Memorial Park for the Battle of Jutland

Yesterday, me and an old chap of mine, took a day-trip to the North-western part of Denmark. Thyborøn is a small fishing village, primarily famous for being the site of numerous shipwrecks. A new attraction is The Memorial Park for the Battle of Jutland, which did open on the 100th anniversary of the battle on 31st May and 1st June, 2016.

I wanted to create an mystic feeling, I used a strong ND filter and converted the images in monochrome, to create this ghostly appearance... 

The world’s greatest naval battle took place during World War I on 31st May and 1st June 1916. More than 240 battleships were involved in this showdown between British and German naval forces. In just one day, 25 vessels fell victim to a massive exchange of fire. Along with the 8645 British and German seamen who perished, they were left to the fate of the ocean. Sea War Museum


Photographing when the sun is directly in front of you is not advised by your camera manual, but why not try it out?. Shooting a backlit scene is more difficult technically, but that is no reason to shy away from what can become a dynamic and powerful image. I have always been a great fan of backlit subjects, one of the strengths of backlight is that it emphasizes shape, so you must find subjects with strong shapes. Shoot your subject against a dark background, will make the backlit parts of your subject stand out more dramatically.

A Moment of Light

Spring is approaching and within a few months, the landscape transforms from dark to light nuances. A surreal neon green colour, will dominate the landscape for a short period of time. That seems far away, in this miserable and rainy winter. Last Friday we had a bit of snow during the night, which soon disappeared, melted away by the bright sun light. In the afternoon I walked in the hills near my home, the light in the landscape was changing fast by the influence of the strong wind and fast moving clouds. A positive moment in Time.    

Bare Winter Branches

The other day, I experienced a rare moment in this gloomy winter month. A clear day with a deep blue sky, we had snow in the landscape in the morning, something we have not had much of this winter. Old Oak trees has twisted bare branches in late winter, I love to photograph this abstract chaos of mossy branches, lit up by the sharp sun.  

The Shortest Day

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Christmas and New Year is just around the corner and in today's busy world, we rarely notice the subtle shifts in our seasons, the gradual changing of days and nights, or the arc of the sun across the sky. A solstice is a signal to celebrate, the seasonal significance is in the gradual lengthening of the day. I photographed this misty scene a few days ago, we haven't seen much snow yet, but we have had many magical days with frost and mist like this.   

Ice Cold Blog

Playing catch up with my blog, this site has been very cold since my last post in early Spring. A lot of things has happened over the past six months or so, I have moved to a new place that I can call home.

I have not been in the mood or have had the time to write on this blog, until now. My photography has not been on a complete hold, but my mind needed time to settle down and I've had a lot of stuff to do. I prioritized my work, the new apartment and my photography higher, than updating this site and the galleries on my website.    

Yesterday, I found these frosted leaves and decided to convert them into black and white, to enhance the graphic lines and structure of the leafs. Its been a busy year for me, Creating Order from Chaos.

Photographing at Råbjerg Mile

Just returned from a week long vacation and photo trip to Skagen in the northern part of Denmark. I have always been fascinated and inspired by extreme landscapes and the coastal dune Råbjerg Mile is such a place. It's not the Namibian desert, but just as beautiful and difficult to photograph! I am sure that most Danes know of Europe's largest dune, located close to Skagen in the northern part of Jutland - a huge playground for kids of all ages!. Råbjerg Mile is in the middle of a magnificent and varied landscape that is constantly changing along with the dune, that is pounding down everything in its path. The place is full of magic, the light is fantastic and you feel small, in this inhospitable environment.

Today the great dune of Råbjerg Mile is left as a monument for future generations to understand the problem of sand dune drift. The sand at Råbjerg Mile is sprinkled with "stardust" or rather heavy sand, which gives a varied patterns and in some places a beautiful surface that resembles marble. I think I've got a great and diverse collection of images with beautiful light, strong compositions in this extraordinary landscape, just a 3 hour drive from my home. The area is an internationally important staging site for migrating birds. In early May the sky is full of birds, on their migration to Northern Scandinavia. I saw cranes every day, hundreds of buzzards, falcons, owls and an White-tailed eagle, and many other exciting birds, I usually don't see back home!

Råbjerg Mile is the largest moving parabolic dune in Northern Europe with an area of around 1 km² and a height of 40 meters. The dune contains a total of 4 million m³ of sand and the wind moves it in a north-easterly direction. The dune leaves a low, moist layer of sand behind it, trailing back westwards towards the sea of Skagerrak, where the Mile originally formed more than 300 years ago. Sand drift may have occurred for several reasons: First, there was a transition to cooler climate (called "the little ice age") and it meant that the sea pulled back, adding more sand beach, and its partly man-made with a more intensive use of livestock and peat cutting.

