Samuel Taipale

Audun Rikardsen

Canon Nordic Photographer, Norway

Please share a bit about your background as photographer.

I am both a professor in biology and a professional nature photographer, a combination that I often benefit from and creates win-win-situations, including presenting my scientific works and my stories behind my pictures. However, this combination also mean that I’m always short of time, but at least I am never bored! Growing up close to nature in a small fishing community in northern Norway, I have a lifelong fascination with the Arctic’s rough landscape, culture, and wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface. My photography carrier started for real when I bought my first digital SLR in late 2009 and since then photography for me have been about sharing my fascination and knowledge of the Arctic coastline. I have been fortunate to win several large international photography competitions the last years. My work have recently also been shown in several national and international TV productions, all from kids TV to documentaries about my photography and scientific work, but also in a large number of articles in many international and national magazines, internet articles and on social media.


What type of photographer are you?

I am a nature photographer that like to share my fascination and knowledge of the Arctic coastline, often through the revelations of new and unusual perspectives. I often develop my own systems to achieve these perspectives. I am fortunate to live close to nature and in a beautiful area that has a lot of different and changing photo opportunities throughout the year. I therefore take most of my pictures locally.


What are your favorite motives?

Artic animals that in one way or another are connected to water, including whales, eagles and fishes. I am specially fascinated by the little millimeter that divides two very different environment above and below the water surface, something that I also like to show in single (split) pictures.


Which products do you use today?

I use and have used a variety of Canon cameras, mainly full frames, and is currently using the Canon EOS 1DXII, 1DX, 5DIV and 6D. For Canon lenses I use a large variety from 8 - 600 mm, but are especially fascinated by wide angles for animal “close ups” in their environment. I love the Canon 11-24mm and 8-15mm fisheye. I also have several of my own “homemade” accessories, including different underwater housings and flash systems (in combination of the Canon 600 flashes).


Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.

Oh, there is many. I especially remember the feeling when I finally got my underwater shot of a white tail eagle grabbing a fish from the surface, after I had tried many times during a three years period. However, probably my most memorial moment was when I made “best friend” with a wild walrus that strayed from the high Arctic and stayed for the whole summer of 2014 on an island close to where I live. It was a very strange and once-in-a-lifetime-situation, and I still miss him and hope he is doing well, and have made many friends with his own kind.


Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.

Make your own projects on something you are passionate about and have good knowledge of. This could preferably be in your neighborhood where you have the opportunity to always be there at the right place and at the right time. And important, always remember to never ever give up!

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