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COMMON CRANES
Skagen, Denmark

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The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery:
issue 3, 2017 (Denmark)


 MARCH SNOW
Assentoft, Denmark

The 2013 winter, would not loose its grip and continued almost to the end of March, snow in March is not unusual in Denmark, but recent winters ended a month earlier. One afternoon a heavy snowfall arrived together with strong winds, I knew that I had to be out in search of motifs, despite the extreme conditions. Winter weather always look cold and uninviting when you are indoor, but when you are out in it, it does not matter - when you have the right clothes. This image is photographed very close to my home; I had one motif in mind, photograph Roe deer in the landscape and I got them and as a bonus a fox in a perfect landscape.

 
The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 1, 2016 (Denmark)


AUTUMN LIGHT
 Busbjerg, Gudenå Valley, Denmark

Autumn is an exciting time in nature, animals and birds are preparing for winter. The autumn colours, shows the whole palette of warm tones, from bright yellow to dark red. A walk in the forest, on an autumn morning, with frost covered grass, is for me a very special experience, every year. The sound of leaves falling from the tree tops, and down on the forest floor, is unique to the season. On a quiet morningall the sounds, are amplified, you can hear the buzzard and other birds, from far away. For me, the smells are the thing, that I remember, and the smell of wet soil and fresh frosty air, are something that makes autumn my favourite season. 


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 4, 2015 (Denmark)


RAINY DAYS
Store Økssø, Rold, Denmark

After a number of years with very cold winters and snow-covered landscapes, clearly in mind, last year's winter was a wet one, which only had two weeks of winter weather in total. The disappointment was great when the warm weather continued and winter weather disappeared as quickly as it came. I think this image show a wet Danish winter landscape in an exciting way and it is a nice contrast to a magical winter with fairytale landscapes, exciting light and extreme weather conditions. In fact, it gives me a taste to go out to explore the countryside, even on a gray and somewhat gloomy winter day.


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 1, 2015 (Denmark)
 

A MAGICAL VIEW
Busbjerg, Gudenå Valley, Denmark

In mid November 2013, I experienced a very special autumn morning and I think I've never seen such beautiful colours in the Danish countryside before!. The early morning light and warm colours were a nice contrast to the bluish frost covered meadows down in Gudenå valley. The air was crisp and clean and the sound of migrating whopper swans gave a very special atmosphere and an experience I will not forget any time soon. The transition from autumn to winter, is for me is the best time to be out in nature; every year I'm looking forward to this time of year and maybe I'll be lucky again to get an experience like this!.


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 4, 2014 (Denmark)


SHADOW OF A KITTIWAKE
Bulbjerg, Denmark

Bulbjerg is a limestone cliff in the North-western part of Jutland, facing Skagerrak. The steep and inaccessible cliff is Denmark’s only bird cliff and breeding ground for close to five hundred couples of the North Atlantic seagull, the Kittiwake, which is also known as the three-toed gull. It is the only rock in Jutland and the only bird cliff in Denmark. It is also the southernmost breeding place of the kittiwakes. The core of the Bulbjerg island is limestone which is created in the ocean about 60 million years ago, the ocean continues to wear on Bulbjerg and therefore the entire north side towards the ocean is formed as a steep cliff. Each year there are smaller landslides and every once in a while larger pieces fall into the ocean. This is one of my overall favourite spots in Denmark and I keep returning year after year - I just can't get enough of this magnificent place.


2014 * Highly Commended image in the Competition: 
NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)


MARCH SNOW
Assentoft, Denmark

The 2013 winter, would not loose its grip and continued almost to the end of March, snow in March is not unusual in Denmark, but recent winters ended a month earlier. One afternoon a heavy snowfall arrived together with strong winds, I knew that I had to be out in search of motifs, despite the extreme conditions. Winter weather always look cold and uninviting when you are indoor, but when you are out in it, it does not matter - when you have the right clothes. This image is photographed very close to my home; I had one motif in mind, photograph Roe deer in the landscape and I got them and as a bonus a fox in a perfect landscape.


