Magic Sea Turtle

© Steven E. Ray

Magic Sea Turtle

Alex T. Mizuno 1/25/2008 1:33:26 AM

Just mesmerizing, Steven! I don't know how you did this but were you diving? I'm glad I'm visiting your gallery again. As usual, each of your work is a gem. #838455

Brett Dolsen 1/25/2008 1:41:42 AM

Fantastic Image and effects Steven!!Great work.
Brett #5390110

Dr. Harmeet Singh 1/25/2008 1:44:27 AM

Amazing work here,dear friend.Great image in the end. #5390113

Toni Riggs 1/25/2008 1:45:27 AM

Awesome image! #5390117

Manuel Barrera 1/25/2008 2:00:35 AM

Excellent work #5390146

Jennifer L. Alder 1/25/2008 2:09:57 AM

Hi Steven! :)
WOW--- You really did a fantastic job on this. The swirls of light are fantastic- awesome color work, too. Your low pov, along with the angle, certainly provide a three dimensional effect. So well done!! #5390183

Dr Silly 1/25/2008 2:20:56 AM

Jennifer said it all. Beautiful capture. :O)

Dominick M. Dimacale 1/25/2008 2:21:39 AM

Cool image and work here, Steven.

Dominick #5390220

Lynn M. Whitt 1/25/2008 2:27:49 AM

great job.... #5390245

Paul E. Earl 1/25/2008 2:56:56 AM

WOW!! Wonderful PS work!! A terrific image, Steven! #5390387

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 1/25/2008 3:08:20 AM

All I can say is WOOOOOOOOOOOOWZA, AWSOME buddy!!! Into my favs!!! #5390430

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 1/25/2008 3:13:17 AM

Very Nice Work Steven #5390450

Carol Sawyer 1/25/2008 3:34:38 AM

Outstanding image, work and effects, Steven! #5390570

Donald K. Cherry 1/25/2008 3:41:31 AM

Very cool, Steven! #5390627

Tiia Vissak 1/25/2008 3:42:29 AM

well done! #5390639

Jim Huffield 1/25/2008 3:43:47 AM

Gorgeous work, Steven. Jim #5390653

Gail Vitikacs 1/25/2008 3:53:19 AM

Incredible finished product! #5390747

Kay E. Mahoney 1/25/2008 6:13:19 AM

Fantastic work, Steven. Beautiful turtle and colors. #5391489

Angie Sidles 1/25/2008 8:23:40 AM

Amazing editing here Steven. This is just gorgeous! Beautiful work in every way! #5392101

Lisa J. Boulden 1/25/2008 8:26:02 AM

Beautiful capture with magical editing!
Wonderful job, Steven!
--Lisa #5392113

Nadya Johnson 1/25/2008 8:34:15 AM

Yet another outstanding work of art! I would love to know what you used. This is really stunning! #5392159

David Phalen 1/25/2008 10:15:06 AM

Fantastic work!! A piece of art. #5392635

Teresa A. Burnett 1/25/2008 11:40:51 AM

Wonderful image Steven!! Amazing effects!!! #5393570

Joy Rector 1/25/2008 12:21:23 PM

fantastic #5393952

Patrick Rouzes 1/25/2008 2:28:20 PM

WOW, Steven, captivating in every way!!! Brilliant work here, my friend!!! #5394935

Reynaldo D. Reyes 1/25/2008 6:37:50 PM

It looks like it comes from a fantasy movie of something. The creative edits are masterfully done. Great work here again Steven. #5396483

Kathy L. Clark 1/25/2008 9:35:57 PM

Well it's absolutely beautiful Steven. Gorgeous work on this guy. I love it. #5397189

Stefania Barbier 1/25/2008 10:16:20 PM

WOW great capture and effects! #5397300

BILL BRELSFORD 1/26/2008 4:36:25 AM


Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 1/26/2008 7:47:41 AM

Awesome and beautiful work, Steven!!!!! Amazing image!!!! ♫ k #5399145

Stan Kwasniowski 1/26/2008 8:40:58 AM

Steve, excellent #5399375

Dan E. 1/26/2008 12:38:57 PM

Awesome image #5400378

Eugenio Diaz 1/26/2008 6:21:52 PM

This IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!Great image and beautiful effects applied to it!!!!Well done Steven!!! #5401515

Sandra R. Alvey 1/26/2008 8:20:01 PM

AWESOME Steven! I love your effects! Such a wonderful composite, I love your BG and Swirly light effects so much! #5401931

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 1/26/2008 11:52:36 PM

Very creative and beautiful image Steven, great colors and flow!! #5402327

Sheryl A. Hudson 1/27/2008 11:56:15 AM

WOW! Absolutly awesome effects and composition!

