Kalen_Carrelli
Kalen_Carrelli

Portrait of a Pelican



No telephoto lens was used here! This pelican let me get really close. I could've walked closer, maybe, but I didn't really want to disturb it too m...
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No telephoto lens was used here! This pelican let me get really close. I could've walked closer, maybe, but I didn't really want to disturb it too much. Pelicans are bigger and more intimidating up close.
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MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic March 13, 2016
Wonderful capture! Voted in Image of the Month.
Fabius
 
Fabius April 07, 2016
Good portrait, beautiful bird !

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the pier of a beach in Florida. I was on a family vacation and was fortunate enough to catch this photo opportunity.
Time
I took this photo in the afternoon, which is also a good time of day to visit the beach.
Lighting
The lighting is all-natural, provided free of charge by the sun. There were hardly any clouds in the sky, so the sunlight was unfiltered.
Equipment
I used my Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The seagulls were cooperative, but I would not have had time to set up a tripod, so this photo was taken by hand.
Inspiration
Family beach days are cherished memories, but this was the first time I was allowed to bring my camera. I love taking pictures of wildlife whenever possible, so when I saw that the seagulls, which had been drawn to the pier by the fresh catch of fish, were cooperative, I just had to get pictures. My mom was with me at the time, and we both tried to get as close as possible without disturbing the birds.
Editing
I did very minimal post-processing to the photo. Just a few enhancements to bring out the little details.
In my camera bag
I always carry around either my T3i or T5i, occasionally accompanied by a tripod and remote flash. I'm a very mobile photographer, and I rarely have time to spend setting up a shot. There's something a lot more rewarding about a spontaneous picture working out.
Feedback
As long as everyone else in your group is okay with it, bring your camera out whenever possible. You can capture future memories and slices of life at the same time. Type of animal permitting, don't be afraid to get up close to the subject. The perfect shot is in there, you just have to be willing to work for it. Of course, use caution when dealing with certain animals and know your limits.

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