Getting Up Close and Personal with Starfish
Underwater photography will always have a special place in my heart because of the extra challenges that come with it. For one, I don’t have a bottomless bank account that can buy me all the necessary equipment I would need to shoot underwater. More importantly, I can’t swim. Anything deeper than 4+ feet and I’m in trouble. That said, I appreciate it all the more when I see brilliant underwater photography shots.
Underwater photographer, zoologist and Russian biologist Alexander Semenov‘s shot these colorful photos of different species of starfish. Comparing these images side by side shows how complex they are in structure and how distinctive their details are.
Seeing these amazing macro photographs of various starfish makes me wish I was the one behind them. The amount of detail captured in these images is enough to make me want to take a starfish home for me to poke and prod in the hopes of producing equally good images. Sadly, that’s not an option for me right now, so I’ll stick to this set of photos. I’m sure a lot of other people are interested in getting into underwater photography as well, but for now, let’s get on with the rest of the shots:
Semenov talks about underwater photography:
“When I first began to experiment with sea life photography I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old DSLR camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates under water and then I’ve shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure I ended up with a few good pictures, which I’ve showed to the crew. It has inspired us to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. Thus I’ve spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you’re working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Eventually I began to get interesting photos — one or two from each dive. Now after four years of practice I get a few good shots almost every time I dive but I still have a lot of things that need to be mastered in underwater photography.”