Photography in Lofoten Islands

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I really loved lofoten Island when we went there on April 2013. There were barely anyone there and it was still snowing in April… Everything just looks so …. “Norway”. Stormy weather, rugged mountains, snow covered landscapes. We loved it so much that we made a return trip in June 2016. Below are the pictures I have taken at various locations in Lofoten in the two trips. All the locations are very easily accessible from the road, like 5 min walk, as we are lazy with young children ๐Ÿ™‚

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: NEX-6
  • Taken: 20 April, 2013
  • Focal length: 10mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

Notes: In April Sunrise is before 5am so if you want to shoot in good light in the morning you have to be early. My daughter was still very accommodating when she is five and is willing to go out with me early in the morning. This shot is taken just outside my hotel, Best Western Svolvaer. I saw a road going up outside my hotel and I thought just walk up and see if there is a nice view point. I was rewarded with a stunning sky with sunlight streaming through storm clouds. I used a mirrorless camera and shot over my head using the live view, to capture the town and the light.

Just outside Best Western Svolvaer

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NEX-6
  • Taken: 22 April, 2013
  • Focal length: 10mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

Notes: This is also another shot right outside our hotel at Eliassen Rorbuer. It was practically deserted and we had the whole place to ourselves. Sometimes I like to shoot the backs of my subjects just to bring interest to the scenery and get them pointing towards something.

Eliassen Rorbuer

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NEX-6
  • Taken: 22 April, 2013
  • Focal length: 10mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

Notes: Below are two shots taken at the same location at different seasons. It is amazing how big a difference one month can make. This beach is my favourite because it is literally right beside the road ๐Ÿ™‚

Lofoten in April

Lofoten in May

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-M1
  • Taken: 31 May, 2016
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

Notes: This place is taken at E10 where the road branches off to Reine. There is a convenient carpark and it overlooks the town of Reine. I am sure there are better viewpoints up the mountain but this one is right beside the road ๐Ÿ™‚

Reine

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: X-M1
  • Taken: 31 May, 2016
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/2700s

Notes: This place is taken at Eliasen Rorbuer on our second trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eliasen Rorbuer

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-M1
  • Taken: 1 June, 2016
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s

Notes: I forgot where this place was exactly but it is definately along theย  main expressway E10. I like to have my kid run alone as it always make the photo looks more interesting and you can really feel the innocence of the children when there are no adults in the pictures.

Spring in Lofoten

 

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: NIKON D700
  • Taken: 22 April, 2013
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000s

Notes: On our first trip we were looking to shoot the red rorbuers scattered all over Lofoten Islands. We thought they looked very “norway” ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have a gps location for this pic and my title pic because they were just beside the Expressway during our drives around the Islands. This shot is taken with an extreme tele with me standing really really far away.ย  It was snowing and thus the background was totally white but I included a lot of it because it gives a sense of scale about how small we felt in the midst of all the tall snowing cliffs and mountains.

Off the Road in Lofoten

 

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