Capturing the Action

A pelican dives for a fish.

I just returned from a week’s vacation in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It was literally another world of extreme poverty living side by side with extreme wealth!  A beautiful place that many of the people I met, visited and never returned home from, but decided to stay.

On vacations I find myself shooting wearing two hats, or in two different frames of mind.  I’m always looking for the artistic, action or people shots that I generally prefer to take, but I also find myself also wanting to capture the typical vacation snapshots that record the time and place as a record of my vacation.  On this vacation I took 1253 photos, using 3 different camera, my Nikon D700, my Canon G12, and my new Nikon AW100 underwater camera.  All 3 cameras performed admirably and for different purposes.  I would estimate that about 1000 of my photos are of the record snapshot variety and about 250 of the more serious nature.

This photo kind of bridges the gap.  I was shooting a beautiful bay, with azure colored water and noticed this pelican continuously diving for his dinner.  Shooting in continuous burst mode, I was able to capture this shot just a fraction of a second before he hit the water and gobbled a tasty fish he had been eying from above.  Not a shot you see everyday!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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4 Responses to Capturing the Action

  1. Bob says:

    Great shot, Kolman. You’re right…you don’t see that every day.


  2. Barb Cerrito says:

    WOW! Beautiful Shot! I love everything about it. What a dive! What a photographer!


  3. Michelle D says:

    WOW! Great “catch”, Kolman! Crop the boat out and you’d probably have a PSA winner in Nature?


  4. thanks everyone, for the nice comments! it was a lucky circumstance!


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