Photographing Uttakleiv Beach
David Hay shares his experiences of a photography excursion to the stunning Uttakleiv Beach in Norway’s Lofoten Islands
It had been a long day. After a two and a half hour drive to the airport, four flights and an evening meal at the hotel, we had to decide whether to have an early night or head straight out and start shooting. The sky looked very promising for a great sunset. We were landscape photographers, we didn’t need sleep. We could always sleep tomorrow, so we headed straight to Uttakleiv Beach, one of the most popular locations in Norway’s Lofoten Islands.
We had planned the trip to coincide with the period just before the midnight sun. As we had hoped, the sun descended slowly at a very shallow angle leaving a beautiful afterglow in the sky. We had great light and a beautiful location, so what more could we ask for?
A quick study on the internet before we left showed two popular views at this location. The first included the rounded boulders on the shoreline against the distant headland. The second featured the ‘eyes’ of Uttakleiv, two rock pools with large rounded stones in them, as a foreground. When I reach a new location for the first time...