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Arctic light

By AnnChown  
This is Hammerfest taken, handheld, from a boat at 11.22 am. I like the lights in the windows and car headlights which shine out in this strange light. Minutes later the snow started to fall heavily again. This for me is all about that amazing light. The image has had very little processing, just a bit adjustment to the exposure (lightening), contrast and sharpening.
Thank you for your enthusiastic reception of Arctic blizzard, and special thanks to Ken (franken), John (life snapper), Jason (jasonrwl) and Lin (sweetpea62) for their UAs. I was really pleased that you all liked it so much given that we nearly froze getting the shot! Smile

Tags: Norway Arctic Boats Tanker Landscape and travel Oil tanker

Voters: Badgerfred, CarolG, morpheus1955 and 62 more


CarolG Avatar
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
1 Feb 2013 10:21AM
Stunning light, Ann, very surreal, well captured. Carol
morpheus1955 Avatar
morpheus1955 16 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 10:28AM
What an amazing place, great light and composition, definitely looks to cold for me Smile

nonur Avatar
nonur 14 18 13 Turkey
1 Feb 2013 10:30AM
A special light indeed making sea ans sky unified, a very special shot, Ann! Magical!
marktc Avatar
marktc Plus
12 101 15 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 10:39AM
A real beauty Ann I love this blue light and the little detail of the red warning light on the hilltop is just superb!

Nicely done Ann.
EAS Avatar
EAS 14 1 13 Scotland
1 Feb 2013 10:41AM
That light really is beautiful.

saeidNL Avatar
saeidNL 13 3 Netherlands
1 Feb 2013 11:09AM
What lovely and beautiful image indeed,very well done,
Hermanus Avatar
Hermanus 11 4 South Africa
1 Feb 2013 11:39AM
I LOVE this image !!! What an experience it must have been Ann !! Thanx for sharing all those photos and info SmileGrinGrin
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mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.6k 2635 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 11:47AM
It's a different world, isn't it...
I did the vote of thanks at the talk on Norway on Monday. I recalled that when I was working the office divided into two camps. Most of the staff spent their summer holiday beside a pool at a hotel on the Med. They used to send postcards with a picture of the hotel, I don't think they ever moved outside it.
Then there was Pauline the typist and me. Pauline's dream was Antarctica, mine is Siberia and Lake Baikal in winter.
This is my sort of holiday.
RonnieAG Avatar
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
1 Feb 2013 11:52AM
The light, or relative lack of it, makes this shot so special, Ann: must be odd living for months in an area that never sees the sun ( mind you that's a bit like here this winter).
The lights shining in the gloom makes for such an interesting image.
And what an experience just being there.
fentiger Avatar
fentiger 22 920 24 England
1 Feb 2013 11:53AM
I have a similar photo taken in the summer (24 hour daylight!) and no snow and yes this is a different world from then.

johnke Avatar
johnke 10 232 17 England
1 Feb 2013 12:01PM
Beautiful Mood
NDODS Avatar
13 6.4k 131 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 12:22PM
Beautifully observed and wonderfully captured Ann.

Regards Nathan Grin
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franken Plus
21 5.7k 4 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 12:23PM
Wonderful light in this Ann.

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achieverswales 13 8 101 Wales
1 Feb 2013 12:26PM
This is stunning Ann, looks more like a twilight capture rather than a mid morning, the light is superb, for hand held very sharp.


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LynneJoyce Plus
15 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 12:34PM
Strange light indeed but beautifully captured with this fine shot.
woolybill1 Avatar
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 12:51PM
Even the red looks cold in that light!
Stunning image with so much to see.
richmowil Avatar
richmowil Plus
14 527 3 England
1 Feb 2013 1:08PM
Super image - very strange light for that time in the morning!! Good to see this image and get an understanding of different conditions for different areas of the world.
Fefe Avatar
Fefe Plus
11 92 54 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 1:16PM

Quote:A real beauty Ann I love this blue light and the little detail of the red warning light on the hilltop is just superb!

Nicely done Ann.

