Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Volcano Video on National Geographic Nordic

Hello everybody,

When I was in Iceland I spend most of my time working with the new Canon 1D Mk IV. I had just received it a few days before my trip but did not have time to test i thoroughly  before leaving. So naturally i was quite excited to test the video capabilities of the camera at the site of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

After arriving there i quickly mounted my 1D Mk IV on a tripod together with the EF 70-200mm 2.8 lens. Switched of the IS and had a quick read in the instructions manual. I adjusted the settings to full HD video and started shooting my first film. Naturally i did not have the time to check out the quality before being back at my hotel room. I sorted out a few pics and decided to check the video...

Now the only thing that bugs me is that i did'nt shoot some more :o)

Well - Have a look for yourself and see what you think. The video is up on National Geographic Nordic in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland and the music is a beautiful piece called Lightin made by Antony Raijekov from Bulgaria.

But let me hear what you think about it?
Just click on the title of this post and you should be able to add a comment.

All my best,


Friday, April 16, 2010

Volcano slideshow on National Geographic Nordic

Hello everybody,

Wow - what a fun and busy week this one have been.

I started out giving a 3 hour talk to a danish photoclub and had to make a brand new slideshow for the occation. I have sorted trough most of my images from Iceland and India and at the same time i have done some serious layout on my new book that will go to print in june/july.

It has been a lot of long nights working at the computer listening to good music on the Ipod and let my creativity run freely.
Then, today i decided to take a day off and found out that Politiken (One of Denmarks largest papers) had run one of my images from iceland on the frontcover. To top it all off, I had a call from National Geographic Nordic that wanted to run a slideshow on their webpage http://natgeo.dk/ with 10 of my images from Iceland as well.

What a great way to end the week.

Rhino in the Mist - ICP Awards at the Burke Museum

The Burke Museum in Seattle has chosen my image: Rhino in the Mist to promote the upcoming ICP Awards show. The exhibition will open on June the 19th and there will be a great exhibition of the awarded images of this years International Conservation Photography Awards.

I took this image of a lone male Rhino in Kaziranga, India in january 2010 on a misty day. The Indian Rhino is listed as vulnerable with the IUCN and is under great threat from poaching and serious loss of habitat. But fortunatly the numbers in Kaziranga are increasing and now Rhino relocations to other parks such as Manas are taking place. So hopes for the Indian Rhino are fortunatly going the right way.

I remember that when i took this photo i was struck by a real sense of awe. Here i was, just a few meters away from a very large animal, the size of a small car. It had definetly noticed me but was grazing slowly just looking up to check on my location. As it stood there it in the mist, it looked so vulnerable and I just shot a few frames and spent a few seconds enjoying the scene. After that I slowly got up and moved on to leave it to itself in the middle of the tall elephant grass.

Frontpage on Danish newspaper "Politken"

Congratulations (Tillykke), says the headline on the danish newspaper Politiken today. Although the headline is not meant for me, but for the queen of Denmark as it is her birthday, I was quite happy to see that i had one of my photos of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland on the frontcover today.

The story is that the current eruption there is sending large amounts of ashes and glass into the air. This cloud is now drifting in over Europe and the airports are closing down due to the dangers of flying trough the clouds.

I got home from Iceland about two weeks ago after spending three days at the volcano site. What an amazing experience that was and i am still spending time, sorting trough the many images. I will be posting some on this blog later on today.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

National Geographic Channel Photo Competition

Hello everybody,

I have just returned to Denmark after a fantastic start to the Arctic Fox Project. A part of the project is about describing the incredible arctic nature and just as i was starting to pack up my things to leave for Iceland the volcano at Myrdallsjökull erupted. So instead of going north to the foxes i decided to work on the volcano for this time. A thing like that only happens very seldom so it is all about grabbing the chance when it is there. But more on this soon.

Also i would like to announce that i have been chosen to judge the Danish National Geographic Channel Photo Competition.

The competition will be focusing on danish nature and there are some exciting prizes to win. So try and check out this link and make sure to sign up for this interesting event. http://natgeotv.com/dk/konkurence

I will be judgeing the competition together with Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson who have both worked doing articles for National Geographic Magazine for years and i must say that i really look forward to this.

The competition is allready running and i cannot wait to see the images. So good luck everybody.

All my best,