2014 * Third place - Mammals category in the Competition: 
NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)


THE FIRST WOOD ANEMONE
Mols Bjerge N.P. Denmark

The month of April 2013, became the coldest spring month in 25 years and it was very dry and sunny too. I photographed this Wood Anemone on a sunny hill facing South early in the month, almost three week before they began to show their white faces everywhere. Photographing plants and flowers are exciting and very rewarding, just take your macro lens and start to work, at first you might not see anything at all, but suddenly motifs appear just in front of you. I have always been fascinated by photographing plants and flowers and using macro lenses opened a whole new world of opportunities, when I started making images of plants, more than 15 years ago. I like to use large apertures to soften the surroundings and isolate the main subject, making an artistic feel and creating an image with "flower-power" as I like to call it. I never get tired of looking at images like this, they inspire me to make new ones!.


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 1, 2014 (Denmark)


GEESE AT DUSK
Vejlerne nature reserve, Denmark

The spirit of the outdoors is captured by using the light, I love using the pastel colours of the dusk and the low light and slow shutter speed, gives a sense of movement and mood to this image. On a trip to Vejlerne nature reserve in the north-western part of Jutland, last autumn, I had one of the greatest experiences I've had for a while. In the dusk, large formations of geese came wave after wave and landed on the meadow not far from the observation tower. Migrating geese make loud, honking noises, called contact calls to help them stay together; the spectacle of migration is a great experience, seeing the large formations of geese as silhouettes against the evening sky was quite an impressive sight.


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 3, 2012 (Denmark)
 Cover photo on the book "Som en fugl på træk" by Aase Thomassen, 2013 (Denmark) 


EVENING LIGHT
Råbjerg Mile, Denmark

I am sure that most Danes know of Europe's largest dune, located close to Skagen in the northern part of Jutland. Last winter I visited the dune in February and walked it criss-cross for a week or so. My goal was to create landscape images in this exciting environment - a huge playground for kids of all ages!. Råbjerg Mile is in the middle of a magnificent and varied landscape that is changing along with the dune that is pounding down everything in its path. The place is full of magic, especially in winter when there are not many people out in the inhospitable environment. 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.


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 1, 2012 (Denmark)


SOFT ICE AT ABISKO RIVER
Abisko National Park, Sweden

I simply can´t get enough of winter - I get so inspired and just have to get out! The snow and frost simplifies the landscape and the light is amazing what else can you ask for? ICE, I've always been fascinated by ice and its forms, shapes and colours in nature. In February 2010 I was on a photo trip to the northern part of Sweden in the Abisko National Park. After a long period with temperatures below minus 20° the temperature suddenly raised to around zero for a couple of days and melting started in the mountains, the once frozen river became soft and unsafe. I walked along the river a saw this great motif, I think it's funny, yet simple and powerful. I used my tilt/shift wide-angle lens to make the surface sharp all over in combination with a small aperture.


2013 * Highly Commended image in the Competition: 
NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2011 * Finalist in the 21th edition of the Mountain photography Competition:
Memorial María Luisa (Spain)



ROUND-LEAVED SUNDEW
Råbjerg Mile, Denmark

The meat eating plant Round-leaved Sundew, gets an important nitrogen contribution through its varied diet of small insects which are caught and digested by its slimy leaves. Especially nitrogen is in short supply in the nutrient-poor bogs and this plant has adapted to these extreme conditions it would otherwise only get nutrients from the rain. This picture was taken in the extraordinary nature at Råbjerg Mile in Northern Jutland near Skagen. I put my camera on the ground, the picture was photographed in the scale of 2:1 (double life size) and the backlight is to give the plant life and drama. It is an exciting experience to study the Sundew and its catch technique, but one must be very patient and be prepared to get very muddy!


2011 * Calendar 2013 by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Denmark)


DRAGONFLY
Assentoft, Denmark

Glistening in the early morning sun, this insect looks like a creature from another planet as dew gathers on its sleeping body. Captured in close-up one September morning, I found this dragonfly totally encrusted in diamonds as it rest on a twig. Dragonflies, take on an unearthly quality as the water droplets form on them, but it is very difficult to find them and you must be very fast taking the photo because the dew quickly disappears.


2011 * Calendar 2013 by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Denmark)


IMPRESSION OF TREES
Alstrup krat, Mariager, Denmark

Nature photography is more than just capturing images of beautiful things. It is also about capturing the mood and atmosphere, it's about capturing the essence of a place, rather than a literal documentation. Photography means "drawing with light" and through- out my career I have been inspired by the great Impressionistic painters. Making use of camera movement during exposure I can make an emotional response to portray the beauty I see in Nature. I think my image of moss-covered beech trees have an organic and painterly look made possible by vibrating the camera slightly during the exposure, an effect created with camera motion only! No major post-processing has been applied beyond basic digital darkroom techniques such as levels, and curves and finally colour saturation adjustments. This technique is not new to me, but even then the effect is still hard to predict and you have to make a lot of exposures until you get it right! This classic motif was easy to visualize, but I made about 20 images before I was completely satisfied.



