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#50 – Starfish of a Different Color

07.29.10 – 12:11pm – f/6.2 – 1/60 +0.33 Canon T1i – Tamron 18-270 lens – Length: 270mm
Editing: Slight exposure/vibrance adjustments of the jpeg in Camera Raw

It was a “minus tide” (extremely low tide) on a cool morning in front of our beachhouse in Bandon, Oregon, near Face Rock. This is the perfect condition for “tidepooling” on the Oregon Coast. There were seven of us on a two-family vacation and we had a fun time checking out all the marine life in the tide pools. The saturation was extremely good with this photo, and it was surprisingly sharp, even though I handheld it at a 1/60 time exposure. I love how it shows off the rich variety of wet starfish colors. Most starfish here were orange, so I like how this shot shows the purple in the majority. Maybe this photo could be used to illustrate diversity, or a sense of community, the way everything is clinging together.