SVALBARD Photo Adventure – part 2 | remote solo camping and wildlife photography behind the scenes

SVALBARD Photo Adventure – part 2 | remote solo camping and wildlife photography behind the scenes


Look at this, look at this… It has been snowing during the night,
and I had my D 850 outside making a time lapse before it started snowing. I
brought two power banks for charging batteries and I have this external power bank
for powering up the D 850 so for the D 850 it’s fine, I have enough
batteries for the rest of today. The other batteries I charged last night
so I have enough for another full day, maybe a little more. But, there’s really
thick, heavy clouds and even with my big solar charger it’s not easy to
charge anything in this weather and I’m using a lot of power! I’m using power for the
laptop, I’m using power for the batteries, I’m using it for the microphone,
I’m using it for emptying the cards onto the computer, I’m using it for my safety equipment, like my In Reach. I’m using it for my phone that controls the
panhead, the panhead on the time lapses, so I really, really hope that
it will clear up during the day, or at least a little tomorrow, so I can get
everything recharged. Everything is still working, I’m just feeling that I’m a little challenged about the
battery thing. I haven’t even got my morning coffee. I’ve been out looking at
the time-lapse, checking the bear alarm, seeing if I could see any tracks, emptying the time lapses from yesterday onto the computer, but now it is
time for coffee. First cup of coffee, awesome! It has been pouring down outside, it’s
still raining a little bit. I got all the equipment ready, but now I have taken
it in again because everything just gets soaked! I’m really eager to get
out because I have seen a reindeer out there and I have seen, on my walk
yesterday, the little fox but it was around five hundred meters away and
just escaped. So yeah, there are some birds out there, some shorebirds, and
them just want to get out of photograph them. It’s a little frustrating to
sit here in Svalbard, in the little tent, when it’s so nice outside,
and it’s raining and raining and raining. I hope it will stop a
little bit so that I can get out and photograph without everything
getting totally soaked. I’m a little afraid because I’ve had some rain
damage with some of my equipment, and it is too early on this trip to get
more of that, so I am sparing it. So, I’m spending the time eating my late
lunch, recharging some more batteries, the phone, the In Reach again and
having a cup of coffee. Then I hope the rain will stop. It’s still very cloudy but it has
stopped raining and I hope to be able to just get a little bit of power
to my batteries and my other stuff. So what I’ve done now is I’ve put the big
solar panel here. This is one of the good things about having them a little
too large because even on a cloudy day they will produce something,
and I think now they are getting around two, two and a half watt to each
power bank and hopefully that’s enough to fill them so they can
charge one, maybe two, batteries this evening. At least it’s better than
nothing. Now I just need to get the tent a little better set up, so that if
it starts to be windy it’ll be fine when I’m gone. After
that, it’s time to go out with the camera. Finally, the weather is dry again and
hopefully we can get some photos of the reindeer that is walking over there
somewhere. Look what I found on my trip
yesterday from the reindeer. Here in Svalbard, if they’re on a, what do you say,
on a skull, you’re not allowed to take them, but when they’re like this, I can
bring them. So now, I just need to figure out if they will fit into
my backpack when I’m going home! Are they not nice? Look at this! They’re not from the same reindeer, but they
really must have been a big deer. Look! Yeah, going home on my wall! So, I just tried to get the drone up but it
started raining immediately, so I thought, now I want to focus on the
most important thing while I still have some good light and no wind and
everything is beautiful. I want to see if I can find that reindeer
that I saw yesterday. I saw it in the hills not far from the camp. It
has been raining all day but look at this now, it is beautiful. If I can find
that fellow it would be awesome! He didn’t look that shy. I was
just out on a walk and he just looked at me and walked around eating, so
hopefully! If I’m not finding him, or if I find him and photograph him and want to move
on, there are a lot of terns or something, and gulls
flying around down there in huge numbers and it could be fun to go down and
actually I see if I can get anything there. Let me see if I can find that deer. It
seems like it’s left the island, which is not possible. It must be here
somewhere! Somewhere! Let’s go and check it out. So, I’ve seen the deer, the reindeer.
It’s sitting in the hills over there, far away, looking at me actually. Let me show you a picture. There it is. From this distance the
background is really nice, with these snow-covered mountains. Let’s see what
happens if we can get a little bit closer. The good thing about the reindeer here in Svalbard, is that they are not shy. At least, most of the time, I think they are
not shy. I’m definitely not an expert on wildlife up here. I have photographed here so
little. But yeah, let’s see if that one is willing to stay a little bit
when I get closer. I got him up here and, he’s hiding
behind the hills, but he’s not afraid of me at all. Not shy like the red deer back
in Denmark where we have to sneak around and wear 3d camouflage. This guy is
totally confident, I don’t know why. I’ll see if I can move position because
I’m really badly placed here. This is different than it used to be.
Here it’s me moving away from the deer. I just walked around ten metres away from
him. Why did I only bring the 600 millimeter!? There’s some birds down there.
It’s so nice with the reindeer! He’s eating. He’s eating, and then sometimes
he looks up at me. He doesn’t care if I talk apparently. He just looks up though. What a beautiful reindeer. Imagine being
stuck out on this island. He’s just here and he has to wait until the ice before
he can get back. I don’t think he swim that far. That was nice.
Now he’s just walking away down there. Actually, towards my photo bag. What’s going
to happen? I don’t follow him. Now
he’s apparently going away and I don’t want to just follow in his tracks. Now
he can have some peace and I’ll go home to the camp, maybe go down to the shore
and see if I can photographs any birds and then, yeah, I think I’ll call
it an evening, and get ready for tomorrow. That was nice!

