Julie Chapa  

Pelican in Flight by Julie Chapa

November 2021 - Pelican in Flight

About the Image(s)

This was taken on South Padre Island, Texas during the early morning. I was at this location the day before when the sun was very harsh and several pelicans were hanging out. I decided to return the next morning hoping for a better lighting situation and of course NO pelicans. After one last scan of the sky I saw this handsome fellow flying in my direction. This was the last frame before he veered away.
Canon 5d Mark iv, Sigma 100-400mm at 400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6 1/8000 sec.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
A great shot, the pelican is sharp where it needs to be, and the fact it is flying toward you is a real plus. I think it could be a stronger image if the was cropped, and the buildings toned down. I cropped the bottom and sides and used a linear gradient to tone the buildings. The result is attached.   Posted: 11/21/2021 10:29:19
Comment Image
Julie Chapa   Julie Chapa
Thank you Eric,
Great suggestions! I knew it needed something but didn't know what. Your edits make the pelican really stand out.
  Posted: 11/22/2021 18:55:23

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
Nice capture of the bird coming right towards you. I like Eric's suggestions. At first I thought it would be more natural to put in a natural background in place of the buildings, but then I realized that they are exactly what makes this photo so interesting: how often does one see a pelican flying towards one from a more-or-less industrial area.   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:30:07

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
What a nice capture with the wings nicely spread. The motion, colors, blur background, and sharp detail of the pelican are really good. I think the image would look better if it were cropped to remove some of buildings on the the left and the right and adds a bit lighting. The attached is what I came up with.

  Posted: 11/22/2021 16:07:08
Comment Image
Julie Chapa   Julie Chapa
Thank you Abe,
I like the way you cropped it. It looks really good.   Posted: 11/22/2021 18:57:21