Finishing Touches

© Val Feldman

Finishing Touches

Jack Gaskin 6/16/2010 3:49:12 AM

Glad it's back Beautiful Capture

Enjoy the COFFEE

Happy Shooting
Jack #1279276

R. J. Laudenbacher 6/16/2010 4:16:09 AM

LOL LOL is good to see that I am not that only one that does these kind of things. Wonderful capture with outstanding details and exposure. Excellent #8698247

Agnes Fegan 6/16/2010 4:17:56 AM

Sometimes it's just one of those days!!! Glad you didn't lose this beauty altogether! #8698253

Eric S. Rundle 6/16/2010 4:21:23 AM

I am speechless----------------Great worl Val #8698264

Julie Burnett 6/16/2010 4:39:35 AM

I think we can all relate, Val!! So glad to see this beauty back!! #8698325

Robert R. Goodman 6/16/2010 4:44:34 AM

Hi Valarie,that is another winner my friend.Beautiful clarity,detail,lighting and color.WOW!that is awesome!!!! #8698344

Jeff Robinson 6/16/2010 4:47:50 AM

You need to Delete your Delete Key!! This is a Wonderful Pelican portrait Valarie! Jeff #8698361

Gina Cormier 6/16/2010 5:33:36 AM

Slip? Give me your home number. I'm calling hubby to put you in the home!

Next you'll be telling us you drooled on the key board! #8698410

Monnie Ryan 6/16/2010 5:52:39 AM

Definitely worth adding again. For the record, I've learned not to go anywhere near the keyboard before I've slurped down at least one cup (have nearly finished my second as we speak)...! #8698464

Patricia Seidler 6/16/2010 6:14:42 AM

LOL. I didnt see this one the other day Valarie. Im glad its back. Another outstanding capture w/great detail, lighting and title. Looks like a winner to me!


Freddy Bland 6/16/2010 6:33:00 AM

Very elegant, Val!! I, too, missed this so glad you had some more coffee and resubmitted again!! Outstanding clarity and comp!!! #8698561

Marty Straub 6/16/2010 6:56:57 AM

I wondered what happened. Of course, I thought it was something I said. Well, good, now I can get it back in my favorites. This is such an extraordinary photo, Valarie. Perfectly composed with the eye in the upper left third, and added impact with the black bg, and the beak and feathers show amazing detail. Thanks for re-posting. [Keep that coffee flowing.] #8698603

Jack Ryan 6/16/2010 8:08:37 AM

Amazing detail and an interesting pose...a really outstanding image. Glad you posted it again...I missed it the other day. #8698755

Anita Hogue 6/16/2010 10:39:47 AM

I think I remember my comment from the last post. "One of the most gorgeous pelican shots I've ever seen" #8698960

Melissa Olsen 6/16/2010 12:05:13 PM

Missed this the first time around...glad I didn't the second!
It is one of the best pelican shots ever! #8699093

Ken R. Frischkorn 6/16/2010 12:18:50 PM

Beautiful photo and bird, love the composition and clarity of this shot. it is to sad what is happening to these beautiful birds with all the oil in the gulf, Thanks to BP and greed it will be many years until it is all cleaned up if even then. #8699117

Douglas Pignet 6/16/2010 3:21:03 PM

Lovely capture with great clarity,colors and comp, a wonderful image #8699356

Gord MacEachern 6/16/2010 4:17:24 PM

Well, I hope to see this one even again Valarie, stunning work!! #8699485

Claudia Kuhn 6/16/2010 4:18:08 PM

Wonderful details and capture Valerie! #8699487

Candice C. Calhoun 6/16/2010 4:26:37 PM

Incredible photo, a certain winner! Congrats!

ccc #8699513

Val Feldman 6/17/2010 4:56:06 AM

Thanks so much, all! I appreciate your comments - the second time around! :) ~Val #8700332

Christine Lobsinger 6/17/2010 9:47:34 AM

WOW Val... Simply Superb!!! Lovely profile of this beauty on black! Look at all the DETAILING/COLOURING...
A masterpiece, and Know We Will See this ONE AGAIN!

