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Dreaming of Hamnøy



The quaint micro-village of Hamnøy is one of the most picturesque villages on all of the Lofoten. Particularly this view is a Lofoten-classic and has probably ...
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The quaint micro-village of Hamnøy is one of the most picturesque villages on all of the Lofoten. Particularly this view is a Lofoten-classic and has probably been photographed by every photographer ever visiting the islands. I hope I can nonetheless add something new with my attempt...
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18 Comments | Report
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 27, 2016
Beautiful shot! Congrats.
Witmar
 
Witmar June 12, 2016
beautiful picture
jimfbauty
 
jimfbauty June 13, 2016
Your photo makes me want to do what you did... that is very far north... Beautiful.
Chick15 PRO+
 
Chick15 June 14, 2016
Wonderful capture...Congratulations!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 June 15, 2016
Stunning shot!
JVphotos Platinum
 
JVphotos June 17, 2016
beautiful all around.. gives an image of peace serenity great shot
hpd-fotografy
 
hpd-fotografy June 18, 2016
Thanks to everyone for voting and commenting on my image! And thanks to the editors for featuring this image within the viewbug community! Much appreciated!
QubaKpl
 
QubaKpl July 10, 2016
Great composition and shot !
frankclem
 
frankclem July 20, 2016
Love the shot and the extremely beautiful area. Sad that I have only visited once, especially considering that my Mother was born in Hamnoy.
Argatykites PRO+
 
Argatykites September 27, 2016
Amazing Capture. Congratulations on your well deserved Awards.
MKoelen
 
MKoelen January 06, 2017
A bit gloomy toning but the red houses creating great contrasts...!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq January 26, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous! :)
N1ckBaker
 
N1ckBaker May 12, 2017
Love the gloomy toning in this shot! Amazing!
Lockwood
 
Lockwood August 13, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
CPF_Photoart
 
CPF_Photoart August 16, 2017
Wonderful
bluespanishsteel02
 
bluespanishsteel02 November 15, 2020
A truly beautiful image of life up north!
katherineplessner Platinum
 
katherineplessner August 29, 2021
wonderful image--I was lucky enough to get to spend 5 days in one of these cabins a couple years ago
Legu
 
Legu October 03, 2021
Your photo is crispy and alive.Love IT.

Behind The Lens

Location
The quaint little village of Hamnoy, Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway.
Time
Blue hour, about one hour after sunset, in winter (around 6pm).
Lighting
The amazing arctic light you get only in winter way up in the north. At blue hour (after sunset) it is best. I used a 6 stop ND filter to get the long exposure together with a soft 3 stop graduated ND-Filter to darken the sky.
Equipment
Nikon D810 camera with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, set at 14mm (as I do 99% or the time). I used a sturdy tripod for this very long exposure. And an L-bracket on the camera for the portrait orientation.
Inspiration
That is one of the most famous photo spots on all of Lofoten. I have seen this location a million times on the internet. Of course, I also had to shoot it and try to come up with my own Interpretation.
Editing
My post-processing workflow was quite involved and all about quality. Starting out with the best possible raw file (native ISO 64) I used DxO to convert the Nikon .nef file into another raw format (.dng) using DxO's very good and gentle noise reduction, sharpening and lense profiles. Then I opened the .dng in Lightroom and did 95% of the post-processing there, completely nondestructive, everything still in raw. At the latest possible point I finally opened the file in Photoshop as a 16 bit .tif for some final touches (like a slight Orton effect, some filters from Nik and Topaz, etc.). Then I saved it as a 16 bit .tif and added it to my Lightroom library. Never, ever did I convert to jpg. A jpg file has only 8 bit of information-depth as compared to the 14 bit I started out with in raw. That is only a tiny fraction, namely 1/64th, of the information I gathered with the camera (2 to the power of 6)! Therefore I do not consider jpgs as a decent photo format worth having in my library. The only time I touch jpg is when I export something to upload to the web.
In my camera bag
I used to have Nikon equipment, namely a D800 and later a D810 camera, the classic Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens and the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens, a Nikon D750 camera and the Nikon 70-200 f/4. But now I have sold all this and changed to Sony. I now have a Sony A7RII and a Sony A7II as cameras, the Sony 16-35 f/4 and the Sony 70-200 f/4 FE-lenses, also the Sony-Zeiss 55 f/1.8 lens and a Voigtlaender 12mm f/5.6 VM lens with a Leica-to-Sony adapter.
Feedback
I was standing on the bridge from Hamnoy to Sakrisoy. I needed quite a few tries since the bridge vibrates slightly when a big car or truck passes over it. And that happened a lot during the long exposure. But some shots came out sharp and undisturbed by trucks shaking the bridge.

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