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    Default Brown Pelican - La Jolla Standard

    Artie has posted a few pelican headshots with various gear in recent memory, so I figured I throw
    this one into the ring to show my Canon stuff has still got it! ;)

    Canon 600mm f/4 IS II on EOS 1DX Mark II
    1/1250 at f/8, ISO 800, handheld
    Processed in LR CC with standard sliders and zero trickery

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    Hey Dorian, looks like one of Artie's from La Jolla. Nice colors, detail and background. Love the blue ocean there. Thank you for sharing.
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    You did a very nice job getting everything sharp...Nice ocean blue...
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    Awesome canvas overall. Love the light, colors, details and BG. F8 worked perfectly. TFS

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    Beautiful Image. I love the colors

    I was in La Jolla couple of days back. I did not get any pelican shots. (I was on the cliff on two mornings).
    It was mainly birding trip for my wife.
    I hope to come to California, Oregon States lot of times this year to photograph birds and other subjects (Flowers)
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    sweet shot Dorian, love those classic colors and details, nailed it.


    As you noted these images can be made with any camera...even a $250 15-year old 10 mega pixel Digital Rebel can get more or less an identical image of this pelican when compared to a brand new 20K pro FF attached to a 600 f/4 lens of any brand. It's a beautiful image for sure. But not one that is suitable for raving about gear :D.... these days a Samsung S20 phone can take a tack sharp and detailed head shot of a pelican, seagull, crow etc. at point blank...such a waste of $$$ to buy pro gear if one is only after these kinds of shots.


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    Hi Dorian ... love it . Technically very well done . Love the colors .

    Regarding Arash´s thoughts ... well i think , web images never show the ability of gear in terms of IQ . One need to look at the original file and even more when being printed large .
    In general it is mostly operator errors during capture and not ideal PP techniques if the shown IQ is not that great .
    Just my 2 cents .

    As i don´t think my old 10D can keep up with my 1Dx II at any stage .... whether during shooting nor with the IQ .

    TFS Andreas
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    Yah, I'd have a really hard time going back to my original Rebel XT even if only for static portraits - although yes those images from way back them look very good on the web. Great portrait in sweet light. Well-balanced comp.

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    A well done classic. Sweet light. Love the diaganol line the bill makes here. Nice one.

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    You are correct, my original comment made a bit tongue-in-cheek as I agree point-blank static shots are mostly useless as gear tests.

    Quote Originally Posted by arash_hazeghi View Post
    sweet shot Dorian, love those classic colors and details, nailed it.


    As you noted these images can be made with any camera...even a $250 15-year old 10 mega pixel Digital Rebel can get more or less an identical image of this pelican when compared to a brand new 20K pro FF attached to a 600 f/4 lens of any brand. It's a beautiful image for sure. But not one that is suitable for raving about gear :D.... these days a Samsung S20 phone can take a tack sharp and detailed head shot of a pelican, seagull, crow etc. at point blank...such a waste of $$$ to buy pro gear if one is only after these kinds of shots.


    cheers

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    Sweet portrait in nice light. Love the composition. Nice detail and pose. Might be tempted to try to get a little bit more out of the darkest parts of the neck, but I've actually never seen this bird, so I don't know how they look really. Would love to photograph some of these CA birds at some point. TFS

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