100 thoughts on “SVALBARD Photo Adventure – part 2 | remote solo camping and wildlife photography behind the scenes”

  1. Hi, he has all this amazing gear and me with d3500 and tamron 70 to 300, but great inspiration, keep un the good work

  2. nice work mate. i got nervous when you stood up and the barrel of that rifle as pointed at the back of your head though…… stay safe mate

  3. You said you are little concerned about your power in situations like that. Then I thought of a electric device called a Peltier module. It generates electricity from a difference in temperature between it's two plates. It is not efficient, but from the heat of the gas stove and the snow it could generate quite a bit of energy. You should check those things out. It might help you in trips like this.

  4. Hi. I have always been strictly told NOT to have any food in your tent, especially in bear country. If I recall correctly, in your first video, as a precaution, you kept your food downwind of your tent. However, in this video, you are cooking in your tent! So I'm wondering, in your opinion/experience, when it's okay to cook in your tent and when it's not. Many thanks (first, for all your content; and second, for any answer you may provide).

  5. I absolutely love the idea to shoot the things you love. Also I'm inspired by channels like these because it gives me the confident to actually showcase my work on You Tube without worrying about if its not great yet.馃槄

  6. Wow just discovered your channel. I think youtube wad made precisely for this type of video. Very well done.
    Respect !

  7. Really nice video Morten! What a beautiful and relaxed reindeer 馃檪
    May I ask one question: will there be more videos from your expedition to Ellesmere Island?

  8. Hey, is that lens from the many vintage lenses your friend sent you several weeks ago? 馃憤馃徏 I cannot write it enough: thank you for producing these videos. For me/us, it's like taking a mini-trip, giving us a chance to accompany you as well as learn about how much beauty there is in faraway lands. Happy travels, Morten!

  9. These have been the best 24 minutes in a while. Thanks for creating this channel. Thanks for respecting the animals, so amazing watching you watch wildlife.

  10. WOW! Your channel is turning into something unreal! You have evolved as a photographer but most of all into an amazing storyteller!

  11. In this age of Insta everywhere this is a wonderfully genuine video by a man who adores his craft. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, the scenery, the wildlife and the simple joy of watching someone who adores what he does, and does it well. Minimum impact, maximum joy. Well done sir. That鈥檚 an epic video.

  12. Morten I have to tell you, your storytelling in these videos are next level! Like, you're a full-on documentary filmmaker aswell, nojoke!
    The amount of details you choose to show us and you even let us see through your eyes!
    I'm just super grateful to have found this channel. Thank you for your service Mr Hilmer!

  13. This is inspirational, beautiful and peacefull. Thanks for your work, it's stunning and very important to me

  14. I'm just blown away by the beauty of your adventures.
    It's always like Christmas to me when you post a new video.
    Seriously man, it's stunning.
    And I'm beyond grateful that you share all this with us…
    Thank you, thank you, thank you 馃檹馃徎馃檹馃徎馃檹馃徎

  15. You really do deserve more appreciation, this work is phenomenal, and should not be taken for granted, I dream about becoming a professional wildlife and landscape photographer, and your videos are truly inspiring, thank you

  16. Nice light ,nice job,amazing nature …馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎

  17. Absolutely fantastic, Morten!

    This is one of the best videos on YouTube. Great pictures and footage, perfectly paired with calming music. Thank you!

