Photo: Approaching winter storm over Ytresand beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 28, 2016. 09:09
Another morning which started out quite colorful yet soon became consumed by a massive wave of snow approaching from the north. It is like watching a wall of darkness sweep across the land until finally there is nothing to see, just the details that are visible immediately in front of you as snow swirls around in the gusting wind.
I had already been on the beach for around 40 minutes by the time I took this image. The best shots had already been taken, but I liked the mood and simplicity of this scene which was quickly developing before me.
The shallow pool of water on the beach at low tide is what makes this image work. Had it been high tide, and thus no reflection, I probably would not have taken a photo, as the scene would have felt out of balance with a large presence of water, either normal exposure or long exposure, in the foreground. But the reflection helps balance the negative space of the dark clouds with the brightness of the remaining mountains and sky.
This is not an award winning image by any means, but a good representation of a brief moment in time of what winter on Lofoten is.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
6 stop ND filter