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Delta Leader to Delta Flight ...

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 18 April 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

This was a bit of an exercise. I had brown pelicans against a brown background. What do I do?

In Lightroom2 I used the detail brushes to go after the pelicans that were against that brown background. I did some lightening, increasing "clarity" and contrast and generally fiddled around until the birds were visible without having to search for them.

Not a particularly good photograph, but I liked the subject and wanted to do what I could with it.

I shot this on the cliff above Garapota Beach in Big Sur. I saw these dudes coming and I swung around and just shot with whatever settings were already on the camera.

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Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I think this was worth the effort! It turned out raelly nice! PLus, the title is perfect!

18 Apr 2009 5:40am

Photosanity from Folsom, United States

You went through alot of work but I think it paid off, its great that the a large set of them seem to be at your eye level. I love your title too!

18 Apr 2009 5:41am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wonderful job, first of catching them regardless of the settings, and then your post-processing!

18 Apr 2009 12:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful capture, John.

18 Apr 2009 2:13pm

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Well your experiment worked. This looks great, and title just perfect. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

18 Apr 2009 2:49pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

i just watched the video about the detail brushes in lightroom....really need to play with it to figure it out...looks like you already have!! great really pulled those birds out from the background...good job!!

18 Apr 2009 3:27pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nicely done. I really like this one.

18 Apr 2009 4:46pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great capture...

18 Apr 2009 5:34pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

I think you did well. I would not have noticed that you did so much adjusting unless you told us! I like the subject too!

18 Apr 2009 11:04pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A chance like that - just shoot and worry about the rest of it later, right?! Well done.

18 Apr 2009 11:20pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I am impressed beyond words, John. A really impressive image you've produced here. Thanks for the detail.

19 Apr 2009 12:01am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Striking image, John. Your extra touch in processing gives 3D. Magnificent.
By the way, Big Sur is an area at the top of my list of places to go. I've been north and south of it, somehow never managed getting there.

19 Apr 2009 9:03am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

I think you did a great job of processing. Well done. And I like the title.

19 Apr 2009 12:34pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Nice processing and perfect title. I love watching these birds glide along in the sky or just above the breakers.

19 Apr 2009 12:49pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fantastic shot! Incredible!

20 Apr 2009 2:38am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Great shot! Thanks for the processing tips, too.

20 Apr 2009 2:51am