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I took this photo in july 2014 at Trollstigen in Norway. Standing there alone in the fog, I was waiting for the view to become clear. And then it happened, the ...
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I took this photo in july 2014 at Trollstigen in Norway. Standing there alone in the fog, I was waiting for the view to become clear. And then it happened, the fog disappeared and though it was 1 am already, one car came slowly up the steep serpentines. It was my dream for a long time to take a photo of lighttrails like this in Norway - and it was just an awesome feeling that it worked out on the most beautiful and famous street. A few minutes later the fog returned, even thicker than before.
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Remraf
 
Remraf April 11, 2015
Good shot!
robmercer
 
robmercer April 19, 2015
Great capture
oliversettle
 
oliversettle April 20, 2015
Superb, great idea
Darrian-Ashoka-Imagery
 
Darrian-Ashoka-Imagery May 20, 2015
This is trippy looking.
Olya_Go
 
Olya_Go May 20, 2015
Great shot! Keep up your good work!
pjbell_1949 PRO+
 
pjbell_1949 May 20, 2015
I love the tenacity of waiting for the shot. The end product is exquisite.
ellenellen PRO+
 
ellenellen May 20, 2015
beautiful shot, Welcome to Viewbug .
sachinus2010 PRO+
 
sachinus2010 July 15, 2015
Superb shot !!!
It's my dream too !!!
AjaySMali
 
AjaySMali August 21, 2015
Superb...Hats Off
cindyrandazzo
 
cindyrandazzo September 07, 2015
Spectacular. I can't stop staring at it.
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle November 14, 2015
Well worth the wait - stunning! Congrats on all your wins too..
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair December 04, 2015
Amazing work!
jonnietash
 
jonnietash January 07, 2016
Stunning, a great capture, super composition, my fav in the competition, well done
Father-Of-Thor PRO
 
Father-Of-Thor June 03, 2016
Truly epic image. Love the backstory behind it. Proof that being a great photographer is about so much more than having a nice camera. You need an idea, the ability to pull it off technically, and the patience to make it happen. Really awesome shot!
prawink92
 
prawink92 July 28, 2016
Some pictures speaks this is one of a kind :)
siamesesam
 
siamesesam September 06, 2016
Amazing shot. One of the most breathtaking I have seen so far ! I really like the way the lights turn red then yellow as the vehicule takes the curves.
Michael_Cole
 
Michael_Cole October 10, 2016
Whoa. This is epic..
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry November 29, 2016
One of the very best I've ever seen.
Multiple congratulations.
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle November 29, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...very nice
enricovaccariello
 
enricovaccariello November 30, 2016
It was absolutely worth waiting for the final result..! Congratulations
DebJay
 
DebJay November 30, 2016
WOW!!
rpdhjja
 
rpdhjja December 01, 2016
This photo is absolute beautiful, master piece...
PJBELLAK PRO
 
PJBELLAK December 01, 2016
Very inspirational
joybello PRO+
 
joybello April 13, 2017
Wow! Awesome shot!
landaul PRO
 
landaul April 16, 2017
very cool!!!!!
LogeshKumar
 
LogeshKumar April 19, 2017
Great one, wanna click such image once in my life time too :)
carlobertolino
 
carlobertolino May 01, 2017
Really great picture!
ryandaw
 
ryandaw July 08, 2017
Awesome ????????
Rahul_photography
 
Rahul_photography August 07, 2017
Best Long exposure shot I ve ever seen
Axygroo
 
Axygroo November 05, 2017
Incredible! A really beautiful shot.
JudyHess
 
JudyHess January 20, 2018
This is one of the best Trollstigen shots I have seen so far! The car trail looks so awesome, coming out of the mist. Having been there myself I know how lucky one has to be some times to get a shot without fog :)
korinna PRO
 
korinna January 26, 2018
Voted
zorankantipaul PRO+
 
zorankantipaul July 17, 2018
30 second exposure? How fast was this car going?
Naomije
 
Naomije Jun 30
Brings me back to 2005 drinking water from the waterfall freshest nicest water i have ever tasted

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken during a roadtrip around the Baltic Sea in western Norway. It shows one of the most popular touristic streets, the Trollstigen Road.
Time
When I arrived at the visitor center above the road the whole szene was covered by fog. I wanted to take a lighttrail like this for a long time, but the fortune seemed to be not with me. After hours of waiting I decited to take a look at the viewpoint without my equipment. Suddenly the fog disappeared and I ran back to get my camera. When I placed my camera, the fog already covered the road again. But now I decided to wait - maybe the szene would clear up again, I thought. At propably 1am it really happened and fortunately a car slowly came up the steep serpentines.
Lighting
In this time of the year it's not getting really dark in Norway. The nights are shorter the more in the north you are. I only used the natural light and the lights of the car of course.
Equipment
For this picture I used a Canon EOS 70D, the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, a tripod and a external shutter release.
Inspiration
I love to take extrem long exposure pictures especially of nightskies. I used the same techniques as in my startrails. I saw pictures like this before and the Trollstigen was the perfect location to give it a try.
Editing
This is a stacked lighttrail picture. I used multiple pictures taken over about 18 minutes with an exposure of 30sec combined with Lightroom and Photoshop.
In my camera bag
With my Canon EOS 70D I mostly use wide angle lenses like the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 and a Sigma 10mm f2.8 Fisheye. Additionally I have always the Sigma 30mm f1.4 and the Sigma 70mm f2.8 in my bag. Since a few weeks I also have a Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3. I also never forget spare batteries, my compass, a flashlight and diverse filters.
Feedback
Sometimes it seems to be impossible to take a photo you dreamed of. Like with this picture and the thick fog covering the mountains. But finally the fog added something to this picture I've never expected to take. My advice: Go out and take photos no matter what the conditions are like!

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