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

torsdag 2. februar 2017

ARCTIC SNOWY OWLS, JANUARY 2017


Snowy owl landscape, Ontario district Canada, January 2017
iPhone 6s

Once again I`ve been back in Canada to shoot snowy owls (Snøugle / Nyctea scandiaca) as they spend their winter in southeastern Canada. This big, beautiful, arctic owl breeds and hunts on the open, arctic tundra and is therefore also attracted to open landscapes in their winter destinations. We found them in the huge, frozen fields of Ontario district and worked intensively with them for a week. Altogether we saw 6 different individuals, some very shy and some more confident.
It is no secret that the way to attract the owls is to try to feed them with mice, and this time we tried hard only to use dead mice (fyi).

Hope you like these owls as much as I do !

A warm thank you to Marc Latremouille of Wingstrech


A magic moment : the snowy is coming in a straight line right towards me ... to grab the (dead !) mouse. Focus is in between the eyes and the camera is shooting 11 frames pr sec., every one of the pin sharp. I could feel the air from the wingtips almost touching my head as it passed over !! The beautiful soft light, winterly conditions and the running shadow on the snow below .....
made the day !!
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1400 


Full speed flight ... quickly approaching the focus limit of the lens, but still sharp. I love this outfit !! 
If you click it should be possible to see the frost around eyes and beak
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1400


A deadly grip !
D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1250


Portrait of adult female on a cold day
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 250


D5, 200-400 4,0 / 300 mm, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1250


D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/2000, ISO 720


It`s lousy picture,.... but sunsets are sunsets !!
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 380 mm, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 800


Juvenile bird, ... a really shy one !
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/640, ISO 1250 


D5,  200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1250


Shot with 200 mm !!
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 200 mm, f/5,6, , 1/2500, ISO 5000  


White-out ....  on a foggy day
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 310 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 900 


Out of the fog ....
D5, 200-400 4,0, / 200 mm, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1600


D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1400


D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 1400


Motion blur ....
D5, 200-400 4,0, / 400 mm, f/16,0, 1/60, ISO 280 


Seeking shelter (!) in the open landscape ... on a windy day
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 220 


Late afternoon take off ...
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 1000


Late afternoon blue
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/3200, ISO 1250


Late afternoon blue
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 8000


Snowy owl in Canadian rural landscape, Jan 2017
D5, 24-70 2,8 / 40 mm,f/16,0, 1/2000, ISO 6400