The central area of the Mile was purchased by the State in 1900, and after the Conservation of Nature Act in 1917 further surrounding areas were purchased. While the majority of dunes were stabilised by planting, the Råbjerg Mile was left for future generations to understand the problem of sand dune drift. (Wikipedia)

Selfies, Råbjerg Mile, Great Sand Dunes of the North Sea Coast, Denmark, May 2016

Spring is Here - Maybe!

The weather at the moment is quite miserable!. Rain, hail and snow are terrorizing us, combined with low temperatures and a strong wind, it seems that spring is far away. Last Friday, I photographed these images of fresh green beech leafs. That day was really beautiful, with almost clear skies and pleasant weather; in contrast to the weather, we encounter at the moment.   

(Nikon D750, Zeiss T* 25/2 Distagon and Zeiss T* 135/2 APO Sonnar, iso 100, handheld)

Spring in Black and White

Fresh from my camera, this afternoon I photographed these impressions of spring, in black and white. The white Wood Anemone flowers are perfect in monochrome, they give great contrast to the landscape in the forest at the moment!.

(Nikon D750, Zeiss T* 25/2 Distagon and Zeiss T* 135/2 APO Sonnar, iso 100, handheld)

Sand and Stones

Explore the beach and you'll find lots of stuff to photograph, just keep your eyes open and you'll find patterns and exciting details - like the images in this collection!. These images are photographed on the island of Anholt, which has some of the cleanest beaches in Denmark. Stones forms random patterns on the beach, a wonderful assortment of sand and stones with different sizes, shapes, colours and patterns. The variety is easily discovered, when the stones are wet; I saw the colours of the stones on the sandy beach and I just had to stop, to photograph the beautiful simple compositions.

 (Nikon D750, Zeiss T* 50/2 Makro-Planar, Zeiss T* 21/2,8 Distagon, iso 100, handheld)

The first Wood Anemone

When I started taking photography seriously, more than twenty years ago, closeup and macro photography, were my main interests and I invested all my time in making images of plants. The past years, I have not done much macro work, to my regret!. It is an exciting universe, getting close to nature, and you don't have to travel far to get interesting images. These Wood Anemones and mosses with sporophytes, are all photographed in one square metre on the forest floor, not far from my home. For this kind of work, I truly love the flip-screen on my camera; it's so easy, to focus and compose, comfortably, without getting your face in the mud.

(Nikon D750, Zeiss T* 100/2 Makro-Planar, iso 100, handheld)

Like a Drawing

The weather yesterday, was rather nice, almost to good to make interesting images. The sound of spring was strong, at least five Skylarks, delivered their extravagant songs, in hovering flight; these melodious sounds are a sure indicator of spring!. On the fields near the fjord, many hundreds of Whooper swans and Barnacle geese, were making their own distinctive sounds. I could hear them, long before I saw them, they saw me - and many flew away. I decided to make some panning shots, unfortunately the flew in the wrong direction, but luckily I got a few images, that I'm satisfied with.

(Nikon D750, Nikkor PF 300/4 VR, Nikon TC-14EIII, auto iso, handheld)

Ice Crystals

I photographed these ice crystals, on a snow-bank in the hills of Rebild, five weeks ago. In mid January we had some very cold nights, with temperatures hitting minus 15°C. The sparkles you see, coming from a field of snow, are often reflections off the facets of surface hoar crystals. Surface hoar typically forms, when a snow-bank warms up during the day and is then cooled again overnight. The night air cools the surface of the snow-bank more than the inside, so that water can evaporate from inside the snow-bank and crystallize on the surface. By morning, the snow-bank is covered with a layer of ice crystals, and they can be quite large. These usually melt again once the sun comes up, so the best time to find surface hoar is early in the morning. (Snowcrystals

COPYRIGHT © 2016 Jesper Tønning Photography

COPYRIGHT © 2016 Jesper Tønning Photography

COPYRIGHT © 2016 Jesper Tønning Photography

(Nikon D750, Nikkor PF 300/4 VR, Zeiss T* 50/2 Makro-Planar, iso 100, handheld)

Winter Light

Photographing during the winter-time, gives some great experiences and images. The light is special, the ice gives nice patterns and the birds are much easier to photograph in great light and beautiful landscapes.  

(Nikon D750, Nikkor PF 300/4 VR, auto iso, handheld)