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Pelecanus Superbus

Pelecanus Superbus
Photo Information
Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-19
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, Nikkor 8.9-89mm 2.8, SanDisk SD Card 512
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-23 5:14
Viewed: 5563
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A western brown pelican (other than the one on the Ensenada harbour I posted earliear). I just love the distinct shape, heavy but gracious sihouette and most of all the fantastic plumage chromatics.
I reached the secluded island via fishing boat and trekked to the aviary colonies and this one of the good shots I took after whale and dolphin watching plus some surfing.
There is basically no stalking to get shots just turn left and right, they have no fear of humans whatsoever being a protected bird in a protected area with little is any interaction at all...
Wish I had filters with me when I took this photo a neutral density or a polarizer wouldve gone a long way...
Happy shooting to all of you and get out more often and more distant !

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Very good image. Nice pose. Well seen. Good job

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2004-12-23 8:28]

Great picture Radu!
A bit Over in some places because of the fill flash you used!
The eye of the pelican came out great and sharp!
But i want to know what did you with this photo? PS work Shooting data!
I'll be happy if you tell me thanks!


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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-12-23 14:35]

Beautiful capture, Radu ! The color of the water in the BG makes a perfect foil to show off the colors of this Pelican. Nice use of fill flash fo this back-lit bird.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-23 17:23]

I had a guy at school with me who looked like this, didnt like him much though. I do however like this pelican a lot. The sharpness adn composition is very good. You do unfortunately have sone overexposed white areas taht a re a bit distracting.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

Good neutral background, colours on the eye, beak and throat are good. As has already been said by yourself and others, shame about the burnt out highlights, a polariser would have really helped bring out the colour and tone down the highlights a little. Still a striking image.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

Great shot, pose, DOF, and sharpness.
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-24 6:05]

Pros: composition, pose, details
Cons: little overburned on head

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-05 1:31]

great pose. sad of little overexposed areas!

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