2012 * Highly Commended image in the Competition:
NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)



WILD FOREST
Mols Bjerge N.P. Denmark

Natural forest without human influence is extremely rare in Denmark, but you can be lucky to find a wilderness forest like this one, here and there in the Danish countryside. Not far from the the city of Ebeltoft in the Mols area, I found this Wilderness, which today is a natural forest of beech and oak trees. A hundred years ago, cattle grazed this area, but the meadow was allowed to grow wild and today its almost an impassable thickets, with an incredible bird and insect life. I recommend that you follow the track Strandkærstien near Molslaboratoriet, a 4 km. tour with lots of different landscape types, including this natural forest not far from Ebeltoft in the Mols Bjerge National park.


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 5, 2011 (Denmark)


BROAD-LEAVED CATTAIL
Assentoft, Denmark

In April the sun is getting stronger day by day and everything in nature are living up after the long and cold winter. One early morning at the lake I was photographing the very photogenic plant the Broad-leaved Cattail in the morning sun. It was such a beautiful morning with the mist hanging low over the landscape, I took a lot of images of the backlit plants but suddenly a Reed Bunting landed and began eating the seeds from the plant - an outstanding moment in time!


The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 
issue 2, 2011 (Denmark)


AUTUMN WILDERNESS
Laponia, Sweden

Located in the northern part of Sweden, you’ll find Laponia a UNESCO World Heritage site - an area with outstanding scenery. Mountains, lakes, rivers and old growth forest, an Eldorado for a landscape photographer like me. Autumn is the best time to photo- graph this area, as the forest floor is thickly covered with blueberries, moss, and lichens, all showcasing endless shades of fall. I was searching for the right mixture of rocks, water and fall vegetation; the vibrant fireweed in the foreground makes it all come alive. The overcast sky provided perfect lighting and the use of a polarizing filter enhanced the colours and removed reflections in the water and vegetation within this remote forest.

2009 * Highly Commended - Plants and Fungi category - "Asferico 2009" (Italy) 


MAGICAL MOUNTAINS
Skierfe, Laponia, Sweden

Hiking in the Swedish mountains has long been a passion of mine, and I like to visit places again and again to become familiar with the landscape. Camping at Aktse, the nature are just outside the tent and I simply can't get enough of this place. The mountain of Skierfe is a well known place and an icon of Laponia a UNESCO World Heritage site - an area with outstanding scenery. Mountains, lakes, rivers and old growth forest, an Eldorado for a landscape photographer like me. The snow came early in autumn 2007 and one afternoon I hiked up to a hill overlooking the valley, I had an idea to make a photograph of Mt. Skierfe in the evening light, sadly enough clouds came from the west and shattered that vision - but anyway I got a great shot of the landscape.


2010 * Finalist in the 20th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: 
Memorial María Luisa (Spain)


MOSS AND STONES
Anholt, Denmark

Anholt, in the sea of Kattegat is the most isolated island in Denmark. There are 46 km. to the coast of Jutland and the 22 square km. island is home to some 150 people. 9/10th of the land is preserved and designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty mostly because of the 250 different species of lichen you can find out in the moor. On a wet and cold day in February, I discovered this beautiful pattern of moss and stones. The soft light created by the dull weather was perfect and gave me the saturated colours I wanted altogether with the wet stones, which made the image sparkle.
 

2004 * Highly commended - In Praise of Plants - BBC - 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year (United Kingdom)

2004 * Highly Commended - Plants category - GDT - 

European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 1, 2006 (Denmark)

Printed in the book: “Dansk Natur” by Michael Stoltze, Gyldendal (Denmark)


TWILIGHT
Abisko N.P. Sweden

Ever since I first saw Abisko Canyon, I had a dream of photographing it in the twilight. In late October, the canyon looks like a landscape from another world. I was lucky enough to witness this scene during a couple of days with heavy snowfall. One evening after sunset I decided to make a time exposure looking over the canyon. The sky was very clear and during the 2 minute exposure the blue light was reflected in the water and on the steep canyon walls, making the image look surreal and breathtaking.
 

