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Sunset Pelican | by Pat Kavanagh
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Sunset Pelican

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This is an American White Pelican. Us Canadians trade birds with the Americans, we get their Pelicans and Bald Headed Eagles and we send them our Canadian Geese. Actually, we try to send our Geese all over the world!

 

On this afternoon I was driving past a pond that had two Pelicans in the water. The dark background and bright light made for a quick adjustment to my exposure in order to keep the white feathers from being blown out.

 

I love watching these birds soaring overhead.....amazing!

 

Nikon D90 > ISO 200 > F:8 > 1/1,000 second shutter speed > 300mm

I took a single RAW image duplicated it 5 times and made exposure adjustments of 0+1+2-1-2 and put them through Photomatix to produce an HDR image. Additional tweaks in Photoshop.

 

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Taken on July 8, 2012