Brown Pelican Dive

The Brown Pelicans had a fishing frenzy following hurricane Michael’s departure. Even in heavy wind and surf, they would climb to 20 or 30 feet and dive head first into the waves. While I was there on North Beach on Tybee Island, GA, there were 20 or more diving and swimming in the surf, seemingly unbothered by the wind and breaking waves.

What technical feedback would you like if any?

Whatever you think might improve the picture, either in post processing or photograpy technique

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Too much sky? Just enough? Could you tell the wind speed and roughness of the water with the evidence shown?

Any pertinent technical details:

Camera Info: Nikon D750, HH
Lens: VR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 300mm
Focus Mode: AF-C
AF-Area Mode: Group Area AF
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/1250s
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Comp.: +2.3EV (forgot to set it, but it worked out OK)
Metering: Matrix
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 1000
46% of full frame
PP in LR/PS CC 2018, Topaz Studio, TK sharpen for web @ 40%

You may only download this image to demonstrate post-processing techniques.

Hi Phil
If you love watching Pelicans dive into the water this is great photograph to have. I like the wave breaking in the upper left of the frame and the Brown Pelican has good detail.

A very nice look at a diving pelican. Good detail. I like the breaking wave. You might consider cloning out the man-made elements in the background, the white object draws the eye a bit.