Photo: Lake Ågvatnet in Winter, Å I Lofoten, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Jan 6, 2010. 14:22
Having followed the light from Vestvågøy to the end of the road at Å on this short January day, and the only day I saw the sun on this trip, I was eager to get as much variety as possible. While waiting for the light to fade a bit more before heading out to the coast for sunset, I wandered over to lake Ågvatnet, sublimely covered in a fresh layer of snow.
I took a few ‘normal’ images, ie. no tilt, but for some reason, the scene wasn’t doing much for me. I’m not quite sure why, but I think it just felt a little out of balance and with no clear focal point. Finally, I just decided to throw a full tilt on the lens, open up the f-stop for a shallow depth of field and focus on the pointy mountain in the distance.
This did the trick for me. Combined with the soft light and fresh snow, this image has a bit more of an etherial feel that I typically shoot. But I like it for some reason. And the subtly of the image works well as a desktop background, which I currently use.
Nikon 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift
2 images – top, bottom
Full lens tilt