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Old Jul 12, 2007, 12:31 AM   #1
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I was going to go photograph the surfers at the beach today, but I decided to take a more scenic route to the pier. I found some great spots where pelicans and seagulls hang out relatively close to land, so I decided to try my luck at birding. Most of these pics were taken late afternoon to sunset.

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Don't stick your tongue out at me, mister!


You are cleared to land:


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Old Jul 12, 2007, 2:21 AM   #2
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Nice shots, like the last one best,

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Old Jul 12, 2007, 6:50 AM   #3
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Great shots Jason.



That first one is just the right shutter speed to get the head and tail sharp, while leaving the wings slightly blurred. Superb technique.



The second one with his tongue is funny!





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Old Jul 12, 2007, 8:03 AM   #4
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That first one really is good - I've never managed to get the feel of motion without getting the whole bird blurred, a fun picture. The color in the last one is wonderful, with the second one being so funny!

Out of curiosity, what was your "more scenic route" to the pier? I'm starting to think that a clam chowder lunch might not be a bad idea one of these weekends. I've wondered if visiting the dunes down by Santa Maria might beworth theside-trip- the only time I've been there was B.C. (Before Camera) and wasn't looking for photo opportunities. As I recall, it wasn't very crowded at all.
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Thanks for the comments, everyone. I was coming from 101 North, and exited on Shell Beach Rd. I turned at every street that had a "coastal access" sign.

I've never been to the dunes yet, but I would think it would be more crowded now, especially during summer. Even these side stops, which weren't too close to Pismo Beach, had quite a crowd.

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Old Jul 12, 2007, 10:23 PM   #6
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Found another nice pic from yesterday:


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Old Jul 12, 2007, 10:48 PM   #7
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Great shots Jason.

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That first one is just the right shutter speed to get the head and tail sharp, while leaving the wings slightly blurred. Superb technique.

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The second one with his tongue is funny!

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Could not said it any better.

The last one very good to.
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i do like the first one

not just the shutter speed and the blur

but the colours too, they all go well together

the one with the inverted pouch thing is just wierd lol


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All very good, and just the right exposure to bring out the colors. Pelicans often come out in photos a dull or gray, but you managed to bring out the beautiful blonds and browns.

The last image you added after the fact is very nice, and I agree with all the compliments on #1, but #3 really WOWed me the most. Something about the exposure on the underbelly as he comes in to land, and the activity of the other grounded pelicans. The shadow of his bill reaches right down the middle of his midsection, too. I know you can't exactly take credit for his landing right into the sun, but you CAN take credit for a fantastic exposure of it!

The tounge.. MAN! I hooked one of those once and had to yank the hook free after pinning his wings down. That close up I never saw that body part that way! Funny but freaky!
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