I thought that an Easter Bunny might be a suitable upload for Easter Sunday but, after a trawl through the archives, this is the best that I could come up with!
Actually, this isn't a Bunny Rabbit at all, but this is actually an Arctic Hare (though sometimes also mistakenly called a Polar Rabbit), Lepus arcticus, which I was fortunate to be able to capture in East Greenland over 40 years ago.
I had walked part way up the slope above our campsite and had also managed to take this picture when along came this little fellow and I managed to catch him on film.
In the background you can see icebergs lying in Nordvest Fjord, the longest and largest fjord in the World which travels all the way from Scoresby Sund deep into the heart of Greenland, itself the largest island in the World. You can see the location if you click on Map:view but unfortunately the little yellow man doesn't seem to have visited this area yet - perhaps it's a bit too cold for him!
This is another picture which I took in the summer of 1970 with my old Edixa Prismat for which I had no other lenses than the standard 50mm one. The picture has been scanned from a Kodachrome 64 slide.
A Happy Easter Sunday to All!
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InasiaJones (30028) 2012-04-08 6:01
I've recently noticed some archive images from Holmertz, and I have to say that I am impressed for two reasons: First, the dedication for this passion/pastime/hobby/obsession/interest (pick your choice). And also, to see documents from 40 years ago, both for their visual quality, as well for what they represents, like a witness of past time.
So of course I have the very same reaction when looking at your photo du jour, as I admire someone who have been devoting a life long relation with photography, going over the simple tourist snap shots, using this media as a way to document and to witness life unfolding around us, in a personal and artistic way.
I salute this interesting shot, by revealing to me that hare in Greenland, and by showing it in a very attractive way. The light outlines its silhouette and makes it standing out of the rugged landscape.
The composition is great, as the animal is positioned on a strong line, and so is the diagonal created by the rock and the beginning of the icy river.
Very cool and à-propos!
sevy (14273) 2012-04-08 6:42
Even more impressive when looking to the date of this shot, more than 40 years ago; and the quality is there. We can say what we want, but it is now easier to take shot in digital with the post processing allowing to tune the shot afterward.
Nice composition here with right placement of the hare and the environment with the bay with ice well shared to get a double interest to the shot.
korbee (6553) 2012-04-08 7:51
Im certainly impressed by the quality of this oldie,I like the good focussing,with the soft blurred icy river into the background.
You know the digital time is such a short periot compared to the old filmrolls,there so so much to see and enjoy from the past times.
What do we know from greenland???\Im glad you give is nice glimpse.
Nice easter for you as well John.
mmohan (742) 2012-04-08 12:09
I never knew you had been taking photos for this long, wonderful!
bayno (18334) 2012-04-08 21:14
this we can define a historical document, I see that in those days did you have some great notions about photography, the scene is perfectly framed, impressive the quality considering it is of a photo taken 42 years ago, I also really like the BG...have a lovely day...
Sonata11 (31229) 2012-04-08 21:27
wonderful composition of stunningly beautiful place and the bunny. Impressively beautiful management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity, great POV and DOF as well. I love it. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
emka (64142) 2012-04-08 23:24
happy Easter Monday! We had a holiday also today. it is wet Monbday, as the custom is to go with the bottles (or with buckets in the villages) of water and to pour it ion the other. So I rather stay at home although after grey days we have today sun and frost. I love this Easter bunny. What a photo you found in your archive! Funny it would be to think how many generations of this rabbit lived since the time of your photo (and the Fibonacci number of rabbits). and the quality of the shot after more than forty years is amazing.
Royaldevon (21415) 2012-04-09 1:38
Good Morning John,
Without the ease of a digital camera and its opportunity to retake if dissatisfied, this is a cracking shot!
The hare is sharp and perfectly placed in frame, the environment, with its rocky, textured details, grabs attention, whilst the b/g continues to amaze with its frozen details. You have paid attention to the rule of thirds - all evidence of the budding photgrapher within.
My warm regards,
timecapturer (37064) 2012-04-09 3:11
an amazing shot in an amazing place. Intrigued by the scenery and this is a great transition into digital. The campsite is superb and it must have been a fantastic adventure. Used to do camping trips a lot in the 70's with mates, but not to such far away and wonderful places. Exceptional view and image - love it John!
saxo042 (33912) 2012-04-09 8:02
You must have had a very interesting trip to Greenland, all thoses years ago. The landscape here looks very beautiful and the hare brings life to the picture. Are there Polar Bears in this region too? A very interesting note with all the links (but I miss the yellow man...)
jjcordier (67214) 2012-04-09 9:23
Une étonnante rencontre dans ce monde glacé qui t'a permis de réaliser une photo vraiment originale et très réussie.
bartekp (4642) 2012-04-10 11:32
42 years ago...superb shot. I checked the camera (what it was).Compo and clors are great. Quality is fine too.
So You have big archives...
angel66 (1006) 2012-04-10 23:51
what a take! I cannot believe that has been taken 40 years ago! what a quality too! TFS I like it
Have a nice day
lousat (64127) 2012-04-11 1:58
Waaw John,what a quality,it seems token yesterday! You work very well in the scannering process,the result is magnificent,i think that this was a spectacular trip and you remember again these fabulous places.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
vladic (4279) 2012-04-11 13:25
Grâce à toi on peut savourer une photo prise il y a 42 ans. La qualité de l'image et du cadre est impressionnante si l'on regarde l'outil. On a une impression de froid en regardant cette magnifique photo, mais heureusement un lièvre arctique est une espèce particulièrement bien adaptée à cette circonstance.
Merci pour ce cliché de qualité.
agjika (4309) 2012-04-12 12:59
You are very luck to have seen this lucky fellow! And what a very unique background. Hares come in all sorts of colours always camouflaging really well.
Thanks for sharing
RhodieIke (9247) 2012-04-13 7:04
Hi John, Blast from the past with this super post of this Arctic Hare, such a splendid image from the 70's.
You were a lucky chap with all that travelling in your younger years.Tfs, Wonderful, Cheers Iain.
Ps, The HDR-ish, post you were asking about was edited on Picasa3, the new version.
delpeoples (48592) 2012-04-23 20:01
How did I miss this one? What a cutie. Almost like a Where's Willy cartoon :) Love the cool bluish tones and the amazing textures of the rocks. Even without the bunny, the photo would be excellent, but having him there is a real bonus. There's an amazing quality to this photo, despite its age. And considering that I'm twins with it, must say that it's aged alot better than I have.
Cheers, un abbraccio