Pelican Buddies in Flight by taffy

Pelican Buddies in Flight

This week's "60 Minutes" (a US TV program with coverage of news and human interest stories) had a segment described the Photo Ark Project - https://www.joelsartore.com/gallery/the-photo-ark/ - of a photographer trying to photograph all species, especially those that may be extinct by the end of this century. It's an amazing project and his photos are just gorgeous portraits. I went through my archive to find an animal photo to work on. This pelican pair is from my sailing trip last October. The sky, though, is from a telephoto image of Chicago clouds on a sunny day. Combined in Luminar 4, then processed in LR.
Beautiful! Love the Photo Ark project!
January 20th, 2020  
Gorgeous image
January 20th, 2020  
Outstanding
January 20th, 2020  
Stunning, that is one amazing project. Thanks for the link.
January 20th, 2020  
Beautiful! Joel's work on the Photo Ark is really amazing. I believe that he began this project when he was kind of relegated to home, because his wife had breast cancer and he needed to care for the kids. I really love how he made creative "lemonade" to lift up a vital issue.
January 20th, 2020  
@rosiekerr Yes, that's the one. He's a remarkable man an his project is so inspiring!
January 20th, 2020  
wow this is amazing!
January 20th, 2020  
well captured
January 20th, 2020  
Beautifully caught - the speed is not evident - do they fly slowly?
January 20th, 2020  
Wonderful capture of these two handsome fellows!
January 20th, 2020  
What sharp clarity -- it's as if they were suspended in air at the same moment!
January 20th, 2020  
Excellent image.
January 20th, 2020  
A wonderful moment caught on camera
January 20th, 2020  
Magical moment captured! Great processing Taffy! Thanks for the link! What an amazing photographer! Stunning images!
January 20th, 2020  
Amazing capture.
January 20th, 2020  
so impressive
January 20th, 2020  
Fabulous...
January 20th, 2020  
How wonderful - the way you have caught them together but in different poses makes for a very special image. :)
January 20th, 2020  
Beautiful and very reminiscent of photography by @mikegifford.
January 20th, 2020  
Superbly captured.
January 20th, 2020  
Wonderful capture and processing. Fav
January 20th, 2020  
Well done, they are beauties and I would never have realised you substituted the sky!
January 20th, 2020  
Superb capture fav!
January 20th, 2020  
Your processing is out of this world. I’m sorry I missed that segment on 60 minutes!
January 20th, 2020  
They don't look as if they could off the ground let alone stay airborne... but I guess they don't know that! Great image.
January 20th, 2020  
Love it
January 20th, 2020  
Well timed shot... so clear!!
January 20th, 2020  
@joansmor Joan, thanks for the comment and pointing this nice pelican pair out to me! Much appreciated!. Fav!
January 20th, 2020  
beautiful birds in the sky
January 20th, 2020  
Excellent action shot and so clear.
January 20th, 2020  
Fantastic couple of pelicans. Great (complicated) processing. Thank you for the link. Fav
January 20th, 2020  
I love pelicans ....
January 20th, 2020  
Taffy, your processing, as always, is remarkable! Thanks for mentioning the Photo Ark Project. He’s also an amazing photographer with an equally amazing mission.
January 20th, 2020  
Wonderful capture, you can follow Joel Sartore on Instagram he has some absolutely fabulous animal photo´s and is doing great work on the Photo Ark
January 20th, 2020  
How extraordinary. I'm not sure I've ever seen pelicans in flight before. Fav!
January 20th, 2020  
Pelicans are such peculiar creatures... somehow seem awkward but can soar on the wind!
January 20th, 2020  
Great processing - fav
January 20th, 2020  
Love the light on the pelicans and also your processing
January 20th, 2020  
Great work. They look stunning!
January 20th, 2020  
Stunning
January 20th, 2020  
Fantastic processing
January 20th, 2020  
Wow! Remarkable image!
January 20th, 2020  
Wonderful art work!
January 20th, 2020  
Beautiful work- you would totally believe they were flying along the shore if you didn't know the back story.
January 21st, 2020  
@olivetreeann Ooops...they were actually flying along the shore, but the sky was a solid blue and it wasn't that interesting. I added the Chicago sky with clouds.
January 21st, 2020  
@taffy I guess I meant you'd totally believe this was the actual sky and not a composite- the two pictures blend well together when the lighting could have made it obvious that they were different pictures.
January 21st, 2020  
@olivetreeann Oh, thank you! It's the Luminar 4 program. It makes it so easy to bring in a different sky. I'm guessing it can be used for crazier things, but I'm finding it helpful to draw on real skies but perhaps from different days, so it still looks natural.
January 21st, 2020  
@maggiemae Pelicans are really fast -- they were challenging to capture with the long lens unless the light was really bright and I could use a shutter speed of over 2000.
January 21st, 2020  
This is lovely and it’s for sure getting a Fav but two thoughts...I think it would be more realistic if you blurred the sky a bit. It’s almost more sharp than the pelicans. Also the edges of the pelicans are a bit abrupt. I find it really hard to have a little softness in them but not lose the good detail
January 21st, 2020  
@jgpittenger Thanks -- very helpful especially about the sky being sharper than the one pelican especially. I didn't even think about that when combining.
January 21st, 2020  
So impressive!
January 27th, 2020  
gorgeous capture of the birds in flight! Fav
February 9th, 2020  
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