Erika Haight 1/27/2008 2:08:13 PM

This is E X C E L L E N T Steven!!! WOWSA! erika #5404375

Ashley Froehlich 1/28/2008 9:42:47 AM

Just Beautiful!! You have alot of
amazing work in your gallery!! :) #5408393

Margaret R. Barry 1/28/2008 4:10:16 PM

Amazing creative image, Steven. Wonderful colors, effects and composition! #5409958

Leslie McLain 1/28/2008 7:35:39 PM

Wonderful image and color. Superb job with the effects. You should write an article on how to improve acquarium shots. #5410782

Pamela Shane 1/28/2008 7:45:42 PM

Wow! Great work Steven! Love the vibrant
colors, & wonderful details. #5410840

Jennifer A. Lambert 1/29/2008 5:50:56 AM

Fabuloso !!!! This is just beautiful Steven..just beautiful !!! ( Someone is going to have to teach me about layers...I have NO idea how to use them...Ughhhh,,,,I wanna make pictures like YOURS...hehehehhehe ! ) is exceptional work !
Blessings, Jenny #5412605

Melissa Olsen 1/29/2008 6:51:52 AM

Great work on this Steven! #5412963

Hector Contreras 1/29/2008 11:28:28 PM

A master piece Steve
Heco #5416262

Alex T. Mizuno 1/29/2008 11:34:13 PM

Now that I know how this image was shot, still this image amazes me. #5416274

Nina Shields 1/30/2008 4:38:49 AM

Steven, great tribute your vast PS skills, surely wish that I had them as I struggle with the whole concept; wonderful work in and out of the camera! #5417105

Debra R. Harder 1/30/2008 9:02:42 AM

This is a GREAT image, Steven! WOW! Love your work! Deb #5418308

Marina Moore 1/30/2008 10:14:47 AM

What a beautiful and fun image!!!! Really wonderful work! You are very creative! :) #5418656

Heather L. Haderly 1/30/2008 3:46:50 PM

Wonderful Steven!!!!!! Another one that brings to mind the Terry Pratchet books. The Discworld travels through space on the back of a great sea turtle. The effects here certainly make him/her seem otherworldly! LOVE IT!!! #5419998

Paul G Slate 1/30/2008 4:18:35 PM

this photo as well as the rest of your gallery is amazing! #5420151

Cynthia L. Deters 1/30/2008 6:30:47 PM

What a wonderful capture! Great clarity and lighting! #5420699

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 1/30/2008 9:07:35 PM

Told ya, gonna be a winner!!! #5421118

Ujjwal Mukherjee 1/31/2008 12:09:09 AM

Fabulous,Steven,just fabulous! #5421532

Evy Johansen 1/31/2008 5:59:14 PM

Wow... Awesome image, Steven!! #5425478

Christina C. Moore 2/2/2008 7:27:06 AM

I love this Steven! #5432507

Erika Haight 2/2/2008 12:46:06 PM

Congrats on a WELL DESERVED EP Steven ! Now on to the next round! LOVE THIS! erika haight :0) #5433866

Debbie Hartley 2/2/2008 9:34:27 PM

Love everything about this Steven!! #5435350

Kay Beausoleil 2/5/2008 5:11:54 PM

Too bad the turtle can't see this image, Steven -- he'd be so proud of his new surroundings. Wonderful work! #5449853

Amanda O. Cannon 2/5/2008 6:42:15 PM

WOW!!! Thats one amazing turtle....Its Beautiful!
Superb editing work #5450228

Carol Teal 2/5/2008 10:04:31 PM

Wow...this is just fabulous!! My first thought when I saw this was that it reminds me of Crush in Finding Nemo! There was an interactive animated show at Epcot featuring Crush, and he looked so much like this! Outstanding DD work Steven! #5450783

Dianna Hauf 2/7/2008 11:29:35 AM

YES, Darol, I thought the very same thing at first!!!!! My goodness Steven, this is the absolute MOST favorite of mine of your images and in the top ten out of the 80 or so I have been 'marking'!!!!! I LOVE Sea Turtles, they are my favorite of all 'wild' creatures! This is so stunning! Incredible clarity, capture, lighting, COLOR, detailing and effects added absolutely 'ROCK DUDE'!!!!!! :):):) #5459477

Heather 2/9/2008 12:43:40 PM


~HEATHER #5469653

Natalia 2/17/2008 9:57:57 AM

It's amazing! I love it! You have a great style Steven :) #5507069

Jennifer L. Alder 2/20/2008 12:55:00 PM

wow! I keep stopping in to see if you have new stuff,Steven! And here I see a FIRST PLACE WIN!!
Huge congrats my friend. such a cool image!
:) #5522641

