søndag 10. februar 2019

NORTHERN FINLAND JANUARY 2019


Frozen taiga landscape. Kuusamo. 
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Northern Finland mid January 2019 ... with short days, arctic twilights and deep cold. Temperatures can drop below 40 degrees (below 50 in 1999 !). Wildlife adaptions to harsh climate is amazing ! For 2 weeks I was a humble visitor to document their everyday challenges. 

All pictures taken in Kuusamo and Utsjoki region. Thanks to Markus Varesvuo, Olli Lamminsalo & Jame Hellander. 



Male black woodpecker / svartspett. Kuusamo.
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,5, 1/2500, ISO 2000  


Male black woodpecker / svartspett. Kuusamo.
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 6400 


Male black woodpecker / svartspett. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/400, ISO 4000 


Female grey-headed woodpecker / gråspett. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 3200  


Female grey-headed woodpecker. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/2000, ISO 7200


Female grey-headed woodpecker / gråspett. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/2000, ISO 7200


Dipper / Fossekall. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter =850 mm, f/5,6, 1/20, ISO 500, 


Dipper / Fossekall. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/15, ISO 450 


Dipper / Fossekall. Kuusamo. Concentrating for next dive ... in minus 20 degrees !
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/15, ISO 640 


Dipper / Fossekall. Resting on a piece of ice. Kuusamo
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/20, ISO 900  


Sibirian Tit / Lappmeis : tiny little body that weighs about 10 gr in wintertime and with a max of 10 mm isolation .....  endures temperatures below 40 degrees cold ! Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1400 


Golden eagle / kongeørn. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/2500, ISO 2800


Golden eagle / kongeørn. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/2500, ISO 6400


Golden eagle / kongeørn. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/2000, ISO 3200


Golden eagles / kongeørn .... an old couple. Kuusamo
D5, 400 2,8 + 2,0 converter = 800 mm, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 4000


Utsjoki high alpine accommodation
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 800


Ptarmigan / fjellrype. Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1100


Ptarmigan / fjellrype. Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 4000


English setter Molli .... helping to find ptarmigans. Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1250, 


Early afternoon twilight in arctic January, Utsjoki  
D5, 70-200 / 112 mm, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1800


Early moonrise, Utsjoki
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 800


Afternoon arctic twilight and deep cold. Utsjoki. Stich of 5 pictures
D5, 70-200 2,8, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1250  


5 hours drive through arctic taiga forest, almost without any sign of houses or human settlements. 
I love Finland ! 
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tirsdag 1. januar 2019

MAASAI MARA CHEETAHS, OCTOBER 2018


Cheetah mother with small cub ..... in gold !
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 360

All the pictures are shot in Maasai Mara, Kenya during a 2 weeks stay in October 2018.
Hope you like `em !!

Thanks to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp ! 


In the blues !! Background colours are far away hills and a fading thunderstorm
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 2500


Full stomach !
D5, 600 4,0, f/640, ISO 500


Chasing a male thompson gazelle
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100


Chasing warthog
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 2000


Chasing zebras
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 4500


Taking down a male impala
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/3200, ISO 1800


Running 120 km/h !!
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/8,0, 1/400, ISO 2000


Hunting wildebeest
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 720


5 male cheetahs taking down a full grown wildebeest
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1250


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 900


Female cheetah with thompson gazelle in the very first morning sunbeams
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/200, ISO 220


D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/200, ISO 220


Fresh impale kill
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/320, ISO 2800


With impala carcasse
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 220


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm,  f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 2500


D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1600


D5, 400 2,8, f/7,1, 1/1250, ISO 100


D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/320, ISO 2000 






onsdag 14. november 2018

MATING LIONS


Passion in the yellow savannah gras !
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3,1/320, ISO 2800

Big Cat Sex is passionate stuff !
For lions as it is for leopards, jaguars etc : They go on for days doing nothing but having sex ......   and can have a frequency every 15 minutes. Pretty impressive in my opinion ! 

All pictures shot Maasai Mara, Kenya, nov/des 2017, Aug 2018, Sept 2018 and Oct 2018.
Hope you like them !!

Thanks to Big John Siololo and Oltepesi Camp. 


In early morning light
D5, 400 2,0, f/2,8, 1/1000, ISO 320


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 250


A private moment in the high gras
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6,1/1000, ISO 1250


With low angle !
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,5,1/500, ISO 1000


D5, 400 2,8, f/6,,31/1600, ISO 900


Probably a magic moment !
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3,1/1600, ISO 900


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 2000


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/320, ISO 2800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/800, ISO 1250


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


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3,1/320, ISO 2800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1600


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 2000


The king wants more .... 
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 2000


.... but the queen has lost the feeling .... and is telling the old man to get lost
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 560


The lady is trying to get rid of her suitor ... and he doesn't`t like the it !
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 560


... and in the end they make cute little cubs ! 
However, if a new male has fought his way to take over the pride he will often kill all the cubs in the pride to have his own offspring.
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 2000



Hugging mom !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 2200