ORSOLYA HAARBERG, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER
"It is the desire to get back to my roots — to live with nature that inspires me to create the images that I do."
Inland glaciers moving back and forth during the last ice age have left their mark on the geography of the entire Scandinavian region culminating in spectacular scenery along the Norwegian coast. Due to their location the Lofotens avoided the dramatic erosion of the last ice age; smaller glaciers merely eroded the lower parts of the islands keeping the peaks intact. Therefore, the fjords of the Lofoten archipelago meander among mighty peaks up to 1,000 meters high. At the base of their steep and polished slopes, some of the most picturesque villages of Norway can be found.
Visiting Lofoten in March is special for several reasons. Depending on the strength of the solar flares, the northern lights can be observed between October and April on the Lofotens. Nights are still long enough to enjoy the aurora borealis flickering around the pointed peaks of the mountain-masses. There is still plenty of snow around and chances are good for new snowfall. The Sun will start rising more to the east and setting in the west, giving good light conditions at most locations.
- Northern light photography in the moonlit Lofoten landscape at different locations.
- Landscape photography in early morning and late evening light.
- Workshops on techniques and shooting strategies for northern light-, landscape- and intimate landscape photography.
- Last but not least: enjoying wonderful dinners each day in restaurants offering a traditional menu from locally caught fish and Lofoten lamb.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography.
- The best techniques with personal hints and advices,
- Composition, focusing on lines, perspective and balance in the frame,
- Working with different angle lenses, exposure times and aperture,
- Photographing scenes having a high dynamic range,
- Shooting time lapse sequences,
- Handling equipment with care on location.
- Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
- Portfolio review.
- Workflow in Lightroom.
- Editing time lapse sequences.
- A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor will be available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LOFOTEN
You will be picked up at the Svolvær Airport and transported to the Hamnøy Island where we occupy some lovely cottages on the sea shore. Briefing on the coming workshop.
After dinner we will do night photography right outside our cottages, with a beautiful view over the Kirkefjorden, the Vorfjorden and the surrounding mountains. At this time of the year the mountains are covered by snow. We took Moon phases into account when planning this workshop so that you get the best chances to shoot northern light in the moonlit landscape.
DAY 2: DISCOVERING FLAKSTAD
Early morning photography in Hamnøy.
In the afternoon, we visit the Skagsanden beach on the Flakstad Island. Here we will use our wide angle lenses, photographing the snow-covered mountain landscape with the abstract patterns of the sandy beach in the foreground. This place will also provide countless possibilities to photograph details of the ever-changing sand patterns on the beach. This is a perfect opportunity for you to exercise composing abstract images with macro- and small telephoto lenses. We stay here until sunset. If the weather is clear, we eat dinner nearby and wait for the northern light to appear in the night sky.
DAY 3: PHOTOGRAPHING HAMNØY AND REINE
You can photograph the colorful Norwegian fishing villages, or simply focus on the untamed mountains that give a dramatic background to the colorful populated areas. In clear weather, early morning Sun rising over the horizon hit the landscape around our cottages, giving fantastic possibilities for morning photography. The golden winter-light gives extra lustre to the brightly-coloured houses of Reine and Hamnøy.
DAY 4: NORTHERN LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
As the weather allows, we continue to explore the colorful villages along the coast to get those extra shots just right. We will also stop for Northern light photography either in Hamnøy or in Moskenes, depending on the conditions at night.
DAY 5: CHASING THE LIGHT
In the morning we drive to Myrland and photograph the Flakstad and Vestvågøy archipelagos at sunrise.
In the afternoon we drive to Vikten and explore the coastal rock formations for intimate landscape photography. There is possibility the shoot great landscapes too, both in Vikten and the nearby Skagsanden beach. We will choose topics depending on the light and weather conditions.
DAY 6: EXPLORING THE WEST COAST
In the afternoon we visit the sandy beach of Utakleiv, which is surrounded by sharp mountain ridges in three directions. Large, rounded stones are dug deep down into the flat, sandy surface making an intriguing feature. In Utakleiv we will photograph the coastal landscape with exciting tide pools in the foreground. If the weather is clear, we eat dinner nearby and wait for the northern light to appear in the night sky.
DAY 7: GRAND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY & THE BUSY HARBOURS OF LOFOTEN
Lofoten is famous about it’s fishing traditions. From mid-February to the end of April, the Arctic cod migrates from the Barents Sea to their spawning grounds near Lofoten to reproduce, attracting commercial fisherman from along the entire coast of Norway to participate in cod fishery and the production of stockfish. This offers amazing possibilities to photograph the busy harbours and the drying cod hanging on wooden structures all along the roads of Lofoten.
Depending on the weather, we can stay outside shooting, or we can process images, evaluate photographs made during the workshop and review portfolios.
DAY 8: MORNING PHOTOGRAPHY
Early morning photography before heading to the airport.
JOURNEY TO THE OTHERWORLDLY COAST OF NORWAY
18-25 March, 2018
NOTE: Intimate group of max seven participants.
A landscape architect by training and originally from Hungary, Orsolya turned her passion for photography into a profession when she moved to Norway in 2005.
In her work, Orsolya looks for the unusual in everyday nature. She seeks the detail or the unexpected moment of light that adds atmosphere, drama or magic to a landscape.
She has won prizes in competitions worldwide, including the prestigious Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year, where she also served in the jury in 2009 and 2016. She has twice been awarded the title Hungarian Nature Photographer of the Year.
TRAVEL WITH THE BEST
Number of guests: 7
Local transport: 4×4
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels with all facilities
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape
Weather in March: Min 1°C , Max 3°C .
Based on shared waterfront deluxe cottage with private sleeping rooms.
€ 4.150 Superior single cottage
If you sign up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Coaching, teaching, workshops, and seminars
Transportation to Lofoten, Travel insurance, alcoholic beverages.