Crane photoshooting session in Hungary

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.
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However around 3 pm a crane family approached and we got what we was going for:
20 minutes of posing of the cranes.

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So buy the end of the day I was happy to check all the pictures and do a rough first selection of the pictures.

Bird photography session in Hungary

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.

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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.

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Flower exhibition, Grand Bigard 2014

_GAB7145Living close-by the Castle of Grand Bigard, west of Brussels, obliges photogarphers to have a visit of the blossoming high season. This year I went again with my family and friends interested in photography.

My main lens was the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 G which is a fabulous lens, actulally it is too good because it does not have a huge distorsion like other wide angle lenses therefore this surrealistic distorsion is not really there. _GAB6978

Beside that lense of course I used the obligatory macro gear: the 180mm Tamron macro lense. Of course I met many obstacles like the wind and also the flowers were a bit ahead this year, so the perfect and fresh petals were difficult to find.  Check out my gallery on the visit @http://ow.ly/vJFS9

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