Some days ago we were leaving Härjedalen, going back home to Gothenburg. The rain was pouring down and we had just passed the allegedly highest situated village in Sweden, Högvålen, at the altitude of 805 metres above sea level.
We were driving along road 311 between Tännäs in Härjedalen and Älvros in Dalecarlia (Dalarna). This part of Sweden is the southernmost part of the Sami cultural area, and, as such, also the southernmost ”reindeer pasture district”.
So, not unexpectedly, we had to stop for a herd of reindeers, standing in the middle of the road. They reluctantly moved to the side. I took a lot of pictures from the car, through the open window. Here they were standing about 50 metres from the road.
There are some other pictures as WS:s.
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emka (64182) 2011-08-09 15:03
Hi Gunnar, I haven't seen reindeer at large, I was probably not north enough. Are they wild there? Wonderful animal, and so close. Nice rainy photo.
emilbo (21507) 2011-08-09 15:05
On a pas toujours la chance de voir un animal comme celui-ci et il faut pas le manquer. Une photo pas facile, souvent le temps de le fixer avec la caméra et il est parti. Je ne sais pas si le chevreuil était figé par la pluie mais tu l'as parfaitement réussi.
Toutes mes félicitations,
worldcitizen (5629) 2011-08-09 15:49
Nice nature shot. I like the pouring rain, and I am amazed that the reindeer is standing so still while it rains so hard. I guess he doesn't mind getting wet. :-)
tyro (15721) 2011-08-09 16:00
Wow! I saw the thumbnail of this picture and thought I just had to look at it because it looked so different and so interesting. But then I saw your name on it and I couldn't believe it!
Just so very, very different from your usual photographs. No red object at the crossing-point of thirds (did Santa run away because of the rain?), no strong deep colours and contrasts, no stunning sharpness and detail.
But what a picture! Looking at your exif data, you have stretched that lens to its maximum length, shooting through 50 metres of heavy rain but you have captured this magnificent beast in all its glory! The greenery on the ground and the trees and mist make a fine setting and the rain itself has given the picture a magical effect - reminiscent, at least to some extent, of some of your "aquarelle" water reflection shots.
Interesting note too - I can understand why you didn't get out of the car. But, of course, not only did you keep yourself dry but I have found that sheep and cattle (and presumably reindeer too) are less upset by motorcars than they are by people.
P.S. This one's got to be a "favourite"!
vasilpro (40563) 2011-08-09 23:02
Wonderful composition, beautiful rainy atmosphere, lovely reindeer, the rain acts like a filter and your photo is like a painting, natural soft colors, excellent POV, TFS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
danyy (0) 2011-08-09 23:35
Ce n'est pas tous les jours que l'on peu voir cet animal en liberté et dans des rares coins du monde. Le Père Noël n'est peut-être pas loin.
Pleuvait-il au moment de la photo?
snunney (72762) 2011-08-10 2:02
The pouring rain brings a sort of painterly effect to the composition and adds to the interest. The majestic if slightly forlorn looking reindeer is nicely placed. I like the understated tones and muted light.
wolf38 (29116) 2011-08-10 2:43
Hi Gunnar. Deer in the rain. An interesting photo. It looks very authentic. And it's a completely different photo than usual - well seen and realized. Rgds wolfgang.
dta (56746) 2011-08-10 2:55
Hello Gunnar ,
Not so easy to take shots with heavy rainfalls . I think that you've succeeded in doing it , here . The effect is really great . It looks like a painting .
A very original picture .
Kielia (21533) 2011-08-10 5:39
as already mentioned before, this image looks like an oil painting; the effect of the pouring rain is fantastic. What I like most is how the creature is posing for the photographer, one can clearly see that it is watching you carefully! A great capture and a favorite one for sure!
jlbrthnn (79789) 2011-08-10 5:55
Very beautiful photo of this animal full of nobility. The rain returns the unreal scene, and it made look like a painting. Colors are very pleasant. I also like ws, especially #1. Attractive work. Bravo.
