For those who are interested in a future expedition to the remote north of Iceland to photograph Arctic Fox in a beautiful winter setting I have put together a short Adobe Spark Presentation and Website with some teaser photographs and some information on the expedition. Of course, more photographs are also available on my website at www.jholko.com.
Today I am kicking off what I hope will be a whole new series of videos on instructional photographic discussion and post production. This is something I have been meaning to to do for quite a while now but due to my extensive travels have not had time to shoot and edit. The silver lining in the current COVID crisis is that I have finally had the time to sit down and start to not only process some of my photographs, but also document the process and explain my post production step-by-step; as well as discuss a little of the back story behind the photographs and my thought process on the capture. If you enjoy this video please drop me a comment and let me know so that I can do more of them. It is my intention to share not only the post production process, but also my thoughts behind the actions as well as additional videos on printing and colour management. It also helps me if you hit the subscribe button in You Tube, which will mean you are always up to date on the latest video. This doesn’t mean I am turning into a ‘You Tuber’ – perish the thought! But I do want to share more from my studio and video is a wonderful means to do so.
The photograph of the month for June 2020 comes from my Finland workshop in September last year (Read the Trip Report). I posted a landscape image from Finland as my April image of the month and really wanted to follow up with a subsequent landscape photograph. Like the April photograph, this image was taken very early on a still morning with rising fog by the side of a placid lake near our cabin. The soft distant trees in combination with the soft grasses, silhouetted trees and monochromatic colour palette work to portray a gentle, quiet and tranquil scene.
Although mu Finland workshop is primarily focused on Wolves, Wolverines and Bears it is worth noting that the landscape opportunities in this part of Finland in Autumn are truly superb.
Finally there has been some respite for Polar Bears with a new CITES risk assessment being released by the Norwegian Scientific Committee (VKM). The committee spent many months formulating a scientific opinion on the trade in polar bear products (skins) and if this trade might be detrimental to the survival of the species. In conclusion and summary: VKM was unable to find that international trade with Canadian polar bears is non-detrimental to the survival of the species. Roughly translated, the study finds that there is evidence to suggest that the trade in Polar Bear products is detrimental to the survival of the species. The report is available in english here: https://bit.ly/2Axh8t2