Forollhogna - Realm Of The GREAT Stags

When I first got into wildlife photography I did not know the first thing about camera settings, lenses or composition but I did have a immense passion for wildlife.  The below blog talks about my encounter with a herd of wild reindeer and how this helped me remember why I got into photography in the first place. 

Photographing wild reindeer in Norway is not easy. There is no pre-set up hide, there is no road you can drive up and down till you spot them there is just the vast Norwegian wilderness.  Reindeer can travel vast distances so once you have committed to these subjects you have too put the work in to find them let alone photograph them. What I love the most about photographing reindeer in the wilds of Norway is not so much the photography itself but the adventure, the thrill of spending days on end hiking in the mountains.  Not knowing what photographic opportunity may lie over the next ridge.  Without wanting too sound grumpy and unsociable but spending time in these mountains without seeing another person is what makes these wildlife encounters so much more special when they do occur.   For anyone that has tried to photograph the wild red deer in the U.K (not the ones in the the deer parks) it can be extremely difficult as soon as they sniff or suspect a human is in the area, they will quickly move away and reindeer are no different they are extremely shy animals that can cover vast distances in just a couple of minutes. Making it tough for us mere humans to track them on foot over the tops when they do. 


For the first few days of the trip we were having varied success, some nice encounters but small in the frame images. 



For the first few days of the trip we were having varied success, some nice encounters but small in the frame images. 

, we had been sitting watching a large reindeer herd moving along a distance hillside. Whilst trying to figure out the best way to get in photographic range. We spotted a lone hiker moving up the hillside who was unaware of the herd over the ridge, when he crested the ridge the whole herd was spooked and charged towards the exact spot we were laying. It was a incredible experience to have hundreds of reindeer stampeding past us. In hindsight I would have preferred a shorter lens and a slower shutter speed to blur the m