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The Pelican in the Sun

The Pelican in the Sun
Photo Information
Copyright: Julie Thornton (Juliet) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-05
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-26 5:41
Viewed: 1768
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken in Ixtapa....this pelican flies into the sun about 20 minutes prior to sundown.

Settings: LENGTH 397MM, EXP 1/1000, APERTURE: 4.66, F-STOP F/5


Enjoy your day !

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Bom dia Julie,

Vivid colors, wonderful sky and great detail of the pelican's shadow agianst the red.
Well done, with excellent POV and nicely framed.


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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 8] (10)
  • [2012-03-26 6:00]

Hello Julie,
Very good picture. I like the colors and composition. The pelican is positioned perfect and the correct size. Good work and thanks for sharing. Gary

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-03-26 6:53]

Hi Julie,
Beautiful sunset atmosphere enhanced by the majestic flight of the pelican. A splendid huge sphere of burning gasses! Such a dramatic sky and beautiful highlights on the waves. I don't agree with the white inside margin, just my opinion, dear Julie.
Good job.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

The mood is very well shown in this shot, Julie!

The pelican is well caught and the way it is approaching the Sun is beautifully captured.
Colors are natural and contrasts are wonderful.
Great work!

Kind regards,

Bom dia Julie,
Awesome image and a very good job. Awesome PPW and nice presentation.
Warm wishes,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-03-26 8:02]

Hello Julie

Love that silhouetted pelican in just the right spot. So well composed & so good with color & mood, that any minor technical imperfections are irrelevant! The enormous sun is a bonus too. Tfs!

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-03-26 8:28]

Hello Julie.

Awesome image, the Pelican across the sky adds oodles of attractions. The sea looks so menacing, am suprised that not much sun reflections are seen on the water, did you darken them out? Either way the waters looks so good against the setting sun. I love framing but too think the line inside detracts slightly, its all personal as many dislike some of mine lol. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-03-26 8:34]

Dramatic sky and sunset atmosphere, beautiful silhouette of the pelican, it can be a scenery for a pirates movie

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-03-26 8:54]

Hello Julie,
Very interesting picture with the details. Beautiful colors, great sharpness, great art work. A wonderful picture on the screen. The composition is excellent and very interesting.
Best regards.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-03-26 9:11]

HI Julie, how lucky you were, capturing a pelican during his flight into the setting sun. WOW! Very well taken and I love the atmosphere.
Regards Rose

Wow! Awesome timing and composition. Or did you ask the pelican to fly that way so you can take the picture? Love the colors of the sky. Very well done, tfs.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-03-26 9:44]


Grandisoe cile et image avec le vol d'oiseau quel cile merveilleux quelle compo e tiamge grandisoe.

Bravo et amitié


Ciao Jukie, fascinating sunset with lovely pelican in great fly, romantic composition with wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Julie
stunning red sunset on dark waters. perfect timing with catching the pelican flying into the sun. splendid silhouette. good vertical composition and nice frame.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-03-26 11:19]

Hi Julie,
I think that frames are a personal choice,& I'm not to keen on them.I usually think an image should be able to stand on its own merit,but with this image I like your inclusion of the bright thin frame, as it adds to the mood & strength of your image & keeps the viewers eye focused in the scene.I like the serenity this image gives off,what a great way to end a day,to view this scene & feel the tranquillity of it.
Best Wishes

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-03-26 18:21]

A classic image that captures a beautiful sunset with horizontal clouds and dark water below. Add to this your in-flight pelican and it is a postcard for Ixtapa.
Beautifully Done

Hi Julie...excellent shot. Great focus and silhouetting. Nice work.


Perfect timing Julie! Really a WOW shot here, even the water is quite visible here. Lots of drama here with RICH color!

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2012-03-28 22:58]

Hi Julie,
I always dream for such shot, I'm faraway from beach surrounded in mountains that I like much to shoot the sunset at beach, this is very beautifully shot with the bird in frame, TFS.

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