  18. I really enjoyed watching this video. Thank you for sharing your adventures. As I work my way to do more adventures with my camera gear this is very inspiring. Just found your channel, looking forward to watching more! 馃槉

  19. I'm so happy to see this today. I wanted to watch yesterday, but I was too busy to sit down and really appreciate it. What an amazing moment that must have been – just two creatures in nature together. 馃槉 I can't describe how I feel when that happens, but yeah… it's really something. 馃槉 And, my God, Svalbard is utterly beautiful.

    Wonderful video, Morten – as always.

  20. This series so far has been amazing. Not only have i learnt about photography but the value of what nature has to offer and what is required in terms of safety and survival in the wild. Thank you for sharing. As I live in the Arctic this video is very educational. Cant wait for the next episode.

  21. Great video! Somehow I'm feeling sad for the reindeer 馃槀. Since the ice melted, he was all alone on that small island, far away from his friends 馃槃. But otherwise I really like the idea of being alone on a small island for some time. Would be interesting to see more of that.
    You are a big inspiration for a 16 year old wildlife photographer like me because you transport the right values in your videos. With your videos I learned that it's not about the image, but about the experience, both for the animal and for the photographer.
    I'm excited for all of the videos coming up.
    Greetings from Germany
    Max

  22. Awesome video man, the place is wonderful also is incredibly how the animal goes to you, I can't think how the people can hurt him. I am from Argentina and I love your channel.

  23. So much courage! Beautiful scenery, music, story, reindeer. Bruce Percy (landscape photographer) would have a hey day in that setting.

  24. Twenty-four minutes and fifty-one seconds of wonderful, welcomed communion with nature 鈥 Thank you seems like so little to say.

  25. You add something very important to my life, it makes me feel more linked to nature and Spirit. Thank you Morten.

  26. Thanks Morten. Just absolutely beautiful. Such an amazing place it must be. Such a different environment to mine here on the east coast of Australia. Never gets below 2.c (dawn temp) in the middle of winter. It's coming into spring now and yesterday was 35.c here on the coast. Love your work and I know how exciting it is to have those great wildlife moments. I'm just an amateur photographer but love photographing birdlife and wildlife and landscapes. You're very inspiring!

  27. I see you are still using your trusty fluid video head. I have watched your video on all your tripod heads and am thinking of giving this a go.
    Is it still ok for stills

  28. I really like聽the way聽you show how much work is involved in producing your images . You bring the reality of it all to the viewer, your dedication &聽enthusiasm shines through no matter the weather !

  29. took a screengrab at 18:10 or so because its just absolutely beautiful composition and colours and expression from the deer. using it as my own wallpaper. hope you dont mind. absolutely love your work

  30. Awesome! Just be careful out there among those Terns 馃槈 One of my funniest memories from living in Alaska is my father being chased back to our van by an irate Arctic Tern.

  31. Always after watching every your movie I think the next one cannot be better. But I am always wrong. Your videos are so brilliant, beautiful and on the top level. I can imagine the amount of hard work before, during and after filming. But I know that You enjoy it and I absolutely understand it. Thank You Morten for sharing that with us. I cannot hardly wait the next part. Good luck and good light for photography and your solar panel!

  32. Your attention to detail makes it feel like you have a whole team of videographers covering your every shot. Everything about this is wonderful.

  33. Just Love you Morten! you're the most inspiring photographer i know. Love your awesome work and your infinite passion for the nature : ) what's the song name at the beginning of the video?

  34. Great storytelling. Could you tell us a little about how you make time lapses? Do you use the in camera function or do you shoot raws for later post production?

  35. don't forget to eat a high fat/protein diet…don't eat carbs it helps to survive and you get more calories, you need to carry less food on your trips because fat has 9cal per gram !!!

  36. Endnu en super fed video Morten! Jeg lagde m忙rke til, at du har en adaptor-plade mellem Arca-foden p氓 objektivet og Manfrotto-pladen. Jeg har ledt efter s氓dan en, da jeg ogs氓 bruger videohoved, men her ikke kunne finde en ordentlig en. Kan du fort忙lle mig hvad det er for en adaptor-plade? Mange tak for din tid!

  37. While the reindeer was looking at you, you were watching him with a love of all things in Nature. That is what makes your work so special, Morten.
    What a fantastic setting! I'm enjoying each video 3-4 times so far.
    Thank you for sharing all of this with us!!

  38. I usually watch your videos late at night. They are like watching a quick movie. You do a great job. They are peaceful for me to watch late at night.

  39. This is just amazing. I love the way you take us right into this freezing foreign world. And your photographs are awesome.

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