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March of the Norse



An army of pelicans marches forth!

An army of pelicans marches forth!
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34 Comments | Report
dthurau
 
dthurau April 06, 2015
Outstanding Image. Your Post on this is excellent work.
ashleysowter
ashleysowter April 14, 2015
Thank you! It was a great day to be out amongst the pelicans. The moody sky certainly helped
DeonG PRO+
 
DeonG April 08, 2015
Amazing image with great clarity and incredible tones! Welcome to the ViewBut community!
ashleysowter
ashleysowter April 14, 2015
Thanks Deon. You have a wonderful gallery. Nice variety of work too.
jodiparker_5877
 
jodiparker_5877 May 04, 2015
wow, I would love to learn how to take such fantastic pictures ,,, good on you !
fabs
 
fabs September 10, 2015
love everything about it
Fantastic work :)
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic September 26, 2015
Magical capture and excellent light balance. Wonderful work.
Haggith
 
Haggith November 13, 2015
One of my all -time faves!
carrie00813 PRO+
 
carrie00813 January 05, 2016
Love this. Makes me smile.
Bozzzzz
 
Bozzzzz February 07, 2016
Great POV. Nice in B&W
Rosley
 
Rosley February 22, 2016
Absolute Masterpice!
KMallus
 
KMallus February 28, 2016
Really beautiful photograph! The tones and clarity are fantastic!
ferrara
 
ferrara March 06, 2016
very nice work !!
LucBaekelandt PRO+
 
LucBaekelandt April 05, 2016
Wow!!! Fantastic shot
julie_cavell
 
julie_cavell April 19, 2016
Brilliant
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle May 02, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
ashleysowter
ashleysowter May 13, 2016
Thanks very much mike. You have a lovely b&w shot of a lion in your portfolio. Congrats on that one
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 May 02, 2016
Perfect choice for B&W, and excellent depth of field! Congratulations!
ashleysowter
ashleysowter May 13, 2016
Thanks!
overthehillfan2004 PRO
 
overthehillfan2004 May 09, 2016
This shot is just stunning!
ashleysowter
ashleysowter May 13, 2016
Thanks overthehillfan2004. Much appreciated
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature May 17, 2016
Congratulations, Excelent Capture great post production, textures and POV-thank you for sharing your work.
Witmar
 
Witmar May 26, 2016
excellent picture!
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose August 03, 2016
Very beautiful picture and lucky you to have been able to see them !
jacpainter
 
jacpainter September 15, 2016
Awesome shot...love it...
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson September 18, 2016
Wonderful.
dougplume PRO+
 
dougplume October 08, 2016
Fantastic work
ConnieO PRO
 
ConnieO December 01, 2016
What can i say that hasnt already been said. This is amazing in every way. Thanks for sharing it with the world!!
henemark99 PRO+
 
henemark99 December 25, 2016
Speechless!!!!....excellent x
saboytjie
 
saboytjie March 25, 2017
love this!
cindybucholz
 
cindybucholz July 07, 2017
This pelican grouping is exceptional in B&W!!!
cindybucholz
 
cindybucholz July 10, 2017
Are you familiar with NatGeoYourshot? Definitely has potential to be featured in their magazine!
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brittabia August 12, 2017
Congratulations on your fabulous shot.
angad13 PRO
 
angad13 September 22, 2017
Awesome work here!! :)
ashleysowter
ashleysowter October 06, 2017
Thanks Angad13, much appreciated
sandymayor PRO+
 
sandymayor September 25, 2017
????
ashleysowter
ashleysowter October 06, 2017
Hi Sandy, I am not sure what you're asking here
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo February 12, 2018
Fantastic!! Congrats on all your Awards!
ashleysowter
ashleysowter March 15, 2018
Thanks Carol
sandymayor PRO+
 
sandymayor March 15, 2018
love it
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson April 15, 2018
Brilliant image. So good in black and white. Well done.
Vahoskins PRO+
 
Vahoskins February 19, 2019
Normally I don't like B&W images but this picture is very captivating! Great capture!

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken on the NSW Central Coast in Australia. Every afternoon pelican feeding occurs there. This all started over 20 years ago by staff at the local fish shop, who would feed scraps to the pelicans every day. Then in 1996, The Entrance Town Centre Management built the feeding platform known as Pelican Plaza. They, in conjunction with the many sponsors and a wonderful team of volunteers, have made it possible to feed the pelicans whole fresh fish 365 days a year and make it the spectacle it is today.
Time
The pelican feeding event starts at around 3.30pm each day. From memory it ran for about 15-20 minutes.
Lighting
I was lucky with the lighting. The intense sky and cloud cover made for wonderful soft lighting as well as creating much of the atmosphere and mood for the final image.
Equipment
This was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III at 25mm, ƒ/9, 1/400s and ISO 125. I am 99% sure the lens was my Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II L Series lens. No flash and no tripod
Inspiration
I mostly take landscapes. My girlfriend is an animal photographer and wanted to go shoot the pelicans (so to speak). I do find pelicans particularly interesting and a bit evil looking (sorry guys!). As we were driving out there, the sky continued to get more and more ominous. I thought the sky would help make a much more interesting shot...or wash the whole thing out. I knew I was looking for a monochrome work here. The overcast sky, coupled with the black and white (evil looking) birds. It was really only in post processing that they reminded me of an evil army marching together and then I wanted to crop and process it with that in mind.
Editing
Yes. From memory I processed this quite a bit. My photoshop skills are quite amateur. This was processed with PS and some Nik software as a plug in. I wanted to clean the birds feathers / uniform and further enhance the already ominous mood. Black and White was a given
In my camera bag
Way too much! I need to go mirrorless! I always take my Canon 5d Mk3, 16-35mm f/2.8, Lee filters, Tripod and stuff (cleaning cloths etc). I often also have a flash and either my 85mm f/1.2 (I rarely use it but I love it!) or my 70-200 f/2.8.
Feedback
Get amongst the action. I think one of the successes of this image is me and my camera being in the throng. Birds feathers were hitting me in the face from time to time (they are quite powerful!) and the smell of fish was strong. Get amongst it! Clearly the sky makes for a key ingredient too. Fill the frame with your objects (Natural clusters!). Try to find an angle or a shot that isn't a tourist shot. Take lots of shots (sorry film guys). I probably have 50+ shots of this event and with so many moving animals, composition is somewhat luck (well at my level it is). Good luck and have fun shooting

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