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westi October 26, 2017
Beautiful contrast, beautiful composition! After reading your description of trying to capture the shot, I loved this photo even more. You went all out for your art and it paid off!

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Motukiekie beach, a half hour drive north or the town of greymouth was my first encounter with the New Zealand coastline as i had spent the previous week explor...
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Motukiekie beach, a half hour drive north or the town of greymouth was my first encounter with the New Zealand coastline as i had spent the previous week exploring the mountainous regions inland.
Not a lot of people know of this beach not even the locals, i found out as i was asking around that only one person knew anything about it.
I was pretty nervous about getting onto this beach to get this shot. I had read a couple of stories about people that had been on this beach when the tide came in and had not come back. The walk to this spot is very unassuming, a beautiful walk with rocks jetting out into the sea and cliffs on the other side but if you don't know about the tides at this location you can get yourself into trouble very easily. The access point to the beach lies about 2 miles from the shooting location. You walk down a hidden pathway to the beach and start to make your way south. In the first quarter mile it would be very easy to get up the bluff to safety if you needed to, after that it becomes very high cliffs with no way to exit if you need to. The problem with the tides in this area is that they don't go out very far at all and the ocean in this area is known for big swells and the tide coming in very fast because of location and weather that is always hitting the region. So you really have about a 3 hour window at most, an hour and half before low tide and hopefully and hour and a half after. I studied the tides very carefully before hitting the beach as to give my self the best opportunity to get to this spot and back safely.
I made my way onto the beach at 7:00pm as the tide was going to be low at 8:30pm. The tide was going out and it was a gorgeous walk, the sun low in the sky and some mild winds. I arrived at the shooting location at 7:45pm, 45 minutes prior to low tide with some pretty good light for photographing.
The thing that caught me off guard when i arrived was that to get to the spot i wanted to shoot I had to jump my way over rocks that lead into the ocean. Not like big boulders but more like small platforms that had about five feet of water rushing in and out between them at all times. It reminded me of playing hot lava when you were a kid or when drunk as an adult, i had to methodically jump from one slippery platform to the next, i got to the last jump about 3 feet across, took a nice leap, slipped and caught the edge of the last platform, so now i am half way in the ocean, half way on the rock. I grabbed a stone embedded in one of the platforms and pulled myself up.
For this shot i had my tripod wedged in between two stones very close to the first starfish. I had also wedged myself in between the stones, it was a tiny bit precarious as every time the waves would come in i would be soaked from my feet to waist. I had to dry my camera and lens off multiple times.
The Stichaster australis star fish can only be found in New Zealand. They live in colonies gripped to these rocks and can be found at low tide
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