19 Dec
2013

Autumn in the Norwegian Mountains

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.

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The beautiful valley Døråldalen in Rondane one late autumn evening.
Nikon D800E, 24-70mm @62mm, f13, 1/25 sec, iso 200

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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

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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

About Patrik Larsson (16 Posts)

I am a photographer with a passion for landscapes, from small carefully selected cross-sections to large views. To inspire others with what I love is the best life for me. Previously I worked as a teacher in photography and outdoor activities for some years. Today I work as a freelance photographer and workshop leader. I give courses and lectures for schools, companies and associations.


9 Comments

  • Wonderful images and article, as always, Patrik!!!

    • Thanks Reb! You must come and visit some time :)

  • That first image is money. Really stunning shot.

    • Thanks David! Really glad you like it :)

  • That top image is especially great. I really appreciate seeing an image that seems to say Norway so clearly, yet without a fjord in sight!

    • Thanks Michael! Norway is great :)

  • Great images from a wonderful place, Patrik. We had an wonderful autumn here in the west of Norway with exeptionally little rain:)

    • No rain and a lot of clouds is what I like :) Norway is so spectacular it´s almost crazy.

  • Hi Patrik,

    Nice set of images! I particularly like the final one.