On a spawning ground, in a Norwegian river, a male salmon can have several femals. Every now and then the males take an inspection tour to see how far the femals are from spawning. Moments for the memorybook for a cameraman.
First part of the spawning season the rivers was very low on water. It was a struggle to get the camera low enough to film the Salmon under water, and be careful enough without disturbing the fish or the nests.
This is a miracle. From a small roe of 4mm, a small creature enters the
world. If it gets the chance to grow up, it has the opportunity to
become a 25 kg salmon. It will probably not happen in Repparfjordelva in
Norway anymore. The government has decided to give NUSSIR ASA, a mining
company, the right to dump 30 million tonns of mine waste into the
In Kari Tofts series on NRK Ut i naturen, about ‘Play’ is a 4 minute edited short about the Atlantic wild salmon. This is the last job I made with my friend Gunnar O Nilsen, who suddenly passed away. R.I.P
After some beautiful days in the Norwegian mountains, I returned home with some amazing underwater recordings of grayling, spawning in crystal clear water. This fantastic and funny relative of the Atlantic salmon has its own way of doing things. Enjoyable time spent by the river.
Back from rainy days, flooded rivers and the Atlantic Salmon Spawn in Lærdal River where Gunnar O Nilsen (Pegon film) and I have documented the spawn of the big Salmon.
We struggled with low visability water and almost lost a camera in the heavy flooded river. We returned with over 20 hours of footage.
Years ago, I was lucky enough to see large Brown Trout swim with their Dorsal fins above the water, to measure strength and size. The Circle dance. This I have never forgotten. One day I was lucky enough to experience this again, this time with the camera under water. The chance of getting this spawning behaviors filmed in still water, no wind, swimming in and out of the morning sun, is close to zero. So enjoy this view.