Hvaler

The Weekend

A stroll in the woods

So, its been a long time since I wrote a blog post now, and its been a long time since I was able to go outside and do some shooting. I have been in a kind off slump lately, where I haven’t had any motivation to go outside to shot, and the awful weather the last couple of months hasn’t helped either.

But now I’m hopefully back to doing some shooting on a regular basis. I’m going to try and go out at least once a week, and write a blog on either the following Sunday or Monday to get some consistency on my little page. My goal for this isn’t to try and take the most “breathtaking or jaw dropping” photos every week, but to just get out there and do some photography.

This weekend I decided to just take a little walk in the forrest behind my house, It is too late for the beautiful fall colors, and I’m really not a woodland photographer, but it was nice to just push the buttons on my camera again, haha.

Taken in the forrest behind my house close to Ilemyr. X-T2 with the 18-55

Taken in the forrest behind my house close to Ilemyr. X-T2 with the 18-55

Too late for the fall colors

As you can see from the picture above, all the leafs has fallen, I really regret that I haven’t had the chance to go outside and capture this place when it was in full fall colors, it must have been a beautiful sight. But, i’m not planing on moving, so I guess I will get a new chance next year.

But even though I missed out of one of the most beautiful times of the year, I managed to find some early hints of the season thats fast approaching, I’m of course talking about winter. It is starting to get pretty cold here now, and even though we haven’t had any real snow yet, its well bellow 0 degrees Celcius, specially during the nights, so the ground is starting to get hard and the water has started to freeze.

If you look to the bottom right of the picture above you’ll see that theres a little stream running there, and I went further down the trail looking for something interesting to photograph and a nice composition of the stream when I saw some ice sikles! I mean, there wasn’t a lot of ice, but it cool to see the environment slowly changing to the new season we’re approaching.

Some ice sickles in the stream close to Ilemyr. Taken with the X-T2 and the 18-55

Some ice sickles in the stream close to Ilemyr. Taken with the X-T2 and the 18-55

New motivation!

Going out and finally doing some photography again really gave me spark of motivation that I have been in great need of. I think we all (most of us at least) have some periods where we just dont want to pick up our cameras, we dont want to read about photography or look at videos or anything that has to do with photography. I have been that way since the end of summer if I'm being honest, so to finally get the desire back to go out and do some shooting is a welcome feeling.

I will of course still go out and try and take some “portfolio” worthy shots, but I no longer have a problem with just going out and bringing my camera to photograph what I see and experience. For me personally that has been a big obstacle to overcome, having always felt that an image has to include an awesome sunset or sunrise and a beautiful landscape, and I think that overcoming this obstacle will help me get out even more with my camera.

A little “bush” of dead grass - Taken with the X-T2 and the 18-55

A little “bush” of dead grass - Taken with the X-T2 and the 18-55

Whats to come?

If everything goes according to plan, I will now start to post on a more regular basis, and I have promised myself that I will at least once a week go out and just spend some time doing my favourite hobby, photography.

I will also start to write some small reviews from time to time about the stuff that I’m wearing/using. It might be fun to get an amateurs point of view about certain stuff, so I will try to do my best and give my honest, amateur opinion about the equipment I’m using when I buy something new or switch something out.

So until next time, have a good one!

The windy sunset

Nothing beats having a couple of days off from work. I get to spend time with my family and squeeze in some me time to go shooting. It didn't look like the sunset would be particularly good last night, but I still wanted to go out and I decided to go somewhere I have been many times before, a place called Kuvauen. 

If you have read any of my other blogs or looked at my pictures you'll now that Kuvauen is a place I go to quite often. Its a beautiful place and the hike to get there is a great little hike. My dog and I go for walks there almost every day, and now during the summer when its nice and hot outside we use to finish our walks with a little swim in the ocean. 
 

Taken with the iPhone6S

Taken with the iPhone6S

There are a tons of places where the colour of the rock is this deep saturated red/brownish colour. I really want to take a picture of it sometime, but I still haven't found a nice composition or figured out a way to include it in an image yet, but one day I know I will. 

Lately the weather has been awesome here where I live in Hvaler, but last night the wind was something else. The ocean was stormy and some of the waves got pretty big, splashing over the coastline. I decided to skip the shorts and t-shirt, and put on a sweater and some pants, but as soon as the sun was starting to go down I regretted that I didn't bring more clothes and I was cold and miserable. I was also a little nervous the entire time I was out there that a wave would wash up and spray/knock down my camera. To take the image of the composition I wanted, I had to put my camera a little close to the water. In the end I managed to find a spot that didn't have any wet spots on it, so I figured that ment that the water wouldn't hit my camera as long as the waves didn't get any bigger. 

