lørdag 4. april 2015

HIGHLIGHTS (??) 2014

OK, it may be a silly thing to do : making "highlights blog", but I`ve been doing this regularly for many years and it`s a good opportunity to recall the "near past" ! 
The challenge is : 2 pics pr month. 
I hope you like them. 

JANUARY


Snowy owl, Ontario Canada (snøugle)


Sunset snowy owl in 30 degrees cold. Ontario Canada (snøugle)

FEBRUARY


Goshawk in snowy weather, Nesodden Norway (hønsehauk)


Goshawk portrait, Nesodden Norway (hønsehauk)

MARCH


Angry African Rock Python, South Africa (klippepyton)


Forest cobra, South Africa (skogkobra)

APRIL


Male adders fighting over a female in mating season, Vestfold Norway (huggorm)


Male adders fighting over a female in mating season, Vestfold Norway (huggorm)

MAY


Male sparrow hawk, Kiskunsagi, Hungary (spurvehauk)  


Little owls mating, Kiskunsagi Hungary (kirkeugle)

JUNE


Gyr falcon, Norway (jaktfalk)


Gyrfalcon, Norway (jaktfalk)

JULY


Great grey owl, Finland (lappugle)


Blackthroated divers, Finland (storlom)

AUGUST


Blacktailed rattlesnake, Arizona USA (svarthaleklapperslange)


Western diamondback rattlesnake, Arizona USA (diamantryggklapperslange)

SEPTEMBER


Reindeers mating, Forollhogna Norway (reinsdyr)


Smoothsnake biting, Frogn Norway (slettsnok)

OKTOBER


Whitetailed eagle & full moon, Flatanger Norway (havørn)


Black grouse, Flatanger Norway (orrhane)

NOVEMBER


Bonellis eagle, Extremadura Spain (haukørn)


Iberian imperial eagle, Extremadura Spain (Iberiaørn)

DECEMBER


Green iguana, Costa Rica


Royal tern, Miami USA

mandag 30. mars 2015

WINTER HERONS & EXTRAS


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 500

I know it`s a silly thing to have "favorite birds", but if I had to state a favorite bird I think it would have been herons, and especially the European grey heron (Ardea cinerea). Why ? Hard to say actually, but I think it appeals so much to me because it is beautiful & grotesque at the same time, it is shy and (very) hard to approach, it inhabits exciting wetlands or is often perched in old, tortuous trees and it screams chilling noises into black, bewitching night waterscapes.

My respected wife however, claims to know that my fascination for herons is because I look like one myself (!!!). I never asked her face to face what she really means by this peculiar statement (… probably because I`m afraid to have an honest answer), but I do have this little, funny feeling that is has something to do with my "athletic looking legs" & my "slim looking" neck.

OK, it is what it is…. and herons are beautiful birds, aren`t they ??

The pictures are shot around Lake Csaj, Hungary, in January. Hope you like `em !!  


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/160, ISO 800


Grey herons (gråhegre) in late evening light
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/160, ISO 900


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/160, ISO 640


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/500, ISO 560 


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 1400


Grey herons fighting (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1600, ISO 1100


Grey heron chasing egret heron
D4, 70-200 2,8, F/2,8, 1/1600, ISO 720


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 800


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 4500


Grey heron (gråhegre)
 D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 2000


Cormorant (storskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 3600


Cormorant (storskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 2500


Cormorant with catfish (storskarv med malle)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 7200


Cormorants (storskarv)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 5600


Cormorant (storskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/125, ISO 1400 


My first shot ever on Pygmy cormorant (dvergskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 1100


European kingfisher (isfugl)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 1800


European kingfisher (isfugl)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/125, ISO 1250


Juvenile whitetailed eagle … and magpies
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 1800


Juvenile whitetailed eagle
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/200, ISO 2000

søndag 8. mars 2015

"NIGHT HERONS" / "NATTHEGRER"


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/20, ISO 3200

No, these are NOT night herons, these are GREY HERONS, but the pictures are all shot at night time …. on feeding & sleeping Hungarian herons. The pictures come with extensive use of artificial lighting, cold light as backlight & warmer & softer light up front, and some of the situations also benefit from the heaviest rain ever recorded in the last Hungarian decade (!). I wanted to post a couple of these "night herons" together with other stuff from Hungary, …. but in the end I could not choose between them, 
so these are all exclusively : night shots.
Hope you like them. 

The other stuff will hopefully come later.

Thanks to Bence Matè for help, inspiration & great company during 7 days & 7 nights of intense photographic work.


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/20, ISO 2500 


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/6, ISO 3200 


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/5, ISO 1800


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/25, ISO 1000 


Grey heron catching a flopping fish
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/13, ISO 6400




D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/25, ISO 1250


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/25, ISO 5000 


D4, 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/25, ISO 4500


D4, 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/60, ISO 320


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/20, ISO 400


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/30, ISO 900


Grey heron holding a flopping fish
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/15, ISO 1800


Two grey herons & one white egret …. sleeping the night off.
D4, 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/25, ISO 1000


Early morning situation with a mix of warm artificial lighting & cold natural light.
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 4000