onsdag 3. januar 2018

LION


The dominant male lion "Lipstick" .... at sunrise
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/800, ISO 5000

Little of wildlife have been more documented than mammals of the African savannah and especially lions. To shoot this huge, iconic cat in a little bit "different style" is therefore ... demanding. It takes a couple of good ideas and that you stick to your plan ... and that you don't "freak out" with all other photographic possibilities of the incredible east African savannah that constantly pop up to distract you !  I'm not claiming to have managed to do this "in a "different style", .... but I surely tried !!

All pictures are shot in Masai Mara, Oct & Nov 2017. A warm thank you to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp, Arnfinn Johansen, John Siololo, Johnmark Kiss-may and Bjørn Stuedal.


Kitchy ? yes, .... but not easy to do
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/800, ISO 1000


Superlow angle & total green, green blurry background with no details and important : no horizon, soft yellow front light, carcasse with active red to the green .... and eye contact with the lion
D5,600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 500 


D5, 600 4,0, f/10,0, 1/400, ISO 320


D5, 400 2,8, f/ 3,5, 1/2500, ISO 200


D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 500


Yawning a rainbow !!
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/2000, ISO 500


King of the dark ..,. with a flashlight
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/50, ISO 16000


D5, 600 4,0, f/11,0, 1/400, ISO 1800


OK, basically background colour, but still .... ?
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/160, ISO 1000


Metoo ???
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 1800


Eye contact
D5, 600 4,0, f/7,1, 1/640, ISO 800


Cubs playing
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 2000


D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 2500


I never saw such a small cub before. The mother was very nervous !
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1600

søndag 8. oktober 2017

SPARROWHAWKS & JAYS


Eye contact !
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400mm, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 1600 

Every autumn Dalen, Norway, offers unique interaction with migrating sparrowhawks and local jays. The jays are beeing fed and hawks are attracted by their mere presence, but seem to be "playing" with them more the really hunting them, .... although sometimes the situations seem to be serious enough (for the jays). All pictures were shot during 3 interesting days in early October.

Thanks to Jostein Hellevik, Dalen Villmarkssenter.

Jostein har hatt mange gjester på sine spurvehauker i høst, og det er antakelig tatt 10 000 vis av bilder av flinke fotografer. Jeg stiller meg ydmykt bak i køen.


Adult male sparrowhawk
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/2500, ISO 5000


With autumn leaves I
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800


With autumn leaves II
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 11400


2 sparrow hawks hunting together !
D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 4500 


D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 900


Root I
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 250 mm, f/4,5, 1/3200, ISO 3200


Root II
D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 2000


Root III
D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 2200


Flight I
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 7200


Flight II
D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 14400


Flight III
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, 1/3200, ISO 4000


Flight IV
D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 5600


Flight V
D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 4500


D5, 200-400 4,0 / 300 mm, f/ 4,0, 1/2500, ISO 1400

onsdag 13. september 2017

ARIZONA AUG / SEPT 2017


Sidewinder Rattlesnake in the first burst of morning sun in the Tucson desert
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 500

Once again I`ve been back to Southern Arizona to look for rattlesnakes, ... this time with photographers, biologists and friends Thor Håkonsen & Are Hogner. 2 weeks of hard work with the average of 4,5 hours of sleep each night (!) brought us 9 different species of rattlers of whom 3 were new for me :

Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus)
Blacktailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molasses)
Mohave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)
Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus vitidis)
 Ridgenose Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi)
Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus lepidus klauberi)
Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes)
Twinspotted Rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei)
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

A snake is principally a straight line with a frozen face in one end, and I find shooting good, different and varied shots of snakes difficult !! Even though many people dislike snakes .... I still hope that you can enjoy my shots.

A warm thank you to Thor Håkonsen & Are Hogner for inspiration & great company. Without Thor`s planning, contacts, knowledge and sharp eye for snakes ... I would not have seen many species. 


The nocturnal Sidewinder Rattlesnake in ambush position in the desert sand.
Nikon 5, Nikkor 105 2,8 micro, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO, 400, headlamp light.


Sidewinder Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/7,1, 1/800, ISO 1600


Ridgenose Rattlesnake : I always said that the Blacktailed Rattlesnake was the most beautiful of all rattlers, ... but that was before I saw my first Ridgenose !!
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/8,0, 1/500, ISI 1800


Ridgenose Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/7,1, 1/320, ISO 2000


The Rock Rattlesnake is small, rear ..... and hard to find
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 2500


Arizona Black Rattlesnake : I always said that the Blacktailed Rattlesnake was the most beautiful of all rattlers, then I saw my first Ridgenose and had to change my mind, but when I saw my first Arizona Black Rattlesnake .... I was completely knocked out !!
Nikon D5, Nikkor 105 2,8 micro, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 2500


Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 2800


Western Banded Gecko
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8, macro, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 1600


The venomous Gila Monster !! Not an everyday find !!
Nikon D5, Nikkor 14-24/24 2,8, f/5,6, 1/200, ISO 6400



Gila Monster
Nikon D5, Nikkor 105 2,8 micro, F/5,6, 1/250, ISO 2000  


 This is the biggest Blacktailed Rattlesnake I ever saw ! ... and lifted !
Smartphone photo


Regal horned lizard
Nikon D5, Nikkor 105 2,8 micro, f/36, 1/200, ISO 5000


Mohave Rattlesnake
D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 4000


Mohave Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Mohave Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 4500


The Mohave Rattlesnake is probably the most dangerous of all American rattlers. It combines long fangs and big venom yields with a very potent neurotoxic venom, and in the southeastern corner of Arizona they are more toxic than any other place in the US.
The pictured snake is dead (roadkill)


The Western Diamond Rattlesnake is a big and dangerous snake that can grow up to 1,7 m !!. 
I always wanted to find a big, angry diamondback to play with, .... and finally I found a worthy candidate. This solid giant challenged us with a very aggressive attitude ... 
and I had a good time with my camera !!
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 500 


Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 400


Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 560


Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 640  


A peaceful finish : Western Lyresnake
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/11,0, 1/400, ISO 2500


Sunset over the Seguaro desert
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/9,0, 17250, ISO 400


Snakey mountains with scrub vegetation
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