2007 * Finalist in the 17th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: 
Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2003 * Winner - Landscape category - GDT - 

European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)

2002 * Winner in the competition: ”Abisko Turist Station 100 years” (Sweden)


LADTJOVAGGE IN AUTUMN
Nikkaloukta, Sweden

A perfect moment in Time, what else can I say! The alarm clock woke me at 0500, got up in a hurry and then walked from the rented cabin up to the Chapel Hill at Nikkaluokta. The golden autumn landscape was so perfect and more than I could have wished for, when I planned the shot the evening before; the morning mist and the soft colours was just an extra touch of luck.


2000 * Winner in the Lapin Kulta Competition: ”The Golden Lapland” (Finland)

1999 * Winner - Landscape category - NFD - 

Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


HENRIK SARRI
Nikkaloukta, Sweden

Back in September 1998 I was on my second solo hiking-trip in Lapland. I started in Nikkaluokta and wanted to go into the Vistasvagge (Vistas valley) I decided to ask the locals if I could be sailed up the river into the valley. It was hunting season and it can be dangerous being out in the delta early in the day, but Henrik Sarri agreed to sail me the next morning at 0530. The mist was thick and only the sound of the engine could be heard. A great experience that I will never forget!


1999 * 2. place - Man and Nature category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


CATCHING-UP!
Nikkaloukta, Sweden

Every year in September the Sami-people will catch their reindeer from the mountains and harvest the meet from the bulls. Early in the morning I was out photographing at the river, the helicopters was flying low over the mountains and I decided to find out what's going on. At the village there was a lot of activity and I asked if it was all right to photograph the event and I got permission. There was a lot of action and I stayed all afternoon photographing like mad. This photo is the last shot of a roll of film and the best from that day.


2001 * 3. place - Mammals category - NFD - 
 Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

Camera Natura Magazine: issue 2, 2000 (Sweden)

NaturFoto Special - Magazine: issue 1 October 2000 (Germany)


 LIGHTBEAM
Ladtjovagge, Kebnekaise mountains, Sweden

Where were You on 9/11/2001? I was hiking in the Swedish mountains, but because of the bad weather I had a camp near the Kebnekaise mountain lodge. I heard of the attack in the radio that evening; at first, I thought it was a joke, but I quickly realized that the direction was very serious. I phoned home and talked with my brother and he confirmed the attack, I talked with a lot of people that evening, it was a day I'll never forget!. It had rained for a week, weather fronts continued to stop over the Kebnekaise mountains, there were heavy rain on the south-facing slopes, where I was. The day after September 11, 2001 the sun broke through the clouds for a brief moment. The light-beam at Ladtjovagge was like a biblical messenger who gave renewed hope in the dark with death, destruction and rainfall. The next day the rain was accompanied with lightning and thunder, that made my tent tremble in the heavy rain. A Lemming ate a hole in my tent and at that time you wonder, "what am I doing here so far away from home?".


Camera Natura Magazine: issue 4, 2002 (Sweden)


SWANS IN THE MIST
Assentoft, Denmark

I got up early one autumn morning; after a cold night, the rising sun bathed the lake, in beams of perfect light. I used a classic “working sequence” the process involves photographing broad scenic shots, then moving systematically on to detailed landscapes. This allows me to capture the breadth of the setting while creatively exploring the abstract details hidden in the landscape. As the culmination of this process, I used a 500mm lens to reach out from the shoreline and capture the diffuse warm colours and this group of mute-swans in the mist - it was a moment of uncommon beauty.


2007 * Highly Commended - Birds category - "Asferico 2007" (Italy)

2006 * 2. place in the Competition: “Water gives Life” 

WWF/Canon/Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 2, 2006 (Denmark)


FROZEN BEACH
Abisko N.P. Sweden

Looking for patterns or small landscapes is something that I spend a lot of time doing. Autumn in Lapland is one of my favourite places to be in the hunt for extraordinary motifs. The snow had covered the mountains around Abisko in a couple of days and on this cold morning at the shores of lake Torneträsk I found this pattern of frozen sand and ice. The frost had crystallized the sediment from the River making it into a unique "intimate landscape".


1999 * Winner - Composition and Form category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


MOUNTAIN STREAM
Visttasvaggi, Lapland, Sweden

This photograph is one of my most memorable and personal favourites and it has a great story to tell. After being in the Visttasvaggi for a week I was getting tired of the constant rain and snow - my stuff need to be dried so I walked to the hut at Mt. Nallo and stayed there for a night. The weather had been very bad with heavy rainfall in the valley and snowfall in the mountains. The next day it was freezing cold, but no rain so I decided to go back to Visttasvaggi and then to Alesjaure. I walked fast and did not stop to photograph anything until a came across this small mountain stream in the forest. I did only take this photograph the whole day and arrived late in the evening at Alesjaure. When I look back at what I did, I don't think I could make the same walk today.


