Nikon D300S + 70-200mm. VRII.
A dead fish stranded on the beach. Often a quite smelly and not very nice looking business. But this one was different. I’d even say it was beautiful…
The fish is a Lumpsucker. They are caught by small fisher boats near the coast, emptied for caviar and thrown back into the ocean. Some ends up on the beach as a seagull feast.
The lumpsucker is in decline and soon to be found on the WWF red list over fish species who should be left alone…
Nikon D300S + Tokina 100mm. f/2.8 Macro.
Just a week ago I was out sledging with the girls. Lots of snow and frost. Lots of winter.
It lasted for a week and now it’s all gone. This morning was mild, almost warm. And birds where singing shamelessly optimistic.
The blue coldness of winter was nowhere to be seen. Instead I felt a breeze of something unexpected…
Spring? What are you doing here already?
Nikon D300S + 70-200mm. VRII + 12mm. extender (on some images).
KONTRAST is a high level magazine for everyone interested in nature and photography, in inspiring and meaningful stories about nature, and simply in enjoying nature’s beauty.
First issue contents stories from the South American rainforests, from Africa’s savannah, the theme articles regards rewilding and the gallery exhibits the stunning work of Sandra Bartocha – and much more!
Enjoy the read!
A final rumbling thunder had echoed away and the narrow valley lies in a soggy morning silence.
The world around slowly evaporates covering the landscape in a dens moist.
Splashing sounds from underneath the tent whenever someone moves in their sleeping bag.
Both girls slept peacefully all through the nights pouring rain and ground shaking thunder.
Feeling safe and well protected in this last dry stand against the fascinating unpredictable elements of the Norwegian mountains.
While big sister still sleeps, little sister, awakened by the noisy silence, opens her eyes and looks at me with a smile:
“Last night the mountain trolls where farting, dad!”
Indeed they where…
Nikon D300s, 70-200 VRII
When liquid snow falls heavy on an ice cold January day.
The splashing sound of snow hitting the ground. A relentless wind sweeping every last bit of warmth away on its way with Antarctica like chill factors.
The painful feeling of snowflakes horizontally hitting the face with high speed. Feels like little darts stinging the blood red cheeks.
Fingers and nose all red and soar turning numb. The world around melts when the eyes runs in tears.
Snow as liquid as rain. It must be snow. It’s winter.
But the world seems flooded…
Nikon D300s, 70-200 VRII
With this agricultural landscape I’m far away from my comfort zone. This meant both photographically, philosophically and political.
Being the world’s most agricultural affected country more than 60 percent of Denmark is farmland like this.
The green color of these fresh winter crops is not a symbol of nature. They are a symbol of plant protection, a misleading plus word used by the agricultural industry. But what most of us know as pesticides, and what in fact are toxins.
The use of pesticides on Danish farmland has risen with 20 percent during the latest 5 – 8 years. In the same period the use of pesticides decreased significantly on public lands and private lands outside of the agriculture.
Today, more the 90 percent of all pesticides in Denmark are used by the agricultural industry.
A large part of the pesticides is the most globally widespread of them all – Roundup. Made by the American chemical giant, Monsanto, who, by the way, also where the geniuses behind Agent Orange…
Roundup is “safer than mowing” and unable to seep through the ground layers and into the ground water according to its inventors.
Scientifically tests links roundup to genetic damage, infertility and cancer.
And recently it has been found in our drinking water…
Enjoying late autumn while waiting for the winter to arrive
November and December often feels like periods of vacuum where neither autumn nor winter really are in control resulting in grayness and brown, dull landscapes.
The seasonal no man’s land traditionally isn’t very inspiring and it strikes many with a feeling of a Sisyphean struggle towards lighter times.
Personally I’m looking very much forward to winter’s overtake with its crisp clear air and blue coldness. If it arrives at all, that is.
But, still in all this grayness colors can be found. And the weather can be truly great. And nature photography can be both inspiring and rewarding.
Shooting against the low hanging late autumn sun contrasts gets an effectful boost revealing a large dramatic gap between light and dark.
And the remaining leaves and wet branches shines when backlit and even the most desaturated landscape comes to life when treated well.
And it treats you well in return.
Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-200 VRII.