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Photography in The Lofoten Islands During the Midnight Sun

Ever since I spent July in northern Norway a pair years ago, I’ve turn into obsessed with midnight solar images.  It’s simply such an interesting factor. I imply, the sun actually doesn’t set for about 2 months in the Lofoten Islands.  And from a images standpoint, the app PhotoPills says that at the finish of June – the month we visited on this journey – golden “hour” starts at 10pm and runs until 3:30am.  I’d argue that it’s closer to 8pm – 5am.

I imply, the mild is just unreal principally all night time.

What I really like most about photographing the midnight solar isn’t just the mild; it’s the absurdity of getting these places to yourself.

In most popular travel locations, the iconic places are sometimes swarmed with self-takers and vacationers.  But what number of vacationers determine to go out and take footage at 2am?

The outcome is a perfect little bit of solitude at a few of the most visited locations in the Lofoten Islands.

In this weblog publish, I’m going to stroll you thru a few of the highlights of the images workshop we ran in Norway.  It was unimaginable.

Midnight Hike in Brensholmen

Earlier than my workshop individuals arrived, I needed to scout out a images location that I hadn’t been before.  Brensholmen is a city principally straight west of Tromso. Just outdoors of town, there’s a small hike up to a stupendous view of the coast.  I assumed it will be the good place to observe the midnight solar hover over the horizon.

I wasn’t really planning on taking footage.  However, it was such an interesting thing to be able to photograph into the solar at 1 in the morning that I couldn’t resist.

the midnight sun on the coast of norway

Instantly into the sun. I used two exposures blended to fix the exposure challenge.

I additionally go my drone up. And I know it’s getting previous, but how typically can you fly a drone and capture lovely panorama imagery at 1am?  At the finish of it, I feel my drone image of this boat heading out on a midnight cruise is my favorite photograph of the shoot.

A boat driving through the sea at midnight in norway

After taking some footage instantly into the midnight solar, I decided to take a longer lens out of my digital camera bag and try to capture some particulars of the panorama and sea.  The next image was made using the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6.  I additionally used a hard grad ND filter to carry in the mild on the sky.

An island on the sea at sunset

Sheep on a Seashore with James Popsys

After sleeping from about 3am to 11am, I woke up to greet the individuals of my workshop.

I also scooped James Popsys up from the airport.  When you don’t know James, go take a look at his images channel on YouTube.  He’s a personality, great photographer, and only a good dude to have round.  I requested James to hitch this trip as a space opened up by a cancellation.  He was awesome to have on the trip.

With James and the squad, we rolled down the famous E6 highway to the Lofoten Islands.

In case you comply with James’ channel, you realize there are a pair operating jokes.  A type of jokes is that James never uses a tripod.  The different is that he loves sheep.  On our first shoot in The Lofoten Islands I did catch him using a tripod – in order that is perhaps an exaggeration.  However, a gaggle of sheep on the seashore did seem to gravitate to him – so I’d say that concept has been confirmed.

sheep on uttakleiv beach, norway

Because it was out first photograph shoot out on the islands, we determined to take things fairly straightforward.  I wandered round with a few of the individuals to ensure they have been getting good photographs.  And, truthfully, the mild wasn’t anything to write down residence about, so we have been fairly chilled.

Ultimately, though, we acquired a very temporary window of excellent mild and I managed to seize an image I actually like.  The under photograph was taken at f/11, zero.5seconds, iso100, @34mm.  I used a 4 cease medium grad ND filter.

beautiful skies and wild seas at uttakleiv beach, norway

An Epic Window of Mild

Truthfully, on these images tours we frequently spend a whole lot of time driving around chasing mild.  Typically it really works out rather well, and different occasions you spend an entire day driving round in the rain.  On the second full day of the tour, we have been doing the later.

It rained for the first 2 or three hours we have been out exploring, and it was starting to seem like the night could possibly be a bust.

Then, virtually out of nowhere, the mild actually began hammering by way of the clouds and left the entire Reine space of the Lofoten Islands bathed in gentle mild and color.  It was phenomenal.  For a strong 2 hours we ran around capturing photographs.  I feel it may need been the widest variety of photographs I’ve ever captured in such a brief time period.

It began with some moody mild the place I was making an attempt out James’ talent of taking footage with no tripod.

Reine, Norway

Then, simply as I used to be prepping to take moody footage to compensate for the lack of excellent mild. This occurred.

Reine, Norway

And from the similar spot I photographed the above picture, I pulled out an extended lens and captured the under photograph.  When you take a look at the prime image, are you able to see the cabin from under?

Reine, Norway

Panning to the proper, once more from the exact same standing level, I found this lovely scene and the mild pummeling by means of the scene superbly.

Reine, Norway

James had noticed a collection of cliffs not distant that he was dying to photograph, so we popped in our van and headed just south of Reine.  Positive enough, there was one other photograph to be made.

And, significantly, have you ever ever seen clouds like this?

Reine, Norway

After that, we thought that the mild may die on us.  And, as we drove back throughout Reine in the direction of Hamnoy rain began to hit us pretty closely.  But, while we have been there we thought it was in all probability intelligent to see if we might capture an image of the basic view from Hamnoy Bridge.  And, as we set up tripods in the rain, that unimaginable back-light got here again.

