fredag 12. august 2016

FINALLY : WILD DOGS !!


Adult wild dog
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 560

I have now been to eastern & southern Africa more than 20 times …. and I have seen a large (!!) variety of African wildlife species. However,- of some reason, I have never seen wild dogs. I`ve been close a couple of times in Tanzania seeing fresh footprints and even warm (!) droppings, but so far :
no cigar !
Finally …. on my last visit to Zimanga Game Reserve, South Africa in July… my "long term suffering" was put to an end as I encountered a pack of 7 adults & 12 puppies. During a couple of magic days I saw them interacting, hunting, grooming and the youngsters playing making little, and after some time : no notice of my presence. A beautiful and emotional experience that I will never forget !

The African wild dog has been seriously endangered for more than 20 years and the world population of the African wild dog is now down to approx 6 500 individuals. The main reason for this disasterous decline is the loss of habitat to human civilization …. as a pack of wild dogs can cover more than 900 square miles.

Thanks to Dean Wraith

Når man, etter 20 års leting(!), endelig møter en flokk hyenehunder står de fotografiske utfordringene i kø. Den afrikanske sola står som kjent rett opp av horisonten og faller rett ned igjen om kvelden,- dvs. periodene med godt fotolys er svært korte. Det skal mye flaks og god timing til for å treffe hundene i akkurat disse periodene. Resten av dagen er lyset som oftest steinhardt. I tillegg er dyra flekkete og oppholder seg i bushen der miljøet er fullt av forstyrrende detaljer med høylys og dype skygger. Man må bare håpe å treffe dem i et miljø med en viss avstand til bakgrunnen. I tillegg jobbet jeg bevisst med lange brennvidder og stor blenderåpning for å "blure" mest mulig av de "forstyrrende" omgivelsene


Adult wild dog
200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 800


Adult wild dog
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 1250


Adult wild dog
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 400


A pack of wild dogs hunting
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 2200


Adult wild dog hunting
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 2800


Puppies playing
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,o, 1/1000, ISO 5000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 5000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 6400


D4s, 200-400 4,0,f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 5000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 3600


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 3600


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 3600


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 2000

mandag 8. august 2016

TYRANNOSAURUS REX !!


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 720

Maybe it`s possible to shoot pictures like this in some croc-farm somewhere in the world, but these crocs are wild !! … and wild crocs are very shy and very suspecious …. and in some situations of course also dangerous. Shooting crocs from a hide was a new experience for me and (with a little bit of luck) opened up spectacular possibilities. The pictures show a couple of big crocs tearing apart the soft parts of a warthog carcass. 

All pictures are shot in Zimanga, South Africa, July 2016.

Awarm thank you to Bence Matè.
Also thanks to Dean Wraith & Hendri Venter

Det er vinter i sørlige Afrika. Klimaet er overraskende kjølig med kalde netter, kjølige dager og tidvis styrtregn. Jeg har en drøm om å lokke fram en av innsjøens store krokodiller, men oddsen er dårlig pga det kjørlige været. Det er også vanskelig å skaffe lokkemat. Slakteri finnes ikke i mils omkrets ….. 
og sammen med Jari Peltomäki har vi i desperasjon kjøpt 3 digre filet mignon fra lodgens mondene restaurant ….. uten annen utelling enn at de lokale fiskeørnene kunne nyte sitt livs dyreste måltid ! 
Så griper plutselig Zulugudene inn og skjenker meg deler av et vortesvin-kadaver. Kadaveret blir lekkert anbrakt i vannkanten og det blir sølt rundt med mest mulig blod og kroppsvæsker for å gi luktimpulser til reptilene der ute. Jeg tilbringer flere dager i kamuen uten resultat, men som så ofte før : Når håpet svinner og nedlagsfølelsen siger på …. kommer plutselig T. REX lydløst sigende ut av "ingenting".

Jeg kommer aldri til å glemme hvordan krokodillen på ca. 4 m …. med liten finesse og grov motorikk ….. og med VOLDSOM kraft … fillerister kadaveret i småbiter …. for så å sluke bitene en etter en. 

Det var en nesten skremmende opplevelse !!


The first croc comes slowly, silently & very suspiciously swimming by
D4s, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/400, ISO 720


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 1800


T.Rex grabs the carcass and pulls it into the water
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 3600    


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 2200


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 2000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 1600 


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 4000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 5000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 4500


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 4000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 4000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 7200


Nile Crocodile & African Jacana (Afrikabladhøne)
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 3600


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/320, ISO 2500


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/200, ISO 220


D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/200, ISO 320


D4s, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/400, ISO 1250


D4s, 600 4,0, f/7,1, 1/60, ISO 1600


A true dinosaur !
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 2800


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 4000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/8,0, 1/125, ISO 900

søndag 29. mai 2016

A VERY ANGRY BIRD / KVINAND


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1600

In Finland April this year I met a polish photographer who asked me why I don`t do much blogging anymore. I told him the truth : Nobody wants to read blogs anymore. It takes too much effort for people. However my polish friend said some very nice things about my blogging, …. so Piotr : thank you, this blog is for you !!

The local golden eye male was defending his "old lady" and his little territory around the open lane of water in the ice …. and did so with determined, ruthless anger !! 
All pics are shot in Mid Finland late April 2016. 
Thanks to Eero Kemilä for essential assistance …. and to Markus Varesvuo for great company in the box !! 


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1600


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1600


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 800


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 640


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 450


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000 ISO 450


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1800


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 2000


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 2200


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1800


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1600, ISO 4000


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 450


Mating
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 360


The female`s low head position indicates invitation for mating … but he seems to be "somewhere else"
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 250


Mr. & Mrs.
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 1800


Show off
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 1250


Although beeing a "brownie" at first glance, she`s a real beauty at a closer look
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 2800


D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 1000


Bonus : whooper swan at close range (sangsvane)
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 280