Pelican Landing

I captured this pelican landing over at Point Lobos State Reserve recently. It was one of hundreds at, or near a rookery. I went thru some “film”!

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This is a portrait and I cropped it a little tight. I didn’t have too much real estate to play with. Does it still work?

Technical Details

Z9, Nikon 200-500 f lens, Nikon 1.4 TC, monopod, 1/1800th, f 8.0, 1050mm, ISO 2500, cropped to 3060 x 3049, Topaz Photo AI

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Nice landing pose, Dave. You might try adding a bit to the bottom and left using content aware fill or crop, but it works pretty well as-is.

I was not aware of content aware fill in photoshop. I just took your advice and here’s what I made. Thanks so much for the advice. I will be adding that to my photo editing toolbox.

Excellent capture of this landing Pelican, Dave! The color and detail are both great. As for the crop, I think it’s just fine the way it was. The only thing I would suggest is sharpening the image after you downsize and before you publish it. I did a quick sharpening application to show you the difference (be sure and look at the large version & keep in mind that I’m saving a jpg to a jpg which always hurts the image):

Thanks. I have not thought to do that. I will try it.