Photo: Winter sunrise over Vikvatnet and Himmeltindan, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. January 27, 2015. 10:06
A somewhat mild winter, temperature wise, left many of Lofoten’s lakes still unfrozen or only partially frozen at the end of January. Lakes that I had stood in the middle of at the same time in previous years were now no-go zones, unless I was looking for a cold swim.
But in this gentle balance of freezing and thawing, unique patters and shapes can form which give a bit of detail to a scene. In this case, there was a rock just beneath the thin layer of lake ice which kept the nights snow from melting.
The snow circle was a few meters into the lake. I tried to get as close as possible, and still being close to the shore, the water wasn’t that deep, but I didn’t want to risk breaking through. So I pushed my camera and tripod out as far as my arms could reach, the ice making creaking sounds with every movement, so I could get something of a decent composition.
Nikon 24mm f3.5 tilt-shift
2 images – top, bottom