Fall is giving the season to winter

This weekend I was out in the forest by a lake called Nelaugsvannet. Here we had the experience of being totally alone in the forest. At breakfast a moose passed by the window. It was good to spend the weekend in the cabin.

My idea was to get some different landscapes, as I of lately mostly have been shooting around the fjord in the blue hour for my artistic project, as mentioned in an earlier post.

Equipment I brought with me:

  • Benro tripod
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm F4L USM
  • Lee Filters; Big Stopper, Small Stopper, Gradient ND filters and Sunlight filters

If you are a frequent reader you see I still bring the 70-200mm with me. I do however still find it to be unpractical focal length, and I have after this weekend decided to put it out for sale, and then use the money to partly pay for something like 16-35mm F2.8L or 16-35mm F4L IS. I do not really know if I do need the 2.8 aperture as most of my photos are taken with an aperture of 11-16. But that is a thought for later. The 70-200mm is no bad lens, but the focal length is not something I use much. For landscape it is often a bit to long and for nature, birds, animals it is to short. There I have the 300mm F2.8L IS with both 1,4x and 2x teleconverters.

Well as we came to the cabin on Saturday it was almost dark. It gets dark really early now. Shot a photo on the walk towards the cabin.

Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70mm F28L @ 25mm, 1/50s, f/9, ISO 250

I did some attempts on the moon during the night. It was really beautiful sight. With a golden circle around on the clouds. It must however have been rather windy up in the height, as the clouds moved “really fast”.

Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70mm F2.8L @ 45mm, 1/10s, f2,8, ISO 6400

The next day it was sun, clear sky and the night temperature had been around 6 to 8 minus degrees, which had frozen the shore areas of the lake with a thin layer. At the current it didn’t hold a person, but in a few days it may.

From the early morning I got this shot as the sun came over the hills in the horizon and really took the landscape out of the frost.

Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70mm F2.8L @ 27mm, 1/50s, f/10, ISO 50

I did also go for creating different looks, catching the mood of the moment, the totally stillness, that most humans never or at least very seldom experience.

28mm, 1/50s, f/13, ISO 50
25mm, 1/30s, f/13, ISO 50
27mm, 1/20s, f/13, ISO 50
27mm, 1/30s, f/16, ISO 50

And some more creative edit, or not really, but more B&W tones.

27mm, 1/80s, f/14, ISO 50

 

I also ended up with one landscape shot with the 70-200mm lens, this however I could have achieved with the 24-70mm as well.

75mm, 1/250s, f/5,6, ISO 50

 

It was  a nice weekend out in the forest. Something to be done more often. A fantastic feeling to be out there totally alone, with nature all around.

 

 

 

Outdoor recreation year II

Back in september I took photos at an event in the “Outdoor recreation year 2015”, where the Crown Prince and his daughter visited local scouts in the forrest. Now the Norwegian Guides and Scout Association have released their new edition of the members magazine “Speideren”. My photos are published together with the text of the journalist.

 

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Blue hour – an artistic expression

During this autumn I have had and will continue to have a reoccurring theme in my photos.

“Blue Hour”

The Blue hour explained at wikipedia.com

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths.

To me the time in the evening is especially appealing as the light faints and the blue gets stronger, from a faint colour until a dominant one. It is also represents a shift in nature, the birds act different, the fish often goes closer to land, the wind often looses some of it’s strength.

Some nights are full of motions,

other nights are calm and cold.

Shades get longer, there is little representation of sunlight, except in the beginning a faint line in the horizon.

Another fascination of me is that I am often close to being totally alone at these times. From a nature view it is an amazing sight that happens outside our homes. Another more modern representation of the shift in nature. People leave and nature itself takes over and shapes the landscapes without the interaction with humans for hours each night.

It is however not just by the sea that the blue hour impacts the landscape.

 

My style of showing the uniqueness of this time is trough photography and the strong usage of long exposures. Typically landscapes with low ISO, low aperture, and thereby longer shutter speed.

I am hoping to touch people to see and want to explore this time of the day more then what is done today. As well as to show my experience of natures beauty.

Autumn

This year we have a long and rather mild autumn. Still there has hardly been any days with minus degrees. So there is still ample opportunities to get the nature in autumn colours.

There are some small rivers in the near area that are accessible and that provides good hills with trees that are bright yellow and reddish in colour.

When it comes to water and freezing movement without blurring it, the key is to have just enough exposure time. Usually between 1/2 and 1 seconds.

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This is the camera on the tripod ready to take the photo. Here I also have a different challenge. The river is much brighter then the background hill.

This challenge I solve with a filter. I like the Lee filters. I have a gradient set of ND filters, and here I used the 0.9 ND Gradient Filter.

 

Here with a Big Stopper as well
Here with a Big Stopper as well

So then I did a photo with the filter on and tested with different exposure times. Ended up with an exposure of 1/8th second, probably because the water runs fast here.

End results: