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Spread Your Wings and Fly

Spread Your Wings and Fly
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/6400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 19:19
Viewed: 3024
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This young pelican seems to be smiling and enjoying soaring over the waves. I'm not entirely certain where this was taken but it was along the northern California coast. I was determined to learn how to pan the camera for bird shots on that trip. I suppose I learned something and this one turned out pretty good... but I can tell you that the ratio was not that high. I remember one point, after a hundred or so shots, having difficulty uncurling my fingers from the camera! There were a lot of pelicans and I took advantage of the opportunity. I think what I learned was to appreciate all you birders!

Brown pelicans, until about three years of age, are brown, as this one is. They develop much more colorful plumage as adults... examples of which I will post soon.

cedryk, scottevers7, Adanac, aido, Altair, anel, Aramok, SkyF, horia, Raptorman, Bufo, Silvio2006, cicindela, lgfoto, MMM, mikou has marked this note useful
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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-01 19:22]

Hello Evelynn,
It's such an incredibly dynamic shot!!! You made a fantastic capture. I like the way you managed the DOF so the pelican is in focus and the waves are sharp enough to give this dynamic background.
My congratulations and best greetings!!!

Hi Evelynn,
An excellent in flight shot on this Brown Pelican. The backround of the crashing surf is what really makes this shot look freat. A nice exposure has colors and detail looking great.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-01 20:56]

Hi Evelynn,
Superb composition, WOW, great colors and nice sharp inflight, great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-04-01 21:16]
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Hi Evelynn,
Wow, great in-flight shot. No exif so I don't know what the shutter speed was but it looks just about right. Good detail on the Pelican, great exposure. DOF is just about spot-on, defocusing the BG just enough to make the Pelican stand out nicely against what is probably one of the best backdrops I can imagine for this shot :-) Nicely framed with plenty of leading space. Great capture.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-01 21:42]

good focus nice setting like the wave background good DOF

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-01 22:22]

Hello Evelynn

The surf makes a wonderful backdrop for this pelican .The composition is very well done.Perfect focus on the pelican,with lovely lighting.Great POV from above.TFS


hi evelynn,
nice shot of the bird in motion, liked the composition, pov & framing, the water makes a nice bg here,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-02 1:37]

A nice in-flight shot, Evelynn.
The pelican does look great with sharp details and good exposure. But the backdrop of foamy waves is phenomenal.
I can feel the breeze and the salty spray on my face... the feel of freedom.
TFS. : )

great pic, TFS Ori

Hi Evelynn,
This is a WOW inflight. Can't add much to the comments already made. Great background placing the bird well within it's habitat. Bang on exposure and shutter speed.

Hi Evelynn,

A great capture of this pelican! The background with the waves is excellent. Very nice photo!

Regards, Peter

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-02 5:42]

hello Evelynn,
That's a real nice compsition with the focus on the pelican and the soft but vivid background. Well seen.
best regards

Saurian and Mesozoic era Evelyn.. Ineresting motive. Well done. tfs. Stev


What a stunning in flight shot. That BG is amazing. The pelican is also great.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-02 8:55]

Hello Evelynn,
super in flight shot, the scenewit the water pray in the BG is fabulous. Very nice POV and the details are nice and sharp.. Great colors and very nice lighting.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-02 9:09]

Hi Evelynn

What a splendid capture!!!
Now noly did you managed to catch this fantastic pelican is an outstanding in-flight, but you also managed to give it a breathtaking BG! My hat's off to you!
The exposure and light here are also fantastic and they saturated all the colors from the pelican's feathers very nicely.
The result is also a very beautiful contrast and some crispy clear details in your subject.
A brilliant composition, as well!

Bravo and TFS

Wow ! This photo is a symbol of Freedom , I liked very much , you can use for making a poster . TFS.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-04-02 15:37]

Bonsoir Evelynn
Superbe capture de ce jeune pélican, excellente netteté et composition, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-02 16:07]

Hi Evelynn,
you take darn good pictures from which you don't set fixed shutter speeds. In this picture the composition is the big winner. The surf is nice, the bird is nice...but the combination is great.

Hi Evelynn, amazing composition with magnificent flyng pelican, beautiful sea, great focus, splendid photo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-04-02 18:29]

Very nice shot, sharp, well composed. I like the BG from wawes.Great job.TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-02 19:00]

Hi Evelynn
What a fantastic shot.I just love the action from that picture.Very sharp wit hbeautiful colors.
TFS Michel

Hello Evelynn!
What a fantastic shot! This picture is not only very beautiful as a perfect documentary photo, but also very dramatic one :)
I like the timing and great POV a lot.
TFS and best greetings!

oh nice! Love the action of the waves , beatuiful water and great shot of this amazing bird! TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Our World in Layers" :o)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-05 16:27]

Hi Evelynn.
This is excellent in-fly shot with great dynamic wave on background.Perfect you caught this moment.Amazing composition with very nice point of view and very good light.Superb done!Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-04-05 17:32]

Hi Evelynn,
Great action and excellent DOF! Great details. Amazing BG!!!

Hi Evelynn,

This is a beautiful shot, I love the surf backdrop it compliment this pelican very much. :)

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-04-08 7:50]

beautiful image with a great composition...
I love the BG...
very well done Evelynn..

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