My camera all set up and ready to go (Taken with the iPhone6S) 

My camera all set up and ready to go (Taken with the iPhone6S) 

Sunset is at around 22:00 right now where I live, and I left my house and arrived to Kuvauen at around 19:30 so I had plenty of time to find a composition. Having been there so many times before I have now started to go "blind" and usually struggle to find something new to photograph when I'm there. This time though I was actually a little lucky and found a good spot that I thought looked interesting pretty quick, so when the clock was about 20:30 I had already set up all my gear screwed on my polarizer and focused my shot. 

The sun was now low on the horizon shining straight into my camera lens, so I waited a little bit before I started shooting and just hung out in the wind and watched the ocean. When it was about 40 minutes left until sunset I put my camera into Intervalometer shooting and took a series of bracketed exposures every 2nd minute until the sun had completely set. My plan originally for the picture was to show the movement of the water, but I had to change my plan during the shooting and use my 10stop ND-filter when I didn't get the movement in the water that I wanted. 

 

A 240 second exposure taken with the Fuji X-T2 at f11 with the 18-55mm f2.8-4

A 240 second exposure taken with the Fuji X-T2 at f11 with the 18-55mm f2.8-4

As you can see, the sunset didn't go "wild," just as I had predicted before I left my house. There was a blanket of grey clouds going deep below the horizon line stopping the sun from lighting the clouds from below. But I am still happy that I went out to shoot and I think the image I ended up with turned out okay even though I would have loved a little more colour in the sky. 

I hope this is just the beginning of a great summer with loads of photography opportunities, and hopefully I will be writing another blog soon enough. 

So until next time, have a good one!

Viker, again!

After what has felt like a year with miserable weather, the grey textureless cloud blanket disappeared right in time for easter and the five days I have off from work. 

Now that the winter is supposed to be gone (its still freezing outside) the sun doesn't set before around 20:00, which means that I again have time to go out and shot in the afternoon before its pitch black and be able to look around and find some compositions, something that I have really missed the last five months. 

Last night I ended up at Viker again, its one of my favourite places here at Hvaler but its starting to get kinda hard to find anything to shot out there that I haven't already shot. 

 

Doing some scouting with the iPhone 6S.

Doing some scouting with the iPhone 6S.

The walk from the parking lot and out to the shore is a short 10 minutes. Its not very difficult to get there, but once you're there it feels like you're far away from society, something I enjoy when I'm out in nature. 

Yesterday when I got there I first walked to the rocks you see in the upper left corner of the scouting picture, but I had no chance at finding anything there to photograph that I hadn't already done. I mean, I have no issues with taking the same picture twice, but then the second picture has to be an improvement on the first one and yesterday that would not have been the case. 

So after walking around for about an hour on that distant rock, I gave up and headed back to where the scouting picture is taken from. And lo and behold, I found something that I hadn't noticed before, a nice rock in the water, not connected to the main land at all. It caught my eye, and I decided that tonight, trying to capture that rock in the sunset would be my goal. 

The X-T2 set up and ready to go for sunset. (Taken with the iPhone 6S)

The X-T2 set up and ready to go for sunset. (Taken with the iPhone 6S)

When I got to my final location I still had about 40 minutes before sunset, so I could really take my time to set up, focus properly and do small adjustments to my composition until I was satisfied. About 10 minutes before the sun went down I put my camera to intervalometer mode and just let it take three bracketed exposures every minute. When the sun had gone down completely, I put on my Lee Big Stopper (10stop ND) and took a 125second exposure to smooth out the water. Lately I haven't been that fond of really long exposures, specially on water- but on this occasion I thought I worked out well. 

Fuji X-T2, 18-55f2.8-4 at 30mm with a 125second exposure. 

Fuji X-T2, 18-55f2.8-4 at 30mm with a 125second exposure. 

When I had taken the images I needed and wanted I did what I normally do, packed my camera gear and just sat on the rocks and enjoyed the rest of the sunset. 

So even though it was very cold and a little windy, I ended up with a shot and I got to experience yet another beautiful sunset at one of my favourite locations. And now that summer is getting closer, the sun will stay up longer and longer giving me the opportunity to go out and shot even more. I also have a lot of plans for some wild camping this year, so hopefully I will be able to get some good shots out of those trips as well. 

So until next time, have a good one!

A gorgeous sunset at Viker

Finally I was able to go out and do some shooting again, I dont even remember the last time I did it. The last couple of months when I have been using my camera its been to take some snapshots and candid photos of my family. But my passion for photography came as a part of my love for nature, so to finally be able to go outside alone and do some shooting again was so sweet.

I got to take my first panorama as well last night, but I'm not able to upload it here, I get an error when I try. Now that spring is truly upon us, and the weather is getting better and the sun stays up for longer I hope to get out a lot more. I also have a goal that I will do at least five wild camping solo trips this year, and I'm stacking up on camping gear! 

But anyways, it was nice to go outside again, it would have been an awesome night out without the camera as well, but I'm glad I had it.

 

So until next time, have a good one! 

Cheers!