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.

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.

Touchdown!

Posted in Animals, Holmsund, Uffe Nordholm, Umeå, Västerbotten, Wildlife by uffenordholm on June 2, 2019

touchdown

I know the focus is not spot on, but from the time I saw this swan come in for a landing, I had approximately three seconds to react, find it with my lens and get some sort of focus. Given the short time, I want to claim it’s not bad….

Moonshadow

Posted in Black & White, Holmsund, Landscape, Nightphoto, Uffe Nordholm, Umeå, Västerbotten by uffenordholm on April 19, 2019

moonshadow

Despite the light in the picture, this is actually the moon. And if you want the moon in the right place, you have to hurry up: it moves along the skies much faster than the sun!

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