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A Pod of Pelicans


Posted by Ron Day on Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:53 pm

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I processed my photograph of these pelicans with Topaz Impression II and Topaz Textures II. How many pelicans do you see?

Nikon FX, Nikkor 500mm + 1.7X, f/8 @ 1/500, ISO 800, Gitzo Tripod, Wimberley II Head, Boat Blind.

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by MalcolmBenn on Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:32 pm
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Wonderful presentation Ron, the textures are well chosen and as for the count, I see 7 beaks.
 

by Ron Day on Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:41 pm
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MalcolmBenn wrote:
Wonderful presentation Ron, the textures are well chosen and as for the count, I see 7 beaks.

Thanks, Malcolm. Seven beaks is correct   :)
 

by LynnS on Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:34 pm
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Ron, the textures and renderings you have created, resembles for me, Monet's woman with a parasol-type painting.  The Pelican grouping is quite pleasing and they look very relaxed.  Love the delicious creamy white feather textures (looks edible :)) and the long gold beaks create a nice strong contrast to the more neutral colors.  Very much enjoyed!
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:32 pm
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What an entertaining bunch! Just love the textures you used here- so feathery/fluffy, and so congruous with the background. The contrasting orange beaks top it all off. I gotta wonder what they are doing, which is part of the fun of the picture- they look like they are in a tangle!

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by Ron Day on Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:33 pm
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LynnS wrote:
Ron, the textures and renderings you have created, resembles for me, Monet's woman with a parasol-type painting.  The Pelican grouping is quite pleasing and they look very relaxed.  Love the delicious creamy white feather textures (looks edible :)) and the long gold beaks create a nice strong contrast to the more neutral colors.  Very much enjoyed!

Lynn, thank you. I was shooting for an impressionistic style, so any similarity to Monet’s Woman with Parasol is wonderful. Your ability to sense the pelicans were relaxed says a lot about your skills as an avian photographer. And the decision to color the beaks was, as you note, to add contrast to the scene. So your input is right on and very much appreciated.  :)
 

by Ron Day on Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:49 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
What an entertaining bunch!  Just love the textures you used here- so feathery/fluffy, and so congruous with the background. The contrasting orange beaks top it all off. I gotta wonder what they are doing, which is part of the fun of the picture- they look like they are in a tangle!

Great stuff!!

Thank you, Cindy. Glad you like the colored beaks. The image was made just after sunset, so I think the pelicans were preparing to roost. The texture for the feathers was achieved with multiple tweaks in Topaz Impression. Your comments and input are greatly appreciated. :)
 

by Carol Clarke on Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:23 am
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This is a wonderful addition to your collection of Pelican artworks, Ron!  You have a real empathy with these enigmatic subjects and your chosen technique is absolutely perfect for these fascinating birds.  If I wore a hat, I would take it off to you!  8) 

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by Ron Day on Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:58 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
This is a wonderful addition to your collection of Pelican artworks, Ron!  You have a real empathy with these enigmatic subjects and your chosen technique is absolutely perfect for these fascinating birds.  If I wore a hat, I would take it off to you!  8) 

Love it!

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Carol, thank you. I'm so pleased you liked the technique and the image. I always look forward to your very insightful comments – they are greatly appreciated.  8)
 

by david fletcher on Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:06 pm
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this is just outrageously brilliant and enjoyable Ron. A perfect compliment to an already divine series. Thanks for these beauties Ron.
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by Paul Rossi on Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:16 pm
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You chose a perfect image for doing an impressionistic rendering. Looks great.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:04 pm
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Big congratulations on your EP, Ron-very much deserved!! :)
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by Ron Day on Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:24 pm
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Dave and Paul, thank you very much for the kind words. Your input is greatly appreciated.
 

by Ron Day on Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:28 pm
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Big congratulations on your EP, Ron-very much deserved!!  :)

Thank you, Cindy and NatureScapes for the EP. It is an honor, and greatly appreciated.
 

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Class work done here , Congratulation Sir.
 

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