Welcome to Lofoten, Norway in January, where the sun only shines for 2hrs a day. The light is dim and dull, even on the chance that it pierces through the thick cloud cover. The sun is in a constant state of sunrise/set until it sinks below the horizon a mere 2hrs after it appears. It may sound awful to most, but it’s a photographer’s dream because when there IS light, it’s guaranteed to be phenomenal.
Although the light is good, the weather presents challenges. Today I dealt with snow, sleet, and wind gusts to 30mph. My lens kept getting wet and I fought a constant battle to keep it dry and blur-free. I use a tripod and the Nikon D810’s base ISO of 64 for nearly all my landscape shots, but 30mph wind gusts cause even the most carefully planned shots to be ruined with blur. I am thus timing my photography between gusts, patiently waiting for the right moment to snap the shutter each time the winds dies down.
Northern lights photos are questionable on this trip, as the forecast calls for rain and clouds until the day I leave, and then sunny thereafter. Frustrating as this may be, I welcome the downtime because I am not rushing from place to place in constant search of the ever elusive “perfect” photo. Instead I am able to sit by the fire, edit photos, and finish a long overdo update to my website.
Here are live photos from Day 1, with more to come: