NORTHERN LIGHTS, OLDERFJORD NORWAY

It was about 10pm, trying to get some sleep due to being unwell. My roommate comes in and tells me the skies have lit up. Reluctant at first, I decided this was something I need to see and experience.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Olderfjord Tourist Center, would not recommend staying there. But the scenery was nice.

Especially excited when I got my film rolls back. A mix of different exposure times around a guide I dug up on shooting the Northern Lights on film.

Especially excited when I got my film rolls back. A mix of different exposure times around a guide I dug up on shooting the Northern Lights on film.

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Day time clouds in the same spot.

Day time clouds in the same spot.

TECHNIQUE & APPROACH #24: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY NORTH EUROPE

Street Photography Guide. With a focus on light.

Stockholm, Sweden , with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

Stockholm, Sweden, with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

My obvious choice is black and white film. I guess it’s just the simplistic tones, mixed with good light capturing everyday life.

Stockholm, Sweden  at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

Stockholm, Sweden at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

Copenhagen, Denmark.  Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

Stockholm, Sweden.  A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

Stockholm, Sweden. A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

Hamburg, Germany.  Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

Hamburg, Germany. Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Lens selection is critical too. And film plane balance. When shooting consider building / vertical upward line distortion. This can either be fixed in post-production or using a tilt-shift lens. This allows you to move the film plane and prevent lens distortion.

If you shoot without panning the camera upwards, this will alleviate wide angle distortion.

This is simply an introduction, I do offer one to one training where I provide you with hands on practical tuition with the accompaniment of basic theory. Whether you shoot film or digital.

A Trip to Svartisen Glacier, Norway.

An earlyish morning start, on the bus to the boat. The boat starts at Svartiskiosken, Råna, Norway. Then about 1 hour up river to another spot, where a 3km hike over rocky terrain takes you to the glacier.

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The mighty vessel.

The mighty vessel.

Early morning fog.

Early morning fog.

Breath-taking views.

Breath-taking views.

Ice cave.

Ice cave.

Side view.

Side view.

Norway’s second largest glacier, roughly a 3km hike from where we were dropped off from the boat. Covering a span of approximately 370 square km. I hope it sticks around for a while, long enough for a few more generations to experience this natural very old beauty.