Lisa J. Boulden 2/20/2008 3:22:01 PM

A well-deserved winner!
Love the Green Badge, too!
Blessings, Lisa

Megan p 2/20/2008 3:27:17 PM

Congratulations Steven, so well done!! #5523240

Dianna Hauf 2/20/2008 3:30:33 PM

MOST DESERVING Steve! MOST deserving!!! Super heartfelt congratulations!!! #5523251

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 2/20/2008 4:24:17 PM

WTG Buddy on your most deserving win!!! #5523409

Susan Fox 2/20/2008 4:39:28 PM

Congratulations Steven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful image! #5523449

Judy V. Kennamer 2/20/2008 4:43:35 PM

A biggggggg congratulations Steven!! Beautiful!! #5523467

Steven E. Ray 2/20/2008 4:56:14 PM

~Thanks everyone! I am stunned. I entered a couple on a whim and didn't give it a second thought and then the email comes through announcing. Honesty, there are pictures entered better than this, but I'm not going to complain. If anyone wants a wallpaper of anything in the gallery, let me know, I have made quite a few and don't mind sharing. Only need emailed the resolution of your desktop. Thanks Again!~ #5523509

Sarah G 2/20/2008 4:59:42 PM

I've got a BIG, BIG smile on my face.

Congratulations Steve!!!

Miss getting to see new creations on your gallery, but I hope all is going well and you're not TOO busy.


CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) #5523519

Nikki McDonald 2/20/2008 5:09:55 PM

Wonderful win, Steven! Congratulations on your first place in the Cash Contest. Your entry is stunning and your humility in acknowledging this recognition is humbling to me. So pleased for you. #5523544

Datha Y. Thompson 2/20/2008 5:14:51 PM

Congratulations Steven!!! I Love your work!!!! So well deserved!!! LOVE it !!!! WTG :0) #5523555

Sandra R. Alvey 2/20/2008 5:26:22 PM

WOOHOOO STEVEN!! I'm so proud of you hon! This is just such a deserving win for you! Congrats to you my friend! Excellent excellent work! #5523594

Michelle L. Frick 2/20/2008 6:49:06 PM

Congratulations Steven! This is gorgeous!! #5523841

Christopher Budny 2/20/2008 7:03:21 PM

Congratulations, Steven, on this spectacular effort winning in the first month of the new contest! It is a beautiful image! #5523893

Amy JACKSON 2/20/2008 7:19:56 PM

Congratulations, Steven! Awesome image! So glad to see your name there! Very well deserved! :) #5523988

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 2/20/2008 7:31:26 PM

As Sandi said "WOOHOOO" Way to go Steven!!!!!! I loved this image when you first posted it and it's still an awesome image!!!!!!! ♫♥♫♪♫♥♪♫♪ Kitty #5524039

Su Sana E. P 2/20/2008 7:51:31 PM

Steven, huge Congratulations on this marvelous First Place Win!! Absolutely well deserving honor for you!! #5524121

Colleen Farrell 2/20/2008 8:11:16 PM

WTG, Steven!! Couldn't happen to a nicer or more talented photographer. Big congratulations on your first place win! #5524178

Hayley J. Hamlin 2/20/2008 10:18:26 PM

Congrats on your first place winning image Steven!! Fantastic!! #5524465

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 2/20/2008 10:33:49 PM

How cool is this?!?! I'm very happy for you Steven!!! A magical image, well deserved!!!! #5524511

Cyn Valentine 2/21/2008 5:08:55 AM

Excellent!! Big congratulations Steven!!! #5525582

Linda D. Lester 2/21/2008 5:37:12 AM

Congratulations on your big winner! #5525694

Susana Ms Heide 2/21/2008 7:07:06 AM

STELLAR in every aspect Steven!!! Your BIG WIN is well deserved!!! I hope you are celebrating :o))) CONGRATS!!! #5526084

David Phalen 2/21/2008 7:57:54 AM

GUGE Congrats on a well deserved Winner!!!! #5526305

Mitch Spence 2/21/2008 9:25:26 AM

Fantastic win. Hooray for you, Steven. #5526657

Bobbie L. Slayton 2/21/2008 11:09:25 AM

Awesome picture. Congrats #5527063

Debra R. Harder 2/21/2008 12:24:08 PM

WTG, Steven! Yippee! So happy for your win! AWESOME, AWESOME image! Deb #5527322

Janet McNeil 2/21/2008 12:31:02 PM

Well deserved win!! Beautiful capture! Totally agree with your definition of "human talent"!! #5527351

Angie Sidles 2/21/2008 5:34:14 PM

WTG Steven!! This is a very well deserved winner!! #5528389

Vishal Sharma 2/21/2008 8:06:55 PM

Awesomne image, Steve!!! I don't know how you did it... but excellent work over this image... #5528943

