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Copyright: Parvulescu Lucian (parvulescubio) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 13 N: 243] (1541)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Danube Delta
Date Submitted: 2007-04-28 4:12
Viewed: 5768
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus also known as the Eastern White Pelican or Great White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. The tree nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is a large pelican, at a mass of 10 kg, 160 cm long and with a 280 cm wingspan. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican, the only larger species of pelican, by its pure white, rather than greyish-white, plumage, a bare pink facial patch around the eye and pinkish legs. Immature birds are grey and have dark flight feathers.

More than 50% of White Pelicans breed in the Danube Delta. This pelican migrates short distances, wintering in northeast Africa. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck.

Pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

Like the Dalmatian Pelican, this species has declined greatly through habitat loss and persecution.

The White Pelican is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
(wilkipedia)

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Great shot nice and sharp, flying birds a very hard to capture well done. It could do with a bit levels adjustment to brighten it up a bit. And also a bit of a hue and saturation tweak in order to add some colour.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-28 4:18]
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Oh BoY!!! Lucian, this is such a brillaint shot.....very well executed...fantastic shot, the beak and the eyes stand out so well...wonder how close were you to the Pelican....Great work.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Lucian.
Very lovely capture. Great sharpness and nice panoramic crop to suit the birds dimensions. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-28 4:46]

Hi Parvulescu,
an amazing in-flight shot of this magnificent bird!
Very sharp very well composed and superb POV.
Well done,
Joey

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-04-28 5:02]
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Lucian,
Lovely shot. I tried to shoot something like this many times but not at all success.Any special care you had to take?
Ganesh

you got a perfect POV here!beautiful!it seems to fly without any effort...
tfs
caroline

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-28 5:52]

Salut Lucian

Pur si simplu SPLENDID!
Mai rar a fost dat sa vad asa un "in-flight" bun de pelican!
O pozitie excelenta prinsa aici in zbor si prezentata cu detalii impecabil de clare!
POV-ul e exceptional - paralel cu subiectul, iar DOF-ul e perfect!

BRAVO si TFS
Horia

Hola,
Great action capture. Impressive detail and color. Fantastic POV. Well done!!!
Jim

Excellent shot of this pelican in flight.
Sharpness is outstanding, especially the head and bill.
I like it a lot.
Chris

Hi Lucian,

WoW what a Beauty
Excellent sharpness and details
superb compo, POV, DOF and colours

TFS Thijs

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-28 10:29]

Hi Lucian

Magnificent shot - perfectly sharp, good colour and action.

James

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-28 10:59]

Wow - this is a fantastic capture of the pelican in flight. And so close-up! The colors and details are wonderful and the setting is beautiful.

Jane

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-28 11:47]

Hello Parvulescu,
Brilliant shot. Very sharp with a great POV. Beautiful colours with a lot of details. Well composed.
Regards,
Peter

Sal.Lucian,
Una din cele mai faine imagini cu pelicani in zbor vazut pe tnt,detalii si culori super.Vad ca 500mm da din ce in ce mai bune imagini.Spor si lumina buna!

Mircea

In sfarsiiiiiiittttttt! Nu am cuvinte. E o poza pe care nu o pot comenta....

Foto=superba (include tot:))

Elena

Hi Parvulescu

Perfect in-flight shot. Love the composition. Very well handled exposure. :-)

A beautiful, very detailed capture of this pelican in flight! Nicely done.
TFS

TK

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-28 21:18]

Hello Parvulescu

A superb photo of this pelican.The focus is razor sharp with amazing detail.A wonderful freeze frame.The colours and lighting are expertly handled.A very high quality image.TFS

Rob

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-29 2:53]

Wow... Fantastic, Lucian.
Details on the head are so sharp.
Great POV of this pelican flying low.
It is so much fun to watch them fly.
The exposure is spot on.
TFS. : )

This is a wonderful capture. Did you hand hold that big lens? Sharpness is great. I feel the crop may be a little tight for such a big bird. I'd like to see a little space for him to fly into.


