I post this weeks Friday Photo to help illustrate the importance of time of day and direction of light on the Lofoten Islands. Something which becomes even more important as you travel further away from midsummer and the sun sinks lower and lower on the horizon.
Even in this photo, taken at 09:10 in the morning, you can begin to see the mountain shadow approaching from the left of the image. Soon, parts of Reine will be cast in shadow for the remainder of the day, the sun failing to rise above the surrounding mountains.
So with the fjord at Reine opening up towards the southeast, if you want direct light shining across the entirety of the village(s), then this means you need to be up the mountain not too long after sunrise. Though accounting for time of year, in summer, the sun rises more to the northeast, so you’ll be able to take your time. Whereas once the autumnal equinox is reached, with the sun rising to the east, you will find yourself hiking up the mountain in the dark – or, if you’re like me, camping on top, which is easier.
Nikon 24mm f/2.8
8 images – vertical (portrait)