with this superb large DOF. Top marks !

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