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Etu Moana by michaelanderson Etu Moana by michaelanderson
'Etu Moana' is the Maori word for blue starfish.

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Aitutaki Atoll in The Cook Islands in the heart of the South Pacific. I had a feeling that a great sunset would materialize this night and I spent 3 hours walking up and down the beach looking for a suitable foreground and wasn't having much luck until I glanced down and saw this little guy. He was invisible without polarized sunglasses and luckily I had just put mine on. Believe it or not, these guys move pretty fast and I had to use a high ISO to keep the shutter speed up and hold the limb movement to a minimum. This was a fairly productive trip photographically and I will be posting more shots from these beautiful islands over the next couple weeks.

Canon 5D MkII 16-35mm lens at 16mm
5 seconds at f20 ISO 320 and a 2 stop hard graduated neutral density filter.

PS: The trip was paid for with my grand prize in OP's Iconic 100 contest! It pays to play!
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Matt-Baldwin-Ives Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Magnificent !
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antoniavs Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful!! :)
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!!
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A2Matos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Photographer
Your work has been featured in - Red Carpet: Animals Vol.1 [link]
Congratulations :D
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U-lee1990 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
wooow
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Feature [link]
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louiebear Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Photographer
love this <3
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adtemexi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly pretty!!
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
such an amazingly cool shot !!! :)
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Mad-grrr Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wooooooow!!!!! :heart:
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FauxFckn-Pa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
wow. Amazing. I come from Aitutaki and wow, your photo makes me wish i was back there now.
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maxre Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
i dunno how you get em mike, but keep them coming. absolutely enjoy your photos!
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:iconstrixcz:
StrixCZ Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very good shot :nod: :+fav:
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Kirpernicus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible shot, love the combination of see through and reflective.
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SuperStealthNinja Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot. :)
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farcry77 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This wonderful work is featured at [link]
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GeminiArtNStock Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009   Digital Artist
stunning piece Michael
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zooper-dooper-sara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
so beautiful. (y)
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zooper-dooper-sara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
OMG
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Dave-Ellis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Your wonderful image has been featured [link] - thanks for sharing ;)
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HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
you are featured in my journal[link]:heart:
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TwistedForeigner Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
amaing sky and waterscape!
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Keenie-Weenie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
You sure worked hard to have a trip to New Zealand. :tmnt2: I would love to go there, though unfortunately I'm just going into high school. ;)
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BellalleB Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
What a unique sunset capture!
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DameDesReves Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
:clap:
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Nikolaevna13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
A star and a crescent moon...it looks gorgeous.

You did a great job, as always.:)
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naiveminds Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is amazing shot
it so beautiful !!
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gupeKTop Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
просто вынос мозгa
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cRomoZone Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Featured this beautiful picture in my latest journal HERE
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xmagdax Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
featured here: [link] :heart:
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nbdy-hr Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing depth, fantastic colours - awesome! :wow:
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MorfeoNero Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
nice point of view, great job, as always!!
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darkpeter Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Oh, amazing photo! Beautiful sky!
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Vane553 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i insist that star is soo big!!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009   General Artist
absolutely beautiful work!
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Great color and awesome composition.
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danderson107 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
ditto everyone else. nice work
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
wow, is all i can really say, this image surpasses amazing...one of the best i have seen here and everything here is absolutely perfect
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Wodewose Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Stunning sky and reflections. For me, though, the starfish and the 'classical' composition actually make the whole thing too perfect to be as satisfying as it ought to be. Which probably just shows how inured we've become to images that ought to blow us away :D
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thanhdad Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
not only stunning phot but also interesting story ..
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Quite simply astonishing. Thanks for sharing! :)




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Esoteric-Imagery Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Perfect exposure, I've seen too many shots in similar lighting where they've blocked blacks in the rocks.
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Simply Breathtaking!
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valery-s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
здорово!
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northwoodsbabe Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Wow! This is beautiful! :thumbsup:
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NikolitaNiko Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! WANT! :love: This is a gorgeous shot!
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RickyLP Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Despite the slight underexposure, wich works well anyways, it´s a beautiful image Michael.
Cheers.
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ChimpyJay Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
I saw this on NP yesterday. The starfish and sky are unreal, and the reflection really adds to make this a beautiful tropical scene.
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McJohnalds Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Is that a sea cucumber next to the starfish? I think it is! =D
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