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
iPhone

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