The Awesome Baltic Monster by Kofoed


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Almost everybody has heard about the Loch Ness Monster, whereas few has ever heard about the Baltic Monster.

Nevertheless, old salts have through the ages told stories about some unknown sailor having seen the Baltic Monster to the few chosen. I once had it told in a harbor pub, but no one including myself has ever believed it to be anything else than a drunken sailor’s tale.

However, as some of you may know, I like to walk along the beach, and these days we have quite some strange sights there. The rocks are glazed with ice and in between the rocks the pack ice has been pushed in and up to form the strangest figures imaginable. When being in such a strange and surreal scape alone, one has to take very much care not to be fooled by one’s imagination!

Well, I was walking along the beach when I heard a strange sound. I was there all by myself; it was even too cold to bring my dog. The sound was mournful and a little scary. When I came closer the sound grew in volume, but I still couldn’t see anything above the brink of ice. With the risk of becoming disabled, I climbed a big, ice-covered rock and noticed some splashes in the slush ice nearest to the ice edge.

And then, suddenly, this monster raised its ugly, ice-covered head while making the fiercest noise and splashing violently with its tail. Later, I thought that it must have been caught by a combination of the shallow waters and the ice here.

Being used to think about my camera first in any situation, I succeeded in making a couple of fast shots, all by a conditioned reflex. I then went down from the stone, up to my car and home in a record breaking time!

Being my friends in photography, I thought I would share it with you all here as the first.

Shot with a Canon EOS 500D with an 18 – 135 mm Canon zoom lens from the shores of the Baltic (and Danish) island of Bornholm.

Processed in Lightroom 3.2.


bornholm, denmark, ice, monster, winter, beach

Based on the Danish island of Bornholm.

Shoots in RAW, process in Lightroom.

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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    This really is fantastic.

  • Thank you very much, BigCatPhotos. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Looks like a very coldblooded creature! lol

  • Thanks a lot, David.
    Yes, a very coldblooded creature :o)

    – Kofoed

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    Beautiful nicely done and presented in all it’s entirtety Wonderful capture and write up nice effect and colour light shade wonderful

  • Thank you very much, Bonita. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 3 years ago

    Wow, thank goodness for your reflexes both in grabbing a few pics and in escaping the monster!

  • Thank very much, Joan. Yes, I really appreciate my reflexes – and your lovely comments.

    – Kofoed

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 3 years ago

    Great story – even better image, great colours and timing! You must have been frozen!

  • Thank you very much, Spencer. Very much appreciated.

    – Kofoed

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Keld!

  • Thank you very much, Torfinn. And thanks awfully for the favouriting – I’m honoured.
    How are you now?

    – Kofoed

  • Mark Bowden
    Mark Bowdenover 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this icy scene, it makes me feel quite warm.
    Great capture.

  • Yes, hopefully it does. Thank you very much, Mark.

    – Kofoed

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 3 years ago

    Glad you survived to tell the tale Keld and well done for getting a shot in before legging it back in record time!

    The light’s superb and the water just splashes in the right place picking up the beautiful light along the way.

  • Thank you so much, Stuart. I really appreciate your very nice comments.

    – Kofoed

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Lol, you made me laugh Keld, I can picture you at high speed with a certain “look” on your face, “bewilderment or terror”, good to see you managed to get a good shot, it’s amazing. There could be a dolphin in there Keld….. Well done :o)x

  • I’m glad I could give you a good laugh, Josie!
    Thanks very much – most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 3 years ago

    I sure hope that monster is getting up to leave. Gorgeous morning light. Excellent kofed.

  • It’s left and no one knows where it has gone to…
    Thanks very much, Paul. Much appreciated.

    – Kofoed

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