"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

HDR

Flamy Clouds

Was on my way to the store to stock up for det weekend, when I stumbled on this beautiful cloud. So out with the camera, and as it happened, I decided to go for an HDR-photo. So this photo is a composite of 3 photos shot with different exp. comp. (-1 to +1).

Dramatic and beautifully painted clouds above the inner parts of Ofoten Fjord by Ankenes / Narvik (please click photo to see the full size)

Dramatic and beautifully painted clouds above the inner parts of Ofoten Fjord by Ankenes / Narvik (please click photo to see the full size)


Silent Night by the Fjord

Shot this composite last night. The growth of forest here on Ankenes is tremendous, but not many seems to care. Thus just popping out to get a shot of the beautiful scenery gets harder and harder due to obstruction of trees.

Anyway, was about to go to bed, when very calm water in Narvik harbor basin lured me with its beautiful reflections to set up my tripod and take a few shots. Unfortunately, a lot of the view is now totally obscured by the trees growing ever bigger around here.

Panorama of a calm Narvik Harbor Basin (please, click on the picture to see the full size)

Panorama of a calm Narvik Harbor Basin (please, click on the picture to see the full size)


Midnight Sun HDR

No, haven’t dropped dead – just been crazy busy. Finally back in Northern Norway, and the midnight sun is shining straight in my face as I write these lines. Probably time to force myself to bed. It is pretty hard when your brain is telling you: -hey, the sun is shining. Why sleep? It isn’t night yet…

Well, while I’m forcing my way into bed, you can enjoy this HDR photo I shot about an hour ago…

HDR of the midnight sun - Narvik

HDR of the midnight sun – Narvik


Sun peeking over the Ankenes mountain – HDR

Made an HDR composite today of the sun peeking over the Ankenes mountain.

Sun peeking over the Ankens mountain - HDR composite of 6 images

Sun peeking over the Ankens mountain - HDR composite of 6 images


Early Morning HDR

This HDR (High Dynamic Range) composition was taken this morning just before 6 o’clock.

An HDR photo composited this morning

An HDR photo composited this morning


Playing with Lights and Shadows

This HDR-photo is the result of playing with lights and shadows in various forms and presentations. It is great fun once you master it. The high dynamic range in these kind of photos brings out details you otherwise wouldn’t notice. The process is quite tedious though. First I shoot 7 RAW images. Then I use my own recipe on these photos through Canon Digital Photo Professional and batch process them into jpegs. Then they are processed in an HDR-system and that’s where the real magic happens. All the over- and underexposed pictures are sandwiched together, making it possible to tinker with a huge range of settings. Finally, when the tinkering is done and I find the result exciting, it is all processed into a single jpeg-file.

Here is today’s result. A quite mondane shot of the Narvik peninsula surrounded by the fjord and the mountains beneath a rugged sky with intermittent clouds. A “little” RAW and HDR processing, and voila! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! If so, please hit the like buttons or write me a comment!

HDR of the Narvik peninsula, the surrounding fjords and mountains underneath a sky with intermittent clouds

HDR of the Narvik peninsula, the surrounding fjords and mountains underneath a sky with intermittent clouds

Wild Version

Wild Version


Today’s HDR

What this photo doesn’t tell you is that i ran out and into an ankle deep slush ice to capture these photos that this HDR-photo (High Dynamic Range) consists of. It was cold… Sometimes one has to suffer to get a good shot. Please, enjoy behind a warm, cozy computer screen!

HDR of the Narvik peninsula 2nd of March 2012

HDR of the Narvik peninsula 2nd of March 2012


HDR of a Snow Shower

Yesterday I made this HDR from 9 exposures of a snow shower moving through the Ofoten Fjord. Lovely contrasts!

HDR of a snow shower moving through the Ofoten Fjord

HDR of a snow shower moving through the Ofoten Fjord 9 exposures


HDR Old Skagen Beach

HDR Image of Old Skagen Beach

HDR-Image of Old Skagen Beach - Black/White

HDR - A Moore Field in Winter

HDR - A Moore Field in Winter


The House being eaten by The Sea

On the North-West coast of Skagen I happen to stumble on this lonely house. It’s windows boarded up and with a futile attempt to stop the raging North Sea by dumping boulders around it. All the land around this house had already been reclaimed by the sea. My guess is, that it will no longer be there after a few storms. People in this area has never been able to secure long-term loans from banks if they wished to build a house in this area! It is simply to much of a risk.

