The last day of classes on the Lofoten Islands. We wanted to make an excursion to one of the beaches together, but for once we wanted to leave much later. So I suddenly had 1 hour time before we had breakfast together and remembered the bridges of Fredvang, which were only 10 minutes away by car — and there was still blue hour. Typical for the Lofoten and luckily, this light atmosphere lasts for more than 1 hour in January.
In the evening, in the snow drift, on the coast north of the Arctic Circle. From the north the next snow front approaches. Between the snow showers, one can briefly suspect a settlement on the other side of the fjord. Only by a longer exposure the black coastline covered with snow appears at all.
I love this atmosphere, as it shows so much how winter evenings can look like on the Lofoten Islands. Simply impressive. I feel the atmosphere firmly in my memories.
After the great beaches and a lot of attention to interesting compositions, on the second last day of the course a tourist magnet for photographers had to be approached in beautiful winter weather. Above Reine, of course without any parking possibility, because so many other photo enthusiasts were there, we had this wonderful view over the Reinefjord, more precisely over its southern extension of the bay Gravdalsbukta with the mountain Oltstinden in the background.
I also wanted to show this impressive landscape once again in the overview and therefore made a panorama to the square picture above.
Click on it, it is shown in over 3.000 pixels width here in the blog:
With this picture I show again something typical of the Lofoten coast. This black and white sand is on Flackstadøya. I love how the structures of the two kinds of sand mix in the stream of the little creek and reveal so many details to our eyes.
In the background, one sees the surf of the northern sea and of course again some rocks in the beach, as also the snow-covered mountains as they are visible at each shore of a beach. In January, the sun rarely comes down to the beaches. Most of the times, only the clouds and/or the mountain tops are illuminated by it. But this does not do any detraction to the picture, as I think.
A motif without a lot of waves, but with a stone coast that opens to the beach and the beautiful snow-covered mountain ridge in the sunlight. From the foreground, two watercourses draw themselves into the picture.
All without much drama, maybe that’s why I love this picture with its calm expression.
After I almost lost my tripod shortly before — only 5 minutes before it was standing with one leg where the surf shot through the gap * — I was able to take this beautiful motif with me.
For me it is one of the pictures that express a lot about the coast of Lofoten. Again and again one has rocks in all possible forms lying on the shore of the North Sea. Always you have a more or less strong surf, which makes it so interesting to stand on the shore and look at it.
With the rising tide, as we had it in the days on site, the surf on the rocks changes again and again, first it crashes against him, later it shoots over him.
* By the way, we had learned right at the beginning of the course never to leave our camera alone on the tripod, e.g. to change a lens. If the camera was on the tripod, then always one hand on the tripod. I had just reached for my camera here when the tripod was washed away behind my back. So the damage was only a tripod head and not the whole camera with lens!
The focus in this picture is on the sky in contrast to the previous picture, where I wanted to emphasize the surf. Only a quarter of an hour later and especially with a much larger angle of view I had a different picture effect.
Isn’t it wonderful how differently you can picture a place?