tisdag 28 oktober 2014

Wildlife controlled and uncontrolled

During the Golden eagle workshop this weekend we had an interesting talk about wildlife photographing and its circumstances. One of the participants quoted a well-known nature photographer who expressed his ideas concerning "wildlife controlled and uncontrolled".  Many nature pictures nowadays become as a result of the "wildlife controlled method" (wich of course varies depending of the subject). It means that someone has planned his picture and taken steps to realize it. This reflection picture of Golden eagle for example.  I had a picture in my head of a drinking eagle. So I built a pond at a chosen place outside one of my eagle hides, carefully considering backgrounds, light and so on. Bait was put out (roadkilled, railroadkilled or veterinary examined meat which I have permission to put out) and after that it is just to wait... Total silence and no sudden movements are absolute conditions to  - maybe - get a result. So it takes a lot of planning, patience and understanding of animals and nature to get the desired result.
Now I have got the pictures.
The beaver, on the other hand, is a result of the wildlife uncontrolled method. I did spend lots of time this summer in the canoe; ready for everything or anything who would turn up.  Silence is important but also to take notice for example of wind direction so the beaver, or other animals, can´t scent me out.
This is two different methods in wildlife photographing and I like them both, because each one of them has its own fascination.

torsdag 20 juni 2013

Canon EOS-1D X / Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM pictures from canoe

Last few weeks I have spent photographing from a canoe with Canons equipment
Canon EOS-1D X / Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM,  and I´m very content with the result.  When you move on the water absolute silent it is possible to get really close to birds and other animals; so far I have got pictures of Beaver, Moose, Black throated diver and Whooper swan from the canoe.

 In June it is possible to shoot all night through in the marvelous light. Canon's new EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM   is no problem  to hand hold from the canoe. I have also tried longer shutter speed  and it looks like the image Stabilizer works well if the canoe stand as still as possible in the water.

lördag 14 juli 2012

Golden eagle Hide and Seek

An image photographed with one of my first digital cameras.

It was a 10.1 megapixel camera Canon 400D, the lens is a 300 2.8L.FD. For over 20 years ago I bought this lens. Problems arose when Canon changed the system from the FD to Eos. There I was with a 300 2.8 but the wrong socket. I have a friend who rebuild the converters with a new clutch and shortened down the conv. 1.4 and 2x so it is possible to focus out to infinity as the Eos camera bodies are about 1mm thinner. I now use Canon's new EF 300/2,8L IS USM. I have retouched a small splinter of wood from the eye.

onsdag 23 maj 2012

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM + Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

An image of the Black Grouse. The lens is Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM + Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

onsdag 9 maj 2012

Golden eagle with knife

Take a look at Han Bouwmeesters incredible eagle images, photographed from my eagle hide.


fredag 16 mars 2012

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Take a look, Thomas Jensen tested the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM from my eagle hide. The lens has not quite hit the market yet.


lördag 10 mars 2012

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

A Golden Eagle picture from yesterday. I tried the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Extender EF 2x II, Camera Canon 7D.