North and South Photoblog

Night Flight

Posted in Animals, Nightphoto, Uffe Nordholm, Umeå, Västerbotten by uffenordholm on September 2, 2019

nightflight

The blur in this picture has two different explanations. Firstly, the background is blurred because I was following the flying swans (ie moving the camera while taking the picture), thus giving the background the impression of movement. And secondly, the flying swans were…. well, flying! They were flapping their wings quite a lot, and considering what time of day they were flying, getting short exposure times was out of the question.

The inspiration for this kind of picture comes from a Terje Hellesø, a Norwegian nature photographer.

And for those who want to know: this is during the swans’ migration south, to warmer climates. The evening I took this picture there were some 100-120 birds passing me, at varying heights: some just high enough to not dip their wings in the water under them, others over a  hundred meters up in the air.

The Four Stripes

Posted in Landscape, Nightphoto, Uffe Nordholm, Västerbotten by uffenordholm on July 5, 2019

four stripes

Taken just minutes before my previous picture, this shows the sky some minutes before the sun dropped below the horizon.

Turning

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nightphoto, Uffe Nordholm, Västerbotten, Wildlife by uffenordholm on July 5, 2019

turning

Another picture taken around midnight, it has a very blue colour. Although it isn’t the time (by the clock) that is relevant, it’s the fact that the sun is only just below the horizon that gives the colour. And this time of year that happens to be around midnight.

This particular picture shows a white-tailed eagle turning sharply, before landing to feed its chicks. Well, I suppose it’s landing to feed chicks, there was a lot of this kind of traffic over the same spot.

Dinner time

Posted in Animals, Nightphoto, Uffe Nordholm, Umeå, Västerbotten, Wildlife by uffenordholm on July 1, 2019

eating

The blue colour comes from the late hour, about midnight.

Evening swim

Posted in Animals, Nightphoto, Uffe Nordholm, Umeå, Västerbotten by uffenordholm on June 20, 2019

evening swim

 

Taken around midnight between yesterday and today, it shows the disturbance caused in the water by a swimming muskrat. Just minutes before, it had been eating reeds a mere five metres in front of me, but unfortunately kept itself completely hidden by the reeds.

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