Friday Photo #6 – Maervoll Autumn
Photo: Afternoon light shines over Mærvoll and Himmeltindan, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Oct 7, 2011. 17:17
Thus far the day had consisted of flat, misty light and I’d only taken a couple boring photos. As evening approached I headed out to Unstad to see if there might be some clearing on the horizon. There was, but it was out of alignment with any photogenic composition. And the wind, it was a bit too windy for my small little tripod to have any hopes of a sharp photo. So at that, I packed up my gear and started heading back to Stamsund for the night.
Emerging on the other side of the tunnel, this scene came into view. A light mistily rain was minutes away from falling on me and the sun had just started shining through a hole in the clouds, casting a soft golden light across the land. So I stopped the car on the side of the road and raced to get a few photos before the rain arrived.
While I find the symmetry of this scene pleasing, there are also some distractions that can make a good composition a bit difficult. Just out of frame to the right is a sit of power lines on the hillside. And along the bottom of the fjord is the village of Maervoll. Keeping the foreground dark helps reduce the impact of the village, while a tighter framing keeps out the power lines, although I think the scene would be a bit better if I could go a bit wider.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
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