David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Pellican – Low Light

I made a trip to the Texas City Dike since I hadn’t been there in some time.  I was gambling on the weather front passing through before the sun came up.  I should have been a weather man because I got it wrong.  It was a heavy overcast morning and I was going to make the best of it.  Shooting ISO 2000 – 3200 was common since the sun was hidden all morning.  With the D4, I never hesitated shooting 1600.  Now I know going higher can be just as good.  I use Photoshop to process my work.  I used a slight noise reduction in ACR as I converted my raw files.

It sprinkled at times and then started raining as I was leaving.  Half way home the sun came out with blue skies.  There is always another day.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/4, 1/1000, Ev +0.67, ISO 2200


Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/4, 1/1000, Ev +0.67, ISO 2000


8 responses to “Pellican – Low Light

  1. Doug Haass July 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The life of a photographer, finding the light. Unfortunately, many times it’s what we call “bad light”. So we make the best of what we have, like you did here.

    I really like shot #2. That’s an unusual angle on the pelican as it is about to enter the water. I’m used to seeing them dive straight in from a steep dive. Good job sticking with what you had and making something of it.

    On the higher ISO comments. I’ve found ISO 6400 Is very doable with minimal noise on my Canon 1DX in these conditions. The D4 is pretty much the same from everything I’ve seen. So don’t hesitate to bump it up in overcast light to keep your shutter speed up. In darker, more night time shots it does become more evident, but not so much when in light like this.

  2. Tim Timmis July 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I’m also a fan of the second shot. Good work David. I stayed home yesterday and had to go to work today. Wish that I would have gone somewhere.

  3. Doug Haass July 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I too stayed home Tim and David. We got in about 12:30am from Vegas. By the time we got settled in it was 2:00am. Getting up at 4:00am didn’t seem as such a good idea by then, so slept in until 10:30am. I wanted to shoot pretty badly too, but decided to work on my photos from the trip.

  4. thecheesewolf July 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

    there is so much dynamism in that second shot – they first is great, but the second one really captures a “pelican moment”. Top stuff!

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