Deck out your device with 15% off smartphone cases & laptop skins. Use code DEVICE15.

Starfish by MattGranz

Canvas Prints

Available to buy on…

In order to get this shot, I had to get wet… very wet. I took off my shoes and left them on the shore and proceeded out to this rock, getting waist high into the surf, when it occurred to me that I was walking barefoot through shoreside tidal pools filled with Anemones and other things I would not want to step on barefoot. By then I was committed and perched my tripod on another rock (much closer than my wide angle makes it appear here) and commenced taking some long exposure images with waves crashing over this rock and all around.

This surrealistic image is best described by a fellow photographer friend who said “we are not photo journalists, we are landscape artists.”

Muir Beach, California

Exif data

Camera Nikon D90
Lens Tokina 12-24mm (w/ 10X ND Filter)
Exposure 42 Seconds
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 12 mm
ISO Speed 200

Join me on Facebook!

Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations… ask for me by name.

View Full Profile


  • charitygrace
    charitygracealmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – MattGranz

  • Peter Dickinson
    Peter Dickinsonalmost 3 years ago

    Matt, great reward for the risk you took! It’s got a real energy to it.

  • Thanks Peter! Yeah, I find that some of the best shots have some sort of inherent risk to them… even if it’s self imposed. LOL.

    – MattGranz

  • kchamula
    kchamulaalmost 3 years ago

    yeah, really amazing photo. the reds are perfect together and really highlight the subject. great shot!

  • Thanks! It was quite the sunset!

    – MattGranz

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...almost 3 years ago

    Incredible image Matt!

  • Thank you so much!

    – MattGranz

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 3 years ago

    Superb capture Matt! Well done! It was worth the risk.

  • Most definitely! Thanks!

    – MattGranz

  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 3 years ago

    really cool shot – technically tricky and amazing light!

  • The trickiest part was aiming through the Hard 10 ND filter while having the tripod straddled to a rock, with waves crashing up to the waist. and a good undertow, and my camera deciding to malfunction for a moment or two… yep! Thanks for the wonderful compliment! It’s nice to see others who get what it took.

    – MattGranz

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Polly!

    – MattGranz

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Matt, very nice as it is but that main starfish adds heaps to it.

  • When I saw the Starfish, I knew it had to be the main ingredient… I thought that I could get closer, but when I tried the waves got more intense and so I settled for this view.


    – MattGranz

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhialmost 3 years ago

    amazing view!

  • Thanks!

    – MattGranz

  • Thanks!

    – MattGranz

  • walela
    walelaalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – MattGranz

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.