Crown Of Thorns Starfish, Kona, 34 feet below sea level

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  1. sabbath999

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    EXIF: Canon PowersShot A710 IS, f/2.8, 1/60, onboard flash with diffuser.
     
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    Is this one of those shots where you used the wrong flash output for that depth? :)

    That's a damn wicked looking beast, Sabbath.
     
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    I've never seen or heard of this type of starfish...very cool!

    (How big is it?)
     
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    Lick one..

    Nice, but scary shot. Wouldn't want to walk on one bare footed
     
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    Well... since it is a fully automated point & shoot ... well... you get what you can take. You should see how bad this looked before post processing! Here, I will post it.

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    They are wicked looking critters. Nasty things, they are destroying whole reefs of soft corals, they are predators. In Kona, there's not a problem because the coral there is hard and the crowns can't really take over the place.
     
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    Wow, nice edit job. I was trying to make reference to your (now seems banned) recent stalker. :)
     
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    Ah... I had forgotten about him. He really made a lasting impression on me :madass:

    Thanks for your kind words. I am actually not really happy with the edit, it has a lot of blown highlights that I can fix with more work... frankly the picture isn't worth the effort, so I just quit there.

    I have a really interesting shot of a frogfish taken just after this that I am going to spend the time on because it is worth it.
     
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    Great shot and a most interesting subject. Creepy looking fellow.
     
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    Sorry, I missed the question part of your reply.

    It is about a foot or so wide.
     
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    Editing does bring out the best. Nice job!
     
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    Thanks! I was going to ask if it was about the size of a dinner plate (which it looked to be from the photo), but then I thought that might be a stupid estimate as some starfishes are much much smaller. I'll have to read up on these
     
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    Thanks... that's about as close as I could make it to look like what it looked like in real life.
     

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