Apr 212014

That’s just what they are. The wood anemones peeping out on the forest floor every spring

This spring they’ve done it again. And I couldn’t resist. Again.

From all around the forest vibrates with life. Mating coots on the lake, birds building nests, busy honey bees collecting pollen like, well – busy little bees…

And thousands of insects transforms the forest floor into a living constantly moving organism.

During the hours spent on the soggy and muddy shore of the forest lake close to my home I even took a short nap.

Or rather, for just a few seconds, or maybe a minute, the border between the dream world and reality was blurred out.

That is very refreshing, and when getting up and turning back to the presence it really feels like having a boost of new energy injected.

Cheaper than therapy:)

Nikon D300S + Tokina 100mm. f/2.8 Macro.

Apr 132014

Cover photo: Spirit bear, Great Bear Rainforest. © Tom Svensson

The second edition of the photographic nature magazine KONTRAST has now been published

In this issue you can take an adventurous journey with Roy Mangersnes (N) to Antarctica, Travel deep into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada searching for the spirit bear with Tom Svensson (S).

In the portrait Magnus Reneflot (N) shows us his non paralleled creative photographic work, Brian Rasmussen (Dk) asks us if we’re afraid of ISO noise, Jonathan Lhoir (F) shows his wonderful and pioneering nature interpretations.

And in the forest theme we take a closer and critical look at the Danish forests and their conservation – or rather the lack of it…

Being the editor and part of the KONTRAST team makes me very proud. Our overall goal is to spread our excitement and enthusiasm for nature and photography. And also, very important, to work for, and inspire to, nature conservation!

Check out the web teaser of KONTRAST #2 below. And please support the magazine by subscribing via kontrastmagasin.dk – thanks:) Hope you enjoy!

Mar 302014

How to avoid boredom when taking a boring trip by ferry

When returning to Denmark by ferry, after attending the Norwegian Nature Photo Festival, we had but two choices of possible activities. Doing nothing, like everyone else, or having fun. We chose the last option.

The ingredients needed in the fun activity are quite simple. We had to bring cameras and bread ourselves, and the circumstances took care of the rest.

A deck (ferries have those), a harbor (this is where the ferry park), lots of water (ferries sail in it so we had plenty of that too) and the last, and maybe most important, ingredient: seagulls – they hang out in harbors containing lots of water.

We had plenty of it all. In bonus we even had some great light from a low hanging late afternoon sun.

The fun activity? Photographing the seagulls of course!

Seagulls are the coolest birds, opportunists I believe a biologist would call them. They survive of anything anywhere. They are that type of annoying animal who refuses to go extinct despite humanities relentless efforts and destruction of natural habitats.

Seagulls just adapt. They are fast, agile and clever. They are survivors. And they are really great and fun to photograph.

The seagulls here are the European herring gulls, Larus argentatus. The adults are the white ones with silver back. The brownish and black spotted are the youngsters.

It’s a problem though they refuse to stay still – I almost didn’t get any sharp images…    

“We” are: Brian Rasmussen, Jesper Tønning, Carsten Krog Pedersen – and myself obviously.

Nikon D300S + 70-200mm. VRII.

Mar 272014

From the viewpoint of standing upright on both feet the forest looks wet and dull. Gray weather. Brown dead leaves, the remnants from autumn. It’s a desaturated world. A bit cold even. Spring seems far away and forgotten.

But when getting down on the wet and muddy forest floor, all the way down on the belly that is, tiny blue flowers reveal themselves. There, in the forest darkness, nature’s natural cycle tells the story of life emerging from death.

The Hepatica nobilis is a photographers dream – and nightmare. Every year social medias explode in optimistic saturated, picturesque, beautiful and perfect blue anemone images looking like the content of English gardening magazines.

I do it too. It is very tempting and an easy way of getting a sure shot on the photography CV. But it is also very boring and uninspiring. To photograph the flowers this way but also watching the many images looking exactly like the ones from last year and the year before and before and…

Crawling around on a Norwegian muddy forest floor this past weekend I tried to catch the mood of life rising from winter’s darkness. And to resist the making of perfect flower images cleansed from any form of mood and imagination.

Often I forget it, but I aim at always challenging myself when photographing. Leaving the photographic comfort zone evolves your skills and way of expression. It takes you to another level – and you are having great fun while getting there!













Nikon D300S + Nikkor 105mm. f/2.8 Macro.

Feb 212014

You know that horrible feeling of sudden intense heat despite being in the middle of a frosty winter morning?

And then realize a volcanic lava river just erupted right next to you?

It happens to me all the time…

Nikon D300S + 70-200mm. VRII.

Feb 172014

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.

Feb 062014

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).

Feb 052014

Go to KONTRAST web page (opens in new window)Now you can read the full issue of KONTRAST #1 online – for free!

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!

KONTRAST #1 features great photographers like: Staffan Widstrand (Sweden), Sandra Bartocha (Germany), Ard Jongsma (Denmark/Holland), Brian Rasmussen (Denmark)

Enjoy the read!

Jan 232014

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

Jan 172014

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