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Winner_115825_Bart_Siebelink_Starling Apocalypse

Name: Bart Siebelink 
Picture title: The apocalypse
Category: Animals of ” De Lage Landen”
Nationality:
 Netherlands
Occupation: Full-time photographer and creative educator

Technical information
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: NIKKOR 200-500mm
EXIF: ISO 800, f5.6, 1/25sec at 200mm
Other info: I searched for a some longer shutter speed in order to keep some parts of the starling flocks in focus while other parts turn into blurry trails. Depending on their flying angle and speed. My aim was to capture the energy and dynamics of the phenomenon.
Accessories: Tripod

WINNER CATEGORY ANIMALS OF “DE LAGE LANDEN”
Bart Siebelink | The apocalypse

Name: Bart Siebelink
Picture title: The apocalypse
Category: Animals of ” De Lage Landen”
Nationality:
 Netherlands
Occupation: Full-time photographer and creative educator

Technical information
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: NIKKOR 200-500mm
EXIF: ISO 800, f5.6, 1/25sec at 200mm
Other info: I searched for a some longer shutter speed in order to keep some parts of the starling flocks in focus while other parts turn into blurry trails. Depending on their flying angle and speed. My aim was to capture the energy and dynamics of the phenomenon.
Accessories: Tripod

Bart says:

This photo is taken in Friesland, a northern province of the Netherlands. During winter a spectacular cloud of murmurating Eurasian Starlings (Sturnus vularis) gathered. Just after sunset the sky was teeming with zillions. Giant flocks swirling and shapeshifting rapidly as Sparrowhawks and Peregrine Falcons dive through them.

A friend who lives there invited me over to witness the scene. I stood there in awe, immersed in this massiveness of so much non-human life.

This picture conveys my most memorative moment. It is taken during the last minutes before the starlings fall in. For just some fleeting moments the clouds reach their max density and blacken the sky. All this while hovering so close over the fields that the horizon could be caught into the frame as scale reference. Resulting in this apocalyptic impression.

About Bart:

About Bart:

Netherlands

I was born in 1965 in the village Wouw, Southwest of The Netherlands. As a child I was completely obsessed with nature and wildlife. A frog, a bug, a damselfly, a seashell; I needed very little to get excited. By then I made realistic drawings of nature, unknowingly developing visual observation skills, driven by fascination. ‘A nice hobby’, my father said, ‘but no road to employment’. But he respected my choice to study, against his advice, both Design and Biology.

After my graduation, I found out that he’d been right about the making money thing. After quiet some struggling I finally found a job as a newspaper journalist. It got me started and from there I later developed my own self employed practice in technical writing, next to teaching at the Rotterdam Art Academy. But it wasn’t until the rise of internet and digital photography thet I could finally turn my true passions for nature and photography (which I discovered as the new next thing to drawing) into a professional career. I identify as a visual storyteller rather than a wildlife photographer.

Website: www.mentornatuurfotografie.nl

 

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