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Pelican Flight

Pelican Flight
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 19:22
Viewed: 3097
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second of my pelican photos shot on 12/14 on the Trinity River in the Fort Worth Nature Preserve and Refuge.

I was experimenting with shutter speeds and aperture settings. With the two extremes I tried, the photo came out very under exposed. I had to make significant adjustments and this was as much as I could lighten it up without over exposing the pelican.

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos 62″ (155 cm). Huge (wingspread 8-9½ ft.). White, with black primaries and a great orange-yellow bill. Adults in breeding plumage have a "centerboard" on the ridge of the bill. Immatures have a dusky bill. This pelican does not plunge from the air like the Brown Pelican but scoops up fish while swimming, often working in groups. Flocks fly in lines, may circle high on thermals.
Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/american-white-pelican

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-15 20:28]

Hello Ken

I really like this scene.The pelican is colourful and well saturated,he stands out against that almost watercolour autumnal backdrop.The pelicans in the water seem to be keeping a wary eye on the whispering ducks in the foreground.Well done.TFS


Hi Ken ,
nice shot.
it is quiet and nice.
very good coposed and sharpness.

Hi Ken,
Nicely capturing this flying pelican. Well focused and sharp.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-16 10:57]

Hi Ken,
This is a well-composed, well adjusted sharp in-flight shot of a White Pelican.
The BG birds form an important part of the BG.
Nice capture!
TFS and enjoy the Festive Season!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-16 14:19]

Bonita captura en pleno vuelo Ken con excelente timing, congelando la imagen del ave a la perfección.
Me gusta el punto de vista captado, con intensa luz, pero sin producir sobre exposición.
Se percibe un ruido de fondo que puede ser ocasionado por el uso de un elevado ISO o por la gran compresión usada para la presentación de la imagen (97 Kb. contra los 200Kb. permitidos).
De todas maneras, una bella composición.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Beautiful capture in the middle of flight Ken with excellent timing, freezing the image from the bird to the perfection.
I like the captured point of view, with intense light, but without to produce over exposure.
A bottom noise is perceived that can be caused by the use of a high ISO or for the great compression used for the presentation of the image (97 Kb. against the 200Kb. allowed).
Anyway, a nice composition.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Ken, your front pelican has good detail and colour. I like the background, but composition wise I think too much is going on. This is my own personal take on it of course but I've prepared a workshop to show you another option.

Thanks, John

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