On it's way into the frothing sea

On it's way into the frothing sea


SOPA / PIPA postponed indefinitely

The SOPA and PIPA law proposals are postponed indefinately! Which means the World’s Population – not the Entertainment Industry – still has the democratic control over the internet! (For now)

So in order to join in the free expression of the world this entire blog is free under a CC – Creative Commons License – with the following limitations:

Commercial Use: NO (right back at you, greedy entertainement industry) Not without my written permission.

Share alike/alter the work: Yes, you may alter and share my pictures, videos or texts from this blog, as long as you link back to the blog. But still, if for commercial use, you need my written permission.

This license applies to The Whole World!

Creative Commons-lisens
Dette verk er lisensieret under en Creative Commons Navngivelse-Ikkekommersiell-DelPåSammeVilkår 3.0 Unported lisens.


I am so sorry…

  • Do you prefer a safe Internet?
  • Do you prefer a stable Internet?
  • Do you prefer the old security of rights “Innocent until proven Guilty” to still be a golden rule in democratic societies?
  • Do you support a free, prosperous Internet
  • Do you oppose giving control over the World’s most significant tool for Prosperity and Freedom of Expression to the entertainment industry and dictatorius regimes?

Please, watch these film:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html

http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa

This has NOTHING to do with protecting artists’ Copyright! They are already protected through the law over most parts of the world – and I support the ones I like by buying their music and films.

This has EVERYTHING to do with giving the Entertainment Industry (and subsequently corrupt regimes) the TOTAL control over The Internet…

Still not convinced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc

On 1/24 it could be too late… The clock is ticking…


The Ghost Bird

I love making HDR-photos, and play around with it a lot. Yesterday I took some photos in Aarhus. One of the scenes I captured was a flock of geese crossing the autumn sky. Naturally I made three rapid exposures and hoped to turn it into an HDR-photo. So I processed the images. This resulting HDR-photo consists of three images. Each image is taken 12-13 milliseconds apart. That – of course – is a problem when merging a motive that is moving rapidly across the frame. So the HDR-software has a built in function to remove “ghosting”. But that method isn’t fool proof, and so this shot resulted in a funny ghost, one single white bird following the rest.


HDR – Narvik today

Shot this HDR-photo today. This photo is a composite of 5 photos. The camera was hand held, but inspite of that I ended up with a pretty nifty result..!

5-photo HDR-composite of Narvik today.

5-photo HDR-composite of Narvik today.


1 year minus 2 days

In two days time this blog has been up and running for one year. In this time I’ve had some 8,850 visits to my blog. Not bad for a little “miniblogger”.

While waiting for the 1 Year Anniversary – you’ll might enjoy this photo taken today. It is a High Dynamic Range Photo where I tried emphasizing the very special light on the fjord and in the autumn coloured mountain in the background. Enjoy!

Special light - Autumn fjord

Special light - Autumn fjord


The Hops is overly ripe – A shame that we don’t make beer…

The hops in the garden is just for pleasing the eyes. No beer production here – otherwise maybe these delicious fruits would have been harvested already. I am quite amazed that my mother’s Humulus lupulus is blooming this far to the North. After all we’re at 68°26’21” North. In the center of Greenland at the same latitude, the ice sheet is 2,000 meters thick…

Anyway – took a few shots of the hops on a rainy afternoon. Hope you enjoy it!

Hops in Narvik on a rainy day

Hops in Narvik on a rainy day

Hops - close up

Hops - close up


Narvik by Sunset


Autumn is here – yellow leaves are sailing down creeks and rivers

Autumn Leaves in the Taraldsvik River

Autumn Leaves in the Taraldsvik River


Cumulus

Beautiful Cumulus Clouds are towering up above Narvik right now…

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus Clouds - This is an HDR-composite photo. I chose this technique to try and emphasize the 3 dimensional structures in the clouds. Did I succeed?


More Dramatic Clouds

More-Dramatic Clouds

More-Dramatic Clouds


Dramatic Clouds

Dramatic Clouds

Dramatic Clouds


HDR-composite photo of a foggy fjord

Foggy fjord today… This HDR-composite photo is made from 3 photos with exp.comp. -2, 0 and +2.

Foggy fjord

Foggy fjord