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Know Your Surroundings

eaten-by-algaeOur solar system consists of four rocky planets and four so called gas giants circulating peacefully around our star; the Sun. Seven of these planets are considered uninhabitable, but we are lucky to find our selves existing on the only liveable planet that we know of. A little blue ball called earth.

The nature on our globe is so incredible diverse. From lush rain forests with rivers, waterfalls and beautiful flora too empty deserts, raging mountaintops and volcanoes.

Landscapes and wildlife goes hand in hand and there is so much for us photographers to explore and capture.

I was fortunate to be born in one of Earth’s finest oasis’; Norway. My country is considered to be one of the best countries in the world to live in and is known for it’s remarkable nature. Recently a northern city in Norway called Tromsø was chosen to be the world’s best cruise destination for 2012.

clouds-tongueIf you want to see snowy mountains and endless green fjords, visit Norway. Or maybe you’d like to vines the spectacular northern lights or the midnight Sun, visit Norway.
Maybe whales, seals and polar bears are your thing. Then visit Norway!

I live in a cute little town south-east in Norway called Tønsberg. This city is Scandinavia’s oldest present city and has been the perfect place for me to grow up. The only hitch is that the nature here cannot be compared with the descriptions above. It is indeed beautiful here, but not by the same genre. I am fortunate to live on the coast giving me the opportunity to shoot for sunrises above the horizon, but the nature doesn’t present me those mind-blowing vistas as you may witness in the northern part Norway.

So what do you do when you are a passionate landscape photographer and a family dad with little time for travelling? You search for the details, those little things that stand out. The wet moss on the threes, the algae consuming the rocks when the tide is low, a local rain shower or lightening, the many textures and colours of different rocks and the colour of the grass.
Learn how to work with light and become familiar with how the ocean and the sky moves and changes in the different seasons. I’ve learned to love the nature around me, how to enjoy it and capture it with my camera.

frostFor me, it often helps to have an idea of what I want to get before I go out. This is off course easier if you know the area well, which often is the case for me.

Some of my images are pictures I’ve been planning for weeks or months. I already have a few ideas of images to shoot for next fall! Sometimes though, the sun does about all the work for you and serves you the most striking sky you’ve ever seen. But this doesn’t happen every time you go out.

I’m planning a trip to the north next summer and spend some time with a friend of mine who also happens to be fond of nature and photography. I’m very much looking forward to it!
But in the meantime, I’m going to continue enjoying my hometown and all it has to offer. Cause I love it here…


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