High Key Pelican [Animals]

© Kelly Abernathy

High Key Pelican

Uploaded: October 02, 2004 01:45:50


I was panning shooting pelicans coming in for landings. They would arc in a 'C' direction against a background of dark green trees and then land on the water lit by the sunset. There were several exposure stops difference and I have no graduated filters, so I was trying to keep up changing settings as I panned and shot. I was behind here and left if high key, but thought it was kind of cool, and liked it better than the properly exposed shots. So I thought I'd enter it to see wha


Kelly Abernathy level-classic October 02, 2004

Will and I are off early this morning - I'll catch up late this afternoon. Hopefully I'll see something to shoot along the way :) -K #174582

October 02, 2004

hmmmm it looks as though you have digitally played with this image to get that effect though... not just through manual exposure!? #817077

Paul Michko October 02, 2004

Cool effect produced, K. I like it. #817107

Allan L. Whitehead October 02, 2004

Marvelous 'capture' and presentation, Kelly, I hope you have some good luck today and find lots of interedting shots to photograph. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you 'Will' (…oops, no pun intended, eh…) Very well done, my very dear friend - your good friend, Allan #817113

S J October 02, 2004

Terrific action capure, K! Wonderful WIDE presentation makes it such a pleasure for the viewers! Very well done!! #817135

Colleen Braun October 02, 2004

I like the feeling in this... #817150

Bonnie C. Lackey October 02, 2004

It's as though it's being seen thru the eyes of another pelican landing near by... #817164

Alan L. Borror October 02, 2004

The high key is very effective, K! Bet you try it again. Spectacular photo!!! #817169

Wally Orlowsky October 02, 2004

Terrific effect, K. The panoramic layout also adds to the composition. #817194

Donald K. Cherry October 02, 2004

Nice capture, K! #817311

Claudia Kuhn level-classic October 02, 2004

It does make a nice effect that seems intentional, the comp and action of the pelican are great K! #817338

William C. Raco level-classic October 02, 2004

This is gorgeous.
I love the pelican's posture as it comes in for the landing.
Excellent exposure, positioning in the frame and detail.
This is ...
Special K! ;-)

bill #817434

Leanne M.E. Boyd October 02, 2004

Good choice, K!!!!! Excellent shot. #817455

Adilson F. Ferreira level-classic October 02, 2004

Fantastic capture!!! this is really great, nice choice!!! #817586

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict October 02, 2004

Excellent, K, great capture and compostion!

-Debby #817644

Donna J. Taff October 02, 2004

Fantastic image, K.!!!!! #817662

Casey A. Hanson October 02, 2004

Very cool, K!
I love the end result you acheived!
Nice job :0) #817756

Wendy M. Amdahl level-deluxe October 02, 2004

Great shot K! It feels like he's going to screech across your photo to a landing! Like the high key! #817784

Stephen Zacker October 02, 2004

Super capture and composition! #817830

Robin L. Wehrman October 02, 2004

WOW!! Outstanding and a super capture and timing, K!! #817937

Robert Goodman October 02, 2004

Fantastic K,you can almost anticipate his landing!!!! #817956

Karma Wilson October 02, 2004

I LOVE it K! So high energy and great composition on this!

Karma #818015

Karen Engelbreth October 02, 2004

I've run out of superlatives. Just stunning! #818029

Brenda W. LaFleur level-deluxe October 02, 2004

I like it a lot, Kelly. Nice work! #818120

Kelly Abernathy level-classic October 02, 2004

Hi everyone! I just got back and all these comments are so nice to come home to! I really appreciate it!

And Lisa - the high key exposure did come from manual exposure - although as a mistake - I was trying to get a normal exposure so the water would show up as panned, LOL. Here's what happened - I was trying to practice on some tough exposure shots while panning because this often happens with the wildlife action shots that I love to shoot. On the landing approach, the pelicans were either against dark green trees in the fading light of day or the water with the sunset shining on it. So there were several exposure stops difference and I was trying to practice keeping up with the dials while I panned. Some of the shots from this evening turned out okay, but on this one, I couldn't keep up changing the dials quick enough, so it ended up overexposed/high key and I thought it looked cool. But I wasn't sure what other people would think of it, so that's why I posted it for feedback. I may even try to overexose some panning shots in the future to see if I end up with anything presentable. But I did crop it to pano and cropped out another pelican on the water that I had panned through because I thought it was distracting. I also adjusted levels slightly to punch up the orange of the beak and legs some. I'll attach the original for your comparison. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Have a good one! -K #818188

Kelly Abernathy level-classic October 02, 2004

Here's the original -K #818190

Terry R. Hatfield October 02, 2004

Hi K! looks great on this end looks like about a +1.0ev setting to me nice job:-) #818275

Ed Heaton October 02, 2004

Great shot. Very nice camera work here!

WELL DONE~ #818282

Jonna Bergström October 02, 2004

Great capture! Like the composition!

- Jonna #818299

Carol Brill October 02, 2004

Marvelous use of technique and also negative space here, K, great catch of the reflection...a very effective way to highlight this beautiful bird! #818419

Susan T. Evans level-classic October 02, 2004

Terrific comp and use of negative space K! #818508

Kelly Abernathy level-classic October 03, 2004

Thanks Terry, Ed, Jonna, Carol and Susan! I appreciate it -K #818978

Dale Gast November 15, 2004

Congratulations, K!!!! #912155

Cindy Cone November 15, 2004

Congratulations, K! #912455

William C. Raco level-classic November 15, 2004

I told you this was special, K!
Congratulations and best wishes,

bill #912485

Wally Orlowsky November 15, 2004

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, K! #912657

Donald K. Cherry November 15, 2004

Congratulations on a wonderful finalist! Good luck in the coming round! #913356

Claudia Kuhn level-classic November 15, 2004

Congratulations K! #913451

Ed Heaton November 15, 2004

Again K,
Congratulations On Your Finalist ;-) #913489

Terry R. Hatfield November 15, 2004

Congratulations On Your Finalist K!! #913696

Joy Brown November 15, 2004

Congratulations on this terrific shot, K! #914094

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict November 15, 2004

Congrats again, K! #914330

Wendy M. Amdahl level-deluxe November 15, 2004

Another great shot K...you're on a roll. Congrats! #914908

Carol Brill November 15, 2004

So wonderful to revisit this image again, K, congratulations and best of luck to you in the finals! #914909

Gary H. Minish level-deluxe November 15, 2004

Great capture, Kelly! A well deserved finalist. Congratulations :-) #915027

Colleen Braun November 16, 2004

Congratulations... #915402

Cathy Gregor November 16, 2004

Congrats, K!
-cathy #915746

S J November 16, 2004

Congratulations on this superb finalist, K! #916737

Kathleen Clemons November 16, 2004

More congrats, K! #916796

Murry Grigsby November 16, 2004

Congrats Kelly!! #916966

Patricia A. Kuniega November 16, 2004

Congratulations Kelly on this terrific photo! #917952

Phil Sauvey November 16, 2004

Alright, K!!!! Another fine job! Congrats again! Best of luck! #918091

Stanley J. Contrades November 16, 2004

Nice job, Kelly, and another big Congrats to you!! Good luck!!
Stan #918194

Nobu Nagase November 16, 2004

Congratulations, K!!!
Wonderful work!!! #918300

Darren K. Fisher November 16, 2004

Such a great capture. Awesome job Kelly and congrats to you. #919232

Sharon Day level-classic November 19, 2004

Congratulations again, K!!! #926910

Kelly Abernathy level-classic November 22, 2004

Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate it! -K #932191

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