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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 12:12
Viewed: 5683
Points: 24
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It was most dissapointing day during my last holidays in Monternegro. We went to Skadar Lake. I read many articles about this miraculous lake before trip to Montenegro. I remembered well Cedryk's enthusiasm for this place. I knew that it is one and only place in entire Europe where pelicans live. I was ready to meet hundreds species of birds, reptiles and insects which live around this lake. So why I was dissapointed? Because [thanks to our stupid guides] we saw nothing! After arrival we had got hour of free time and I crossed road and railroad to take few pictures [including this one]. During this operation I was almost flattened by train :-) Never mind. Our guides called us and we boarded something which was called 'boat' by them. It looked like different pieces of plastic glued together by scotch tape. We sailed out, arrived to small island with old prison, then sailed to small gulf, than went to Albanian waters and then - surprise! - returned to our home port. I was really pissed off! During this stupid 'trip' we saw few shags. And nothing more. Imagine visit in some kind of museum full of Royal Treasures. You go there and only thing which they show you is old, crappy, copper ring. It was similiar situation in beautifull Skadar Lake. Anyway, I'm glad that I took at least this picture. I'm sure, I'll return there some day. But if you want to see real beauty of this place look at Cedryk's post here:
which inspired me to send mine.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-19 13:38]

Hello Greg,
Beautiful place and capture.POV,framing and visual impact are excellent.If you want to catch pelicans and other birds we can be your guide in Turkey:)How is Joanna?

Hello Greg,
this is a very nice landscape. Good POV, sharpness, colours and composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-11-19 17:06]

Hello Grzegorz,
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed about the pelicans and other animals. Maybe the season wasn't right. But this is a beautiful place and your photo is so lovely. TFS

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-19 19:02]

Hi, Greg!
I see that both shots, your and mine, come from more or less the same part of the lake. Funny!
Isn't the place simply breathtaking!?
And I'm really glad that my photos from previous trip inspired you to visit Montenegro this year.
Best greetings,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-20 4:41]

Hi Greg

Sorry that things didn't quite go as planned :(
It was worth it even for this single picture! It's a beauty!
The panorama view really makes this look very wide (although we both know how wide our S2 really is) but with this great frame it really is totally enhanced.
Also the POV is excellent, the DOF great and the colors and details lovely.
BTW, we have lots of pelicans in the Danube's Delta, so that is defiantelly not the only place in Europe for them :)

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

Well done Greg.
I enjoyed reading about the frustrations of your trip. High expectations sometimes let us down hard..Sorry it did not go as well as it could have :(
At least the train added some excitement? ;)
Have a Great Week mf.

I have seen Cedryk's picture, Greg, and it is fascinating, indeed.
What a pity you had to go through a nasty experience at this otherwise well-known place.
Your picture of the lake, however, is beautiful. You have put it in a wonderful perspective vis-a-vis the rugged terrain in the BG.
TFS and take care.

Love the note, its refreshing to read that other peoples trips don't always go according to plan.
Nevermind, there's always next time or you could try Thialand. Beautiful place, you won't be dissapointed.

Good composition, but where wre all those expected birds. :)

Hello Greg,

excellent work, great details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, Perfect details, very crisp, nice POV great work,

TFS Kyle

Hi Greg,
I guess that is why I avoid going on group trips or tours. You do not get enough free time to do your own thing. A beautiful landscape shot. Well composed with the different elements of water and mountains. You have certainlt captured the beauty of the place with this shot.

Nice pic...but up to Cedric's post now:-)

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-26 15:35]

Hi Greg, it's a nice shot. I'm sorry to hear your story...at least you saw a couple of shags or was that a couple shagging? I like the shot, it's simple and effective. I like the bands of green and water. Nice work.

I am sorry to hear of your bad experience Greg. I am smiling at the title. You should set foot on Africa one day. Frans Lanting (renowned wildlife photographer) responded to the question "Which continent is your favorite?" as follows: If I could visit any two continents I would visit Africa twice. :)
I could not resist a WS on the photo and hope I don't add insult to injury. ;)

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