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Dusk



Until.... Twilight glides on pelican wings, The sun sinks into the sea....

Until.... Twilight glides on pelican wings, The sun sinks into the sea....
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richardpetersen Platinum
 
richardpetersen November 04, 2014
Thanks to everyone! ;)
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita October 27, 2015
lovely capture
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richardpetersen October 27, 2015
Thank U Sonja.....!
haroldbostwick
 
haroldbostwick November 15, 2015
nice pic
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Cookies4U March 29, 2020
wonderful capture!
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richardpetersen March 29, 2020
Thank you very much Cookies4U....!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
The chosen location was Bahia Linda, Culebra, Puerto Rico. It is a nice quite location free from the noise of cars, people, and cell phones.
Time
This photo was taken 9/15/2014 4:39 PM. The weather was for all practical purposes an overcast day.
Lighting
Being an overcast day is not my normal choice for a great photography day as I usually try and incorporate the clouds and sky to add a nice feel for my photographs. But from what I understand overcast days have their own advantage. So, realizing this I began shooting everything around me when a few pelicans arrived and began feeding and diving on fish.
Equipment
I still use an old Nikon D70s which still has the original battery after all these years. This particular shot was taken with a 70-300mm 572D Tamron. This photo was taken freehand against the sun creating this silhouette of the pelican.
Inspiration
In Culebra, Puerto Rico, where I live there are a few beaches that a person can go and find a little solitude. On this day I went to Bahia Linda with my photography teacher Lauri Knowlton to experiment with different perspectives and and subject matter. When the pelicans showed up the game changed completely. They are quite fast and soon I was experimenting with capturing these birds taking off from the water as well as diving.
Editing
I usually do post-processing on 99% of my photos mainly just to correct the horizon lines, ha! As well if I see something that captures my interest in a photo I will usually remove some shadows and and enrich the colors just a touch. I prefer to leave as much of the original ambiance as possible, however occasionally I may try to introduce a new color to give the photo a little more personality. Here on this particular shot, i began experimenting with different hues and colors when quite suddenly this gold color just appeared! I enjoyed the contrast between the gold and the black, so I kept that and began working with different cropping styles -thirds, seconds, golden ratios, or just whatever seemed to be the best overall feel for this shot itself.
In my camera bag
I am an amatuer photograher so I don't really have alot cameras and lenses. But, I have an Nikon D70s and 3 lenses. A Tokina 100mm AT-X Pro Prime , a Tamron 28-80mm 177D, and a Tamron 70-300mm 572D. The Tokina is for my macro stuff, the 28-80mm for group shots, and the 70-300mm for just about anything.
Feedback
Well I'm no expert thats for sure, that being said, I would suggest to anyone who loves photography to pursue shooting things u enjoy in your free time. Also there are a number of little groups available for free on the internet that often give out free user tips and tricks out there these days. Some of it is repetitive but there is always some little gem of knowledge in those articles. Also take as many shots as u can from different angles and distances, you may never have the time or chance to come across the subject matter again. Oh, and Have a Great Day...!

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