Val Feldman 6/17/2010 10:30:12 AM

Thank you, Chris, very much! ~Val #8701054

Michelle Alton 6/18/2010 2:23:43 AM

Could not be even an iota better, Valarie! #8702315

Val Feldman 6/18/2010 11:55:31 AM

Awww shucks, Michelle (Ms. Honorary Texan at Heart)...Thanks! :) #8703440

Marcel J. Fernandez 6/19/2010 6:50:30 AM

Winner! #8704513

Patti Coblentz 6/19/2010 2:29:49 PM

Grand prize material here in my book,!! I am stunned by every element of this image...just spectacular!!!

Patti #8705143

Dianna Murphy 6/19/2010 3:41:26 PM

Holly cow, I'm sure glad you recovered it cause its gonna be a winner. The composition is outstanding and so unique. The clarity amazing! #8705256

Hal Bambrick 6/22/2010 1:26:47 PM

This is STUNNING Val!!!!!,WOW!!!!!. #8711338

Howard B. Cheek 6/24/2010 6:48:46 PM

Very good details, love this cool preening pose and interesting comp..
Really stands out with the dark BG here as well :) #8715584

Lana Arcemont 6/24/2010 7:25:14 PM

This is a real beauty, Valarie!
Wonderful Detail! #8715631

Val Feldman 6/25/2010 6:20:49 AM

Thanks so much Marcel, Patti, Dianna, Hal, Howard and Lana for stopping by - as always, much appreciated! ~Val #8716214

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 6/30/2010 5:10:37 PM

WELL!!! Here's ANOTHER I N C R E D I B L E image I messed! HOLY MOLY...WHAT a SHOT! :-) k #8726371

Diane E. Deming 7/3/2010 11:00:06 AM

Just love this one! What a great composition! #8732152

Val Feldman 7/10/2010 1:26:44 PM

Thanks much, Kitty and Diane! #8746794

Gina Cormier 7/12/2010 2:28:17 PM

Congrats Val!!!!! I knew this would be nominated!! Such a masterpiece!!!!! #8751753

Lana Arcemont 7/12/2010 2:41:32 PM

Incredible detail! #8751908

Marilyn Cornwell 7/12/2010 2:48:09 PM

Congratulations - what an amazing image for detail composition and colour!!! #8752005

Robert R. Goodman 7/12/2010 3:19:21 PM

Beautiful capture,Congratulations Valarie.Excellent!!! #8752380

Karen Bacon 7/12/2010 3:22:32 PM

Congratulations Valerie on an excellent finalist!I bet this will wear the gold! #8752411

Tammy Espino 7/12/2010 4:33:26 PM

Grand prize :) Congrats!!! #8753153

Nancyj E. Hovey 7/12/2010 4:34:34 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8753176

Jeana Clark 7/12/2010 4:42:16 PM

Happy that it re-appeared...
Awesome work and fantastic timing Val!!!

Congratulations on
this fabulous finalist!!!!!

~J~ #8753279

Patti Coblentz 7/12/2010 4:44:00 PM

Huge congratulations on this awesome finalist, Val!!! #8753298

Kathy Salerni 7/12/2010 4:45:11 PM

Congratulations on this well deserved finalist, Val! Best of luck in the next round! #8753312

Ellen Hodges 7/12/2010 5:39:23 PM

Huge congrats on your fabulous finalists, Val!!! Very best luck!! #8753857

Carol Eade 7/12/2010 5:44:48 PM

Just love this one, Valarie, congratulations! #8753899

Karen Walzer 7/12/2010 6:02:05 PM

Hope this one is a winner. Very exceptional among some great finalists! #8754072

Dianna Murphy 7/12/2010 6:29:21 PM

I'm waiting for the gold to congratulate you on this one!!!!!!!! #8754328

Linda D. Lester 7/12/2010 7:26:30 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #8754770

