This photograph was taken on Skagsanden Beach in a cold January morning.
In January, it is difficult to photograph under available sunlight if you are as far north as on the Lofoten Islands of Norway, which happens to be the case. In those rare moments of available sunlight, you must be there and take advantage of the situation. Luckily, this picture shows one of those few but unforgettable instants.
For this shot I decided to use a shutter speed of 30 seconds to create dynamism in the clouds in contrast to the quietness of the sea. Another contrast, in this occasion a hue contrast, is provided by the warm light of the sun, which highlights the surrounding coldness making it much more beautiful at the same time.
The low tide gave me the chance to play with the reflections of the mountain on the wet sand. Placing the rock on the foreground is the way I chose to try to give depth to the image, inviting the viewer to go round the whole landscape while watching the photograph.
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