søndag 19. august 2018

SHETLAND JUNE - JULY 2018


Diving gannet / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 3200

I had been planning the underwater shooting for a full year ... and as the months went by my fantasies of the possible shots were getting a bit out of hand. Previous to this I had also seen a picture awarded in an int. photo competition that had inspired me a lot. My good and incredibly generous friend Arnfinn Johansen lent me his Aquatic underwater housing for Nikon D5, and in late June 2018 I dragged all the gear all the way to Shetland. I had never done underwater shooting before and accordingly I was unexperienced and had to gamble with the settings. I also knew I would only have one chance out there, once the camera is in the water there is no adjustment of settings in my solution. Through the "feeding frenzy" the gannets were diving "wild and close" ... and I shot 900 pictures down there.

The settings on my camera were obviously disturbed as I had pushed he camera into the housing, and the shock and horror over having shot 900 unsharp pictures was a "fist in the face". I could not believe I had committed such a massive f.... up !! A complete disaster !

However, some people at Shetland didn't`t like to listen to adult men crying .... and in spite of previous bookings, scedules, transportation logistics, accommodations etc .... I was given a second chance on my last day at Shetland. I changed the settings completely, went from 35 mm to 14 mm lens, from f/6,3 to f/16,0, from 1/800 to 1/1000 sec and from manuel fixed focus to autofocus with 72 focus points ..... and shot 1000 sharp pictures. Out of the 1000 pics 7 were OK.

A warm thank you to Brydon Thomasson of Shetland Nature, Phil Harris of Shetland Seabirds Tours, photographer Conrad Dickinson and of course Arnfinn Johansen.
Also thanks to Minna Lindroth, Markus Varesvuo and Ingebjørg Une Hagen.


Diving gannets / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 3200


Diving gannets / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Diving gannets / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Like a torpedo ! Diving gannet / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 3200


Diving gannet / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Diving gannet / havsule
Nikon D5, 14-24 2,8 / 14 mm, f/14,0, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Gannet in flight ... overlooking the breaking waves on the marine rocks ...  deep down below
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 2200


Gannet in flight / havsule
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1400


The idea was to shoot the white gannet towards a totally black background
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1600, ISO 9000


Some of the limestone formations in the bird colonies north of Lerwick appear almost totally black. 
A great chance to shoot white bird towards a black background
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, F76,3, 1/2500, ISO 6400


If I`d been a fish looking up in those determined eyes .. I would have been terrified !
Gannet just before a dive
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 280


Gannet portrait / havsule
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 720

 Fulma / havhest


Merlin male / dvergfalk
Nikon D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 560


Female merlin in flight / dvergfalk. 
Remember : the merlin is shy, fast and very small. Flight shots are difficult !
Nikon D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 560


Puffin / lundefugl. Once again the idea was to shoot the flight towards dark background
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 7200


Great skua / storjo. 
The idea was to shoot the bird`s head sticking up from the cotton grass meadow with blurry foreground & background
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 250 


Great skua / storjo 
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 720 


Great skua interaction / storjo 
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 2800 


The great skua is a big bird and the main predator in the Shetland birdcolonies 
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 3600 


Black guillemots / teist. 
The idea was to make a simple, but strong composition with the black birds in a whiteout situation
Nikon d5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 2000


Black guillemot / teist 
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 360


Black guillemot / teist 
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1800


Black guillemot / teist 
Nikon D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 500


Goodbye from Shetland. Grey seal / havert
Nikon D5, 24-70 2,8, / 70 mm, f/8,0, 1/1000, ISO 2800

torsdag 16. august 2018

PIT VIPERS FROM THAILAND JUNGLE JULY/ AUG 2018


The wet Thailand jungle mirrored upside down in raindrops on a male Gumprechs Pit Viper
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/9,0, 1/400, ISO 2800

Once again I have been back in the Thailand jungle looking for snakes. To find other species & habitats than last time (2 years ago in Southern Thailand) we did central & central/northern Thailand spending 11 days & 11 nights continuously looking for snakes. Pretty demanding schedule, but no critical incidents this time ... except when I stepped on a wasp peppery in the dark in the thick, impervious jungle, and had a frantic escape loosing my glasses (very expensive !!), did damage to one of my cameras (very expensive !!) and had my unavoidable wasp stings (painful, ... but for free). 

The 20 pictures I present here are only pit vipers. All pictures are shot with Sigma lenses.

If I get inspired (??) I will present other snakes from the project in another post later.

A warm thank you to Ton Smits, Tan of Tontan Tours, Parinya "Aood" Pawangkhanant, Thor Håkonsen & Pål Sørensen. Incredible knowledge of reptiles and Thai nature, great organised and very, very, very nice company !!    


