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Hamnøy



The town of Hamnøy from a slightly different angle

The town of Hamnøy from a slightly different angle
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is of course the famous location at Hamnøy, Lofoten, where the characteristic red rorbuer stand next to the fjord, in front of the mountain Festhelltinden. It was during the photo trip I organised for a small group of photographers and Hamnøy was one of the locations I chose to visit. For This shot I did not stay on the bridge, but descended down the rocky sides next to the turmoil water while the tides where shifting.
Time
The image is shot at the end of the day, perhaps an hour before sunset. It was a cloudy day but there was some hints of warm light in the sky.
Lighting
I was trying to capture the power of the waves that came crushing in. At first I grabbed for my ten stops neutral density filter, but when I saw the shift water I realised there was no need for any ND filter at all. I just had to close the aperature to get the depth of field I needed and the shutter speed became long enough to capture the movement of the water without turning it into a motionless surface.
Equipment
I use a Gitzo tripod to keep my camera steady for the long exposure and a graduated neutral density filter to block some light in the sky. The focal lenght is 16mm on a full frame camera. (EOS 5D mark IV with EF 16-35mm f/2,8L III)
Inspiration
At first it was just another shot of the rorbuer of Hamnøy, one of many that were taken that day from the bridge. Then I saw a couple of photographers below the bridge, on the rocks that were just a meter above the waves. At that moment I realized I could use the movement of the water in the composition and that is what I did
Editing
The post processing was quite easy since I use a graduated neutral density filter to block the light from the sky. It was a fine tuning the color temperature and bringing some contrast in the picture.
In my camera bag
For this trip I chose my EOS 5D mark IV, together with the EF 16-35L, EF 24-70L and the EF100-400L. And a set of Lee filters.
Feedback
I often hear photographer telling about their planns to go out and use a neutral density filter. I believe you must use a neutral density filter when the situation is asking it, and not because were planning to. Think about how you want to capture the movement of the water, and what shutter speed you need. Watch the movement of the water, the speed, and take the focal distance as well as the distance from the water into account.

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