1998 * 2. place - Composition and form category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

Camera Natura Magazine: issue 4, 2000 (Sweden)


THE SEARCH FOR BUTTERFLIES
Assentoft, Denmark

One clear hot evening in late July, I visited one of my local “hotspots” in search of plants and butterfly’s. I found what I was searching for and the time of day, angle of the sun and the perfectly still weather made the image possible. I used my long macro lens to get close, without scaring the butterfly away. I worked for quite a while, get- ting the background perfect and shortly after the picture was taken the sun faded away and the beautiful moment was over.


2006 * Highly Commended - Other Animals category - 
GDT - European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)


IMPRESSION OF SUMMER
Assentoft, Denmark

Plant pictures don’t have to be taken in exotic locations to be spectacular. This one is taken in my local forest not far from my home. The use of light, an open mind for exciting backgrounds and the right kind of equipment can create out of the ordinary pictures. When photographing plants I work a lot to get the background beautiful and in harmony with the main object. This picture was extremely hard to get, not only because of its complex composition, but I was fighting very hard not to be eaten alive by aggressive mosquitoes as well.


2006 * Highly Commended - Plants category - GDT - 
European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)


EVENING LIGHT
Assentoft, Denmark

On a cold winter afternoon the day before Christmas one year, I was walking with my camera in the meadow in search for small birds. The vegetation was wild and I saw this little Blue tit at a distance, I knew that I had a chance, because it was preoccupied - searching for food. I kept low to minimize my profile and managed to get quite close to my target, I used a 500mm super-tele lens and a wide aperture to isolate the bird and soften the background. The outcome is quite impressive and I like the soft light and colours a lot.


2004 * Winner - Birds category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


THE FIRST FROST
Assentoft, Denmark

On a clear cold morning, not far from my home I was exploring the local pond in search of pictures of the first autumn frost. At first I was photographing the thin ice on the surface of the pond, but soon I aimed my lens towards the photogenic Broad-leaved Cattail. I worked a lot to get the background beautiful and in harmony with the main object and I succeeded. I like the telephoto effect and the soft background, when I look at the picture, I get a special feeling and I can almost smell the fresh frosty air.


2007 * Winner - Plants category - "Asferico 2007" (Italy)

Calendar 2008 by Asferico - International Nature Photography Competition (Italy)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 4, 2004 (Denmark)


AIR-BUBBLES TRAPPED IN THE ICE
Assentoft, Denmark

Near my home there are a lot of places where nature can still be nature. My favourite place to be in the winter, you find a meadow landscape and during wet winters the meadow are often flooded. After a period of heavy frost, the area was covered with a thick layer of ice. Since there was no wind during the freezing period the ice layer was even and you could see the different layers with lots of air bubbles trapped inside.


2008 * Winner - Composition and Forms category - "Asferico 2008" (Italy)

2004 * 2. place - Composition and Form category - NFD - 

Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

Asferico Magazine: issue April 2008 (Italy)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 1, 2005 (Denmark)

NFD - 10 years Anniversary Book “Naturen i Fokus” 2006 (Denmark)


SNOWMOBILES
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The ICEHOTEL at Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland is a great tourist attraction, with loads of visitors every year. In late January 2000 my brother and I stayed at the hotel for a night, it was a "cool" experience although expensive. In the night and morning a great snowstorm made the landscape very extreme and somewhat magnificent, I took a walk on the Torne River after breakfast and out of the blue these snowmobiles came driving towards me; I put up my tripod and used my 300mm 2,8 lens, pre-focused and took a series of images. The wind had covered my camera backpack with snow and the lens-shade had collected a dune of snow in front of the lens element - an outstanding experience.


2006 * 3. place ”Vildmark & Äventyr” Trade Fair, Stockholm (Sweden)


MIDWINTER
Vittangi, Sweden

I took this magnificent picture at the Torne River in the northern part of Sweden, not far from the Finnish border in sub-Arctic Lapland. Just before sunset the colours were amazing and you can almost feel the temperatures of minus 30°C, just by looking at the picture. I love landscapes like this, because it provides such wonderful photographic opportunities that, to me, it feels like Christmas all over again.


