tirsdag 15. september 2020

ARCTIC SVALBARD JULY 2020

Arctic skua (tyvjo)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 1800

The year of 2020 brought a big change in my life (... and many other people`s lives). Because of the pandemic virus disease I could no longer travel the world for photographic adventures and all my presentations on international basis were cancelled (yes, they were quite a few). I know many people are much worse hit than I am ... but still it was... and still is ... a big blow to me. 

Fortunately arctic Svalbard is a part of Norway and available for travel within the country... so this was my big adventure this summer. First thing you do when you arrive as a photographer up there is to turn day & night upside down. Because of the qualities of the light you work at nighttime and sleep at daytime.

Hope you like the pictures ! 

Thanks to Wildphoto Travel for great management & guiding.

Arctic fox (fjellrev)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/500, ISO 2200

Arctic fox (fjellrev) 

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/500, ISO 2000

Arctic fox (fjellrev)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 2000

Arctic fox (fjellrev)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 2200


Purple sandpiper (fjæreplytt)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/500, ISO 2200


Longtailed skua (fjelljo)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv =850 mm, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1100

Male polar bear in the ocean ice at 81 degrees north

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv =850 mm, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100



Male polar bear in the ocean ice at 81 degrees north

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1000

Male polar bear on the ocean ice in Wahleberg Fiord, Nordauslandet ... coming to check us out

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv =850 mm, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 2200

Male polar bear on the ocean ice in Wahleberg Fiord, Nordauslandet ... coming to check us out

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 2800



A very close encounter with the male polar bear in Wahleberg Fiord, Nordauslandet

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-400 4,0 / 300 mm, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2200

A VERY close encounter with a male polar bear in Wahleberg Fiord, Nordauslandet ... uncropped !!

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/8,0, 1/1000, ISO 4000

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi), Hinlopen Strait.

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 2500

Portrait of Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/1600, ISO 3200

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi) flight

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 2000

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 2800

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi) on floating iceberg, Hinlopen Strait

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/1600, ISO 3600

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi) on floating iceberg, Hinlopen Strait

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-400 4,0 / 200 mm, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 1400

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi) on floating iceberg, Hinlopen Strait

Nikon D5, Nikkor 70-200 2,8 / 70 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 560

Brünnichs Guillemot (polarlomvi) on floating iceberg with our ship "Origo" on the horizon

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 5000

Arctic Tern (rødnebbterne) with colour of the ice from amazing Monaco Glacier

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 1100

Black Guillemot (teist) on the floating ice of Kongsfjorden

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/1250, ISO 5600

Great Skua (storlo) with colour of the ice from Hinlopen Strait

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 2200

Ivory Gull (ismåke) .... the white beauty of the high arctic. 

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/1250, ISO 1000

Little Auk (alkekonge) with colour from the ocean below

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 2800

Little Auk (alkekonge) with colour from the ocean below

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1250

Little Auk (alkekonge) with colour from the ocean below

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 3200

Glaucous Gull (Polarmåke) eating the remains of a guillemot

Nikon D5, Nikkor 200-400 4,0 /400 mm, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 2000

Portrait of Walrus (hvalross)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1000, ISO 2200

Walrus (hvalross)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/640, ISO 1800


The biggest animal on the planet : Blue Whale (blåhval)

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/7,1, 1/1600, ISO 560

fredag 26. juni 2020

GREAT SNIPE LEK


Great snipe & cotton grass
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 4000

It`s midnight & mid summer in mid Norway`s low alpine region. The Great Snipe (Gallinago media) is lekking ... and its such a discreet, serenely and "down to earth" happening !! They're lekking at nighttime and on a good night the first birds can be heard around 11 pm, and as the night progresses the birds get more involved. You never see them arrive, they just come out of nowhere ... almost like they pop up from the underground. The small, brown birds can be hard to detect in the brown heather & grass. Once you see them, once you don't ! They pull the head down between the "shoulders" and zoom around, ... low, fast & invisible like mice. Suddenly they push the head up and display with a low, clicking sound, flapping beak and one single, quick wingflap ... and that's it !!

I spent 3 nights with them this time, "lekking" at nighttime and sleeping at daytime ... and with the nordic mid summer you have shooting light all through the night.

Life is good sometimes !!

All pictures are shot June 18th-22nd 2020.

Thanks to Terje Kolaas !       


Popping out of nowhere
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 4000


Midnight !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/50, ISO 4000


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/60, ISO 4500


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/60, ISO 5600


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/60, ISO 4500


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 4000


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 4000


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/50, ISO 4000


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/60, ISO 3200


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/100, ISO 4000


Flapping beak !!!
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/50, ISO 1800


Shooting low angle is essential !

onsdag 4. mars 2020

20 PICS OF DEEP WINTER GREAT GREY OWL


Picture shot towards a deep, cold shadow with owl flying into sharp, warm backlight
Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 200 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 900

It was late February in Kuusamo district, north eastern part of Finland close to Russian border. We followed one single Great Grey Owl (Lappugle) from early morning to late afternoon for 7 full days. There was an abundance of voles this year and the owl was picking up new prey with little effort. We had rain, new snow, soft light, hard light, deep cold (down to 23 below) and deep snow (1,2 m on flat ground) ! The bird was incredibly confident picking up wild voles only 2 m away from our feet. Some of the pictures have also been shot with backup mice from the deep freezer,

I have picked out 20 pictures. It could have been 20 others !

A warm thank you to Minna Lindroth & Markus Varesvuo.

Also thanks to Heikki Nikki, Jarmo Manninen, Olli Lamminsalo & Lassi Rautuainen.  


Attack on a local vole
Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 165 mm, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 4500


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 200 mm, f/3,5, 1/2000, ISO 2500


Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 5600


Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 5600


Nikon D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/6400, ISO 2000


A very cold day with 20 below
Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 135 mm, f/7,1, 1/2500, ISO 4000


Like a silent missile through the cold air
Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 200 mm, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 1100


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 200 mm, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 1250


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 175 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 2200


Grabbing a mouse in the soft snow
Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 190 mm, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 1100


A rainy afternoon
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 3600


Late afternoon
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 3600


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 70 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 280


Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 500


Golden morning light
 Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 160 mm, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 900


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 150 mm, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 1800


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 110 mm, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 2800


Nikon D5, 70-200 2,8 / 200 mm, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 3200


Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 5000