woodland photography

Falcon

Satellite scouting

I have been having a hard time figuring out where to go the last couple of times I have wanted to go out and shoot. Like, I know about a lot of great looking places, but I have some ideas for those places that the weather conditions we have right now won’t work with. Of course I have some places I can go to no matter what and most likely end up with a photo, but I’m wanting to find some new locations at the moment and capture something “fresh”.

If you google “Hvaler” you will get a ton of pictures, but they are almost all from the same popular spots so not much help there neither. What I decided to do was and go to gulesider.no and just look at the satellite map of Hvaler, scrolling around until I found something that looked cool.

Screenshot of the satellite map

Screenshot of the satellite map

Sydengen Spjærøy

After I had been scrolling around for a while I saw this little pier and it caught my attention. The image quality of the satellite map isn’t the best but it looked to me like an old wooden pier, and now in the winter time the boats next to it would hopefully be gone. I decided that I wanted to check it out a little further, so this Saturday when I was out on a little trip with my family we drove by to check it out. Luckily all the boats where gone like I had thought and the place looked pretty cool. To my surprise this place is actually a historic place, the remnants of the old ship “Falcon” lies there, right next to the pier.

Taken with the iPhone 6S

Taken with the iPhone 6S

Its pretty easy to see the hull of the old sunken boat, but the only thing I have been able to find out about it so far is that it was built in 1861. What I do know though is that I thought the place looked cool and I wanted to go back and try and capture a sunrise there. As you can tell from the picture above the weather on Saturday wasn’t anything to brag about, it was the typical grey weather I have been complaining about so many times before.

Sunday morning

The sun rises about 08:00 here now, so I woke up at around 07:00 and drove out there. Its a 10 minute drive from my house, and from the parking lot down to the pier its a hefty 10 meter walk. Even though its close to home it was almost so I didn’t bother going out there this morning, the wind was crazy and when I looked out of my window the conditions didn’t look very promising. But I got dressed and thought that worst case scenario I could just turn around when I get there.

When I arrived at Sydengen I think the people living around there could hear me sigh, it looked absolutely dreadful and I didn’t feel very motivated to get out of my car and set up my equipment but I did it anyway.
I walked around and quickly decided how I wanted my composition to look. It was very windy so I was a little worried about camera shake for the long exposures, but the X-T2 was sturdy as a rock on my heavy Manfrotto tripod.

Taken with the iPhone 6S

Taken with the iPhone 6S

As you can see from the iPhone photo above, the conditions doesn’t scream “PHOTOGRAPH ME!”, but having already spent 30 minutes out there I figured I might as well wait until the sunrise was finished in about 20 more minutes. At this point I’m having my camera set in intervalometer mode, so it’s taking an exposure every 30 seconds, while i’m pacing around just begging for the sky to do anything except staying so awfully grey.

Colors out of nowhere

Then suddenly, like with the flip of a switch the sky turned beautifully orange and magenta. I couldn’t believe my luck that I had decided to go out this morning, and that I stayed out when it looked certain that nothing would happen. I stopped the intervalometer on my camera and put on my Lee 6-stop ND and a polarizer so I could smooth the water and saturate the colors of the sky even more. The water looked so cool, the left part was this cold blue color, while the right part reflected the color of the sky with these amazing warm tones. Just look at this iPhone shot bellow and compare it with the iPhone shot above to see the difference that about 10 minutes did to the conditions.

Taken with the iPhone 6S

Taken with the iPhone 6S

The colors lasted for about 10 minutes before everything turned a little grey again, but during those 10 minutes I got a picture I think was pretty decent actually. The image I captured out there is probably the easiest shot to get there considering its just a shot straight down the pier. But I will absolutely go out there again some time to see what other compositions I can find.

I will also continue to use the satellite map to do some scouting, I have already found another place on Spjærøy I want to check out, so stay tuned for the blog post about that trip. This was my third sunrise shoot in a row, and while I think sunrises looks amazing I still can’t wait for late sunsets again. But anyway, here is the picture I got from todays morning trip, hope you like it.

Taken with the X-T2 and the 18-55mm

Taken with the X-T2 and the 18-55mm

So until next time, have a good one!

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!