mandag 7. mai 2018

FLOATING HIDES WITH MRJANGEAR IN LATVIA


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in mating display
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 360, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.

In late April & early May this year I had the pleasure to be invited by MrJanGear to test floating hides in Latvian wetlands. The floating hides from MrJanGear (check www.mrjangear.com ) are basically constructed for walking the bottoms more than for swimming and consists of a lightweight inflatable tube construction with a fixed board for tripod head and a tented cover. The height of the cover may seem unnecessarily high, but when you need to cross very shallow waters walking on your knees you will understand why you sometimes need the hight. With a good plan for the day and a slow approach with lots of patience the hides performed very well with the birds, and in the end of the day as pack your gear and go home, the entire hide will fit into a medium sized softbag ! 

During 7 days I daily spent approx 5 hours in the water (making altogether 35 hours in the water), and with water temp`s between 5 and 10 degrees C you really need a good drysuit and lots of isolation.

Our photographic focus was primarily for rednecked grebes and migrating geese. 

Rednecked grebe : The beautiful "redneck" has a distinct eastern distribution, from the Baltic sea eastwards into deep Russia. The bird mostly stays in the thick reed and is not seen much in open waters, and hence : difficult to shoot. However with many attempts and lots of patience I got my shots.

Migrating geese : Every spring migrating geese come to rest in a small, shallow lake in the Orenisu Diki. It is said that there can be up to 60 000 geese resting on the lake at the same time. The migrating geese are mainly white fronted goose (tundragås) & bean goose (sædgås), and these species are extremely shy birds ! Normally you would not come closer than 500 m to them, and they will even avoid a moving floating hide with "considerable" margins. One day I hid with the hide at the edge of a reed island in the lake and sat still for 5 hours. It was an amazing experience to have theses super-shy birds close enough to shoot shoulder shots on them. I will never forget this situation !

Thanks to : MrJanGear & Jan Goddefroy for idea, invitation, gear and a great nature experience
Guesthouse "Stikani" & Ilze Vilskereste for indespenable support & super accommodation
Minna Lindroth, Markus Varesvuo, Tuomas Heinonen & Misjel deCleer for inspiration & great company,     


MrJanGear floating hide .... in action ... with Markus inside 


MrJanGear Floating Hide : inflatable floating tube with fixed board for tripod head and tented cover including balusters.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in display
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in mating display
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 720, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) swimming in open water
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 500, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1000, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) closeup
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in open water
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


As a whitetailed eagle comes flying by 10s of thousands of geese burst out in massive flight. 
These are whitefronted geese & bean geese / tundragås & sædgås
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/1250, ISO 3200, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 360, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 3200, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2500, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Bean goose / Sædgås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Male marsh harrier / sivhauk (Circus aeruginosus)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 560, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whooper swan / sangsvane (Cygnus cygnus)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 500, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Flying geese & moon
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 28800


Flying geese & moon
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 32000.

mandag 26. februar 2018

SPOTTED CATS IN MASAI MARA


Female leopard
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/160, ISO 3200

Masai Mara, Kenya, is "big cat heaven" ! 
All pictures are taken in Masai Mara Oct - Nov 2017 and reflects only leopards & cheetahs. Check my previous post on tomdyring.blogspot.com for lions (posted January 3rd). 
Thanks to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp which offers the best photographic guiding I ever experienced.


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1600


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 2200


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/500, ISO 160


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 200


Sunset Cheetah
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1250, ISO 125


Sunset Cheetah
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/5000, ISO 125


Cheetah 
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/5000, ISO 800


Cheetah with impala kill
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 560


Cheetah 
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1250


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 250


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 220



Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 250


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 900


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/1250, ISO 1000

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