La Jolla pelicans



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La Jolla Cove has way too many tourists, but it's a great place to get relatively close to shorebirds and sea lions amid some pretty spectacular scenery. 

I took all three of the above shots with my 55-200mm telephoto lens on my Nikon D5100 -- probably about 20 feet or so from the brown pelicans. My lens is in bad shape and can be hard to focus, but the light was good and I was close, so I got some decent shots. 

I cropped the top shot pretty heavily to get rid of some other pelicans that were slightly out of focus. The bottom two photos didn't require much work. I think I like the middle one best although having the photo's primary subjects on the righthand and lefthand side of the frame with nothing but background in the middle is unusual. 

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--S.H.

These photos are ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without Steve Hymon's advance written permission. 


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