Posted on 13 Jun ’11 by Earl
“We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect… but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs.” – Aaron Siskind
Relaxing my beliefs is not an easy task for me but I’m trying to be open and non-assuming when viewing things. I’m trying to find/see the beauty in both the complex and the simple and allow myself to be inspired in the moment. It’s a work in progress — with much work yet to be done.
I watched these five pelican flying south along the Atlantic Ocean shore each morning and back northward the following evenings. I have no idea what laid at either end of their flight paths but there seemed a regular schedule and I made it a point to have a camera ready for a morning pass, shot from our hotel balcony. If you look at the pelicans from left to right their wing stroke positions look much like time lapsed photography — pure luck and only noticed after the shot was made.
With selective focusing during post-processing I tried to give a bit of a tilt-shift look to this image.