With my 5 part astrophotography series completed, I wanted to make a change for this blog. This past June I spent a couple weeks in Norway in a little coastal town called Andenes on the island of Andøya. What a stunningly gorgeous place! Words can not do it justice. It is nearly impossible to take a bad photo there. I live in a mountainous desert region, and am accustomed to seeing and photographing the life of mountains. But this area takes mountain beauty to an entirely new level.
Across the Coast
Oddly enough, the day I arrived, it snowed. In June… It snowed. So I knew I was in for an interesting 2 weeks. The majority of the time it was cloudy, windy and a little rainy. For most photographers it would have been a total bust. But for me, it was an ideal setting for the kind of IR photography that I enjoy shooting. My taste in photography is like my taste in music, dark, moody with lots of rock. So needless to say, I had a great time shooting during this weather.
Path to Security
As luck would have it, I was introduced to a fellow photographer that lived nearby. I met Leif on my previous visit in February, a year earlier. Working on rockets by day, He has a portfolio of absolutely fantastic scenic and aurora photos. They are truly second to none. During this first visit, He took me around to shoot aurora. My aurora images pale in comparison, but I learned a lot and had a great time.
During this latest visit, Leif was again my guide to various terrestrial sites. He knew what kind of things I liked to photograph with my IR camera, so we spent several days after work, taking a photo tour. After all, it was nearly the Summer Solstice and the Sun was up 24 hours a day. The first shot in this blog was taken at about 10:30 PM. This made for some ideal photography. If the light wasn’t right, we could just come back later.
Put me to Work
The shooting conditions were superb, and even better suited for infrared. So we shot until late in the “night” on several occasions. Most of Norway appeared to me to be very modern. But Leif also knew of some interesting old barns and houses. So we headed to the area in and around a little town called Fiskenes.
We arrived at one photogenic house that appeared to be occupied. I asked if it was acceptable to get out and shoot photos of this place; with a head nod, I was out the door. I always shoot on a tripod, so it’s a little more of an event to take a photo, especially infrared. Several minutes into my set-up, an older Norwegian gentleman emerged from the house. He appeared to be somewhat displeased and I figured things were not going to go well. Leif walked up to the gentleman and had a short conversation with him. After several minutes the old man walked away with a quick wave. Leif fired off a double thumbs-up and a big smile. I returned to composing and photographing his home. After I finished shooting, I returned to the car and asked what he said to the gentleman. He had told him that I was a great artist from the USA and picked out his home to photograph. We had a good chuckle over the event.
The Great Artist
As we drove around the island, there were many other places we stopped for photos. Sometimes it was raining. Other times not. But the dark mood of the day didn’t overshadow the enjoyment of seeing the stunning sites.
Test of Time
I found the 24 hour days, the gloomy weather, and the fantastic scenery to be perfect for my style of photography. But there was too much to see and nowhere near enough time to take it all in.
Out to Dry
Window in Time
Once the work was over, I was glad to be heading home. I’m looking forward to returning but will always remember this visit as one of my top photo adventures… Thanks Leif!