Photographing Arctic Fox Family Drama

We put a lot of effort into our wildlife photography. Sometimes, it is hard to see whether we are into photography because of the photos or the experiences we witness. This time, we find four cute cubs and a male. The female is missing. Later, the destiny of this small family takes a dramatic and surprising turn.

Bird photography from a kayak

In photography, we strive to get new perspectives - see our subject in a new and different way.  To do so, photographers use all kinds of gear and methods - and buy new lenses. It was a revolution when drones became a standard photography tool for landscape photography. Suddenly, we could look down from the sky and fly into the world like birds. The floating hides were also a revolution for bird photography. In both cases, we got a new perspective. In this video, we use a kayak for bird photography on the longest day of the year, ending with landscape photography. Using a kayak for photography is another way to get closer to the subjects and on the water with a low-angle view. Birds like puffins, razorbills, and guillemots are commonly called seabirds. They live on the sea during winter, but we mostly photograph them on land. I don´t see many photos of these birds on sea - at least not from a low angle. In this context, a kayak is just a tool to get closer to the subjects and get a new perspective. We use our kayaks not only to photograph seabirds from a hard-to-get perspective but also to relax and enjoy being close to hundreds of thousands of birds in Grímsey. Sailing on a kayak close to birds is a great experience. An old story from Grímsey tells of a priest who disappeared with four others when they sailed into a cave. The cave was believed to go all the way through the island. I have heard this story many times from the elders in Grímsey, and to say the least, this cave has a mysterious status in the minds of the people in Grímsey. This cave is called Prestkvompa in Icelandic, translating to Priestcave or cavern. In this video,...

The longest day in Grimsey

The colors of the Summer Solstice on the small island of Grimsey can be mesmerizing. Summer solstices in Grímsey are a special time. This is when we have the longest day, and the sun paints the landscape with vibrant colors. That is - if it's not cloudy. The following photos are all taken on June 24, 2023. When nature offers such conditions, staying awake and searching for motives is tempting. The yellow moss creates a contrast against the gray rocks. The tufts grasp the sunlight and create interesting shadows. The puffins sit by their burrows, enjoying the colorful spectacle's best view. The so-called Fótur (Leg), the northernmost part of Grímsey, points north towards the sun. Lying on the edge of Básavík's cliff, the puffins look like illuminated light bulbs in the sunset. The photo is taken handheld at 1/20 speed, f10 aperture, yet still at 64 ISO. Before image stabilization was introduced in cameras, capturing such a scene without putting the camera on a tripod was challenging. The lens is at 14 millimeters, meaning the puffins are much closer than they appear. A puffin stands proud with grass for it's burrow. Razorbill silhouettes in the midnight sun. Grímsey, June 24. It's not quite green yet, but it's teeming with life. Possibly up to two million birds inhabit this small island. After sitting on a rock, struggling to capture a group of guillemots with a long lens, I looked around. Behind me, a puffin and a guillemot were sitting and relaxing. Guillemots and puffins are fascinating subjects. Their color changes depending on how the light falls on the feathers. For a moment, they seem black, but when the light changes, they become brownish. The long-tailed duck resembles, in many ways, emperor penguins, as they are related. About 65 million years ago, emperor penguins evolved in...

Surprising Photography in Greenland

10-Day Photography Expedition 10 days of photographing landscapes and wildlife in Greenland. Possibly polar bears, muskoxes, the red mountains, gigantic icebergs.  Our friend Daniel Bergmann was on the phone offering us to join an upcoming tour with a small expedition ship to Scoresby Sound in East Greenland.  Saying no was not an option. In this video, we cover our 10-day expedition aboard Polar Pioneer. We sailed from our hometown, Akureyri, and had an amazing trip to Greenland.

3 days of gyrfalcon photography

We were surprised when we found a gyrfalcon nest when we were photographing the landscape. The hike turned into three days of bird photography.In the nest were four chicks and the adults were busy feeding them.This is one of the first times we used our new Nikon Z7ii cameras with the Nikon Z 400 mm f4.5 lenses. We also used the 1.4 and 2.0 teleconverters. The male lands in the nest with an eider duck chick.

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3 days of gyrfalcon photography

We were surprised when we found a gyrfalcon nest when we were photographing the landscape. The hike turned into three days of bird photography.In the nest were four chicks and the adults were busy feeding them.This is one of the first times we used our new Nikon Z7ii cameras with the Nikon Z 400 mm f4.5 lenses. We also used the 1.4 and 2.0 teleconverters. The male lands in the nest with an eider duck chick.

Amazing footage of the volcanic eruption

Photographing the 2023 eruption at Litli-Hrutur in Iceland Photographing and visiting the new eruption in Iceland was a fantastic experience. We embarked on a long hike to witness the mesmerizing eruption near a picturesque mountain known as Litli-Hrútur (Tiny-Ram). Nature painted the sky splendidly as the sun rose, casting an ethereal glow over the landscape. The light display was nothing short of awe-inspiring, leaving us spellbound in the presence of such raw beauty. In this video, we let the footage do the talking for us. We did our best to capture and photograph the untamed power of the erupting volcano. From the fiery lava flows to the billowing ash clouds, every frame showcases the sheer magnitude and intensity of this natural spectacle. The sun rises above the mountain Keilir and somehow, the white smoke from burning moss surrounds the eruption. Below the lava fills in the gaps. The Mavic 3 drone...

Exploring mirrorless lenses and cameras for bird photography

Changing from our trusty Nikon DSLR cameras to the mirrorless Nikon Z7ii for bird photography has been challenging. Changing lenses is also a challenge. In this video, we are photographing ducks like the Barrow's Goldeneye and Harlequin ducks on a river, trying to get arty and moody images. The mirrorless revolution is not new; some of you have probably used mirrorless cameras for years. We have used them for four years, but it is only now that we have bought lenses for both landscape photography and bird photography. This video is shot during 4 days of bird photography in wonderful weather, where we really get to explore the possibilities of this setup.

Small house, Big dreams: Building Our Garden Art & Photography Studio

Building and setting up a small, some would say tiny art (photography) studio in our garden is one of our better ideas. In this short video, we will show you how we did it. This tiny house, or art studio as we might call it, has changed how we work. Sometimes we need to work on framing photos, prepare books for shipment and work on all the small things our photography includes. In short, we designed a small house in collaboration with a company in Akureyri that specializes in building small cabins, small houses and guesthouses. The house needed to be insulated for the weather in Iceland and be the workshop we sometimes need. In this video, we casually chat about how the planning process was and how we are using this small house today. Hopefully you can takes something from it.

Winter in puffin paradise

The unseen side of Grimsey Gyda went to Grimsey at the beginning of April. Grimsey is a well-known bird paradise for bird photographers during the summer months. As winter sets in, Grimsey transforms into a frosty wonderland, offering an entirely different perspective of its birdlife. The video reveals the unseen, at least not often seen side of the island, showcasing the contrast between the vibrant summer nesting season and the stark beauty of winter, when the birdlife adapts to a colder, quieter existence.

Photographing Iceland – Making plans for 2023

In this latest installment from our photography channel, Photographing Iceland, we have some news and updates to share with our viewers. As we head into 2023, we are planning a few trips and will be sharing our experiences with you as we explore some of the most stunning locations in Iceland. This video is a little different than our typical videos. Standing and talking on the wrong side of a camera is not my strongest side being an introvert. We take some time to answer questions from our viewers, offering insight and advice for those who may be planning a trip to Iceland. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, there might be something for you in this video. One of the biggest changes we are making this year is our transition from Nikon DSLR cameras to mirrorless cameras. We know this is a hot topic among photographers,...

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