NunoPires
NunoPires

Starfish



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andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling November 21, 2016
great composition!
NunoPires
NunoPires November 27, 2016
Thanks a lot for your comment and support, I really appreciate it!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in one of the many beautiful beaches of Costa de Caparica in Portugal.
Time
I remember that this day I wasn't planning to do any shooting but as a good photographer once told me, always carry your camera with you because you never know what might come up. I was just walking in the beach when I saw this starfish all alone and far from the ocean and wondered how could it got here? Maybe with the high tide... Then started to acknowledge the nice patterns win the starfish as well the color blending with the sand, some kind of camouflage and started to compose the image in my mind, a way to catch all the beautiful detail of the starfish and it's patterns, the color blending with the sand and the distance to the ocean. The light was very hard because it was a very sunny day of march here in Portugal which gave me some nice shadows. This shot was taken in March 10, 2005 at 3:21 PM.
Lighting
I wanted the photo to show and catch all the beautiful detail of the starfish and it's patterns, the color blending of the starfish with the sand and the distance to the ocean that the starfish really were. The light was very hard because it was a very sunny day of march here in Portugal with no clouds which game me strong shadows, had to turn a bit the starfish so that the light could get more of the starfish and I could less shadows.
Equipment
Since this was taken in only a walk which I wasn't planning to shoot anything, mainly because of the time of the day, 3:21 PM, and because at that time were very strong light and harsh conditions for shooting. So I only took my small Sony Cybershot DSC-P100. No other equipment were involved in this shot.
Inspiration
Well, in this case it wasn't anything planned, was something of the moment that caught my attention by this little starfish in the sand all alone. I just wanted to catch it with the best detail possible, to show the blending colors of the starfish and sand and it's camouflage and how far it was from the ocean.
Editing
Since it was around 3:00 PM and it was a very strong light the color wasn't that good, this shot didn't caught those oranges and reds so intensively as I wish for and the contrast wasn't that good either so, I did some corrections to the levels and contrast and then applied a hdr filter from Nyk collection in Photoshop to be able to catch the full spectrum of colors.
In my camera bag
In my bag now I have a Canon 30D, a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and a MTL 9251B Giottos Tripod.
Feedback
The best advice that I can give is that you should always carry your camera with you, even if it isn't your main camera, can be a small pocket camera like I did in this case, rather have one small camera than don't have any and miss a good photo, not all photos have to be planned, sometimes you can go with the moment and improvise which brings me to the second advice, always pay attention to little details.

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