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This was an image ten days in the making. I arrived at the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway at the same time as a bad-weather front, and spent nine agonising days shut-up watching rain trickle down my windscreen, occasionally rushing out during dry spells to try and make the most of the unbelievable scenery. No colour, no dramatic light, no blazing sunsets for a full nine days. Finally, as my patience began to wane and I considered packing up and calling it a day, the front broke for a brief few hours around 6pm, and some of the most powerful lighting conditions I have ever witnessed followed. I'd spotted this composition and potential early after arriving, so when the time came it was simply a case to rushing to the spot, setting up and fine-tuning the view, before savouring every second of glory.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 17-40 f/4 L
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Lofoten Light-Bolt
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:6 May 2008 - 10:35 AM
Tags:Arctic circle, Coast, Colour, Drama, Ice, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Lofoten, North, Norway, Ocean, Rugged, Sea, Seascape, Snow, Sunset, Waves
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SteveH63
SteveH63  6 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 - 10:46 AM

Lovely image, great depth and colours
Steve

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conrad
conrad  910873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 10:51 AM

What patience did this require, but it was worth it. Great view, with a good foreground, blurred water, yet there's still movement in it, and a good sky.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 11:08 AM

Very strong image

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 12:28 PM

lofoten is a beautiful place and well done. great image

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 12:40 PM

Like the details and lighting in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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Dead_habits
6 May 2008 - 1:25 PM

Lovely colors & light in a well composed image.
Shailesh

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt e2 Member 9739 forum postsIanFlindt vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 3:03 PM

A very striking landscape with impact throughout the scene. I was wondering if the bright part of the sky was perhaps a little too bright, but it's well positioned to accentuate the shape of that distant mountain.

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JamesAppleton

Flindt - I agree that the bright area is blown-out, but the contrast was so ridiculous I would have had to blend separate exposures to get a full range, something I'm not happy doing. A 0.9 ND grad did the best it could, and, to be honest, after nine days of darkness and grey, I feel that this light and its intensity is more like to what I myself saw, rather than perfectly exposed highlights and shadows. It was just so, so strong! In my memory, this is exactly how it looked, and that is one of the most fundamental concepts to my photography...

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ANIMAGEOFIRELAND

Excellent!! You've captured the atmosphere very well. Personally I think the range of brightness and contrast is natural and to reduce the highlighted area may have compromised elsewhere. Works for me!

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Dennis_Bromage

Outstanding shot of somewhere that I would love to visit. I also agree that the blown out highlight suits the shot perfectly and gives it that extra punch.

Den

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Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2008 - 8:12 AM

I have always wanted to go to Lofoten!

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PaulHolloway
PaulHolloway e2 Member 7PaulHolloway vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2008 - 10:40 PM

This is rather good. Now where is Lofoten.

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JamesAppleton
10 May 2008 - 12:33 AM

Hi All, many thanks for the comments and clicks!

Dhanakosa - It's in Northern Norway, above the Arctic circle, a long chain of dramatic Islands that literally crest out of the ocean. I first saw photographs from there in Colin Prior's book 'The World's Wild Places' and knew I had to see it for myself...

Norway in general is a fantastic country, just take my advice and don't go in October/November unless you've got tons of patience and snow-tyres...!

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viscostatic
18 May 2008 - 12:26 PM

Dramatic and beautiful.

Phil.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2008 - 12:16 PM

love the light and tones in this one,especially the bright patch over the mountain.

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