Photo: River flowing across Skagsanden beach, Flakstadøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. January 17, 2015. 12:09
Skagsanden is one of Lofoten’s most popular beaches among photographers these days. The nice thing about winter is that a light dusting of snow overnight will cover up the traces of everyone who has been there before you.
This soft pastel light is a common occurrence in January as the sun is barely able to rise above the horizon. Instead of focusing on the beach itself, I found this stream running through the snow covered sand to be much more interesting.
The one thing that distracts me is the mountain in the background, I wish the river had been flowing a bit more to the left. But this is nature, and I cannot change things – though some might. Though I think this is a philosophy among landscape photographers who see themselves as the most important element of the image, and want to show what ‘they experienced;’ Whether that reflects what was actually in front of them or not.
Perhaps I lack the confidence to add such a strong vision to my images, and I often think of myself as just a simple observer, seeing if there’s anything interesting to photograph.
One of these years I will come back and things will be as I imagined. Patience…
Nikon 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift
3 images: top, middle, bottom