tirsdag 6. juni 2017

VARANGER ARCTIC NORWAY, MAY 23rd - 30th


Ruff (brushane)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 2500 

Varanger, arctic Norway, from May 23rd to May 30th :
The spring was was exceptionally late up there this year. The landscape still winterly white with temperatures between +2 and -5 degrees Celsius. The main issue this time was lekking ruff (brushaner), ... but Varanger in late May is so much more !! The biological diversity of the arctic coast between Vadsø and Hamningberg is simply amazing.
I really love this country !!!

A warm thank you to Knut Sverre Horn, Minna Lindroth and Markus Varesvuo. 


Ruff (brushane)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1800 


Ruff (brushane)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 2800 


Ruff (brushane)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1600 


Ruff (brushane). With jumps like this you easily cut wingtips !
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1800 


Ruff (brushane)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/10,3, 1/400, ISO 1800 


Ruff (brushane) in midnight blue
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 2000 


Fantasy creature ? An Alice in Wonderland mix of Shaggy Dog and Mickey Mouse !
Portrait of ruff (brushane)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/8,0, 1/250, ISO 1600 


Ruff (brushane) trying to sleep away a night with unexpected new snow and frost
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/9,0, 1/200, ISO 2200 


Ruff (brushane) in new snow
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/8,0, 1/250, ISO 2000 


Golden plover (heilo) surprised by the capricious arctic spring
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/10,0, 1/200, ISO 360 


Male willow grouse (lirype)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/10,0, 1/1000, ISO 560 


Oystercatcher on snow (tjeld)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 160 


Purple sandpiper (fjæreplytt)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv., f/10,0, 1/1000, ISO 1100 


Portrait of purple sandpiper (fjæreplytt)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/10,0, 1/1000, ISO 3200 


Dunlin (myrsnipe)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/9,0, 1/2000, ISO 1600 


Raven with kittiwake egg (ravn med krykkje-egg)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv., f/10,0, 1/2500, ISO 1600


Longtailed skua (fjelljo) cruising over the winterly landscape
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 720


Longtailed skua portrait (fjelljo)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/13,0, 1/1000, ISO 900 


Short eared owl (jordugle)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/8,0, 1/320, ISO 3600 


Bean goose flight (sædgås)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv., f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 800 


Brent goose (ringgås). Very, very rare stuff !!!
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/10,0, 1/1000, ISO 1000 


Brent goose portrait (ringgås). 
The first time I ever shoot this species... and with a little patience ... I got headshot !!
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/10,0, 1/1000, ISO 1400 


Red fox
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 2,0 conv., f/8,0, 1/1000, ISO 400 

torsdag 13. april 2017

WHITEOUT EAGLES


Adult white-tailed eagle take off
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2500, ISO 2500

The idea was to shoot White-tailed Eagles (havørn) in a totally white situation ... with no foreground, no background, no vegetation, no horizon .... as "whiteout" like in a studio. I went to Lake Lokka in northern tip of Finland in early April with deep winter still in charge .... and spent 5 days in a hide on the ice of the lake. Eagles are wild and shy birds, ... and not always cooperating, and the right light is of course essential. Hope you like my April eagles. 

Thanks to Eero Kemilä and Markus Varesvuo. 


Ravens are struck with panic as the eagle swipes into the stage
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2500, IO 2800


With wingspan up to 2,5 m the White-tailed Eagle is an impressive sight !
D5, 600 4.0, 5,6, 1/2500, ISO 2800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/3200, ISO 1250


The white snow on the ground reflects the natural sunlight to the birds lower side like a FLASH !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 720



D5, 600 4,0, F76,3, 1/2500, ISO 640


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 1100


D5, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/3200, ISO 1250


I`ve seen multiple shots like this over water in Norway, .... but not over snow like this !! 
Eagles with blue rings are Russian birds.
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/3200, ISO 1600  


D5, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/3200, ISO 2000


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv. = 850 mm, f/8,0, f/3200, ISO 1800


D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2500, ISO 2500


White tailed eagle couple in greeting (mating) display
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 360 


D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 1250


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 2200


D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2500, ISO 2200


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 400


Ravens dancing waltz
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 2000


Raven dancing river dance
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, /2500, ISO 2500

torsdag 23. mars 2017

WHITE IN WHITE


Ptarmigan (fjellrype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 560

I spent a week in the high alpine region of Utsjoki northern tip of Finland in early March. The ambition was to shoot ptarmigans and willow grouse under deep winterly conditions. Neither words nor pictures can explain the extreme beauty of the harsh arctic winter up there. I have some pictures in my head (!!) that I will never be deleted ! 

Anyway : I hope you like my digital stuff :-) You can click the pictures to see them bigger !!

A warm thank you to Jame Helander & Marcus Varesvuo.


Ptarmigan (fjellrype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 800


Ptarmigan (fjellrype) coming in a fast flight
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 640


Ptarmigan take off
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 500


Ptarmigan (fjellrype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 500


Ptarmingan (fjellrype) in heavy wind
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 180


Ptarmigan (fjellrype) portrait
D5, 600 4,0, 2x converter = 1200 mm, f/10,0, 1/2000, ISO 720 


Ptarmigan (fjellrype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 450


Ptarmigan (fjellrype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 280


Ptarmigan (fjellrype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/4000, ISO 720


Willow grouse (lirype) in snow cave
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 2000 


Willow grouse (lirype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 2200


Willow grouse (lirype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1600, ISO 1600


Willow grouse (lirype) coming out of snow cave
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1000


Willow grouse (lirype) walking
D5, 600 ,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1400


Willow grouse (lirype) towards the backdrop of heavy, dark clouds
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 250 


Willow grouse (lirype)
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/5000, ISO 2500


Willow grouse (lirype). White flights in white surroundings with soft light is pretty difficult stuff for the autofocus. The D5 with the new 600 does an incredible job !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1600


Ptarmigan (fjellrype) ....  slightly overexposed
D5, 600 4,0, + 2 x converter = 1200 mm, f/10,0, 1/2000, ISO 720


Looks like Sahara, but it`s not. It is my friend M shooting ptarmigans in the arctic sunset with 15 degrees cold and a very heavy wind
D5, 70-200 2,8, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 100