Kerstin Köneke  

Textures in Nature - Starfish by Kerstin Köneke

February 2021 - Textures in Nature - Starfish

About the Image(s)

I shot this photo at one of my sun hunting days with a friend at the Baltic Sea beach. We didn’t get the spectacular sunrise we hoped for. But we finally found out the reason, what was our nose bothering the whole time we walked there at the beach. Some days before we had a strong storm and hundreds of starfishes stranded on the beach. You can imagine that the smell was a bit… fishy ;-). On the other hand, we’ve had some new photo subjects to put into the right spotlight.

Technical information: Canon 70 D, Canon 100 mm, 1/100 sec, ISO 100, F/2.8

7 comments posted

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Your starfish is located nicely in the lower right of the frame. The exposure is very good for that backlit situation. It may have smelled bad, but it looks beautiful. The over bright debris on the left side detracts from the starfish. I would suggest cropping it off. Oops. I misspelled your name. Sorry.   Posted: 02/10/2021 10:48:46
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Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Bright whitish areas attract the eye away from the main subject. That's why the upper left is still distracting. Plus, the main subject of the starfish is underexposed. When I worked on this image, it did end up more colorful, too, but I could probably brighten the starfish without doing that.   Posted: 02/14/2021 15:04:21
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Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I see plenty of texture details all over the picture, on the starfish as well as its environment. Cropping to just the starfish might be a better composition for the starfish, but it would eliminate all the environment's texture and patterns. I think the starfish is underexposed. In my edit, I tried to brighten the starfish and darken the background.   Posted: 02/14/2021 15:07:58
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Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
I like the starfish. Lovely design and texture. Here is my edit: Cropped left side/ used healing brush on hotspots/ darkened the yellow areas and lightened the starfish. Then added a vignette in Camera Raw. Also removed the tiny little sticks in right bottom corner.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:48:49
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Ally Green   Ally Green
What a great subject and capture and good you perserved despite the fishy smell! I think Barbara and Carole and done a great crop and that is what i would have suggested too giving more emphasis to the lovely textures in the starfish.   Posted: 02/15/2021 17:03:43

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I can really see the texture in the starfish. I felt the colors with red and white really enhanced the texture of the starfish. My eye also focused on other things. I thought Barbara's crop really gave the subject more emphasis.   Posted: 02/15/2021 18:04:51

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
I like this photo, the sharp starfish and colors. Great photo for texture! I agree a tighter crop or burning in the hot spot would have diminished drawing the eye away from your subject.   Posted: 02/17/2021 22:40:06


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