Me tooGrin
Jasper87 Avatar
Jasper87 Plus
13 3.5k 165 England
1 Feb 2013 1:18PM
Beautiful, Ann. Low light, lovely tones, clarity and sharpness.

leontari Avatar
1 Feb 2013 1:21PM
Amazing low light. A superb image
Daisymaye Avatar
Daisymaye Plus
15 26 25 Canada
1 Feb 2013 1:23PM
A superb capture Ann. Such an amazing place........Sandy
Lillian Avatar
Lillian Plus
14 23 17 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 2:02PM
The light here again Ann is quite wonderful!
such a great scene, and you will always
treasure those moments
JohnDinn Avatar
1 Feb 2013 2:51PM
Just perfect Ann in all departments.

Richsr Avatar
Richsr 16 91 224 England
1 Feb 2013 3:35PM
Certainly a strange light Ann well timed.
Regards Richard
digital_boi Avatar
1 Feb 2013 3:52PM
a special capture indeed Ann make sure you have this one printed and framed excellent love it

thedon1941 Avatar
1 Feb 2013 3:58PM
Terrific shot Ann. Brilliant light. Don
helenlinda Avatar
helenlinda Plus
16 375 22 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 4:02PM
The light is really strange - a lovely capture Ann SmileSmile
danbrann Avatar
danbrann 19 640 17
1 Feb 2013 4:39PM
That really is a cracker Ann.
Tibetan Avatar
Tibetan 11 3 England
1 Feb 2013 4:54PM
Very good low light shot Ann.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
zapar40 Avatar
zapar40 13 66 5 Wales
1 Feb 2013 5:40PM
lots to see, lovely detail.
lifesnapper Avatar
1 Feb 2013 5:43PM
Love this Ann, and sorry to be boring, but I just have to give my award for this one.

John Smile
paulb20 Avatar
paulb20 16 12 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 5:53PM
Lots of interesting detail to take in. That and the light makes this special capture Ann.
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taggart Plus
19 47 15 United States
1 Feb 2013 6:00PM
We have had some light like this recently-- 3 Pm and it is nearly dark (today we have hyper light-- NO cloud cover-- dangerous light!

The lights in your image fascinate-- Hope the snow was not too deep!
andylea Avatar
andylea 14 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 6:02PM
wonderful tones and detail ann a cracker nice one Wink
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bricurtis Plus
18 2.8k 54 England
1 Feb 2013 9:01PM
Noticed a few comments re strange light Ann. Shooting into that snow the camera would have closed down - and I see you do not have a + compensation on exposure settings. I like the lights sprinkled everywhere in the image and it captures the coldness but a little underexposed I feel.Smile
AnnJ Avatar
AnnJ 11 5 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 10:39PM
Lovely Ann. Am so envious of you re your recent trip! Not much but rain and more rain and grey skies here in Scotland! I very much enjoy looking at your images. Ann.
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jasonrwl Plus
13 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 10:49PM
Another one that really tells a story
Irishkate Avatar
Irishkate Plus
13 45 123 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 10:56PM
The light is wonderful here Ann.
Good composition with that winter scene sandwiched between
the blue sea and sky.
Deep_Bhatia Avatar
2 Feb 2013 2:27AM
A beautiful pic captured.

bill33 Avatar
bill33 12 53 1 Scotland
2 Feb 2013 8:42AM
Beautiful tones with superb detail Ann, this is the type of place I would love to visit, Very well done, Bill.
ChiliMan Avatar
ChiliMan 17 135 17 Singapore
2 Feb 2013 9:23AM
The light really is beautiful here, Ann. Everything is just so clean and crisp and clear too! The air there must be lovely, huh?

Tell you what I love about this too ---> the fact that nothing much was done to it. So cool when things come out like that from the camera Smile

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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
2 Feb 2013 4:35PM
People often forget that the land of the midnight sun is, in winter, the land of no sun at all. It never makes it above the horizon, and this image from Hammerfest shows how little light there is in the middle of the day. This must have been a bright day, Ann!Grin
( really must get back to Honningsvåg and Lofoten in summer)

AnnChown Avatar
AnnChown 13 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 5:17PM

Quote:People often forget that the land of the midnight sun is, in winter, the land of no sun at all. It never makes it above the horizon, and this image from Hammerfest shows how little light there is in the middle of the day. This must have been a bright day, Ann!Grin
( really must get back to Honningsvåg and Lofoten in summer)


Thanks Malc - the light is extraordinary. We loved it and Christopher wants to get back to Tromso again this winter. Not sure whether we will or not, but we had such a great time there.

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