Photo of the Month August 2020 – Finland Grey Wolf

Finland has rapidly become one of my favourite destinations in the world for wildlife photography. In fact, if I could only choose one place on earth to photograph wildlife for the rest of my days it would certainly be Finland (Greenland for landscapes). It’s not just the sheer variety of  incredible wildlife on offer, but its also the wonderful seasons that form the perfect backdrop. Winter presents a snow and ice covered landscape that forms the perfect clean white canvas for wildlife, whilst Autumn is a combination of fiery yellows and oranges, soft grasses and gentle light. The differing seasons and transitions in between provide a dynamic, fresh and constantly changing environment for photography that provides limitless opportunities.

This photograph of a Grey Wolf in no mans land between Finland and Russia was taken late last year from a private hide I had set up in an area the wolf pack was frequenting. Shot on the very cusp of winters arrival, the Autumn colours have faded and we are presented with a soft pastel forest beginning the inevitable transition into to its winter coat. The muted colour pallet really speaks to me, along with those wonderfully piercing eyes of the wild Wolf.

Workshop and Expedition Delays 2020

As a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the following two 2020 workshops have unfortunately had to be delayed and rescheduled. Although these workshops and expeditions were still some months away, I have taken the pre-emptive decision to reschedule based on the continuing uncertainty surrounding international travel and personal safety of the participants. More information about each of these expeditions is available on my website at www.jholko.com/workshops. Registered participants have already been notified and will be contacted individually in writing again if any further changes are required. There is no cost increase to any of these workshops and all payment dates have also been extended in line with the delays.

Finland Wolves and Wolverines

Originally scheduled for October 2020; this workshop has now been rescheduled until October 2021. There are currently three places available before this workshop will be sold out.

Mongolia Snow Leopard

Originally scheduled for December 2020; this workshop has now been rescheduled until December 2021. There is one place available before this workshop will be sold out.

Topaz Full Suite of Processing Products 15% Discount Extended

Topaz are offering an extended 15% discount off their excellent A.I Gigapixel, A.I Sharpen and A.I DeNoise products (in addition to the full suite of products). Just use the following link for the discount http://topazlabs.refr.cc/joshuaholko. The photograph below of the young wolf on the border between Finland and Russia was processed in Lightroom and then upscaled for a 40″ x 60″ print using Topaz A.I Gigapixel. I will have a future video on this very soon.

 

Post Production Video #1 Adobe Lightroom CC – Finland Wolf

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.

Photo of the Month June 2020 – Finland at Dawn

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.