Dan McKenna  

Brown Pelican Landing by Dan McKenna

July 2021 - Brown Pelican Landing

About the Image(s)

Sony A1, Sony 200-600mm @ 600mm, ISO 2000, 1/2000s and f/8. The site was about 150 yards from my viewpoint and was processed through gigapixel to 2x original capture. Although cropped, my question for the group is where to crop this image. I wanted to show some context with the other birds and the guano on the rocks, but interested as to what others would do.

5 comments posted

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Not saying my idea is better than the one you did but I would have cropped the other birds and guano out and just left the one landing. (I don't like guano!)   Posted: 07/03/2021 09:58:31

Dan Olson   Dan Olson
Hi Dan. I also agree with Ginny. One time I submitted a photo in a contest and it got a lower score for having a bird of a different species in it. Try eliminating the Sea gull from the photo to see if you like it better? Dan   Posted: 07/05/2021 14:13:10

Alan Cork   Alan Cork
Hi Dan. Interesting dilemma. I would agree with Dan that the seagull adds nothing, especially as it is preening and so you cannot see the head clearly. I have no problem with guano, and as the whites are well controlled then it is adding interest to the image. If mine, and not for a nature comp, then I would crop square and also remove the further 3 pelicans on the left [because they look out of the image] and move the pelican [cut and paste] a bit lower so that it does not cut through the rocks in the background! Hopefully you also have later images where the pelican is closer to landing to save you the trouble!   Posted: 07/21/2021 05:40:04
Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
Thank you Alan never thought of moving the subject. Brilliant   Posted: 07/21/2021 08:13:05
Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
Thank you Alan never thought of moving the subject. Brilliant   Posted: 07/21/2021 08:13:07


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