The pink sea star, or short-spined sea star, is a large starfish native to the Pacific Northwest. This one was clinging to a tank wall at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, USA, giving me a good opportunity to capture its fascinating underside. Lest you think I had it too easy capturing a stationary creature, note that all those small pink appendages were constantly in motion! I had a little more light in this tank than some others and was able to shoot at ISO 1600. That resulted in some noise, and so I post-processed in Imagenomic’s Noiseware. The image is otherwise as shot (not cropped, only minimal color correction and sharpening). (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/4, 1/100 sec., ISO 1600, aquarium tank lighting, handheld)
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