Stefania Barbier 2/22/2008 12:24:30 AM

congratulations on your gorgeous win!!!! #5529518

Jennifer A. Lambert 2/22/2008 5:29:07 AM

I want to WISH YOU a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this win !!!! You deserve it...I KNEW this was a WINNER the minute I saw it and I knew you were the minute we started coorosponding thru BP ! WAY TO GO and Congrats again On a truly deserved WIN !!
Blessings, Jenny N Bama #5530484

anonymous 2/22/2008 9:10:34 AM

Congratulations Steven on your Beautiful win! B- #5531663

Patricia A. Stalter 2/22/2008 6:28:31 PM

I want to add my name to those who are happy to see you and this marvelous creation WIN.... :) Pat #5535208

Carol Teal 2/22/2008 10:28:47 PM

You rock dude (I am sure Crush would say this!) I am SO happy to see you win with this one Steven!! I love it, and it is going into my favs so I can see it anytime! #5536714

Ross Throndson 2/23/2008 8:11:09 AM

Amazing Work, Steven.....And a Beautiful Dedication.....Many Congratulations on this Fantastic 1st Place Winner!!! #5538934

Sylvia Rossler 2/23/2008 2:33:46 PM

A fantastic image that really deserved the win !!! Big Big congrats Steven :O) #5540823

Jeana Clark 2/25/2008 2:10:54 PM

Congratulations Steven!!!!


~J~ #5550460

James Quantz Jr. 2/25/2008 7:56:50 PM

Great creative spin on the image, Steven!! Congrats! #5551799

Kristy A. Keene 2/25/2008 9:53:21 PM

WOW!!!!!!! Congrats on a well-deserved winner!

Shannon D. Miller 2/26/2008 3:11:42 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Steven this is one BEAUTIFUL photo!! Shannon~ #5557028

Dawn M. Schneider 2/26/2008 7:30:43 PM

this is beautiful, amazaing, vivid ...What an amazing image you deserve the win!! #5558657

Kathy L. Clark 2/28/2008 1:42:05 PM

Steven I am so happy for you. It is well deserved. Congrats. #5568632

Shelly A. Van Camp 2/28/2008 3:18:20 PM

I really, really love this!!! I am so happy to see it was chosen!! Great work, my friend and congrats!! #5568920

Dr. Harmeet Singh 2/28/2008 10:43:29 PM

Wow..Huge congratulations dear friend... #5570523

Hendrik Storme 3/2/2008 6:11:08 AM

Big congrats Steven!!!!!! Well deserved!!!! #5581172

Molly E. Baldwin 3/5/2008 8:56:13 PM

This is AMAZING! Very stunning image and fantastic editing! Congrats on the prize as well. This one certainly deserved it! #5598807

Holly Hitchcock 3/15/2008 7:25:18 AM

AWESOME all around!!! Congrats, my friend and good luck with the book. Let us know when it hits the Times Best list! #5645388

Cindy Bendush 3/15/2008 10:59:04 PM

Congratulations Steve! Just catching up with galleries and I see THIS! Stunning work as always :-) #5647957

Judy A. Lawhon 3/19/2008 2:33:56 PM

Steve, I just got around to checking the prize photos and then I saw this wonderful image. Very well done!! I really rejoiced as you gave all the glory to God!! #5664515

Brenda c. McFarland 4/2/2008 5:59:29 PM

Congrats Steve! You do have a god given talent! Praises to both you and him! #5735691

Debbie Fleri 4/6/2008 2:32:57 PM

Congrats,,,Awesome job...: ) #5752586

Scott A. McDaniel 4/12/2008 11:48:25 PM

Might be my favorite shot on the whole BP site. Incredible work! #5780545

Jennifer A. Lambert 5/2/2008 1:36:06 PM

CONGRATULATIONS ! I KNEW this was a winner the second I saw it !!
Your talent is amazing !
Blessings, Jenny #5874750

Kathleen K. Parker 7/21/2008 6:35:55 AM

What a spectacular image you have created. Omg it is fabulous and a wonderful win!
kk #6204639

Max Aureli 10/20/2008 2:28:17 PM

Congratulations for this great composition and Winner, Steven!!! #6628528

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A Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Kipp Aquarium at the Houston Zoo 2003.
Another inhabitant from that vacation series. Canon 28-135mm.
The turtle is the only original part from the photo.
The turtle required significant edits as thru-the-glass photos do.
The sea floor, light effects and bubbles are all added in layers for effect.

For those who asked, this won $500 for the January 2008 cash contest.
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Uploaded on 1/25/2008 1:28:03 AM

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