Friday, April 12, 2013

Pic(k) of the week 15: Headless Stork taking-off?

First of all apologies for the somewhat late Pic(k) of the week... I normally try to do my weekly post on Wednesday but unfortunately have been too busy at work lately... 

As explained in my previous post, I did spend some time in Portugal end of last month. An  overview of the touring around Alentejo, is scheduled for the end of next week.

2013 Pic(k) of the week 15: Headless Storch taking-off

It was in Alentjeo, that I photographed this Stork taking-off from its nest, on top of an old lighting pole. Because of the lack of wind, the 2 meter wingspan White Stork, had to dive to the ground in order to generate enough lift to stay airborne. In this process, its head was almost completely hidden behind the enormous wings.

Image details:
Nikon D800, 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 800, 200mm, f3.5, 1/8000s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.4
Tonal contrast optimisation with Nik ColorEfex 4

One of the advantages of using the ultra high resolution Nikon D800 (36million px), one can easily crop the image and still get a good resolution image. That is exactly what I've done in the one above.

Remember,"Flying is learning how to throw you at the ground and miss" - Douglas Adams.

Wherever you are, have a great weekend!


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