May 2018. Wildlife Photo Project in the Danube Delta to Photograph Water Birds
In May 2018, we spent two weeks in the Danube Delta to continue working on our water bird project. We are starting to know this region well, due to several years of photographic experience there.
Our goal this time was to produce artistic photographs to create collections of art prints as part of "Around the Mind" and "Around the World". We have defined very specific guidelines for our work we wish to accomplish, including experimental research on birds in flight, and project on shorebirds such as collared pratincole and northern lapwing.
But as always, nothing, or almost nothing happened. This year has been very different from previous years. Spring was a scene of heavy rains in the Danube Delta, where the water levels were abnormally high. All waders, such as purple herons, gray herons, and little bittern, took refuge far in the reed beds. Indeed, they could not hunt due to the flooded banks. In the same way, waders were rare to encounter because mudflats were no longer visible.
Despite this, we were still able to photograph a multitude of paludicole passerines. We have observed many families of bearded reedling, Eurasian reed warbler and great reed warbler as well as many Eurasian penduline tit.
We were fortunate to organize many blinds from the boats to photograph kingfishers and the grey-headed woodpecker.
As soon as we began shooting, we only kept artistic photographs in mind. We totally abandoned our previous naturalistic perspective. The following photos show some of the research areas for our photos. We have not decided yet whether we will retain post processing in color or black and white.
As always, we perform many tests when shooting. We must remain consistent with our artistic vision while encouraging creativity. We must do all of this while thinking of our future customers who will benefit from our art prints.
This compromise is not always easy to find. The editing phase normally allows us to fine-tune our selection.