Dynamic waves

Dynamic waves

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The really beautiful thing about the Lofoten are the wide fjords. Again and again, one sees on the other fjord shore some great snow-covered mountain ridges, most of the times still with a great light in the sky above. One has to search a little in order to find an interesting foreground that one can always put in a different light.

Here it is the surf that meets a rocky coast and fascinated me. So completely different from the soft colors and/or moods of the last pictures but just as typical for the Lofoten.

Lofoten light at its best

Lofoten light at its best

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This was not on the workshop agenda, we were never out that early. Even before the morning meeting for a little theory and the following departure to possible motives I just came back from breakfast to my little camping hut, when this light captivated me. Over the beach of Ramberg a purple sky stretched out. Even the snow on the beach had taken on this great color and a band of clouds shone all the more strongly in violet.

The sun hadn’t risen yet — it should even take another hour until sunrise — but the clouds were already illuminated. For a quarter to half an hour this light mood remained, before it slowly became brighter and the clouds took on a more yellowish color. Once again I was at the right place at the right time!

Lofoten — Abstract Light

Lofoten — Abstract Light

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A little different image from me. As I walked across the beach and was always looking for an interesting foreground for my motif, my view was almost vertical down to this little stream running across the dark sand. Here different layers of sand mix and create abstract patterns. The light sand is also more coarse-grained.

The motive gets additional details by the evening light of the Lofoten. Here too it is »Lofoten light on the ground!«

Lofoten light on the ground

Lofoten light on the ground

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I have always wished for Lofoten light in the clouds and on the mountain tops. But that I would also get it on the ground I had not expected. With the small stream in the foreground, the motif has become even more interesting, it does not necessarily have to be rocks and surf that make the foreground interesting!

During the course we had to submit 2–3 pictures every evening for feedback — of course this motif was included that evening and got positive feedback from the masters.

Foreground matters — Vestvågøya

Foreground matters — Vestvågøya

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»Foreground matters« that we got from Hans Strand on the first morning of the photo course! The beaches of Lofoten on Flakstadøya and Vestvågøya invite you to do so, because you almost always find great mountains on the other side of the motif and in the foreground there are often rocks in the surf.

After I did not see any sun on clowds or mountain tops for days, my excitement became even bigger when we came here to the beach and the colorful cloud hung over the mountain formation. There were also enough rocks in the foreground, only to set the water in the right light and find the right position for the tripod was most difficult. But so right at the beginning a wonderful motive was taken.

On the way to Flakstadøya — Ramberg

On the way to Flakstadøya — Ramberg

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Finally my photo course with Trym Ivar Bergmo and Hans Strand at the northern edge of Flakstadøya Island should start. After a day full of snow and storm, the short drive over to Flakstadøya was quite tranquil but also without big highlights. But when I came to the north coast and saw the mountains and the village of Ramberg in front of me, I had to head for the next parking bay and take my time for this moment.

I had to capture this light mood in the north of the island with the soft pastel colours. How nice that Lofoten light can also be simply soft!

Hamnøy in a snowstorm

Hamnøy in a snowstorm

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I had always hoped to see the sunrays on the mountain tops during my time at Reinefjord. When I stood in the snowstorm on the bridge to Hamnøya and looked down to the red rorbuer, I had in between no view at all to the Festhelltinden that forms such a beautiful scenery behind Hamnøy. During the storm I even had difficulties to keep up at all and so I could only use a storm break to take this picture. Thereby, I even put my backpack under the tripod so that it was not blown over.

What I like so much about this picture is the surf on the rocks below me and at the same time the lots of snow in the background, which really cuts the Festhelltinden out of the rest of the mountain scenery.

The picture shows very typically the winter north of the polar circle.

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