Kathy Cline 7/12/2010 7:39:54 PM #8754866

Carol L. Fowler 7/12/2010 7:57:10 PM

Perfect FInalist! WTG Girl! #8754970

Thomas E. Hinds 7/12/2010 8:41:57 PM

Absolutely wonderful Finalist, Valarie!Big congratulations! #8755172

The Judges at 7/12/2010 8:53:26 PM

A very nice close up of a brown pelican with breeding plumage. #8755249

Rony Sagy 7/12/2010 9:46:24 PM

Huge congratulations on this terrific Finalist. This a truly fantastic capture. I am sure we'll see gold here. Good luck. #8755540

Julianne Bradford 7/12/2010 10:00:47 PM

Oh YAY! I'm glad to see this wonderful finalist again Valarie! A big congratulations :-) #8755599

Christine Lobsinger 7/12/2010 10:37:09 PM

Yippie Valarie!!!
Congratulations to you ~ Lovely FINALIST...
Watching for GOLD!!!!!!
SMILING #8755661

Stefania Barbier 7/13/2010 5:07:26 AM

congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!! #8756497

Patricia Seidler 7/13/2010 6:08:33 AM

I knew we would see this again Valarie!
Congratulations on all your wonderful finalists. I hope this is a winner! #8756801

Diane E. Deming 7/13/2010 6:16:54 AM

I agree with Patricia. Hope this is a winner, too. #8756838

Jack Ryan 7/13/2010 6:18:56 AM

Congratulations...again. Also a very deserving choice. #8756853

Val Feldman 7/13/2010 7:22:40 AM

Thanks to all of you...your encouraging support is very much appreciated! ~Val #8757210

Marty Straub 7/13/2010 7:34:11 AM

Here's my This-Is-My-All-Time-Favorite-Photo face ;) #8757257

Jim Baines 7/13/2010 8:01:37 AM

Oh, my goodness! Three beautiful FINALISTS done in no less than true Texanna style!! This gallery is nothing short of spectacular! #8757451

Anita Hogue 7/13/2010 8:40:24 AM

I thought we would see this one again and I still think we will see it again! Congratulations! #8757633

Laura E. Swan 7/13/2010 10:49:24 AM

Those darned buttons. I surely hold them responsible for my bad typing! HA!

This is a terrific image and I hope it goes GOLD! Very cool indeed!

Huge congrats to you, Val!

-Laura :D #8758167

Julie Burnett 7/13/2010 12:48:16 PM

Huge congratulations on this fabulous finalist, I wish you the best of luck, Val!! #8758654

Leslie McLain 7/13/2010 2:11:01 PM

Love pelicans and this is a terrific capture. Congrats on all your beautiful finalists, Valerie. #8758890

Debra R. Harder 7/13/2010 2:41:06 PM

OMG, Val...this has to be GOLD! Amazing! Huge congratulations on another BRILLIANT finalist! Deb #8759028

Patrick Rouzes 7/13/2010 4:05:22 PM


Monnie Ryan 7/13/2010 4:22:06 PM

You go, girl -- love this one too! Congratulations once again! #8759491

Sam Britt 7/13/2010 5:54:35 PM

Big Congrats on this finalist,
Val! #8759819

Howard B. Cheek 7/14/2010 5:00:14 AM

Congratulations Valarie, this pose is a winning one :)
Good luck! #8760979

Jeff Robinson 7/14/2010 5:39:50 AM

Congrats Valarie on All of your Finalist!! Jeff #8761017

Ann Coates 7/14/2010 12:48:28 PM

This is quite special. Congratulations again Valarie on your well deserved finalist and hopefully more. #8762192

Freddy Bland 7/14/2010 1:20:30 PM

Many, Many congratulations on a well-deserving gold winner, Valarie!! Gorgeous image!! #8762318

