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Photo night at the light house

Kråkenes lighthouse near Måløy, Norway. Photo: John Einar Sandvand. Picspiration Sunday

Kråkenes lighthouse near Måløy, Norway. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

PICSPIRATION SUNDAY: Can there be a better place to be an amateur photographer than alone on a mountain top capturing the sunset over a lighthouse? I don´t think so. 

During my summer vacation I drove up to Kråkenes Fyr, one of the many beautiful lighthouses along the Norwegian coast.  Together with my son I spent one night in the lighthouse.

I loved the area – and would gladly have spent several days there if I had the time. The landscape is rough and beautiful – and walking alone in this nature tends to give peace to your soul.

My camera in position overlooking Kråkenes lighthouse.

My camera in position overlooking Kråkenes lighthouse.

The lighthouse rents out six rooms for tourists – and I really recommend the experience. For a photographer it is a dream – and it will be hard not to come home with some great images.

In the evening I climbed up a small hill overlooking the lighthouse and the ocean. I wanted to try to capture some nice images of the sunset.

About the photo

This photo is taken just before the sunset – at around 10 PM.  Colors were beautiful – and reflected in the water.

For this photo I wanted to blur the water and skies to create somewhat of a magical atmosphere. To achieve it I used a very long exposure – making the waves look like smooth water.

Technical info

ISO: 100 and aperture f/13. Exposure time: 59 seconds.

To achieve such a long exposure time I had to use a socalled ND filter. In this case I used a filter that blocked out almost all light – and such allowed me to use a very long exposure time without washing out details.

Originally I planned to do it as HDR photo – putting together several exposures. But after working with it in post-production I felt the best result was using only one of the exposures and instead lift shadows and reduce highlights in Lightroom.

Photo tips

  •  Make sure to have a very steady tripod for this type of photography, especially close to the coast where the wind can be quite strong
  • As remote trigger I use the mobile app from Triggertrap with iPhone and a cable. I find this app very easy to use – and it has a lot of options.

Location


Other photos from the same shoot

HDR photo from Kråkenes lighthouse - composed of five exposures. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

HDR photo from Kråkenes lighthouse – composed of five exposures. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

Waves in the rocks. HDR photo using ND filter to make very long exposures possible. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

Waves in the rocks. HDR photo using ND filter to make very long exposures possible. Photo: John Einar Sandvand


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