Lofoten....one of the most spectacular places on earth...a 2 hour drive from where i live...and i`ve never been there with a camera!
It`s embarrasing, i know... So a couple of weeks ago it was time to do something about it!
Tony & the cool gang was already out there and had been for several days. I just had one single day available. I met up with my good friend Håkon and after 5 cups of coffee we were ready to meet the britts in the capitol of Lofoten, Svolvær. We had a quick chat in the cabin where they showed us some übercool shots taken on the plane a few days earlier.
After a quick visit to Henningsvær, a spectacular village, we headed out to Utakleiv Beach. This beach is the number one spot for surfers in Lofoten. I read somewhere that it was named the 2nd most beautiful beach in the world. Only beaten by some beach on Hawaii.
It was a great place for sure, but 2nd most beautiful in the whole wide world? No i dont think so...
When i got out of the car at Utakleiv i`m sure the look on my face must have been amusing to the britts. I just couldnt stop smiling. The reason? Huge waves! At least i thought they were huge. The britts just laughed and started telling stories about the waves in Cornwall and stuff...Well anyway, in my world these waves were enormous
As soon as everyone had their gear out and started setting up, i realized that i must have looked like a bloody fool. Everyone had these big bad tripods while i was standing there with my tiny Benro. Equipmentwise i was in another league. I`ve never been a technerd, in fact i`m not really that interested in the technical side of photography as long as i get the shots i`m after.
Now at the end of the day, when me and Joe stood together on the rocks, i felt like i didnt have the equipment to get the shots i wanted. We stood side by side shooting the same scene. On his briliant big-ass 5dMkII screen i could see that his shots was mindblowing. On my tiny classic (thx Hamish) 5d screen...my shots looked like a truckload of shit. When i got home i was glad to see that my shots werent that bad after all.
Back to Utakleiv...i`m not used to waveaction. So after 5 minutes i had a close encounter with a big wave. I got soaked... I think hamish got a shot of me falling over...i hope he did, cause it must have looked damn funny.
I wasnt happy with anything from that first session. When sunset was approaching we headed over to the next beach, Haukland Beach. This beach is much calmer than Utakleiv. The waves were a lot smaller and the sand..damn that sand was nice. In my opinion a much more beautiful beach than Utakleiv.
Now lets talk about Joe. He decided to walk from Utakleiv to Haukland.
That walk includes climbing over a mountainpass. A steep and dangerous mountainpass. And he didnt have a cellphone. I was convinced he wouldnt make it over until darkness so i was more or less prepared for a rescuemission. Luckily the crazy bastard showed up in time. If he hadnt i would have climbed up the mountain, killed the dude and stolen his 5dmkII.
Back to Haukland. I stood there, once again looking like a complete amateur next to Tony, Gary & Håkon. I saw a potential comp and like the true amateur i am, i asked Tony if i could borrow his equipment. Just the Lee Big Stopper, nothing more. oh..and the filterholder...and the adaptorring. (i had mine in the car...)I set up my comp and was ready for a really long exposure. Then i had to borrow his remote...Thx Tony
Ofcourse i have to mention that Tony is evil. He`s a devil in disguise. He looks so nice and polite. But at one point he came over to me with a smile on his face saying he had to show me the shot that just had given him 10 000£. And while i`m looking amazed at his awardwinning shot, he knocks my tripod over. The result; a crushed polarizer. Nah..he`s such a great guy. I deserved getting a crushed polarizer. The wind knocked my babytripod over...
So this is it. My first trip to Lofoten... I love those peaks out there, rising up straight from the sea. Spectacular place indeed. I have several others that i will share little by little.
A huge thanks to the britts. You guys rock!