Have a nice day
mkamionka (27089) 2011-08-10 6:44
I had a similar situation with a small black bear in California. The small bear got scared by my car and jumped onto a tree. I took a photo from the car as you did. I was afraid the mother may be around and she may not approve me photographing her baby. The photo has much worse quality then yours so I did not show it here but I have a strong sentiment for it.
Very interesting work, TFS,
Budapestman (82620) 2011-08-10 13:28
a beautiful rainy photo of this elegant animal with very nice composition and splendid details, great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Fis2 (77022) 2011-08-10 14:07
Beautiful raindeer in rain
A very interesting painting photo.
bukitgolfb301 (32668) 2011-08-10 16:17
Hi my dear Gunnar
How are you? Waoo yes coming, a great masteroiece!
So impressive nature shot!!!!!!!
Perfect momet and perefect framework you catch as usual! So fantastic image indeed. The heavy rain contributes to the great atmosphere! Thanks for your sharing nice work and have a good day!
Takero from heart island Tokyo
Graal (92174) 2011-08-10 23:26
good shot during the rainy weather. Amazing portrait. View like painted image. Well complementary WS.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (105903) 2011-08-11 2:13
je comprends pa pourquoi ont ne peut pas aimer cette image, c'est un bijour une merveille, quel captage, quelle merveille fantastique bravo, il faut les faire ces images d'animaux sauvages.
Merci et maitié
rodgerg (55767) 2011-08-11 2:34
What a superb portrait! Excellent framing and details and attitude of teh animal very well collected. An excellent nad not easy photowork! Congratulations!
Have a nice day,
annjackman (15541) 2011-08-11 8:17
You have created a really interesting effect taking this in the rain - rather like a painting. The colours are gentle and beautiful. A wonderful shot of this majestic animal in its natural environment.
ktanska (22692) 2011-08-11 12:28
So also in Norrland you are bound to meet reindeer just like in Finnish Lapland. But this is not just a quick snapshot along the road. This is beautiful. The reindeer gives good side pose. The weather is clearly terrible, and water drops gives this another dimension. Luckily there was still enough light for this impressive result.
UlfE (14140) 2011-08-11 13:02
Splendid photo of this "raindeer". I really like the mysterious atmosphere. You were very lucky to capture it in this way. I am also impressed by the composition with the reindeer perfectly positioned in front of the trees in the background. One of the advantages when you took this photo is the absence of shadows or shaded areas. I doubt that it would have been possible to take a better photo than this on a sunny day. TFS and have a nice evening!
dip (22130) 2011-08-11 13:07
very nice capture of the reindeer in rain,and the WS are also beautiful !
I see that you've classify the photo also in the category 'daily life',
I think to meet a reindeer there,must be a usual scene :)
thanks for sharing,
holmertz (31340) 2011-08-12 8:51
Unfortunately I had completely overlooked this fine picture. The rain and the grey sky give the colours a very pleasant mildness. This magnificent bull poses very nicely in a fine environment.
But 805 meters is probably less than the lowest village in Lesotho...;-)
jafadabret (56497) 2011-08-12 11:29
La pluie est un élément important de la photo, elle donne à l'ensemble l'aspect d'une tapisserie et ça me plaît beaucoup.
jemaflor (74108) 2011-08-12 13:45
Well captured, interesting effect as a painting, funny title, well done and tfs.
Buin (42120) 2011-08-13 1:58
Das ist ja ein überraschendes Bild - und ein sehr stimmungsvolles! Man kann den Regen fast spüren und hören. Ein Zufallsfoto der ganz besonderen Art. Auch die WS-Fotos sind wirklich sehenswert. Ein toller Beitrag!
Grüße aus dem nassen Siegen - aber der Regen wird langsam wärmer ;-)
Euch beiden ein schönes Wochenende!
Glint (5919) 2011-08-13 13:28
this is a really atmospheric image.The rain and your photographic skills has rendered it an impressionistic masterpiece.
ymrk (14947) 2011-08-14 10:18
Certainly good timing you did..great image but there is a problem on the sharpness,isn't there?
