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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/2048 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-02 0:26
Viewed: 4689
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of the Pelicans that were everywhere when I visited Punta de Mita, Mexico with my sister. You could think you were on a beach in Oregon until one of these bird flew overhead. I'm used to seeing seagulls, and these birds were amazing. They would sit for long periods of time on this clump of rocks, so I tried to get close to get a good photo. They finally took offense and flew off, only to come back a few minutes later. Punta de Mita is about 30-40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This photo was cropped, increased the contrast, and sharpened. Taken with my "cheap" camera I bought because it was so small, only to find out it when it was sunny you can't see the screen, and there isn't a view finder. So all of my photos I had to just aim in the direction and hope for the best!

In this final version I LEVELED the horizon, I hadn't even noticed it was crooked, and if you've read any of my own critiques that is truly FUNNY!
I also decided to change the center of focus from the HUGH clump of rocks to where the seagulls were sitting, who I hadn't even noticed at first.
I made the photo smaller since poor quality was only amplified by the large size.
I increased the mid-tones as well as the shadows, added contrast and sharpened.
I hope this final version is much better than the original and show I HAVE learned something anyway after all!!
Thank you to all of you who have helped me!

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To livios: Thank youLCannon 1 01-11 20:10
To ywho79: Thank youLCannon 1 01-04 21:38
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Lori, this is a nice capture of the pelicans in flight. However, it would be nicer if you can take advantage of the 800 x 600 picture size TrekNature allows you to use. I'm sure you're not using a camera phone right? ;)

I'd love to see more pictures from you soon. Thanks for commenting on my ones. Cheers!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-02 14:27]
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Yes, I like this one better. You have the right attitude! There are some guys here that have been at photography for a long time and readily give advice. Listening to that advice and applying it like you did here is one sure way to get results - like you have here.

Very well done and thanks for posting

A belated welcome to TN, Lori. Interesting landscape you posted with the in-flight action. Nice write up too. I would like to see some data of the camera and setting you used in the capture, however. If you have problems in extracting the EXIF data drop me a line.

I have to say that you put in quite an effort in posting and critique-ing in the short time you have been with us. Well done, I apreciate it and it's nice to have such new members join up.

I can't believe you forgot to level the original, and of course *I* didn't notice it anyway. ;) This one looks nice, but I really liked seeing ALL of the pelicans before. I sure hope we can go there again this year. What a blast it was!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-10 10:40]
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Lori, despite the troubles with the camera, shot and the effort were worthwhile.

Great action shot to depict the birds, as well as good PP.


hello:) I have never seen those birds in freedom:( I could only imagine how this view is beauty:) I gave me this moment and I admire it so much:) TFS


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