sea star on beach, Oregon


If  a sea star could speak, I think this one would be saying ‘wheeeee….!’, knowing the wave would give it a ride.

I’ve always loved finding sea stars that have some gesture – the arms have to be just ‘so’ to look like they are dancing, or running, leaping, etc. We had gently removed this one from a rock by wetting the surface so it would release its hold, and then I put it on the sand and waited for a wave to come. It had to be the ‘right’ wave, too, for the gesture and expression that I wanted this picture to have. I made many pictures that were misses, but this one worked out with the way the wave entered the frame. Yippee! It’s always great when your pre-visualization works out in your favor…(and when we were all done, I put the sea star back on the rock…)

Made on a Canon 1DS Mark III and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens. Gitzo tripod and Really Right Stuff ball head. Processed in Lightroom and Nik’s Viveza 2.

We’ll be scheduling our next year’s instructional tour along the Oregon Coast very soon. Watch the website schedule for information.