This september I had the opportunity to visit the common cranes in Hungary at Hortobagy. I have never seen these beautiful birds before, but could not imagine why these birds would come to a small artificial pond to drink.
So I started my journey with my brother-in-law without high expectations. We spend one night at the beautiful guesthouse on SakerTour. Then on the following day at 8 we arrived to the hide. Unfortunately at 11 when the birds appeared on the sky there was a bunch of cows and some car activity so the birds decided to go forward.
So we just waited, waited and were practising on frog portraits.
However around 3 pm a crane family approached and we got what we was going for:
20 minutes of posing of the cranes.
So buy the end of the day I was happy to check all the pictures and do a rough first selection of the pictures.
I think I had the biggest nature photo event of this year two weeks ago when I was invited to take part a 2 day long photo shooting in Ópusztaszer, Hungary. I went together with my brother in law to the hides of Bence Máté, a famous nature photographer.
It was…wow. Very professional hides with large variety of beautiful birds on the Great Plan of Hungary, in a natural reserve, close to Ópusztaszer.
There are 15 hides, specialised for different bird species. The birds were coming so close that our 500mm f/4 lense was too long The best was the 70-200mm with full frame or crop bodies.
It was a great experince, because I have never taken pictures from a leather chair, being under the water level. I honestly felt a bit that it is too comfortable. Still if you like the pictures what I did – see here http://ow.ly/y2Sym – do not hesitate to contact the team of Bence.
In March 2012 I decided to change from the Canon EOS system to the Nikon D.
I sold all my lenses and bodies, and got the mysterious D800 with 36 MP, the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II, the 85mm f/1.4 and my all around nature tele, the 300mm f/2.8 VRII.
Since then I am over 2000 pictures with the Nikon.
Do I regret the change?…Very difficult question. Yes and no as well.
What I experienced….
- Canon has the 7D which is a smaller body, bigger resolution one, better for wildlife photograpy than the Nikon D300s.
- Canon has the EF 400mm f/5.6, a super nice lense with affordable price and
- Canon has a MP-E 65mm macro that is unique macro lense among all the brands.
- Nikon D800 is ithe king among the semi professional camerars with its resolution and picture quality,
- Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8, and the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 are unbeatable regarding picture quality, and
- Nikon camera function of using FX or crop mode on the same camera body saves you a second body.
For the moment I would say that Nikon is mainly for people and landscape photography, and Canon is for mainly serious nature photography.
Prices of the lenses and bodies for Canon are more reasonable, picture quality are more or less the same, autofocus performance is a bit better with Nikon. Of course, as you can read it everywhere, there is no clear winner, it really depends on the goal.
I made some pictures of the building of my pond in La Hulp forest in Belgium.
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