Darcy Johnson  

Bottoms Up by Darcy Johnson

October 2021 - Bottoms Up

About the Image(s)

This was taken in early Spring 2020 during the first part of the pandemic. I knew that American White Pelicans migrated through the area where I live and had never seen them other than occasionally when they were spotted soaring high overhead in large flocks. 2020 was different in many respects and as luck would have it (probably because there were less people around) a small pod decided to stop over for a week or two in some of the ponds near my home - just long enough for me to try to get close enough to photograph them.

ISO 2000, 300mm, f6.3, 1/500 sec.

11 comments posted

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
A nicely captured image. One suggestion would be to consider a vignette to draw the eye more into the pelicans. I also like the pano format.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 10/03/2021 18:50:00
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - I think you are right . . . There is a slight vignette that was added to this photograph. Without the crop to pano, I don't think it would have been as interesting even with a vignette - too much water and grass/reeds that didn't really add to the photo. Thanks for the input!   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:32:47

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Darcy.

Lovely well spotted image together with a bit of humour making it more interesting. I do agree with Greg that a vignette might add to the image however I would suggest a vignette across the horizon either a reflected vignette in photoshop or two vignettes one from the top and one from the bottom, to really bring the eye to the pelican feeding. I took the liberty of having a play with your image to show what I meant, maybe a bit subtle but I hope you can see the difference on your screen. Again well spotted at exactly the right time and thanks for sharing.   Posted: 10/09/2021 21:18:04
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
  Posted: 10/10/2021 00:42:39
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Tom - The vignettes you implemented are effective yet subtle - which tends to be my preference . . . although I must admit there have been a few exceptions where a very noticeable vignette has proved quite helpful in elevating an image. The Photoshop technique works - thanks for sharing.   Posted: 10/10/2021 12:26:19

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
What a great scene to come upon! You've done a great job of capturing the pelicans busy being pelicans. I agree with the comments about the vignette suggestions. I love the reflections and the ripples.   Posted: 10/11/2021 22:09:19
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks for rounding out the vote on using vignettes Ingrid. I appreciate your input.   Posted: 10/11/2021 22:57:09

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Darcy, Beautiful Image! You captured it very well. I like how white pelicans contrast the background, making them very focused. I wish the top background were a little blurry, maybe f stop at 5.6 or 4?   Posted: 10/13/2021 12:55:57
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Xiao - Good advice. I thank you for your input. Best -   Posted: 10/15/2021 10:47:00

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Darcy,
An well captured image of pelicans. The caption really fit in with the situation. You are very lucky to get that close to the pelicans to shoot by your camera. I loved the way you have captured and presented the composition. The pelicans and the ripples on the water really adds up. The suggestion of vignette and blur effect on the top part of the image is worth considering.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers.   Posted: 10/15/2021 08:01:04
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks Kamal - Pelicans seem to be wary of any attention. Capturing this shot was a bit of luck and an exercise in patience. As mentioned - the suggestions of a vignette and blurring are helpful. Best -   Posted: 10/15/2021 10:53:48


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