January 26, 2014

Hungary Birds

Photograph by Réka Zsimon

“On a good day in the field, a birder might see a flock of birds,” writes photographer Réka Zsimon of this photo of great egrets in the tidal area of the Danube in Hungary. The image received an honorable mention in the Nature category of the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.

This photo was submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.



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66 comments
Alexandra Boyle
Alexandra Boyle

This photo, visually, is absolutely amazing. To get such a photo with this effect is so difficult and I applaud Réka Zsimon. What a good photo. I hope one day I can take photos like this one. Truly amazing! :)

c. lin
c. lin

很奇妙的感觉

zhonghui z.
zhonghui z.

This shot is quite emotional and impressed.

Aaaa Bbbb
Aaaa Bbbb

A great egret pictures, wonderful, I'm impressed. Some of them are in the air and we can see their wings like ghost and some of them are in the water like snow... Very very  fascinating picture. Congratulations Réka Zsimon :)

Shannon T
Shannon T

I thought this was supposed to be the PHOTO of the day the painting of the day. Well done Reka.

Kaagaz Kalam
Kaagaz Kalam

Ah! dreamy, painterly and a bit surreal.

Vaishnavi Rathore
Vaishnavi Rathore

omigosh. i havent seen better use of low shutter speed. what an amazing photograph!

Teresa G
Teresa G

The birds look ethereal in this photo......

Robin Jones
Robin Jones

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827)  

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

Wonderful use of slow shutter. This technique is vastly under used.

Rishav Pandey
Rishav Pandey

How this photo was taken is the first thing that comes to mind. Simply stunning. Do share the technique if possible

Linda Ward Kirkendale
Linda Ward Kirkendale

So is the ribbon fog like background a filter add on or what?  It is a stunning shot and this special effect lends to the whole aura of it.  I would love to know what is this filter?

Zita B.
Zita B.

Gyonyoru foto.. Gratulalok.. !

Diane H.
Diane H.

I always love the color blue and egrets. you did good. Re'ka Zsimon.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Birds seem to be in the "clouds".       Surreal heavenly blue image!

Edward Minaei
Edward Minaei

wow, motion blur of the flying birds along with the standing bird full image. Impressive

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

My goodness,this picture is a double 'wow'. Another beautiful blue shot that takes ones breath away. Their slim black legs, the only other color to be seen in a really beautiful group of great egrets. Congratulation's. The effect above them is like a swirling mist that is as they say, something else!  j.e.s. 

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

Fantastic the contrast between the standing great egrets and thats are flying. Very good picture!

Felicitas Frei
Felicitas Frei

That's an absolutely fantastic work! The colors are beautiful but the most interesting thing is:

I can still realize that these are birds flying away...Therefore the shutter speed is perfect.


Jessica Beals
Jessica Beals

@Linda Ward KirkendaleMy guess would be that it is not a filter at all; rather, the effect is likely created from a time lapse shot. The "ribbon" effect is actually the wings of the Great Egrets as they take off and land.

Eric Simpson
Eric Simpson

Réka, it's really lovely! Question: is that a single, long-exposure, or a stack of images?

Linda Ward Kirkendale
Linda Ward Kirkendale

@Edward Minaei Oh, I was wondering how this effect was done.  Still the motion blur would not give you the white ribbon like fog.  How is this achieved, do you know?

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