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In the Shallows

In the Shallows
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favorite Beaches images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-06 22:22
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The tide goes out a long way in this part of the world, and the water within the reef becomes very shallow so it's easy to wade out and look for corals and fish.. I saw this large red starfish and managed to get this shot. The star is about 9" across so quite large..

RAW, resized and framed.. The photo was sharpened minimally after resize but may look a little oversharp. Sadly with the 'BD sizer' that I use the minimum sharpening is 10% so am stuck with it..

EXIF to follow (when i get a chance to check the memory card that's in camera at the moment)

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I'm fed up of the wet grey weather here so think I will go where you are today it looks much warmer. There's a lot to look at in this shot and I think it works well in portrait (although would like to see it in landscape as well). I think you were standing up when the shot was taken and I wonder what it would like if you had got down to ground level with the starfish taking up more of the foreground and perhaps the empty beach would be less prominent so the the distant tree line and BIG clouds don't compete with it (or i could be completely wrong)

Like the shot


Good morning David.
Unbelieveble clear water it is.
The starfish and weat, looks if it is laying under glass.
Clouds and sky are gorgeous, aswel the strong line of the beach.
Indeed the sharpness seen at the trees and the wrinkles in the water is a bit high.
Why not finnishing the picture before upload through Photofiltre ? Size, pixels, Kílobites and sharpness, al on one page.
Best wishes from Jan

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-03-07 1:24]

Astonishing, OUTSTANDING Clarity, is that for real? I love that giant white cloud creating the perfect contrast and mood! and the starfish creating a nice colored element in the overall image! I simply love every detail here!

tfs David and nice weekend

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2009-03-07 1:30]

nice depth
good pov
well done

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-03-07 1:42]

Nice landscape, David.
Excellent done.

Best, Adrian

Wow great capture David..... amazing detail. You do love that lens :)

Regards Mark

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2009-03-07 2:40]

Bonjour David,
... je n'y connait absolument rien en objectifs... tout ce que je peux dire, c'est que cet effet apporte une dimension vraiment agréable avec juste cette touche de couleur qui vient perturber le bon équilibre du paysage.
Superbe cette lumière, et quel dynamisme
Bonne journée


Hi David,

great shot. The clarity - not ony water - is outstanding. Well composed image with outstanding colours and POV. This is amazing work.

My compliments.



Hello David!
I love the effect with this lens! I must buy one.
Fantastic sky, wonderuful atmosphere, nice perspective!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

hello David
how are you doing?
another wonderful shot
i have never seen such clear water, i can see the base of the sea
the coral and the fish is so clear!
wonderful capture friend.
Thanks for sharing

Manuj MEhta

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2009-03-07 4:27]

Greetings David, and another fine shot that is! Nice wide angle, great depth of field and the excellent idea of placing the little orange starfish down near the bottom. Very interesting shot, the large cloud formation in the background adds a lot of interest and serves to remind us that all is wonderful all the time in paradise!

Have a great weekend,
Reed Radcliffe
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Doesn't look oversharpened to me ... but what do I know:) All I see is beautiful crystal clear ocean, white sand, and beautiful sky. Love the portrait view, and the wide angle really gives a feel for the expansiveness of this place. Another winner David.

Ciao David

Beautiful visual
even paradise islands!
I am astonished by the beauty of this
crystalline water leaving everything I see below,
seaweed, star of the sea urchin.
And in the sky, clouds give a show the
of beauty in your horizon!


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-03-07 5:58]

Looks like an invision of clouds coming over,All in this picture seems to be on the move.

top David.


I love the extreme view here David! What a GORGEOUS place...I am envious! Still chewing on my leg! The clouds are incredible! Hope you had a great time here, can't wait to see more!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-08 22:55]

I have to see this places !!!


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-09 12:49]

Hello David.
Another great shot with Sigma 10-20
Starfish on the foregroung this is it!
Janek Kloss

Hello David,

It is a very good pov and an excellent shot.
The starfish in the foreground is intelligently framed

It's an happy shot , wonderful landscape, rules of third... Good good GOOD.

I dream about holiday now... Thanks !☺
Have a nice day

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-04-12 10:31]

I missed out this one David, glad to browsed again your gallery. This is amazing landscape in vertical format very well composed and the clouds really amazed me. Wow! such a great image. well done.


That seastar just does the trick...the whole photo screams summer, and I really need a holiday 8)



Great perspective shot, David! Wonderful colour saturation between the sand and the sky. I really enjoy your notes and tech info on how these images are produced. I haven't yet learned how to use all these technical digital tools to produce such great images as you do, but I'm trying.

Cheers, JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

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