Marianne Shine  

Pier Pelican by Marianne Shine

May 2020 - Pier Pelican

About the Image(s)

It was an overcast day as we walked the Deerfield Beach pier and I spotted this pelican perched by one of the sinks used by the fishermen.

After cropping I used the "Vivid Warm" filter in my software, then tried increasing and decreasing the many adjustments until I got this result. I made small increases to brilliance, shadows, brightness, contrast, and black point plus small decreases to exposure and highlights. I slightly decreased color saturation and contrast, definition, sharpen/intensity and vignette/strength.

Canon G11
24.98 mm
1/125 @ f/4.5
ISO 200

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4 comments posted

Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
The warm tones actually have enhanced the bird and blend it into the dock. The ocean in the background helps tell the story. "I just stopped her for a break". Very nice.   Posted: 05/15/2020 19:19:49

Samuel Lane   Samuel Lane
Nice capture I love being out on overcast days for photography. To me it seems the focus point is off it looks like you focused on the left wing and midsection which are sharp but the Pelican's head is a little out of focus. You may be able to paint in or dial in some sharpening detail to bring the head into better focus.   Posted: 05/17/2020 10:26:10

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
A very nice shot of a very self confident fisherman. I really can't tell if you captured a well focused eye, but everything else seems to be appropriately focused. To my eyes the background is slightly blurred and helps isolate your subject. In my opinion you needed to move to the right just enough to separate the pelican's head from the structure on the horizon. I would have preferred more saturation of the pelican's plumage to further isolate it from the rest of the image. Nice capture of a target of opportunity.   Posted: 05/17/2020 19:58:06

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
I agree that more saturation of the pelican would be helpful as would separating the head from the background structure. Overcast days can provide nice lighting.   Posted: 05/20/2020 06:06:10