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Gregory Lesniewski

Gregory Lesniewski

Born in 1972 in Lublin, eastern Poland. Environmental biologist. Dedicated birdwatcher since 1985. An active member of many ornithological and ecological organizations. At the beginning of the nineties he is guiding foreign birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts through the wonders of eastern Poland for almost 8 years. He starts photographing nature in 1994. At first, mainly birds. After a while, he also turns his attention into other fields of nature photography, such as other vertebrates, landscapes and flowers. The major subject of his interest is native wildlife of Poland.

"The more I experience Polish nature, the better I see how many things is still ahead of me. There are enough exciting subjects to stick to my country for the rest of my life!" For Gregory, image itself is not a goal. "What drives me into my passion is a close contact with wild nature, that’s why I never shoots captive or game farm animals."

As an environmental biologist, he is trying to picture interesting animal behavior and interactions between species.

For the past two years, Gregory has been concentrating on project of photographing big Polish predators in the wild – wolf, bear and lynx. “It is definitely the toughest and the most thrilling project I have ever undertaken.”
His work has been published in many magazines, nature guides, albums and calendars.

He is the author of diaporama series called “Through Primeval Forest and Marshes”, which gives moving insight into the wonders of Polish nature.

Type of photography: Nature photography with main focus on animals and their behaviour.
Favorite Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and 600/4 L IS USM
Favorite Tripod set: Gitzo G1228 Mountaineer Reporter MK2 and Wimberley Head
Activity: Semi professional nature photographer, he works as a full time job in marketing sector of Pfizer Company.
City: Warsaw
Country: Poland
Photographer of the Year 2005 of the Union of Polish Wildlife Photographers.
Quote: “What attracts me the most in wildlife photography is that trill of unknown and unpredictable.”
Product Testimonial: At the beginning of nineties, when I started my adventure with wildlife photography, I was condemned to use ordinary tripods. It was simply because it was extremely difficult to get Gitzo products in Poland. After 10 years the situation changed and I could afford finally my first Gitzo G1228 Mountaineer Reporter MK2. I was really stunned that it proved to be such a big step forward – light, durable, extremely stable and simple to set. Believe me or not, I have never shift to any other brand since than. On my Wild Wonders of Europe mission to Ukraine I have enjoyed using Gitzo GT3531 Series 3 Mountaineer. It did a great job on Crimea dusty steppes.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Canon EF 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 300 mm f/2.8 L IS USM
Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8 L II USM
Canon EF 1.4x II extender
Canon EF 2x II extender
Canon Right Angle Finder C
Canon Time Remote Controller TC-80N3
Extension tubes

Gitzo G1228 Mountaineer Reporter MK2
Gitzo GT3531 Series 3 Mountaineer
Gitzo Centre Ball Head GH3780QR
FLM Centre Ball Head 58F
Wimberley Head

Lighting Equipment: Canon Speedlight 580 EX II