These are some of my personal favorite photographs from throughout each calendar year – one for each month. Higher resolution versions of all of these photographs can be seen on my portfolio website at www.jholko.com. None of my photographs are HDR (High Dynamic Range) or composite images. All photographs are captured from single exposures in the field. The majority of my photographs are processed in Adobe Lightroom.
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The photograph of the month for May 2022 comes from my Winter expedition to photograph Arctic Fox in the Hornstrandir Nature reserve in the far north of Iceland (Read the Trip Report) earlier this year. We were fortunate that conditions this year were absolutely superb for photography with a heavy blanket of snow-draped across the landscape and heavy snowfall and blizzards on many days. These sort of conditions are my favorite to photograph in and are really conducive to powerful and evocative image making. With blowing snow and snow sticking to the fox this particular photograph captures the drama of the winter storm for me and tells the story of the harsh conditions these animals endure during the long winter months.
The photograph of the month for February 2022 comes from my very recent expedition to the north of Iceland to photograph the Arctic Fox in winter (trip report coming very soon – tomorrow I hope!). We were extremely fortunate this year to not only have a fantastic covering of snow on the ground but also to have falling and blowing snow on almost every day of our expedition.
In this photograph, I wanted to use the wonderful shapes in the windswept foreground snow to help frame the fox in the context of its surroundings. It is, in my experience, a rare combination to find both wildlife and sculptured and textured snow. The added drama and impact of the blizzard caps off a wonderful moment with this blue morph Arctic fox.
The photograph of the month for February 2022 comes from my 2019 expedition to Iceland to photograph Arctic Fox in Winter. This rare moment of two blue-morph Arctic foxes interacting and playing/fighting in the snow was one of the many wonderful encounters we experienced during our stay in the Nature reserve. Arctic Foxes are common in this area as they are protected from hunting. Arctic Foxes are typically solitary animals; interactions are rare and usually only occur during the mating season. Even then, the coming together of two foxes is usually only a brief moment at best.
The photograph of the month for January 2022 comes from my last visit to Finland in the Autumn of 2021 (Read the Trip Report). Photographed from private hide during some of the first snows of the season, it consists of the entire wolf pack together. This is a photograph I have been attempting to get for some years now as it is quite uncommon for the pack to come together in the open like this. The addition of the fresh snow adds that magical quality that makes it a very special moment.