2007 * Highly Commended - Landscape category - "Asferico 2007" (Italy)


BIRCH TREES AND PINK SKY
Riksgränsen, Sweden

Enter into another World of perfect stillness. In the northern part of Sweden, about 150 km. north of the Arctic circle you’ll find the land of The Eight Seasons. Midwinter in sub-Arctic Lapland is one of the most stunning places you can imagine - if you can handle the cold. On a clear cold evening with temperatures below minus 30°, I was returning to the rented cabin after a day in the mountains. I stopped to photograph the glowing pink sky and used the trees as a foreground. This vast land is full of surprises and I was fascinated by the way the birch trees look like they are growing out of the rocks. The extreme landscape of the north is beautiful, untamed, radiant and life-giving.


2005 * 3. place in the 16th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: 
Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

Coffee table book: "Los senderos de la Luz" (The paths of light)

Memorial Maria Luisa (Spain)


ICE AND STONES
Clausholm, Denmark

This photograph is a milestone in my photography, because it was the first image that I won a competition with, and it gave me the title Danish nature photographer of the Year 1998 (NFD) - a title I've won 3 times since then. I found this pattern of stones and ice on a cold evening just before sunset, I removed the reflections by using a Polarizing filter. I remember that I had a hard time setting up the tripod on the ice and used a great deal of time in the process - but the efforts was well worth it!.


1998 * Image of the Year - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

1998 * Winner - Composition and form category - NFD - 

Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

Camera Natura Magazine: issue 1, 2001 (Sweden)


SNOW PATTERN
Vittangi, Sweden

When I tell people that I love being outside in extreme winter conditions and I have stayed in one of the coldest places in Sweden in the wintertime, they think that I must be crazy. Actually I can't get enough winter shots despite the cold, because everything is so simple and the light is extraordinary. This midwinter image is made near Vittangi at the Torne River in the Northern part of Swedish Lapland, the temperatures was 30° below zero and one evening I found this amazing pattern of snow. The sunset sky got reflected on the snow surface making the light sparkle in this blue midwinter motif. My preferred technique when making shots like this, is to use a tele-photo lens to compress the dunes of snow - making it simple.


2005 * Winner - Composition and form category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


DANCING MIDGES
Clausholm, Denmark

Just before sunset I came along this field. The insects were dancing in the soft evening light and with the help of my fast telephoto lens; I was able to get a handheld shot, with a shallow depth of focus and a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the action. Minutes later the sun disappeared under the horizon - the magic moment were gone.


2003 * 2. place - Other animals category - GDT - 
European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)

1999 * Winner - Other animals category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

Camera Natura Magazine: issue 3, 2000 (Sweden)


TOUCH ME NOT!
Assentoft, Denmark

The English name of this plant really makes you wonder, why it is named in such a strange way. The reason can be found in its remarkable strategy to secure the survival of the plant. When time comes to drop its seeds, a touch by an animal causes the seed-pod to catapult its seeds into a new location away from the mother plant. This plant has inspired me for many years, because I think the design of the flower is quite unique. It took a lot of effort getting the shot right; I had to use a torch to create the soft light on the flower.


2004 * Winner - Plants category - GDT - 
European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)

2004 * Winner - Plants category - NFD - 

Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

Zoommagazin Extra - Winners of EWPY 2004 (Hungary)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 2, 2007 (Denmark)

NFD - 10 years Anniversary Book “Naturen i Fokus” 2006 (Denmark)


ICE GLACING
Assentoft, Denmark

One blustery, freezing day in January I had to get out photographing the ice glazing that happened the night before. This natural phenomenon is very rare in Denmark and only happens once or twice a year. It is dangerous to be out in the traffic, so I decided to go to the local lake where I found this Broad-leaved Cattail covered in ice. My fast 300mm 2,8 lens was used to soften the background and isolate the main object. The result of my efforts was this spectacular picture, which I made without breaking any bones!.


2007 * Highly Commended - The Ice category - "Asferico 2007" (Italy)


DAMSELFLY
Clausholm, Denmark

When I started taking nature photography seriously, I began shooting damselflies, Dragonflies and other insects. It was a frustrating time with loads of poor and unsharp images, I remember one summer I did not notice the landscapes or hear the birds at all, because I was completely obsessed getting sharp and useful images of damselflies. I think most nature photographers have had a summer like that, with loads of bad images and then once in a while a superb shot - like this one that I still like today.


