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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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 2 years ago

    Wow, I hope nobody does think this was an easy shot…just fabulous and I have seen nature shows that shows all those appendages quivering. How wonderful that the color is so pleasing…wonderful photo, Celeste…the Noiseware did a great job for you as I can detect no noise..and 1600 is pretty high….

  • Thank you so much, Katherine! I like starfish in general, but I was especially excited to see one in such a wonderful color. I’ve been using Noiseware for several years now, and I swear by it because it does such a good job on the noise without messing up the detail. My previous aquarium upload (the lionfish) was at ISO 3200, and Noiseware was a big help on that one too.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseabout 2 years ago

    A great capture of a fascinating creature!

  • I am also fascinated by starfish, and a pink one was irresistible! Thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 2 years ago

    I Love the dreamy and fantasy feel to this one Celeste……Very much worth the time to capture this beauty…….

  • Thank you so much, Thomas! I truly appreciate your visits and comments.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful detail on this, great color too!

  • Thank you! I was so attracted to the beautiful pink shades in this sea star!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Love this. such amazing colour and great details.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! I was struck by the color myself, as I don’t recall having seen a pink sea star before.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks very much, Audrey!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    A starfish from another planet, surely! I didn’t know that pink ones existed. Interesting shot.

  • Thank you, Bette! I had never seen a pink one before and so of course had to get some photos.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleabout 2 years ago

    I love this . . .I feel as though I’ right there in the water alongside . . . .x

  • Thanks, Teresa! This was such a pretty sight that I’m glad I was able to get a good photo.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Asoka
    Asokaabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Asoka!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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