Meteora and the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini workshop report
February 2015
Last February i took a small group of keen wildlife photographers to the Meteora Monasteries and to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini in Greece.Usually the weather in the northern part of Greece is cold ,when we arrived we found it extremely cold.We landed just after a snowstorm and to reach the Meteora Monasteries took some time .
In the morning we were rewarded with amazing and rare views of the rocks , the monasteries and the background mountains covered in snow .We braved the low temperatures with a morning shoot and then departed for the Paleokaria double waterfall in the Agrafa Mountains nearby. The dusk shoot unfortunately was dissapointing with very average light.
The Paleokaria Double waterfall was in full swing and despite the very low temperatures and the blue cast from the snow we managed some very good shots.Best shots from a tripod at low shutter speeds.
After our last shoot at Meteora we started the 3 and a half hour journey to Lake Kerkini to photograph the famous Dalmatian Pelicans in their mating colours.We arrived in Kerkini late afternoon but in time to arrange next day's boat trip and shoot the fishermen at sunset.Early morning wake up to extreme frost , -5 deg c, that frost was on a daily basis,but on the other hand clear sunrise light and 2 very still days to capture the pelicans feeding or flying and their reflections in the still water.Lenses,for the feeding and close flying pellicans short zooms,18-140 mm and for more datailed shots 70-300mm.Settings,no clouds ,best shots at ISO 1250 , f8 , we were getting shuttter speeds above 1/4000th of a second and very sharp images.5 to 6 fps the normal for most shots.
A very succesful workshop with more than enough sattisfied clients,one of them called it a PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE .A very large number of excellent shots to keep myself and them busy for several months.
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