RhodieIke (9247) 2011-08-14 11:18
Wow! Gunnar, This is fantastic capture of this fine Stag, looks like a great painting, Super colours, Well done, Cheers Iain.
mesutilgim (73062) 2011-08-14 11:26
Hi dear Gunnar,
Absolutely a "masterpiece" !
Amazing photographic qualities with the taste of an oil painting.
TFS and best regards
papagolf21 (79582) 2011-08-14 14:55
Bonsoir, cher Gunnar,
La bête n'est pas aux abois, mais sous la pluie ! voilà une photographie qui mérite des éloges.
La nature à l'état pur !
J'aime beaucoup cette composition.
COSTANTINO (44179) 2011-08-16 9:30
it is not only a shot,it is an amazing shot...
g r e e t i n g s...I like the scenery,the
whole atmosphere which is romantic and
melancholic,nice natural colors,
everything is delicate and sweet in this photo,
Atousa (7123) 2011-08-19 4:38
An excellent shot!.. looks like a beautiful rug hanging on the wall! .. the rain has made it really special.. thanks for sharing this great moment with us.. nice WS photos as well.
Best regards, Atousa
faletiz (10759) 2011-08-22 13:00
you have captured a really fantastic shots despite the rain and the movement of the machine. A beautiful natural reportage! Well done!
fanni (13944) 2011-08-22 13:59
all these three photos are very interesting! and I especially liked the "Santa Claus was calling" picture ;)
This one is the best of them, of course. I LOVE the rainy haze and the lines of of falling rain which are clearly seen in the picture!
I wonder what the same reindeer would look like if it wasn't raining??? the photo would be very different. But in that case it would simply be "a photo of a reindeer"... whereas right now this is a photo with a special rainy mood of a special moment, which makes it much more interesting! so there :))
romanaa (7644) 2011-08-28 12:49
stunning are all three pictures, the encounter itself must have been a wonderful experience, but the rain makes fabulous effects in your shots.
patdeph (35744) 2011-08-30 10:28
what a majestic animal,superbly placed in front of the big tree.The like the strong rain that gives a splendid effect.Magnificent!
larsy (28) 2011-10-04 23:33
Synd att det regnade, men det kanske var därför hjorten stod still så du kunde fotografera den.
jadesgran (3993) 2011-10-14 22:30
A wonderful photo of this reindeer, and those antlers are great.We were driving in the dark a few days ago and a Roe deer jumped in front of our car from a hedgerow,ran across the road and disappeared over the hedge on the opposite side.
Best Wishes Gladys
Selmik (2911) 2011-10-29 16:29
a very fine photograph, every detail are a bit blurred and makes this wonderful composition looks like painting, not photograph. Simple, but outstanding.
Have a great weekend,
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2012-12-13 12:59
Hello Gunnar, difficult shot greatly captured looks more like an oil painting than a picture!
Very natural, outstanding take of the deer position and posing and the raindrops falling!
A very attractive shot!
Romano46 (11573) 2013-02-27 11:22
nella tua gallery ho trovato questa bella foto scattata in condizioni aytmosferiche difficili come dice lo stesso titolo, ma non per questo meno bella, anzi al contrario, capace di creare suggestioni particolari.
La pioggia ha creato un effetto meraviglioso che fa assomigliare la foto ad un quadro impressionista, i colori appaiono sfumati ed il soggetto appropriato all'ambiente.
A mio parere un ottimo scatto, dalla realizzazione tecnica perfetta che, oltretutto, mi sembra abbia ottenuto un ottimo successo.
Ciao e buona serata
pajaran (41759) 2013-03-10 23:36
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, lepo pokazan trnutak sa kisom.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Good article on the place and time ...
A good time recording, beautifully demonstrated trnutak with rain.
Have a nice day, all the best in the new week that started.
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (33934)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Event
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-09 14:22
- Favorites: 2 [view]