TFS
Evelynn : )

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-30 5:28]

Hello,

It's very hard to shot it, congratulation. TFS.

Christian

O poza de o claritate si o finete a detaliului fantastica.
Am incercat si eu sa fotografiez pelicani zburand si stiu cat de greu este sa-i surprinzi.
Felicitari si multumim pt aceasta fotgrafie!

Cosmin

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-05-05 7:29]

Excellente photo,bravo pour les détails.
Merci!
joseph

Asta imi place cel mai mult, e super. Bravo, ai fost pe faza, e misto .... ce mai. Culorile, detaliile si incadrarea sunt super.
Bravo. Numai bine, Cezar T.

Awesome!!!
Is a exellent shot...bravo!!
Regards,
Iulian

Salut Lucian,

Exceptionala fotografie atat din punct de vedere tehnic cat si artistic! Imi doresc de mult sa fotografiez o pasare mare in zbor dar pe la noi nu prea avem asa ceva! Tu ai reusit acest lucru cu un subiect excelent! Analizand fotografia ta mi se nasc o serie de intrebari pe care o sa le formulez la capitolul potrivit.

Compositie:

Compozitia este excelenta! Nu as putea sa o imbunatatesc cu nimic! Imi place cum ai pozitionat pelicanul in asa fel incat sa ramana mai mult spatiu gol in fata lui si in partea de jos! Deasemenea apreciez punctul tau de vedere cu profilul pasarii al carei silueta este perfect lizibila pe fundalul neclar. Un alt avantaj este faptul ca fotografia a fost facuta de la nivelul pelicanului si nu de jos! Asta ajuta la stabilirea unui contact vizual mai bun cu subiectul.

Culori:

Culorile sunt bine saturate si balansul de alb bine ajustat.

Contrast:

Contrastul este foarte bun si ajuta la definirea mai buna a detaliilor. M-as fi asteptat la umbre mai accentuate sub aripa avand in vedere pozitia soarelui dar tu ai surprins detalii perfecte chiar si in umbre.

Expunere:

O expunere foarte reusita in ciuda dificultatilor cauzate de un subiect in miscare si de un soare puternic. Apreciez curajul pe care l-ai avut de a inchide diafragma atat de mult. Sunt curios ce valoare ai setat pentru ISO ca sa iti permita f/9? Dupa cum am mai spus, detaliile sunt perfecte atat in umbra cat si in lumina ceea ce denota un control excelent al luminii. Nota 10!

Focusare:

Este clar ca ai focusat pe capul pelicanului! Adancimea campului vizual a fost foarte bine controlata iar diafragma relativ mica ti-a permis sa pastrezi detaliile clare pana aproape de extremitatiile aripii! As vrea sa te intreb daca ai folosit vreun mod de focusare continua ca sa poti urmari pelicanul in zbor? Nu stiu cum se numeste functia asta la Nikon. La canon se numeste AI Focus sau AI Servo. Deasemenea as fi curios sa stiu de la ce distanta ai fotografiat si cam cat poti sa te apropii de un pelican in Delta?

Felicitari pentru o fotografie superba! O adevarata fotografie de TN! Sper ca n-ai nimic impotriva daca o aleg favorita! Multumesc!

Numai bine,
Eddie

salutare
Parca stia ca e la o sedinta foto.
Ce mai de zis, extraordinara.
Andrei

Great action capture!!!

Salut Lucian,

Superba fotografie ! Absolut demential !
Totul e fain la poza asta, chiar nu are sens sa mai enumar ce-mi place :) imi place tot !

Numai bine,
Alex

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  • bogdan (40)
  • [2008-01-14 15:30]

Superb .Nimic mai mult.............

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  • Kanya (26)
  • [2008-05-04 15:58]

Felicitari, Lucian! Bine prins!

O fotografie perfecta!

Numai bine!
Ana

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