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lamarh March 21, 2015
great capture of the eyes.
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Forfarlass March 21, 2015
That is great image. He is staring straight at you.
 
LucyLoo March 21, 2015
Absolutely enchanting :-D
 
malread March 21, 2015
Awesome capture, great eye contact.
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SusanBurroughs March 21, 2015
love the eyes!!
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katv69 March 21, 2015
Wow - he doesn't need to talk with that look Great capture.
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katv69 March 21, 2015
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horsegalraye March 21, 2015
Giving you the 'evil eye', for sure!! What a GREAT shot!!!
JustAGuyAndHisCamera March 21, 2015
Yeah. I could not tell if he liked me being so close or was about to come at me for being on his turf.
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GigiJim08 March 21, 2015
Lovely...
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kathykuhn100 March 21, 2015
Great expression!
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paulcarew March 21, 2015
I didn't realize the Gray Pelicans were band and tracked Joel… any insight? … wonderful connection here!
JustAGuyAndHisCamera March 21, 2015
I am pretty sure it is used to track migratory paths of the Pelicans. You can enter the code on a website to help the people who put them I track them.
 
gunners42 March 21, 2015
Great Capture...
 
henrykngema March 21, 2015
Brilliant shot. Did you ask him to pose?
JustAGuyAndHisCamera March 21, 2015
He is the only one that came to me as I got closer. Lol. Not sure if he was angry or friendly. He flew off shortly after this was taken.
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onyanita March 22, 2015
lovely capture. So different to ours.
 
Crossy70 March 22, 2015
If looks could kill!
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emileabbott March 22, 2015
Nice eye contact and close up capture Joel
 
marciajewell March 22, 2015
He does not look at all happy! What a great shot!
 
Chrism March 23, 2015
I reckon all he needs is a little pair of glasses perched on the end of his nose lol. Fantastic close up nature shot :)
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alisonmanley March 29, 2015
Right place right time. Just love the eyes. Well done
 
tracysteen March 30, 2015
Love the intensity!
 
simonalovewolf April 03, 2015
hello :)
 
Anba April 04, 2015
Great capture!!!
 
Smallcat August 16, 2015
Awesome!
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ellenellen January 18, 2016
Love this shot.
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simonparry May 13, 2017
Wonderful photo..
 
hfdmama June 07, 2017
Great shot! It's like he's saying "You lookin' at ME?" Talk about great eye contact! Well done!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in a marina on Amelia Island, FL. I love walking around on adventures and taking pictures of whatever subjects I might find.
Time
This was a terrible rainy day. I took this shot around 3 PM. I had about an hour and a half window where I could get out a interact and photograph with the birds.
Lighting
Like I said, it was a bad weather day. The sun came out for a short while. I think the mix of clouds and sun provided excellent natural light that day.
Equipment
I have about an economic set up as a person can get. I had a Canon t5 with an 18-55 lens.
Inspiration
I loved how close most of the pelicans would let you get. However, this guy was not as outgoing with me as the others. He was off by himself. My main draw to him was the eyes. They are amazing.
Editing
I did not do anything post-process wise. I generally do, but I just loved the way this picture looked when I took it. His eyes were naturally piercing.
In my camera bag
I have my camera, an 18-55 lens, and a 55-250 lens. I also carry a monopod with me at all times. I almost forgot, I always carry an extra battery an memory card just in case.
Feedback
My advice is find people that you can listen and learn photography principles from. I am always learning new things and I enjoy getting better. I have learned that it is not always about how much your camera is worth but more importantly how to use your camera to the best of your ability. Photography should always be about having fun. So my advice is learn and go out and have fun. Photography is fun.

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