Photo: Haukland Beach winter, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Feb 20, 2013
After a week of fairly cold temperatures and calm conditions, the weather began to change on this day. Winds and increasing temperatures swept across the islands. Rain instead of snow now fell and setting up a tripod became difficult.
I was planning on spending the night at Utakleiv, but after a quick trip out to the beach, it was quite obvious that I wouldn’t be taking any photos there. So I headed back through the tunnel to Haukland beach and relatively calmer conditions – though I still had to wait for a lull in the breeze before attempting to take a photo. The sea was rough, and crashing high up on the beach, so after a few minutes of observation, I found myself just at the edge of the high water line. Then comes the waiting game…
Finally, after what seems like forever, the next set of waves arrives, pushing the sea just to the edge of my tripod legs. With luck, the wind also remains calm for the 25 second exposure to keep my light backpacking tripod from shaking too much. Moments later, drops of rain begin to fall from the clouds and photography is over for the day.
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
Filer – B+W 6 stop ND