Ricarda Dudek  

Cleared for Takeoff by Ricarda Dudek

March 2023 - Cleared for Takeoff

About the Image(s)

Camera Settings: Nikon AF-S
1/2000 sec at f/6.3, ISO 500
400 mm (120.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6)

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9 comments posted

Ricarda Dudek   Ricarda Dudek
Here is the background to the photo:

This photo of the Juvenile Brown Pelican was taken at Little Estero Beach in Fort Myers, Florida before Hurricane Ian. I used Lightroom for post processing with Topaz A-1 Sharpening.   Posted: 03/02/2023 12:47:10

Lee Ann Stamm   Lee Ann Stamm
Hi Ricarda: Welcome to our group. I hope you find it beneficial. This was a great capture of this Juvenile Pelican. I think you are having the same problem I have with my 400 mm lens. I went into photoshop to see if I could resize it, then crop it to bring the pelican forward to see it better. When I opened Photoshop, the pelican was pixelated.

It is hard to get close enough to these fellows to get a sharp, close image. Do you have a teleconverter? That helps to bring it closer, so does a function on the camera that reduces the amount of pixels used if you are shooting with a full sensor.   Posted: 03/11/2023 14:09:35
Ricarda Dudek   Ricarda Dudek
I sent an image that was too large and it must have been resized to meet the
criteria. I think this explains the loss of detail. Attached below is an image that meets the original criteria.

  Posted: 03/19/2023 14:16:42
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Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Hi Ricarda,

Welcome to group 37. What camera are you using? I was just in the area recently and got many shots of these interesting birds. Good color and detail. I might recommend going back into Lightroom and select the bird and brighten a bit. Also depending on how much cropping you did and how much you downsized it would let me know if it could be resized and recropped.   Posted: 03/11/2023 15:57:22
Ricarda Dudek   Ricarda Dudek
Hi Howard, Thanks for the welcome. I used a Nikon D7000 for this photo with my 120mm to 400mm lens. I did crop in LightRoom, but not that much. Check out the resent image as a reply to Lee Ann's comments. I did not use a teleconverter or the function on the camera that reduces the amount of pixels used when using a full sensor.   Posted: 03/19/2023 14:32:06

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Welcome to get group, Richarda. I don't think I've ever seen a brown pelican, and I like your capture of his position in taking off. Good detail in the feathers. I'd like to see a bit more of his face and eye.   Posted: 03/25/2023 21:08:19
Ricarda Dudek   Ricarda Dudek
Thanks Helen, I appreciate you comments and keep them in mind as I progress with my photography. Along with getting familiar with photography, I am also getting familiar with the birds of Florida. According to Selby, there is an American White Pelican and an American Brown Pelican. The pelican in my photo is a juvenile brown pelican ( 1st year) from what I can tell.   Posted: 03/29/2023 17:37:21
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
We have the white ones here in N CA.   Posted: 03/31/2023 00:04:15
Ricarda Dudek   Ricarda Dudek
Here in Florida, we have brown pelicans year-round, and non-breeding white pelican juveniles, healthy adult white pelicans are winter visitors to Florida.   Posted: 03/31/2023 17:04:04