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Hi Everybody,

My wife and I just returned from a 2 week road trip, with stops in Charleston, Savannah, St. Augustine, Beaufort (SC), and Pawleys Island (SC).

We did some birding along the way and I was anxious to try using my new 500 mm lens to capture some birds in flight.

Pelicans are a good bird to practice with because they usually follow a predictable flight path and aren't too fast. Below are some of my better shots from the trip.

C's and C's welcomed and appreciated, and let me know which ones are your favorites.

Thanks for looking,

Dennis B.



Dennis Brown 2013

#1.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  





Dennis Brown 2013

#2.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  





Dennis Brown 2013

#3.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    320 ISO    +0.7 EV  





Dennis Brown 2013

#4.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  





Dennis Brown 2013

#5.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    1000 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Mar 07, 2013 at 09:53 PM
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... and 3 more:



Dennis Brown 2013

#6.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    640 ISO    +0.3 EV  





Dennis Brown 2013

#7.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.7 EV  






#8.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    640 ISO    +0.3 EV  



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Mar 07, 2013 at 09:54 PM
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Dennis, Excellent set .. Well done!
BeeBalm



Mar 07, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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#1 has good wing position and 5 good contrast. I would add more space in front of each bird. All images very sharp. Well done.


Mar 07, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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Great shots. Are you the one that asked me about places to stop and shoot around here? OTOH, how did you like Pawley's Island? I love the beach there, especially in the afternoon...it's so peaceful.


Mar 07, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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Sweet set Dennis, well done
David



Mar 07, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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nicely done Dennis .. congrats on the new lens


Mar 08, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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These are all nice and sharp Dennis. However, they are a bit too centered for me. I would suggest more room on the side they are facing. This is not set in concrete though as the last shot works because of the splash behind the peli ~ Ron


Mar 08, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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A fine set Dennis! #4 is my favorite.


Mar 08, 2013 at 01:01 AM
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Nice shots. liked #5 and 8.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Brown pelicans in flight


Thanks BeeBalm, ACJD, David, KMunroe, SurfnRon, KCollett, Codroy, and Treebeard for the kind words.

For those of you who thought the shots were too centered -- I agree! I wasn't thinking enough about composition when I cropped. It makes perfect sense to have more space in front of the bird.

Also, Treebeard -- yes, I think you were the person who told me about Pawley's Island and Huntington Beach State Park. My wife and I visited BrookGreen Gardens too (between Pawley's Island and Murrell's Inlet), which is a lovely place filled with fantastic sculptures and beautiful gardens. They have a couple of aviaries there, which I'm not fond of. The aviary containing herons (and other large birds) is way overcrowded, and I did not take any pictures there. It was too much like shooting fish in a barrel.

One very cool place we visited, also, was Audubon Swamp Gardens inside Magnolia Plantation (about 18 miles NW of Charleston). One area within Audubon Swamp Gardens has some nesting Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons. In one large tree I counted about a dozen GBH nests. There's also a pond there that has various types of ducks and other birds. My wife and I would like to go back there soon.

The pelican pictures I posted here were taken at Crescent Beach (south of St. Augustine) and at a lagoon within Hunting Island State Park (near Beaufort, SC).

Dennis B.



Mar 08, 2013 at 02:43 PM
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Very nice set !!

Birdie



Mar 08, 2013 at 02:51 PM
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Thanks Birdie!

Dennis B.



Mar 08, 2013 at 05:26 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Brown pelicans in flight


Super set Dennis!
I love Pelicans.
#1 & #2 are my favorites.

Koen.




Mar 08, 2013 at 09:28 PM
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Brilliant captures.
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Mar 09, 2013 at 02:30 AM
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Splendid captures Dennis! Gotta love those buoyant guys as they fly close to the water.

Nice job,
Tom



Mar 09, 2013 at 02:36 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Brown pelicans in flight


Nr 2 is my pick! nest time you may want to travel to Sandiego, California like right now. Heaven for Pelicans.


Mar 09, 2013 at 03:16 AM
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Yes, Brookgreen Gardens is nice for it's botanical stuff, sculptures and walkways. Glad you made it to the inside of Magnolia Plantation. I wanted to go there but since I am moving back to NH by the 20th of March that won't be possible. I hope I can hit Brookgreen Gardens before I move though.


Mar 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Brown pelicans in flight


i really like the first three dennis, they are are sharp, well-centered and on clean background. perfect....

dorian



Mar 09, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Brown pelicans in flight


Terrific job on these Dennis, a really enjoyable set. Looks like you have mastered that lens already.

Paul.



Mar 09, 2013 at 01:27 PM
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