1998 * Winner - Other animals category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


SUMMER EVENING
Clausholm, Denmark

One June evening, I was out near my home. At the lake, thousands of insects made the air sound electric. The midges caught my attention and with the help of the low sun and a dark background, I isolated a group of dancing midges. It was very difficult to get everything sharp, so I took a lot of pictures and hopefully there would be at least one sharp image. I was not to be disappointed - the result of my effort made me more than satisfied with what I saw that beautiful evening.


2003 * Highly Commended - Other animals category - GDT - 
 European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)

2001 * Winner - Other animals category - NFD - 

Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 2, 2002 (Denmark)


PORTRAIT OF A COW
Clausholm, Denmark

One early morning I walked in the meadow in search of birds, but this cow kept staring at me. I decided to make its portrait - I usually don't make portraits of farm animals, but I found this motif very interesting. The use of a super-tele lens and a wide aperture setting isolated the cow from the background, I focused on the eye and the red in the background is the breath from the cow on this cold morning.


2005 * Winner in the Competition: “Landet set fra Byen” 
Dansk Landbrug (Denmark)


MORNING MIST
Anholt, Denmark

For the past seven years, I have spent my holidays on the most isolated island in Denmark. On my first trip I made a picture almost identical to this one, but wasn’t satisfied with the composition and light conditions. I wanted to get the golden ephemeral light and the early morning mist to become one, so I used my telephoto lens to compress the landscape of the dunes. I had this picture in my mind all the time, but had to wait until my fifth trip to get it right.


2007 * Highly Commended - Landscape category - "Asferico 2007" (Italy)


SLEEPING FOX CUB
Assentoft, Denmark

When I was 10 years old I got a binocular for my birthday, I've wanted that for a long time and when I got it, I began to explore the nature near my home - the binocular was with me all the time. One of the things that got me interested in nature photography was an experience that I had when I was twelve. One spring evening on one of my expeditions near a local forest I discovered a fox den and I observed the fox cubs playing at very close distance an experience that I will never forget. Fifteen years later I found this fox cub in a bushy and wild forest near my home. I waited for a long time and almost got eaten alive by the mosquitoes; but suddenly this fox cub appeared and it was not afraid of me. It was very difficult to photograph, because the light was very dim and the iso 50 film I used was too slow - but I managed to get a decent shot anyway.


2004 * Winner - mammals category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 3, 2005 (Denmark)

NFD - 10 years Anniversary Book “Naturen i Fokus” 2006 (Denmark)


MORNING MIST AT THE LAKE
Assentoft, Denmark

This image was the beginning of a new way for me to look at the landscape. I began to portray landscapes looking through a super-tele photo lens instead of using wide angel lenses. Actually this image opened my eyes for a lot of new ways, seeing nature! - it made me aware of including animals and birds in their environment as well as isolating small parts of a landscape by using the long lens. This tree has since then been my favourite tree and I have a large collection of images showing this tree with Swans, Ducks and Crows in summertime and wintertime. Every year I come back to this place, especially in spring time and I always find new ways of photo- graphing this tree and its surroundings.


2004 * Winner - Landscape category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


SWAN LAKE
Assentoft, Denmark

After a cold night I got up early to witness this wonderful autumn morning; the rising sun bathed the landscape, in perfect light and there was loads of activity at the lake. I used a long telephoto lens to reach out from the shoreline, but wanted to include the landscape in the background as well to give the image depth and show the magnificence of the scene. I took a lot of pictures that morning and I think this image shows the magic from that particular morning.


2007 * Commended image in the Competition: “Focus on Nature” 
Naturama, Svendborg (Denmark)


MAGICAL LIGHT
Clausholm, Denmark

Winter is much more than smooth roads and cars that won't start. The sunlight is warm, and gives some incredible colours, snow or ice reflects the light, so everything in the landscape becomes blue or violet. I often take a photo-trip to the lake when the ice is covering the surface, it's only my imagination that sets limits on the motives. This image of common reed in the evening sun with the ice in the background is the result of many trips to this place, but on this day everything was perfect and I got a picture that is full of magic.


1999 * 2. place - Composition and form category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

NaturFoto Special Magazine: issue 1, October 2000 (Germany)


WINTER LIGHT
Assentoft, Denmark

Waiting for the first frost is the keyword for this image! Usually the first frost come as early as October in Denmark, but when I took this image it was late December just before Christmas - very late that year. I love being out on the mornings when the first frost arrive, birds and animals are busy getting food and you can find motifs everywhere. On this particular morning, the hoarfrost was so intensive and outstanding, I stood for a long time waiting for the sun to become visible from behind the trees and when it appeared I took a ton of images.


