I recently got back from a three-week photo trip to Norway's Lofoten Islands, home to scenic fjords surrounded by dramatic snow-clad mountains. The weather was often challenging (to say the least), and because of its popularity with photographers, Lofoten can be a difficult place to create original work. In the video below, I share fifteen of my favorite photos from the trip, sharing the techniques I used while making the images, as well as my strategies for dealing with bad weather. I discuss five of the images featured in the video in the article below, and I also share a PRO exclusive video showing my processing from start to finish of the final image in the video.
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The photo below is one of my favorites from the trip, and it is discussed in more detail in the video. I made this flying my drone up a fjord that I passed, hoping to find something off the beaten path. I really like how the shapes and soft light came together in this final composition. DJI Mavic 3 drone, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/50 second.
Next is a photo taken along the coast. I had only a faint hint of light and color, so I focused on making the composition as dynamic as possible. I triggered the shutter as a wave flowed back out to sea, using the motion blur to create a compelling compositional shape (an s-curve that leads the viewer from foreground to background). Sony a7RIV, Venus Optics 9mm lens, ISO 200, f/16, 1.6 seconds.
One very popular place to photograph in Lofoten is Reinefjord, home to the colorful fishing villages of Reine, Sakrisoy, and Hamnoy. Here is another aerial shot, taken from outside the fjord over the ocean, looking back at one of the island villages with stunning scenery in the background. The light and color were just perfect! DJI Mavic 3 drone, ISO 200, f/5, 1/160 second.
One day while exploring the village of Reine, I was lucky to get gorgeous sunset light and perfect reflections in the fjord. I zoomed in for this intimate portrait of the village and the scenic mountains in the background. Sony a7RIV, Tamron 35-150mm lens, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/50 second.
Finally, I made the image below one evening about an hour after sunset overlooking the scenic village of Hamnoy. This is a popular iconic photo spot in Lofoten. I wanted to capture the moment when the twilight blues blended with the warm lights of the village. I share my processing workflow for this image in the PRO-exclusive video below. Sony a7RIV, Sony 12-24mm lens, ISO 100, f/5.6, 10 seconds.
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