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Bad Hair Day
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-11 16:32
Viewed: 4990
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eastern or Great White Pelican
Pelecanus onocrotalus

The White Pelican is a huge bird reaches heights of 55-70 inches. It is white with a long, flat, bright orange bill and black tipped wings. During the breeding season a short, yellowish crest appears on the back of the head and a horny plate appears on the upper mandible. Sometimes referred to as African White Pelicans, Roseate Pelicans, or European White Pelicans. These birds can be found throughout the eastern and central portions of Europe, in the northern part of India, Pakistan, and in Africa.

They are white in color, with a yellow bill and black wingtips. Their wing span is about 10.5 ft.

White pelicans are gregarious, usually travelling in flocks and nesting in colonies. 1-6 white eggs can be found on a low mound of earth and debris. Pelicans do not dive for food but cooperate to surround fish in shallow water where they scoop them into their ouches. In recent decades the number of white pelicans has dropped drastically because of the use of pesticides, human disturbance and the draining of wetlands.

12-14 years in the wild.

Adanac, angela926, sherlock628, pankajbajpai, Jamesp, Chaga, JPlumb, haraprasan, marhowie, JoseMiguel, nglen, jaycee, hester, TAZ, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Heyshamite: PelicanDebz 1 12-14 08:34
To jaycee: Bad hair dayDebz 1 12-14 06:35
To joey: Bad Hair DayDebz 2 12-12 05:30
To marhowie: Bad Hair DayDebz 1 12-12 05:12
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-11 18:12]

Hello Deborah,
This image is both artistic and informative. Amazing details in the white plummage, thanks for sharing.

Hello Deborah,
Very nice composition and pov, excellent sharpness and detail, very nice colors. very informative note.

Hello Debz,
Tack sharp image and great BG. The POV is very unique and interesting. Nicely Done! TFS

hello deborah,
the title and the shot are very much suitable, liked the pov very much, the dark bg adds to the shot, sharp image with good details of the plumage, well exposed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Nice contra for the subject and BG match. DOF and POV are nice too.
Best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-11 23:05]

Hi Deborah

Lovely POV with the subject placed nicely in the frame. Excellent exposure, maintaining detail in the whites. Great detail too.


Amazing lighting Deborah.You definitely had your settings right.
Crisp focus and a beautiful POV. Sure looks great on the dark background. Been missing your photos...sorry.
Good day to you.

Hi Deborah,
A beautiful captured portrait of this pelican bad boy. He needs a comb and some hair styling gel :D. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Deborah,
This is a funny composition with great details and excellent control on exposure. I love this dark background which is much appropriated for this lovely subject. This is an original picture and your notes are interesting. Thanks,

Hi Deborah,
It's different. Focus on the eye/beak and short DOF has softened the neck feathers losing some definition. Colouring is excellent and there is no burn out of the whites. I would have liked to have seen it in portrait mode showing more of the bill.
Best wishes,

Hello Deborah,
I really like this portrait!
It is very well framed from a different point of view, and the white plumage is captured with great details...
A well balanced composition, and my eyes are focused on the subject right away!
Pablo -

Hi Deb,
Composition is subjective and the artist has free reign to create. Sometimes outside of the box works well..I posted a not-so-appealing toad headshot/extreme closeup awhile back, using nearly the same view from the side & behind..I like it :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-12 4:59]
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Are you sure this was taken in the Middle East?!
I don't think there's a London there.
the original POV is just excellent.
I gives a unique twinge to the photo.
Impeccable sharpness and detail.
Well done Deborah,

Hi Deborah,
This is a gorgeous pose!
I like very much this uncommon and original POV, with that dark background that stands out so well the white pelican.
I found so enjoyable the image, with the excellent eye detail and the top hair do.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-12 7:58]

Hello Deborah,
Very special photo with a remarkable POV and composition. Very interesting. Perfect sharpness in the whites and great black BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-12 12:39]

Hi debz. a good close up of this beautiful bird. you have captured fine detail and colours. as you say great hair do. where did you get this one ?
well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Debz,
My special compliment towards this excellent composition of yours!
Superb sharpness, beautiful colouration and so much details to enjoy in your photo!
very well done indeed!
best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-12 20:07]

Hello Deborah

One bird's bad hair day is another's "expensive tease".
Just marking the post for now


Hi Debz, splendid portrait with superb details and excellent sharpness, great contrast against dark BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Debz,

I love it! A wonderful and artistic image of this lovely pelican. So dramatic with the black background. The punk hair-do is wonderful - as is the look in the eye. Excellent colors, details and pose.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-13 11:15]

Hi Debz

Good exposure and lovely sharp details in the feathers and that great eye. Artistic POV and composition.



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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-12-13 23:12]

Hello Deborah,
You offer us a great portrait !
The "+++++" : funny title, original composition, nice subject and great pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, good exposure of white, good contrast white / dark BG, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Good camera work and thanks for sharing,

The wonderful shape of the pelican against the dark background is so effective. I really like the concept of this shot. The crop may be just a tiny bit too tight at the top and right. It's just a personal opinion but I'd prefer that the plume didn't touch the edge. Exposure and sharpness look good to me.

Evelynn : )

great-artistic pic, TFS Ori

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