There were more than three pelicans on the water. I shot the image with a Fuji X100s. It is a fixed-lens camera with a 35mm-equivalent lens. So the shot captured more than just these three pelicans – though I focused on the ones you see here.
The birds were swimming about and there was only a relatively small area of water that was free of distracting background.
I think of photography a bit like archery. It all comes together in a moment, and then the shot is committed and it wings on its way.
How do we frame shots? Unless we close our eyes and shoot blindly then every shot is the consequence of many factors going on in the photographer’s mind.
What decides whether and where the finished image will be cropped? Even a decision not to crop is a framing decision.