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Arctic Norway – Travel Report

Arctic Norway – Travel Report

Tromsø – Senja – February 2016

The idea had been brewing for a while. A couple of years ago whilst visiting northern Sweden, I found myself with an afternoon free. Naturally the explorer in me meant that I ended up driving across the boarder to Norway. I only had 2 hours to explore and I was so impressed with the scenery that I vowed to return. This winter I would finally make the journey.

Locations Guide

Locations Guide – Tromso

Locations Guide - Senja

Locations Guide – Senja

Booking flights was a bit of a faff and after several days of searching, the best cost:time ratio was to fly from: NCL>AMS>OSL>TRO
(Newcastle, Amsterdam, Oslo, Tromsø)

Each flight is relatively short, so the traveling would not be arduous.

Flying KLM

Why February?
For me, winter is what draws me to this type of landscape. Sub-Zero temperatures, ice white landscapes and sunrises that last for hours. The northern lights would be a bonus, unfortunately when booking the trip I did not take in to account the moon phase & during my time in Norway, the moon would be full.

How I pack for Travel Landscape Photography
There is probably a much better answer that the one I am about to give, which may not be helpful at all: I take EVERYTHING! Full size tripod, 5D III, 3 lenses, all filters, 2 GoPro’s + Mounts, laptop, all chargers, spare batteries, warm clothing, boots, food & beer! I am not very good at traveling light & so far I have got away with it. I don’t worry about hand luggage allowance (Unless flying with Ryan Air) because it always fits & never gets weighed. I mean, seriously, have you seen some of the people on airplanes these days? They are now rocking full size cases, my Lowepro is nothing compared to some of the monstrosities I see when traveling. All of my camera kit is included in my carry on with the exception of my tripod & Laptop charger.

My Rough Itinerary
I like to keep things flexible, but when traveling it always helps to have a little structure.

3 days in Tromsø, explore & shoot during the day, shoot key locations at dusk & dawn. Also, I try to squeeze in a little culture too as to not become grossly over consumed in photography, which can be counterproductive.

2 days on Senja. Shoot & explore the entire time (2 sunsets & 2 sunrises).

1 Day in Tromsø. If good light, get out & shoot final sunset. If no light, relax & unwind (I did the latter).


The Result
I had a lot of success as well as a few failures. My biggest error was to drive 1.5hrs in the wrong direction, only to end up at a ferry crossing, which would not be in service until summer. This cost me a potential sunset shoot in Tromso, luckily the weather took a turn for the worse & the hot tub made the agenda rather than the boots & tripod.

Here are the images, with EXIF data. If you enjoy the images/blog post/videos please do share with other internets using your social medias.

 

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200L f4 | f9 | 1/15sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200L f4 | f9 | 1/15sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200L f4 | f9 | 1/13sec | ISO 100

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200L f4 | f9 | 1/13sec | ISO 100

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 10sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser | Nisi 3 stop ND | Nisi 2 stop NDHE

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 10sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser | Nisi 3 stop ND | Nisi 2 stop NDHE

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 10sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser | Nisi 3 stop ND | Nisi 2 stop NDHE

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 10sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser | Nisi 3 stop ND | Nisi 2 stop NDHE

 

Canon 5D MKIII | 24-70L MK I | f9 | 0.8sec | ISO 100

Canon 5D MKIII | 24-70L MK I | f9 | 0.8sec | ISO 100

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f7.1 | 0.8sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f7.1 | 0.8sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 1/4sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 1/4sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 0.5sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII | Zeiss Distagon 21mm | f9 | 0.5sec | ISO 100 |Heliopan Polariser

Canon 5D MKIII |24-70L MK I | f8 | 1/60sec | ISO 100

Canon 5D MKIII |24-70L MK I | f8 | 1/60sec | ISO 100

Canon 5D MK III | Canon 70-200L MK I (none-IS) | f4 | 1/200Sec | iso 400

Canon 5D MK III | Canon 70-200L MK I (none-IS) | f4 | 1/200Sec | iso 400

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f9 | 235Sec | iso 100 | Nisi 10Stop | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f9 | 235Sec | iso 100 | Nisi 10Stop | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f2.8| 6 Sec | iso 1250

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f2.8| 6Sec | iso 1250

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f9 | 10Sec | iso 100 | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f9 | 10Sec | iso 100 | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III |Canon 24-70L MK I | f11 |30Sec | iso 100 | Nisi 10Stop | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III |Canon 24-70L MK I | f11 |30Sec | iso 100 | Nisi 10Stop | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f9 | 1/80Sec | iso 100 | 5 Vertical Images Stitched

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f9 | 1/80Sec | iso 100 | 5 Vertical Images Stitched

Canon 5D MK III | Canon 24-70mmL MK I | f9 | 1/50Sec | iso 100 | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Canon 24-70mmL MK I | f9 | 1/50Sec | iso 100 | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f7.1 | 0.3Sec | iso 100 | Nisi NDH Grad 2 Stops | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f7.1 | 0.3Sec | iso 100 | Nisi NDH Grad 2 Stops | Heliopan CP

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f2.8 | 30Sec | iso 1600

Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f2.8 | 30Sec | iso 1600

For more info check out my Kit Blog, but here is a summery of kit used:
Canon 5D MK III
Zeiss Distagon 21mm Lens
Canon 24-70L f2.8
Canon 70-200L f4 (None-IS)
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3
Garmin Fenix 3 (For navigation)
LowePro Filter Pouch
Lee Foundation Filter Holder
A Range of Nisi Filters
A Heliopan 105mm Polariser
A 105mm Attachment Ring for it to fit on to my Holder
HotShoe Bubble Level (Love this)
A Waterproof Camera Cover always comes in handy
As Does my Leatherman Skeletool
I Always Take a Head Torch

I Make my Videos Using the Kit Below:
Canon G7X
GoPro Hero 4 Silver
TimeLapse Head
GoPro 3 Way Mount
GoPro Jaws Clamp