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Dalmatian pelicans



Lake Kerkini, Greece

Lake Kerkini, Greece
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valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe February 17, 2016
Fabulous!
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Samborough February 19, 2016
I have seen many picture over the years and this is exceptional !!
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SnowbunnyPhotography February 21, 2016
Oh WOW! This is amazing! :-) Love this image.
RTurner PRO
 
RTurner April 03, 2016
Amazing. One of a kind.
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RTurner April 03, 2016
I want to buy it! Seriously!
Shyra
 
Shyra June 28, 2016
Wow.. They are like pelican boat..
ewakadewska
 
ewakadewska July 24, 2016
big big wow so so good fabulous
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catherinethompson October 14, 2016
Absolutely fabulous. I love this shot.
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felicebellini November 09, 2016
Masterpice
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edrobson November 20, 2016
Awesome capture.
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ovosphotography December 04, 2016
like it!
ArturRydzewski
 
ArturRydzewski December 26, 2016
Congratulation!!! Your photography is a winner in my challange. Absolute Masterpiece!!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 26, 2016
Beautiful capture. Congrats!
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry January 03, 2017
Great capture, very well done. Voted: I coexist
ConnieO PRO
 
ConnieO January 05, 2017
Absolutely stunning photo !
Mohan_photos
 
Mohan_photos October 20, 2017
Stunning !!

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Behind The Lens

Location
In January this year (2016) I visited lake Kerkini in Greece especially for the stunning Dalmatian pelicans. It can be very cold those days, but the birds are already in breeding colours.
Time
In the morning, mist was just fading away and we came to see the magical pelicans better and better. In front of the mountains there was still a fog bank left.
Lighting
Because of the clouds the light was filtered, which was perfect with the white birds.
Equipment
My Nikon D800 with the 14-24 mm wide angle lens from Nikon.
Inspiration
In the beginning I was focused on the birds themselves and working with a telelens (200 mm). When the fog faded I saw the magic landscape and quickly changed my lens to the wide angle to capture the whole image.
Editing
The standard RAW-processing and I cropped the image to panoramic size in order to emphasise the landscape. Furthermore I used a digital gradient ND filter afterwards, because I could not use the original in the rocking boat.
In my camera bag
A Nikon D800, the 14-24 mm, 105 mm macro, 70-200 mm and the 2x extender all by Nikkor. In special occasions or holidays I take the heavy 400 mm with me. Apart from that sometimes I use a Gitzo tripod or a Manfrotto mono pod, or a bean bag. For my 14-24 mm lens I've got the LEE SW 150 filter system with some ND-filters and the big stopper.
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