A Great Reed Warbler from 2012

From time to time I scroll through old images. Especially ones from the same location and same time frame. And usually end up in a ruthless editing session. Technical imperfections, suboptimal compositions – you name it, I delete it. But once in a while I find a gem.

Great Reed Warbler Singing

Great Reed Warbler Singing

Just sit back, and enjoy the song of the warbler on a late spring morning.

Imminent Storm

On the evening of April 1st, a serious gale hit Lake Tisza. Of course I was out on the lake looking for images. After the first gusts I decided that it’s better to pack and go. But… I quickly made a few frames.

Imminent Storm

Imminent Storm

I wouldn’t have thought that one of my strongest images will lurk among those. It’s a huge departure from my usual style. It’s an image straight out of the camera – even the slightest post processing attempt weakened it.

Unfortunately the web sized reproduction does not let it go through entirely – and even the large version needs time to fully appreciate it. Look at the image. Let is sink. Smell the oncoming storm.

Oh yes, shot with the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 on the Canon 5DS R. I can hardly wait to see it on large canvas.

Bearded Tit

Wanted to check whether the purple herons arrived, so we sailed to our favorite heron and egret photography spot. Herons were few and far between, but a curios bearded tit couple played hide and seek with me.

Bearded Tit in the Reeds

Bearded Tit in the Reeds

The 500mm lens’ ability to wash away dense reeds was godsend.

While not completely homogenous, the background is soft enough to make the bird pop and still show it’s natural habitat.

Spring is Approaching

Spent the last weekend on Lake Tisza. It was clear that spring is approaching, but everything was still a bit dormant. Bulrush and reed haven’t turned to green yet, and birds were scarce. A few weeks and this place will be noisy from herons building their nests. But at the moment it’s tranquil, only the reeds rustling in the wind.

Spring is Coming

Spring is Approaching

Shot with the Canon 5DS R and Zeiss Otus 1.4/55. This image is a good example when one doesn’t need an extremely sharp lens – yet the Otus excels with its transparent and airy rendering. Also used a LEE Little Stopper to lenghten the exposure.