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Water Skiing
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/4, 1/4000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-02 9:14
Viewed: 7217
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pink-backed Pelican
(Pelecanus rufescens)

This bird is a member of the pelican family of birds. It is a resident breeder in Africa, southern Arabia and Madagascar in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a large heap of sticks, into which 2-3 large white eggs are laid. The chicks feed by plunging their heads deep into the adult’s pouch and taking the partially digested regurgitated fish.

This is a small pelican, but the wingspan is still around 2.4m. It is much smaller and duller than the Great White Pelican. The plumage is grey and white, with a pink back. The top of the bill is yellow and the pouch is usually greyish. Breeding adults have long feather plumes on the head.

Food is usually fish and amphibians and is usually obtained by fishing in groups.

You might have noticed that I took a second and third mortage on the house :) and got the 500mm F4 lens. This lens is amazing. Nearly no sharpening is necessary. This photo required smart sharpening is PS CS2 (50, 0.5, 1). The lens is very large and very heavy. It works very well with the 1.4x converter and still renders sharper photos that with the 100-400mm without the converter. I hope you like it.

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Hi Gerhard,
Great capture! I was shooting this exact type of bird yesterday but did not manage what you have done here! Lovely timing and freezing of the action, the image IS sharp. It looks like he's skidding on top of the water.

You got a great lens there, I wish I had one ;)
I look forward to seeing more shots from that heavy lens of yours!

Hi Gerhard, I just drop in to say hallo.
It's nice to see a post from you again and now taken with a new toy. A mortgage loan ? ;-))
The details and sharpness are spot on. I like the mirror effect in the wings. Lovely colours and well composed.
Great work, my friend.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-02 9:54]

Excellent timeing&nice POV&WITH good details!!1TFS!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-02 10:00]

Hi Gerhart

Nice to see you back! And back in business :))
Great new gadget! Congratulations :) It really works excellent!
Great shot, too! I love the POV, the very good exposure management and of course the sharp details!
Also very good are the DOF and the colors.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Gerhard.

What a nice action shot, fantastic colors and sharpness. Wonderful compositon. TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-02 10:42]

Hello Gerhard , Fantastic shot ,good details colours compositie bg , hi did waterskien very nice tfs Greetings Teunie .

bonjour gerherd
magnifique,vous avez capturé ce pelican au bon moment,la glisse est parfait tout comme la netteté.excellent.

A funny and a good one.
No critiques.
Well doen

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-02 14:02]

Great capture with an apt title. Pin sharp, lovely light and a great composition



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-10-02 14:19]
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Hello Gerhard,
It's really nice to see another post from you after almost 2 months. Congratulations with your new lens :o) You have made a great choice.The image quality, sharpness and colors are great. You have captured an amazing moment. Can't wait to see the others with that 500mm :o) TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-02 14:40]

Oh my God!!!
I cant believe to see your image again!
Magnificent capture in action my friend...

+ composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, background, color, lighting. notes.

= framing (I have liked to see more than the reflection in the inferior margin).

Thanks Gerhard and thanks Canon for the new lens ;-)
Best regards... Ricardo

Hi Gerhard,
I don't have much words - I'm speachless - wow - that's perfect - what a great moment in this excellent sharpness.
Can't be done better, I love it, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-02 15:31]

Bonjour Gerhard!

Agréable de revoire une de vos photo sur Tn. Félicitations pour la pose et l'action de l'oiseau. Bravo pour le magnifique éclarage et les belles couleurs justes et parfaitement exposées.



Oh dear, what a funny situation you have captured here Gerhard. Is this bird selfpropelled or did you cloe out the wire to the boat;-0).

Excellent sharpness and frozen action, plenty of details and very nice colours.


Called in to my local camera shop today and they had a 2nd hand 500 sigma in the window as it was next to a nikon I thought it might be my lucky day, no such luck it was for a cannon ;0((.
the result of your 2nd morgage is stunning in its detail especially in the water splash. I can see some amazing shots coming up. TFS yours Robert

Hi Gerhard,
WOW! An excellent shot. The timing is perfect, and the action is frozen perfectly with the high shutter speed. It looks like some tricky light there, but you handled it extremely well. The colors and detail across the tonal range looks very impressive. A nice one!

Will have to revisit for the very well deserved :) tomorrow..I have used up my alotment today. Just could not pass this one up.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-10-03 10:14]

Hello Gerhard,

Wondeful action picture of this Pelican! He looks like he is enjoying sliding on the water! The instant you took this picture cannot be better! Great pov, colors so natural, excellent composition, and great details make that picture a real success!!!! I'm really impressed! Well done and TFS,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-03 20:24]

Gerhard, this is exceellnt! What a shot, it looks like he's on wet ice. You timed it perfectly showing this amazing feat. Isn't nature wonderful how their bodies are geared up to do this.
Superb image, top points from me!

Hiya Gerhard

Great to see a post from you! What a beauty. Looks like this beautiful Pelican is landing on smooth ice. Awesome timing and wow...... talk about 'lens envy!'. Magnificent quality image. Always a pleasure to view your work. Thank you my friend!!

Ahh, I see a bigger and better lens has found it's way into your life Gerhard..And what an excellent capture you share. Perfect choice of settings and right place, right time it seems. Everything works here, very dynamic..
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-04 15:02]

Hello Gerhard,
Funny pose.POV,moment you caught,sharpness and composition are excellent.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-12 16:44]

Excellent pose Gerhard! The picture is a wee bit too bright to my liking, but the details are very sharp (what a lens!). Composition is great too. Well done & TFS!


fantastic capture, TFS Ori

Excellent capture Gerhard! The image is crystal clear showing perfect details for this fast moving subject. :)

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