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Gold Coast pelican
Posted By: Ash, 12-31-2007, 01:12 PM

I'm no wildlife buff, so the simple view of a pelican at the Gold Coast up close got me excited.
Quite a majestic beast.
I was able to get these shots with an FA 50/1.4 at f/7.1 with a polariser.
Pity about the weather, though - just a bit too dull in colour for my liking....



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12-31-2007, 02:44 PM   #2
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The first shot is really great.

The back drop of the wheel on the right upper corner really compliments the image well. The pelican has a nice pose too.

I am heading Brisbane in late January for a birding trip there, heading to daintree forest. How exciting.

Hope the cyclone is gone by then
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I really like the first one. Have you tried boosting the saturation a bit in PP?
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I'll give that a try, but I don't like my chances with such a dull sky and sea...

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The first one is fantastic. Great framing there...
Maybe little more PP ing as Scott suggests would help it even more, but great capture anyway.
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Very nice! Especially the first one.
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New & improved pelican

QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
The first one is fantastic. Great framing there...
Maybe little more PP ing as Scott suggests would help it even more, but great capture anyway.
Increasing straight saturation gave me this:


And playing around with hue and selective colour saturations gave me this:


I tried keeping the sea a little blue rather than that dirty yellow-brown look, but I'm not as PP savvy as most... still working on that.

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Re: New & improved pelican

I think the color in the straight-saturation-boost version looks more natural. I don't mind the golden color of the sea. I definitely like this better than the first version you posted. It's a really nice photo!

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central coast pelican

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im just tryin to upload a photo to my post never been able to do it

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A wonderful bird...

is the Pelican.

Its beak can hold more

than its belly can.



With the difficult lighting that you had to contend with, I guess you have to try and get the bird to show its natural colours through processing. My guess is that would be somewhere between the first and second version.

Less DOF for the second photo would have really helped to have the birds stand out even more. I like the attitude the pelican is showing to the gulls.
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pelican feedin

Was lucky enough to get a rare shot of pelican feeding its youngAttachment 7181

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tryin to get it rite

as u can see its the first time ive posted pics im learnin.
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