Female Gumprechs Pit Viper (Viridovipera gumprechi), one of the largest pit vipers of the Thailand jungle. 
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 2000


Female Gumprechts Pit Viper from habitat with altitude 1500 m
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 1250


Male Gumprechts Pit Viper
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/4,5, 1/500, ISO 450


Female Gumprechts Pit Viper shot through the a "window" in the thick bush
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 900


Thailand jungle is a wet place through the monsoon rains. Female Gumprechts Pit Viper
Nikon D5, Sigma 180, 2,8, f/7,1, 1/640, ISO 3200


The Kanburi Pit Viper (Cryptelytrops kanburiensis) is endemic to Thailand and is only found in a restricted limestone district in central western Thailand, in other words : extremely rare ! 6 persons spent 2 days & 2 nights looking for it .... with no success. It was the needle in the haystack ! As we had resignedly given up the Kanburi project, one of us had to go to the bush of natural reasons. As he was sitting there in his hunched position with his trousers down around his ankles ready to give something back to the nature, he turned his head to the side... and there, only a meter away from his most vulnerable parts, was a male Kanburi Pit Viper in ambush position ! 
Santa Claus is still around !!!
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/14,0, 1/320, ISO 2800   


Male Kanburi Pit Viper
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/10,0, 1/1600, ISO 6400 


Male Large-eyed Pit Viper (Cryptelytrops macrops)
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 2500 


Female Large-eyed Pit Viper (Cryptelytrops macrops)
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 4500 


Female Popes Pit Viper (Popeia popeiorum), Kaeng Krachan NP
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/14,0, 1/500, ISO 7200 


Female Popes Pit Viper (Popeia popeiorum), Kaeng Krachan NP
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 2000


Female Popes Pit Viper (Popeia popeiorum), Kaeng Krachan NP
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 4000


Male Popes Pit Viper (Popeia popeiorum), Kaeng Krachan NP
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 900


Female Whitelipped Pit Viper (Cryptelytrops albolabris), Kaeng Krachan NP
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 500


Female Vogels Pit Viper (Viridovipera vogeli), Khao Yai NP. 
The biggest pit viper in Thailand jungles, up to 1,3 m. 
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/16,0, 1/500, ISO 5000


Meet Mrs Vogel !! A big, grumpy & venomous old lady from Khao Yai NP. 
Vogels Pit Viper (Viridovipera vogeli) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/11,0, 1/640, ISO 2800


Of course a daily drama in the jungle, still but rarely seen by people : Female Whitelipped Pit Viper (Cryptelytrops albolabris) har just grabbed a frog from her ambush position in a low bush and stabbed it with her long fangs injecting venom. 
Kaeng Krachan NP. The situation was difficult to shoot with very little light.
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8, f/3,5, 1/250, ISO 4000


Female Whitelipped Pit Viper. One of the long fangs into the frog is visible
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 22800 (!)


Female Whitelipped Pit Viper with frog prey shot in the light from a headlamp
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, f/4,0, 1/320, ISO 2200


Female Whitelipped Pit Viper with frog prey shot in the light from a headlamp. It took a long time for the frog to die in jaws of the viper. Since frogs develop a certain degree of immunity to the snake venom, the snakes accordingly have to increase the toxicity in the venom. 
Not good for people who get bitten !!
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 5600


Pål Sørensen, Thor Håkonsen, Tom Dyring, Tan of Tontan Tours, Ton Smits & Parinya Pawangkhanant. 
What a team !!!

fredag 22. juni 2018

CURLEWS, VEGA ISLAND, NORTHERN NORWAY


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I had the pleasure to spend a week at Vega island, Northern Norway, in early June this year. Vega is an island with incredible wildlife and also human cultural history ... with a World Heritage Status ! 
Since I happened to be there just after the curlew hatchings .... I quickly realised that my main photographic project this time would not be eider ducks or eagles ... but : 
Curlews (Numenius arquata). 

Since the newly hatched chickens are extremely vulnerable for flying predators like the bigger gulls, crows and ravens, all the pictures are shot with the highest level of ethical standards. All pics of birds on the ground and chicks are shot from the car which they easily accepted. I could spend hours watching them at close range. Great experience ! 

Hope you like them :-)    


Curlew ... very upset !! / storspove (I did not venture into the field, the picture shot from the road)
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 4500


Curlew flight / storspove
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 5000


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1400


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1800


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1400


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1400



Curlew closeup / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1250


Curlew with new etched chicken / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 900 


Curlew chicken / storspovekylling
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1250


Curlew chicken / storspovekylling
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1800


Curlew chicken / storspovekylling
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 800


Protective greylag goose / grågås
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 1250


Redshank / rødstilk
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1400


Midnight rambler 1
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 2200


Midnight rambler 1
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 4500


Midnight rambler 3
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 3600


Hare
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 640


Hare
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 2200


Stranded fishing boat
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