Norway is one of the countries with the most fascinating landscapes in the world. Norway is all about dramatic weather and great landscapes– for a landscape photographer this is a good thing. You don’t have to worry about getting too many days of clear blue skies in Norway. At least that is what I thought before I spent a week in the Norwegian mountains in late September.
The first couple of days were great. I spent them in Rondane National Park and in the mountains north of it. This is not the highest and most dramatic mountains in Norway, but it is an area I really like. The weather was constantly changing, giving me a lot of photo opportunities, but when I moved on to Jotunheimen the weather changed to clear blue skies. All the people I met loved the weather, but I didn’t. As a photographer, I make a distinction between weather for photography and weather for vacation.
Therefore I spent the last days in the sun chatting with friends and drinking coffee. This is not at all a bad way to spend a day or two. I think it is important to take some time to enjoy nature without a camera. If I don’t enjoy nature without having to take pictures, then there isn’t much of a passion for nature. Without that passion, I don’t think you will get those great landscape photos.
The beautiful valley Døråldalen in Rondane one late autumn evening.
Nikon D800E, 24-70mm @62mm, f13, 1/25 sec, iso 200
Mountain birch in Døråldalen, trees are a motif close to my heart and that doesn’t change in the mountains.
Nikon D800E, 24-70mm @35mm, f13, 1/13 sec, iso 400
This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip–it is a picture I have had in my head for long and now it’s real. Next time I will try to make it even better!
Nikon D800E, 14-24mm @14mm, f11, 1/15 sec, iso 100