2000 * 2. place - Landscape category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


ROAD KILLED PHEASANT
Clausholm, Denmark

My close-up of a dead pheasant was made one autumn morning near my home. I discovered the bird on the side of the road and stopped to take a closer look. With the help of a macro-lens, I captured a powerful composed image where the bird almost come alive, because when you look at the closed eye - it looks like it is only sleeping.


2005 * Highly Commended - Atelier Natur category - GDT - 
European Nature photographer of the Year (Germany)

2004 * Winner - Composition and form category - NFD - 

Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


WOODLAND PAINTING
Clausholm, Denmark

On a misty summer morning at Skader Å in the Mygind forest near my home, I made this painterly image. This image is clearly inspired by Danish paintings from the 1830s by Johan Thomas Lundbye or Peter Christian Skovgaard. For many years this place was one of my favourite places; but today almost fifteen years later you can't recognize the scene any more. Most of the trees are gone today, a great storm seven years back took its share.


2001 * 2. place in the Competition: ”Focus on Nature” 
WWF/Canon/Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)


ROBERT GERANIUM
Assentoft, Denmark

I have always been fascinated by photographing plants and flowers; using macro lenses opened a whole new world of opportunities when I started making images of plants. I like to use large apertures to soften the background and isolate the main object - the flower. I never got tired of looking at this photo at still use it today to be inspired making new images with "flower-power".


1998 * 3. place - Plants category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


ICE PATTERN AT SUNSET
Clausholm, Denmark

Some would say that this photo is over-saturated and not in touch with reality, but the light that evening was just spectacular. Minutes before sunset the winter sunlight had an deep orange colour, the ice surface on the lake got bathed in that perfect light - it was an outstanding moment in time. I have visited the lake a lot of times, but never seen a light like this; I used a tele-lens to isolate the pattern of snow on the surface of the lake. The pattern is striking and I think the scene is surreal and breathtaking.


2004 * 3. place - Composition and form category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


DUNES AT SUNRISE
Anholt, Denmark

This photo is made on the first trip to the island of Anholt in the sea of Kattegat in September 2002. The first morning I saw this scene, the landscape was covered in a mist, laying between the dunes making the scene almost perfect. I returned a couple of days later and took this photo just after sunset. I used a 500mm super-telephoto lens to compress the dunes and picking out this great pattern. Since then I have visited the island more than ten times and I like the solitude an extreme nature you can find there.


2002 * 3. place - Portfolio category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur og Miljø - Magazine Gallery: 

issue 3, 2003 (Denmark)


THE POPPY FIELD
Clausholm, Denmark

The Danish landscape is today dominated by agriculture and most fields are used by the farmers. A field like this is not a common sight in Denmark, any-more - sadly enough!. When I find a poppy field like this I go completely crazy making pictures, well almost ten years has passed since I last saw a field like this one near my home. When I look back at what there once was, and what we have lost, I get sad. One thing that makes me happy, is that the poppy seeds can be in the ground inactive for many years to come and hopefully sometime in the future - I will find a field like this again.


2001 * 3. place - Landscape category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


FLOWER POWER
Assentoft, Denmark

Using long tele-photo macro lenses is my preferred weapon to make extraordinary flower images. For many years a Nikkor 200mm lens was the ultimate lens for making images of this kind. Walking near the railway I saw a group of my favourite flowers - the Robert geranium, it was early morning so the dewdrops were everywhere in the background. I focused very accurate on the flower and used a large aperture to soften the background; The effect is amazing and the image is full of life.


2002 * 2. place - Plants category - NFD - 
Danish Nature photographer of the Year (Denmark)


NORTHERN LIGHTS
Riksgränsen, Sweden

The secret for photographing northern lights is to be out and ready when it happens. On this occasion I was not ready and I had to fight hard getting into my winter fortress, it takes almost 10 minutes getting into my thick outdoor equipment, well we came out and walked to the lake, the temperature was minus 30°. The northern lights had almost disappeared, but suddenly began to roll over the horizon. It found this group of trees and put up my tripod in the deep snow. I used my flashlight to paint one tree and my brother painted the other tree with his flashlight. The result is striking and I still love the effect and experience a lot.


2001 * Highly Commended in the Competition: “Know your Country” STF (Sweden)

Calendar 2002 by the Swedish Tourist Association STF