Mountain Light, Lapland, March 2014
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During the second half of March I was out for two weeks in the snow covered mountains of Lapland. For me it was an eye-opening and truly inspirational experience. Although I’ve been in the mountains during the winter months before it was a few years ago and my photographic eye wasn’t as developed then as it is now.
I enjoy photography the most when I’m challenged, both photographically and physically. A journey on skis in the mountains brings you both. The landscape is very barren in the winter with much less feautures than in summer or autumn and it can be both good and bad for a photographer. I tend to like minimalistic composition but sometimes it can get to simple. The light however can be extraordinary. Because almost everything is covered with snow the landscape picks up light in a very different way than in the summer months. It takes some time to get used to.
The cold can make it hard to do photography and everything takes longer time to set up. Also you want to make sure you don’t ski into your compositions. It’s like working in a desert or on a beach, you have to be careful about how you move.
This image was made during a wonderful morning. I had made another photograph in the early morning light and decided to ski up on this plateau to see how the light would develop. A couple of minutes after I got up, rather sweaty, the light started break through and together with low clouds that circulated around the peaks created a great atmosphere. It was fantastic experience and a morning that I will remember for a long time.
As everything happened rather quickly I didn’t have time to change lens so I did a three image panorama with a 24 mm lens to get the “the whole picture” of the mountain peaks and ridges. I decided to make the image black and white to emphasize the light and mood.