Bojan Bencic 7/14/2010 1:28:59 PM

Congratulations on your amazing win, Valarie. #8762374

Nancyj E. Hovey 7/14/2010 1:29:01 PM

on your very deserving SECOND PLACE WINNER!! #8762375

Patti Coblentz 7/14/2010 1:31:06 PM

Huge congratulations on your amazing win, Val! #8762390

Mark Dodge 7/14/2010 1:41:53 PM

Right on, Valarie! Congratulations! Way to go! #8762486

Julie Burnett 7/14/2010 1:42:09 PM

WTG, Val!! I'm so happy to see this with that nice gold badge under it!! Huge congratulations on this well deserved win!! :) #8762488

Bonnie C. Lackey 7/14/2010 1:44:26 PM

Talk about being on a roll!!! I was so pleased to see this win for two reasons. One is, of course, that it's a unique and marvelous image and the other is that you are such a delightful person! I know, only the first should count... #8762515

Tammy Espino 7/14/2010 1:45:33 PM

Huge Congrats on your win!! :) #8762527

Robert R. Goodman 7/14/2010 1:47:40 PM

A big congratulations my friend.Excellent!!! #8762551

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/14/2010 1:59:50 PM

WTG on your win, Val! :-) k #8762651

Christine Lobsinger 7/14/2010 2:17:43 PM

Beautiful WINNER my friend!!!!
CHRIS #8762761

Kathy Salerni 7/14/2010 2:18:02 PM

So glad you put it back on BP! A big huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge congrats on this superb winner, Val!@ #8762762

Agnes Fegan 7/14/2010 2:46:32 PM

Congratulations on your winning image Valarie!!! #8762872

Carol L. Fowler 7/14/2010 2:46:40 PM

Big Congrats on this BEautiful WIN #8762873

Anita Hogue 7/14/2010 2:46:50 PM

Remember, I told you this was the best pelican image I've ever seen! I can pick the best,but I just can't capture the best! A big congratulations! #8762874

Melissa G. Meiselman 7/14/2010 2:51:12 PM

Awesome shot of a pelican, Valarie!! Congratulations you this wonderful winner!!! #8762901

Monnie Ryan 7/14/2010 2:53:02 PM

I knew it -- I knew it (well, I sure HOPED it...)! Great big CONGRATULATIONS on your winner! It's fabulous! #8762913

Linda D. Lester 7/14/2010 2:54:34 PM

WTG!!! Awesome shot..Congratulations! #8762926

Diane E. Deming 7/14/2010 3:01:34 PM

I knew this would win. Superb! Congratulations! #8762984

Dianna Murphy 7/14/2010 3:15:38 PM

Ok NOW I canCongratulation you!!!! Whoo whoop girl friend, big high fives. Ok you have a glass of wine tonight and I'll do the same and It'll be like celebrating together. cheers !!!!! #8763025

Tammy M. Anderson 7/14/2010 3:16:56 PM

Congratulations, Valarie. #8763029

Val Feldman 7/14/2010 3:50:04 PM

To all of you, the biggest of thanks...As always, BP'er's are the most generous of spirit people're the best...and as Ms. Kitty remarked in her wonderful submit yesterday - we're all winners! #8763174

Patrick Rouzes 7/14/2010 4:12:08 PM

Heyyyyyyyyyyy,Valarie, CONGRATULATIONS on this phenomenal WINNER! WTG, my friend! #8763298

Lana Arcemont 7/14/2010 4:13:09 PM

Congratulations, Again, Valarie!
I knew this would be a winner! #8763303

Thomas E. Hinds 7/14/2010 4:28:59 PM

Wonderful Winner, Valarie! So well done! #8763411

Michelle Alton 7/14/2010 4:32:19 PM

Valarie, this is brilliant and breathtaking work. Congratulations, and I'm glad you "got 'er back!" #8763430

Stefania Barbier 7/14/2010 4:37:29 PM

spectacular win, congratulations Valarie! #8763470

Debra R. Harder 7/14/2010 5:35:18 PM

I knew this beauty would win GOLD!! Huge congratulations, Val, on your SPECTACULAR WINNER!! Deb #8763667

