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Landing pelican

Pelican just landing on the lake. Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) - Kerkini Lake, Greece

Pelican just landing on the lake. Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) - Kerkini Lake, Greece
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Behind The Lens

I created this photo during photoexpedition with my good friends photographers in the Greece. We took advantage of a unique opportunity to take a pictures of a wild pelicans on Kerkini lake in their natural habitat.
It was February, around 2:30 pm.
The afternoon soft light was excellent, there were no sharp shadows and the light reflected off the surface. I photographed without a tripod, leaning out of the boat, low above the lake's water surface.
This photo was shot on a Nikon D5, without tripod, with a lens of 500 mm f/5.6, ISO 320, aperture f/5,6, shutter speed 1/2500.
I like free nature and animals, all living creatures and plants, but specially and most of all animals, both wild and domestic. I like to take the animals from the level of their eyes. But lately I'm going more down and I often use a frog perspective.
I love natural photos. Shots without big adjustments. I try to capture all my photos so I do not have to use the post-processing. I know it is very modern and trendy today, but I do not work with PS or LR or other sophisticated post-processing software. I invoke my NEF only in Nikon View and Nikon Capture and make only minor edits. Maybe my photos could be even more attractive, but I want to show real reality.
In my camera bag
The contents of my robust Tamrac bag is primarily a powerful digital camera that I can rely on in every weather. Now I'm normally using the body Nikon D5 and the backup body Nikon D850. I normally wear Nikkor lenses 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8. These "workers" have always been with me. On the "macro" action I take the excellent old micro lens Nikkor 200 f/4 or micro lens 105 f/2,8. For animals and birds photography I need to pack "heavier weight" - I'm using the lens Nikkor 400 f/2.8 and now also a new lens Nikkor 500 f/5,6 lens. The last five months I test the new mirrorless Nikon Z7 with my fast lenses.
When it comes to photographing the endangered animal species, I recommend the form of "assisted (arranged) photography". It's about photographing a species of wild animal that is in human care. The animal is tame, working well with it, and it is especially safe for humans. Most importantly, the photographer does not disturb wild animals in their natural biotope. Today there is a trend commercial group photographic expeditions to exotic countries. From the yield is funded the rescue of endangered animal species. But too frequent visits of groups of people in animal biotopes are very disturbing and stressful for endangered animals and their food chain. These expeditions can become very destructive for small animal populations and, instead of rescuing animals, can speed their extinction. We all photographers have to think, whether our money really helps those animals.

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