Photo: Empty cod drying racks at dawn, Toppøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 15, 2014. 08:41
During my first two weeks on Lofoten I had wandered around Toppøya on numerous occasions; with the southerly winter sunrise, it is often a good location for views across the Vestfjord if the sky looks like it might do something interesting. On my final sunrise before heading off to Sweden I found myself wandering around the small rocky island once more.
Heavy clouds filled the sky, but, as often occurs in winter, there was a narrow break in the clouds along the horizon. Just enough for a few moments of light before the sun is swallowed up by the sky for the days and the light turns flat and gray. The light was too week to cast much colour, or light up Olstind behind me, so as I was walking back to the car I noticed the sun lined up quite nicely with these cod drying racks.
The lines caught my interest, but without the hanging stockfish, the scene felt a bit empty. So I decided to go for the full ‘tilt’ effect with my 85mm tilt-shift lens and throw most of the scene out of focus to give the scene a more abstract effect.
Nikon 85mm f/2.8 tilt-shift
3 images – left, centre, right
Full lens tilt