Marilyn Cornwell 7/14/2010 6:10:12 PM

A wonderful win, Valarie!! #8763812

Carol Eade 7/14/2010 6:58:32 PM

This is so terrific, Valarie, congratulations on your wonderful winner! #8763942

Jim Baines 7/14/2010 7:06:48 PM

Bigger'n Dallas, that's what I'm talkin' about! If I tell ya a hen dips snuff, you can look under her wing! Now sit a li'l higher in that saddle!
Congratulations, Val. A spectacular WIN! #8763964

Rony Sagy 7/14/2010 7:11:26 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful win, Val. #8763977

Sam Britt 7/14/2010 7:14:56 PM

Big Congratulations on the second place win, Val! #8763985

Margaret R. Barry 7/15/2010 12:05:39 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Valarie! #8764497

Patricia Seidler 7/15/2010 3:43:57 AM

WTG Valarie. Congratulations on this fantastic winner! #8764678

Ellen Hodges 7/15/2010 4:12:54 AM

Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Val!!! #8764779

Jeff Robinson 7/15/2010 4:47:25 AM

Congrats on the Gold Valarie! Jeff #8764926

Val Feldman 7/15/2010 7:37:15 AM

To each and every one of you - a BIG thanks for your warm congrats and encouraging support....So very much appreciated! :) ~Val #8765370

Steve M. Harrington 7/15/2010 11:54:21 AM

A fine winner, Val! Good on you! :)
Steve #8765810

Gina Cormier 7/15/2010 3:24:33 PM

Now...what ninney didn't know you would take the title!!
Congrats on this out of this world image!!! You rock sista!!! #8766147

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/15/2010 5:54:05 PM

Glad you were able to resubmit, stunning!! Congrats Valarie! #8766439

Merna L. Nobile 7/15/2010 8:47:03 PM

BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on your Finalist Award for June, 2010. Merna #8766736

Karen Bacon 7/16/2010 8:06:42 AM

A huge congrats on wearing the gold Valerie! #8767810

Leslie McLain 7/16/2010 2:52:55 PM

Congrats on your stunning winner, Valerie. #8768422

Ann Coates 7/17/2010 12:18:33 PM

Huge congratulations on your stunning winner Valarie. #8769822

Karen Celella 7/18/2010 10:52:56 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding winner Valerie! #8771578

Val Feldman 7/19/2010 5:46:45 PM

Thanks so much Steve, GG, Phyllis, Merna, Karen, Leslie, Ann and Karen!!! #8774276

Nancy J. Locke 7/20/2010 6:47:46 AM


Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8775258

Val Feldman 7/20/2010 2:07:00 PM

Why, thank you Nancyj - very much!!!!!! #8776050

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 8/2/2010 7:07:20 PM

Outstanding pelican image Valarie, congratulations on your win!!! #8802312

Dominick M. Dimacale 9/13/2010 2:57:10 AM

Congratulations Valarie on your Win!!!

Dominick #8897153

Melinda F. Schneider 12/20/2010 8:06:03 PM

A very special image! Wonderful work! #9117213

Bill Houghton 4/25/2011 9:24:09 AM

Val, this is a great shot. It is sharp and full of beautiful detail. All of your work is outstanding. Have a great day, Bill #9368567

Terry Cervi 11/16/2011 6:00:19 PM

I don't think I knew you when you won the gold, Ms V! Wow, this is something else! That composition is superb and the detail, colors and lighting are remarkable!! WTG, Ms V and a belelated congrats to you! #9810326

Julianne Bradford 1/11/2012 11:47:08 AM

Boy Val..I don't know how I missed this awesome winner...but slap me silly! I love this terrific capture...a very belated congratulations! #9914992

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Deja vu all over again. Yesterday a tiny spastic slip to the delete key wiped out this photo completely from all of BP..don't ask, please...let's just say it happened before my usual gallon of morning coffee...In any event, it has to be resubmitted all over again. Want to thank you all for your wonderful comments the other day - no need to comment again.

Hope your week is going better than mine has been! :)

~Brown Pelican~

Photo taken at the Padre Island National Seashore, Padre Island, TX

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 8/10000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 180.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300

Uploaded on 6/16/2010 3:46:47 AM

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