The pelican dance by bella_ss

The pelican dance

I had a lot of trouble getting enough contrast out of this without blowing out the highlights.
It sure looks good to me! Great lighting, clarity and I love that pose! Fav.
February 8th, 2015  
I think it looks great. It does look like it is trying out a few moves.
February 8th, 2015  
What a briljant pose!! I like the b&w. maybe a crop to cut out some water puts the focus more on the bird and helps you with your contrast?
February 8th, 2015  
@nicoleterheide Great suggestion Nicole, thanks!
February 8th, 2015  
He does look as tho he's groovin' to the tunes. Great timing with the shutter button. It looks to me as tho there's lots of contrast; his features stand out nicely against the water.
February 8th, 2015  
I think his features stand out nicely, too. I've gotten more contrast on light areas by bumping up the highlights. Love the pose, the details on the bird, and great capture!
February 8th, 2015  
What a great pose. Looks like he is doing yoga.
February 8th, 2015  
Haha - love this!
February 8th, 2015  
Fantastic timing!! Love it! FAV!
February 8th, 2015  
Awesome shot
February 8th, 2015  
Great capture
February 8th, 2015  
To me he looks like he's trying to get to the impossible to get to itch.
February 8th, 2015  
oh my! spectacularly timed capture! i think the contrast is fine... primarily you've got good focus on the bird while the water in the background is somewhat blurred, so i think that helps separate the two quite well... if you are looking to try something else - and you're working with lightroom, perhaps add a smidgeon of clarity to the top / back of the bird? i wouldn't bump up the highlights too much more because i think it might blow them out?
February 8th, 2015  
Beautiful shot and awesome job with the B&W!
February 8th, 2015  
Your timing is excellent hat a shot!
February 8th, 2015  
This great capture made me laugh out loud. Fantastic pose of this pelican. It looks as if he is scratching his throat.
February 8th, 2015  
Super shot
February 8th, 2015  
Too much black and white.
February 8th, 2015  
I like his pose. Good timing and detail.
February 8th, 2015  
Lovely pose, great timing and b/w.
February 8th, 2015  
Great timing, it's brilliant
February 8th, 2015  
Wonderfully clear! FAV.
February 8th, 2015  
@northy thanks Northy, yes, that's the problem, any more and his back is blown out, as it is I don't think there's much detail left on his back. The water is a muddy yellow so not very nice even in colour. Thanks for the suggestion, I will see if there's anything there to retrieve.
February 8th, 2015  
@terryliv at least you're consistent Poppo :)
February 8th, 2015  
@bella_ss if the water has a yellow cast and the pelican has none, you might be able to play with the yellow slider in black and white (maybe to darken it a bit) to see if that helps create more of a contrast between the two...
February 8th, 2015  
Love it, great timing Sheralee. Looks rather cool in B&W as well. Fav :)
February 8th, 2015  
LOL excellent capture - aren't pelicans fantastic! FAV
February 8th, 2015  
Great capture!!
February 8th, 2015  
Great timing and capture of this dancing pelican!!! Fantastic detail and processing!!! FAV!!!
February 9th, 2015  
They are so comical to watch. Great shot. Fav
February 9th, 2015  
AWESOME capture! FAV!
February 9th, 2015  
What a comical shot! Great capture!
February 9th, 2015  
Fav. I thought it was the Zumba!
February 9th, 2015  
great capture, love the title.
February 9th, 2015  
beautiful Fav
February 9th, 2015  
Excellent shot and processing!
February 10th, 2015  
beautiful bw, great timing!
February 10th, 2015  
Wow! Fabulous!! Fav
February 10th, 2015  
Whoa!!! Great shot- great timing! I see better processors than I have helped you with some of the details, but it looks great to me! fav
February 10th, 2015  
Ha...what a great pov and shot! Love it!
February 10th, 2015  
Brilliant timing and capture - love that pose!
February 10th, 2015  
Interesting to follow @northy 's comments/suggestions and very helpful to me. The photo looks terrific -- the dance title took me right to its feet and they pop easily.
February 10th, 2015  
@taffy Thanks Taffy, yes Northy is a bit of a b&w guru for me :)
February 10th, 2015  
@northy Thanks so much for taking the time, I went back thinking "yes, that might work" but the water is even more blah than I thought so it seems I will have to be content with this :)
February 10th, 2015  
Neat action capture. It always amazes me how much black and white birds and animals lose tone when you make them black and white
February 10th, 2015  
Awesome shot!
February 10th, 2015  
Perfect title and such a great shot. It is so great seeing a pelican do this.
February 10th, 2015  
Great fun shot and a Fav...
February 10th, 2015  
Sheralee - it really is a pretty spectacular capture, and i think it came out quite beautifully... if you're having to "settle", i don't think it's by much :)
February 10th, 2015  
Wonderful image Sheralee, perfect bw with you. fav.
February 11th, 2015  
Perfect timing! I do that pose in yoga class but don't look nearly so adorable as that pelican. fav.
February 13th, 2015  
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