White Pelican at Swan Falls Dam

February 09, 2016  •  2 Comments

I saw this American White Pelican recently when I was down at Swan Falls Dam.  I think it's a cool looking bird and I was surprised to find it there.  I love how the early morning light cast a nice glow on the scene and the reflections.  I love reflections!  I like this close-up shot very much, but I think the ones with the dam in the background add a bit more interest.

American White PelicanAmerican White PelicanAn American White Pelican silently floats along on the reflecting waters of the Snake River near the Swan Falls Dam in Idaho.

In this second image, I included the dam in the background to get a sense of place and the environment where I found the bird.  I really like the compression of the environmental shot and the clarity of my subject in both shots that I got from my new lens.

American White Pelican at Swan Falls DamAmerican White Pelican at Swan Falls DamAn American White Pelican silently floats along on the reflecting waters of the Snake River with the Swan Falls Dam in the background; near Murphy, Idaho.

I added a filter in Adobe Lightroom 5 to this version of the image to add an erosion effect that makes the image seem much older than it is.  I also added a canvas-type textured look to the image.

White Pelican at Swan Falls Dam with filterWhite Pelican at Swan Falls Dam with filterAn American White Pelican silently floats along on the reflecting waters of the Snake River with the Swan Falls Dam in the background; near Murphy, Idaho. A filter was added to this image using Adobe Lightroom 5 for an erosion effect.

This last version of the image was converted to black and white.  It's hard for me to choose a favorite. 

White Pelican at Swan Falls Dam in B&WWhite Pelican at Swan Falls Dam in B&WAn American White Pelican silently floats along on the reflecting waters of the Snake River with the Swan Falls Dam in the background; near Murphy, Idaho. This image was converted to black and white.

Which version of this image do YOU like best?  I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts. Please let me know in the comments.

 

 

  


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2.Becky Brooks(non-registered)
#2 - Pelican and Dam
1.Marlene(non-registered)
My favorite is the picture of the Pelican all by itself. Beautiful!
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