19 May 2013



Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
Tejo Internacional, Portugal

I take advantage of grey springdays like this one, in the morning, to photograph subjects that would become especially complicated under bright sunlight. The Black Stork, with its strongly contrasting black and white plumage, is particularly hard to illustrate. In the sun, the contrast raises to a point that shadows can be easily underexposed or highlights overexposed. But this cloudy day reveals green or violet tones, depending from the light’s angle of incidence, and that was I tried to show here.

Nikon D3s + Nikon 300mm f4

iso 320, 1/640, f7.1

Nikon D3s + Nikon 500mm f4 VR (700mm) + Nikon TC-14E 1.4x
iso 320, 1/400, f5.6