Hamnoy Bridge, Norway

If that wasn’t sufficient, as we drove residence the mild determined to return out for us again at Skagsanden Seashore.  I’m not likely a fan of the photograph I made, but you possibly can’t fault the mild.

Skagsanden Beach, Norway

The Coolest Soccer Area in The World

With the weather not wanting nice for the subsequent couple days, we selected to do some exploring.

In images, it’s pretty straightforward to get hung up on the concept of “good light” and the right weather.  I feel we frequently get cussed and choose specific places we need to photograph slightly than just wandering.  But, wandering typically results in the greatest pictures.

So, we wandered.

Ultimately, our wandering took us to the town of Henningsvær which is considered one of the extra common locations in the Northern Lofoten Islands for vacationers.  And whereas it’s lovely, the purpose that we came right here was for the soccer subject.  The pitch is stuffed down onto a small slab of earth surrounded by the sea.  The only method to get a real appreciation for it’s by way of some aerial images. So, I acquired my drone up.

Henningsvær soccer field

Henningsvær soccer field

After leaving Henningsvær, we began to make our means again to Leknes in a light-weight drizzle of rain.  But, James spotted a cabin on the drive in, so we hunted it down for some photographs.

And whereas this location isn’t clearly spectacular, it does make for some lovely photographs.  I feel all the members obtained a very cool image here.

A cabin in Lofoten Norway surrounded by buttercup

The Stupidest Landscape Photography Challenge in the Historical past of Ever

I’m going to drop the video of this panorama images problem under because it’s somewhat bit ridiculous.

Primarily, I’ve started to seek out plenty of enjoyable in these challenges. I feel it forces me out of my creativity field and makes me re-work my considering.  Nevertheless, loads of the challenges I’ve accomplished lately have been pretty primary.  So, I requested the individuals in the workshop to provide you with something borderline means.  And, yeah, I acquired one.

The challenge was to make a photo of a seascape with my ft in the water.  Seems easy right?  In fact, the kicker was that I needed to do it with a 10-stop ND filter.

In fact, being the aggressive individual I’m, it wasn’t actually enough to only take a photo, I needed an excellent one.

So, I painfully stepped down the rocks and into the sea close to Reine to grab a picture.  I spent about 10 minutes in the water screaming like a small youngster.  It was painful, but I do assume the picture type of works.

Hamnoy, Norway

What a Send Off!

On the seventh day of Christmas – err, the images journey – we have been rewarded with about eight hours value of golden hour.

It wasn’t good We did have to attend by means of little downpours of rain. Nevertheless it was pretty spectacular.

Because it was the last day of the journey, I principally asked all the different photographers which area of the Lofoten they needed to spend their time in.  They all selected the south.  So, we headed right down to the Reine and Hamnoy area as soon as once more.

I ought to have recognized we have been in for a treat when at 630pm as we headed south we already stopped to take photographs at a viewpoint near Ramberg.  The mild was type of capturing by way of the clouds and hitting the hills in a very crisp and dreamy means.  We couldn’t resist a photograph.

As we headed south, we stopped in Sakrisoy which is definitely one in every of my favorite locations in the Lofoten Islands for images.  It’s right next to the basic views of Hamnoy, but I really feel like there’s way more to work with from a composition stand point right here.

And, again, the mild didn’t disappoint.


There was some extent, though, that the mild virtually obtained a bit irritating.  Not that it wasn’t lovely, however it was just in the improper place.

I found a lovely scene of some cabins along the water, but there was an enormous picket fish rack totally blocking the scene.

So, I received somewhat bit artistic and determined to make use of the construction to work as a body for my picture.  I dialed down the aperture to about f/four for this picture to assist blur hour the frame, and push the eye’s focus onto the cabins and the mild.


And, it wouldn’t be a images trip to Norway without going to the basic viewpoint of Hamnoy no less than 3 occasions.  So, as soon as once more we headed down.

I feel I made the mistake on the last trip of believing that the solely actually highly effective image of Hamnoy is from on prime of the bridge.  In reality, there’s a very lovely couple pictures too be made out of lower down.  In reality, we climbed slightly below the bridge onto the rocks for the picture under.

It really works rather well because of the path of the strains on the rocks that lead the eye into the cabins and then as much as the mountain.

Hamnoy Norway

While we have been photographing Hamnoy, the weather turned on us and it began to rain again.  So, we decided that with 3 or 4 really nice photographs in the bag from the night we’d start to make our approach residence.

Then, on the method residence, the mild decided it wasn’t achieved being epic.

Someplace close to Ramberg, we pulled off at the aspect of the street and wandered right down to the sea to capture one final seascape on the Lofoten Islands earlier than calling it a trip.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

What’s Subsequent?

In the event you’ve been following the YouTube channel you realize that I did one thing crazy this week. Nothing’s finalized, however it appears like we’re going to be based mostly in Portugal from next yr onward, which is exciting.

From a perspective of the excursions, the next one is occurring in Mongolia, and there are literally a pair spots left on my climbing/images journey to Nepal in October.

When you’re following on social media, you’ll quickly see me in a completely new destination: Sri Lanka!

Plenty of fun in images arising, as regular.

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