Macro Detail Image of Fire Star Sea Urchin

01-Feb-2018 Back to Image Gallery

Macro Detail Image of Fire Star Sea Urchin


As a photographer I am always looking for new images across all genres of underwater photography. This image falls into the genre of art rather than documentary and such images are not so common.

We call this genre `Detail Photography’ which doesn’t sound very artistic. However a very artistic image can be produced if one can find a subject that photographed very close up in fine detail, becomes art!

Photo Data: Location: Anilao. Philippines. Genre: Macro. Photography Data: Nikon D800 camera, Nikkor 60mm with Seacam Strobes. Manual Exposure Mode. ISO 200 Exposure 1/125th @ F22. Image by Kevin Deacon.

Photo Hints: When shooting at very close macro distance the photographer will be just 10 centimetres from the subject so the `depth of field’ will be very shallow.

Continuous Autofocus mode will be best for this otherwise the slightest movement back or forth will produce a poorly focused (un-sharp) image if Single Focus Lock is selected.

Interesting Facts: The spines of the fire urchin are venomous and will deliver a nasty sting if one is careless enough to touch them.

The beautiful Coleman Shrimp can often be found living amongst the spines of fire urchins.

Common names. Fire Urchin, Fire Star. Toxic Leather Sea Urchin. Scientific Name: Asthenosoma marisrubri

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