Jen Carrick  

Flying High by Jen Carrick

November 2020 - Flying High

About the Image(s)

We had to search to find pelicans who were not out in the middle of the lake.
A smaller pond offered this group who obliged by taking off.
Would you crop more at the bottom of the picture?

1/500. f 9.0. Iso 1000 400mm

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7 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I will be awaiting others' comments on the crop, Jen, as I'm undecided. The pelicans at the bottom provide context, as do the woods in the background, yet the main subject ends up being too small to fully enjoy, and it looks like he has a great pose and is quite sharp. Maybe a little cropped off all around would help. The birds' being such a nice white in an overall dark gray scene really makes him pop, and gives this, or another version of this, some potential.   Posted: 11/03/2020 15:40:19

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I would cut off all the brush on the bottom. The forest gives all the context you need. Above the crop line you have a beautifulforest and a marvelous bird

Al   Posted: 11/19/2020 18:25:01
Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Thanks very much for your comment, Albert   Posted: 11/23/2020 17:49:58

John Erve   John Erve
Jen, Regards the cropping it depends what you want to emphasize. If the subject is the flying pelican, crop in more tightly, preferably with the bird more to the left so that it has room to fly into the image. If it is the environment, I would suggest cropping from the top so the flying pelican is above the others below, preferably with even more room at the bottom for the pelicans in the water as some are rather close to the edge. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/21/2020 12:17:57
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Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I really liked this image. The contrast of the white pelican against the darker trees. I struggled some with the water at the bottom of the image until I realized I was looking at other pelicans swimming there.

When I read your question about cropping the water I took the image into Photoshop to see what how it would appear. What you see is what I was able to produce. I do not have any other suggestions or comments.

A really nice image, thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 11/21/2020 18:11:33
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Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Thank you Ed. I like your rendition.   Posted: 11/23/2020 17:49:09

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Jen - so many options!

I'm very much in agreement with John. Yes, the is a mono group, but in my view, a mono image of a wildlife situation is better if it tells a story. Cropping the bottom out leaves the story as a flying pelican by trees. This may me a 'cleaner' image, but the story and context is IMHO weak.

So your concept I believe is right, but I don't like the flying pelican being in the centre - hence John's crop is, to me, better. I would also try using the blue slider to see if the water at the bottom becomes darker, helping to emphasise the swimming pelicans better.

Nice image Jen!   Posted: 11/29/2020 13:12:30