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The Blue Lake



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20 Comments |
iceman2
 
iceman2 October 19, 2014
Beautiful scenery capture with excellent clarity
jeffswanson
 
jeffswanson October 20, 2014
Grand image.
Structor Platinum
 
Structor November 19, 2014
Great capture !
ruthyates
 
ruthyates November 20, 2014
Beautiful shot, love how the sun is shinning on the mountain.
nornots Ultimate
 
nornots December 22, 2014
Breathtaking image....
LindaT
 
LindaT January 08, 2015
amazing shot!
MarloKay
 
MarloKay January 09, 2015
Wow! My bones ache with your vivid detail!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 April 08, 2015
Such an incredible icy blue.... Magnificent shot. Congratulations on being a finalist and runner up in the Cold Winter contest.
oliversettle
 
oliversettle April 22, 2015
Fantastic
Sniperspawk9 PRO+
 
Sniperspawk9 July 23, 2015
Congrats to this wonderful phototure! I love the colors and how you play with contrasts. Nice job!
leonardospinelli
 
leonardospinelli October 11, 2015
Great photo!!
reneeprewittpickett Ultimate
 
reneeprewittpickett October 11, 2015
Love!!!! Spectacular!!!!!!
HaleyDawn
 
HaleyDawn October 20, 2015
Love the colors.
Nice shot
roksanabunar
 
roksanabunar February 25, 2016
amazing capture
JudyPowellPhotography Platinum
 
JudyPowellPhotography May 18, 2017
Stunning capture. I can almost feel the fresh cool air on my face.
chrispegman
 
chrispegman May 18, 2017
love this composition
Daniel_Leibold
 
Daniel_Leibold May 20, 2017
Wow great colours
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady March 02, 2020
Amazing ice spectacle
ABishopJr
 
ABishopJr November 15, 2021
This is absolutely amazing
wittydolphin
 
wittydolphin July 16, 2022
Absolutely love it.
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken at Blåvatnet, which means The Blue Lake in Norwegian. It is located in the infamous Lyngen Alps, not far from Tromsø City. Blåvatnet receives its water from the Lenangen Glacier, and this is what gives the lake its intense and beautiful colour.

Time

It was taken late October around 4PM. I remember it being extremely cold and windy. I had my camera on a tripod standing in the river but didn't have a remote release at the time, so I had to balance on two rocks to reach the release button on my camera. At one point I almost fell in, which would have made for a very unpleasant 2 hour hike down to the car. Luckily I was able to regain my balance and take the shot.

Lighting

Not really much to say about lighting. It was all natural sunlight, and I believe the exposure time was set to 30 seconds at ISO 100.

Equipment

For this shot I used my Nikon D800 with a Sigma 20mm f/1.8 lens, and of course a tripod. I also used a Cokin Z-pro graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky a bit.

Inspiration

Growing up in Tromsø, Norway, beautiful landscapes are not hard to come by. Drive 30 minutes in any direction from the city center and you'll see some great scenery. I have always been fascinated by the amazing beauty that the nature has to offer, and seeing photos from this location taken by other photographers, of course inspired me to take some of my own.

Editing

The photo got some colour correction in Lightroom, as well as some added contrast and sharpness.

In my camera bag

I shoot landscapes, products, fashion, weddings and more, so what equipment I have in my bag will depend on what I'm shooting. When doing landscapes I always try to pack as light as I can. My D810, 14-24mm, neutral density filters, remote release, tripod, cleaning kit, and some extra batteries usually does the trick.

Feedback

My advice would be to do your research. A couple of weeks before and there would be no snow on the mountains. A couple of weeks later and the lake would be frozen. Know the times for sunrise and sunset, and be aware that because of the mountains, the sun will disappear several hours before sunset. Bring a head torch so you don't have to walk back in the dark, and make sure you are dressed for the weather, or you'll be turned into a popsicle long before you even reach the location.

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