Moment of Hope #13

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

I find watching birds in flight to be inspirational and uplifting to the soul. I find few birds as enjoyable to watch in flight as Pelicans. These were photographed in Florida and Mexico and processed in Pittsburgh PA

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Friend or Foe

Skippy

Pelicans at Ding Darling

Another Brown Pelican

Moment of Hope #9

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Even in the darkest of time there is always some light and joy. Your job while you are in quarantine is to find some joy each day and latch on to it. I call this one dark waters. It was photographed in Tampa Florida and edited in Pittsburgh PA using photoshop.

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Dark Waters

A Moment of Hope #6

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

I look to nature for relaxation and solace. Even when this pond is still if you pause and listen you can hear the life and life always brings hope. Photographed at Lettuce Lake in Tampa Florida.

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Lettuce Lake

A Moment of Hope #4

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Since you are already outside enjoying spring flowers or a sunset or sunrise. Sit down for a minute. Look up and wait. It won’t be long. Birds in flight soothe the human spirit. Another moment you might not see in your work a day life.

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Flight

Before Photoshop #2—Made in Pittsburgh 1977

I had done a number of darkroom composite pieces in monochrome but this was the first one I did in color. Color photographic paper was expensive in the 1970’s but this was a fairly easy blend since the skies in both images were similar in tone. I was able to complete it with only wasting one piece of paper. The airplane was taken at the old Pittsburgh Airport, The buildings are on Worth Street In Palm Beach Florida.

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Worth Street–Palm Beach Florida

Before Photoshop #1—Made in Pittsburgh 1976

This image was created the old fashion way, in a darkroom. The pelican was photographed off Lake Worth Pier in Palm Beach County, Florida. The beach was photographed in Waves North Carolina along the Cape Haterras National Seashore
The image was created in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1976.

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Pelican Darkroom Blend

Another Florida Brown Pelican Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools.We had spent the morning at John’s Pass Village near Madeira Beach Florida shooting Pelicans. It was a beautiful day but we were not there at the optimal time and the colors were washed out from the late morning sun. Hence I never edited or published any of the images.

Earlier this week I edited another image taken on this day and converted the image to monochrome creating a pelican portrait. I thought I might be able to save this washed out image by converting it to HDR. HDR brought out the whitecap reflections and made the image interesting and worth sharing.

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Another Brown Pelican

Mystery Bird at John’s Pass Village

In the cold winter months I spend a lot of time reviewing and editing images. It’s warmer inside. I never shared this image before because I really don’t know what kind of bird it is. Maybe it i some sort of Ibis?

The image was taken at John’s Pass Village in Maderia Beach Florida. There are a lot of fishing boats there and hundreds of pelicans so I am assuming this little guy is also a fisher.

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Mystery Bird

Brown Pelican Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools.We had spent the morning at John’s Pass Village near Madeira Beach Florida shooting Pelican’s. It was a beautiful day but we were not there at the optimal time and the colors were washed out from the late morning sun. Hence I never edited or published any of the images.

In revisiting the images I wondered what if they were black and white and I just let the sky go white. It would almost be like having a flying pelican in the studio. I used the NIK Silver tool to recreate the image and I like the new version. This is why I believe that no matter how much shooting I do it pays to revisit old images.

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Brown Pelican in Flight

Friend or Foe Revisited

This time of year I like to revisit old images and sometimes edit them with newer tools. This was taken off Captiva Island in Florida a number of years ago. I love brown pelicans and when I saw fisherman trying to hit them with shovels or poles,I got upset. My brother in law explained that fisherman hate them because they hang around the boats and try to steal the fisherman’s catch.

I reedited this using the NIK HDR tools and adjusted the color andcontrast to make it appear more like a paining.

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Friend or Foe