Saturday, March 12, 2011

Flight of the Pelicans

The curved line of pelicans served to emphasize the magnificent sky with all those high layers of fleecy cirrus, lower cirrostratus, stratus slabs and mackerel over deepest ultramarine blue.

I was actually shooting the ocean that afternoon, and just happened to look up as they flew over the beach. I set the camera to a shutter speed of 500 and hoped that it would be enough to stop both my motion and theirs without cutting the light so much as to make the exposure too dark. I spun and aimed skyward shooting five images as they went by. How fortunate I was, because the bird’s silhouettes are in focus and clear against those wisps of cotton, and that navy blue ceiling.

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