Tom Buckard  

Pelican at Dusk by Tom Buckard

January 2022 - Pelican at Dusk

About the Image(s)

November 16th 2021, my wife and I were shooting along the river in Charleston, South Carolina near dusk and many pelicans were leaving the river to go and roost in the marshes.
Image was shot handheld with a Nikon D850 with a Nikon 200-500 mm F5.6 lens. Image was taken at 1/2000th of a second at f/5.6 using ISO 3200.

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9 comments posted

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
That is a nice sharp bird in flight image. I love the golden hour tones. Well done.   Posted: 01/04/2022 11:54:04
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Lloyd thank you. On a rare occasion I get lucky!   Posted: 01/08/2022 10:05:58

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I too thought this was sharp which is amazing, given that you were hand holding. I guess the fast shutter speed helped but there is no way I could hand hold this lens. Great image!   Posted: 01/04/2022 13:24:19
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Margaret thank you for the kind words. The 200 to 500 is heavy but somehow I do manage to get good results. Speed is the answer. I like to think of it as an arm workout!   Posted: 01/08/2022 10:13:44
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Guess I'll have to forego the arm workout (LOL).   Posted: 01/08/2022 16:07:35

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Tom, I have shot birds with the same camera and lens. I've had some luck with it, but it can be a bear because of the weight. This shot is beautiful and sharp. The detail in the bird is amazing. The golden hour was perfect because it made the colors on the water tie in perfectly with the bird.   Posted: 01/07/2022 14:29:18
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Mary thank you for the nice comments. Camera/lens is a bit of a bear but I fight through it. My wife uses a D500 with a 80-400 for that exact reason snd since the D500 is a crop sensor she actually has a longer reach than I do. Thank you again.   Posted: 01/08/2022 10:19:18

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
So sharp and dramatic! I hope when I grow up I will be able to get such a magnificent shot! Love the colors! Beautiful image Tom!   Posted: 01/08/2022 21:46:37
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Jamie thank you but I have seen your work and I am sure you have thousands of images better than that one.   Posted: 01/09/2022 19:13:22