RobinV
RobinV

Flight to Paradise



These geese were flying over the lake when the sun set. Click on the photo to see on a dark background, thank you.

These geese were flying over the lake when the sun set. Click on the photo to see on a dark background, thank you.
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LLOYDWRIGHT PRO
 
LLOYDWRIGHT January 25, 2015
wonderful!
LLOYDWRIGHT PRO
 
LLOYDWRIGHT February 07, 2015
just came back to take another look
Cherylnestico PRO+
 
Cherylnestico February 18, 2015
Beautiful photo. I love the warmth. :)
nlhammondphotography PRO+
 
nlhammondphotography March 05, 2015
Fantastic!! Love the lighting in this as well!
KIRWAN
 
KIRWAN March 11, 2015
Wow!
IsabellaD Premium
 
IsabellaD March 27, 2015
Superb capture, voted in On the Wing !
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen April 03, 2015
Love the composition and colour ... a subtle and beautiful photo!!!
Akire
 
Akire April 06, 2015
Beautifully captured! VT
carlosramos
 
carlosramos April 12, 2015
Perfect just in time, beautiful, I voted best nature photo contest !
RobinV
RobinV April 12, 2015
Hey Carlos, much appreciated, thank you.
Carlotta PRO
 
Carlotta April 15, 2015
awesome image
susanplss-bryant PRO+
 
susanplss-bryant May 03, 2015
I love this shot! Gorgeous...
RobinV
RobinV May 03, 2015
Thank you very much
aozde
 
aozde May 04, 2015
Very nice and creative coloring. Thanks for sharing...
RobinV
RobinV May 05, 2015
Glad you like it, thanks
nig2000
 
nig2000 May 06, 2015
Amazing shot.
RobinV
RobinV May 06, 2015
Thank you for your comment
clindaro
 
clindaro May 25, 2015
Poetry
RobinV
RobinV May 26, 2015
Thank you for watching and commenting.
ianjames224
 
ianjames224 May 25, 2015
Outstanding capture, simply stunning.
RobinV
RobinV May 26, 2015
Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated.
morg PRO
 
morg June 22, 2015
Great shot!!
RobinV
RobinV June 23, 2015
Thank you for watching and commenting
sharlenescarboroughdodds PRO+
 
sharlenescarboroughdodds June 23, 2015
Fantastic!
RobinV
RobinV June 23, 2015
Thank you very much
annettemethvinshells Premium
 
annettemethvinshells June 25, 2015
Beautiful!
RobinV
RobinV June 25, 2015
Thanks, Annette
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography July 31, 2015
like it!
Sharpy
 
Sharpy August 14, 2015
thats a bloody good shot, lovely image
RobinV
RobinV August 14, 2015
Hey Sharpy, thanks for your nice comment
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden August 26, 2015
Absolutely fabulous.....
RobinV
RobinV August 26, 2015
Thank you for leaving a comment, much appreciated.
Eduardbetz PRO+
 
Eduardbetz September 07, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Eduardbetz PRO+
 
Eduardbetz September 07, 2015
This is the kind of phototure we all would like to have in our gallery ! Love it !
RobinV
RobinV September 07, 2015
Waw Eduard, what a compliment. You got me blushing. Thank you very much for your kind words.
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault November 23, 2015
Exquisite.
RobinV
RobinV November 23, 2015
Thank you very much.
InspiredImagery PRO
 
InspiredImagery November 24, 2015
This is such an awesome shot that it looks painted, FANTASTIC!
RobinV
RobinV November 24, 2015
Thank you for your great comment and kind words.
Infocuz
 
Infocuz October 16, 2016
This is just lovely!
RobinV
RobinV October 17, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.
shelleylittle PRO+
 
shelleylittle October 31, 2016
fabulous!
RobinV
RobinV November 02, 2016
Much appreciated Shelley, thank you.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography August 29, 2017
superb. Love this.
RobinV
RobinV August 30, 2017
Thank you very much.
Jlifox PRO+
 
Jlifox March 24, 2018
Nice!!!!
RobinV
RobinV April 02, 2018
Thanx

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at "Het Vinne", in Zoutleeuw, Belgium. It is the largest natural lake in Flanders. Birds and insects have their habitat at the lake, that can be visited throughout the year from dusk till dawn. It is about 20 minutes driving from my home so I am regularly visiting this place to come to rest after a hectic day at work.
Time
The picture was taken on the 12th of January 2013 around 4 o'clock pm. It was a cold winter day and the sun was setting rapidly. Only a few moments later it would have been too dark for my 400mm to take a decent photo.
Lighting
I was almost heading back home as the last light of the day was falling over the lake. At first sight the photo seemed too dark to be interesting, but using LightRoom I managed to improve the quality.
Equipment
This shot was taken on a Canon Eos 450d, my first dslr. The lens was a Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM, which I bought secondhand. Probably one of the best buys I ever did. The lens is light to travel with, fast and very sharp. A beanbag was used for stability.
Inspiration
I was not my intention to take a shot from some birds in flight that afternoon. After my walk around the lake, taking pictures of flowers and insects, I sat down in the bird hide to take a rest before heading home when this opportunity came along.
Editing
I took the exposure up by 0,75 in LightRoom, increased the whites a bit and lowered the blacks. The details in the wings became more visible doing so. By increasing the temperature of the white balance I got that golden glow. A little bit of sharpening and noise reduction was used. The picture is slightly cropped to get some distracting details out of the viewers way. I also used some vignetting to attract the attention to the center.
In my camera bag
After my 450d I bought a secondhand Canon eos 7D which took my pictures to another level. My 400mm is my vast companion and a EF 70-200 1:4L IS USM is also in my bag. Only very recently I am using a 7D mark II. When visiting some bird hide a beanbag is also part of the equipment.
Feedback
Always try to take advantage of the available light as long as possible, be patient, you never know what might happen if you stay around long enough. I almost went home because it was cold and getting dark and suddenly these geese flew over looking for a place to stay for the night.

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