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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


In February I spent one week on the Lofoten together with my friend Philippe (Philber). The Lofoten islands are located in northern Norway and are in my opinion one of the most attractive places for landscape photography in Europe.

This was our second trip to the Lofoten in wintertime (not counting my failed trip in 2011 where I broke my leg just before entering the ferry to the Lofoten).

In addition to classical landscape photography we had planned to also shoot some aurora borealis. But since we were shooting all day starting 1-2 hours before sunrise and finishing 1-2 hours after sunset we just didn't have the energy for additional night shots.

There were many other photographers at the same time on the Lofoten, mostly for aurora shooting. But they were often driving around the whole night and sleeping during the day. You probably have to decide whether to shoot aurora or classical landscapes, both on the same trip is difficult.

I was using my Leica equipment (2 M9 with 18mm, 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm and 90mm lenses and a 1.8 ND filter), Philippe was using his Nex cameras with his Leica and Zeiss lenses.
The M9 worked perfectly on this trip and I'm quite satisfied with the result. Nevertheless is was probably my last trip with the Leica equipment, but that's another story.

I will post my images in batches of 10-15 images to give Philippe the chance to post his images of the same places in between, starting with the western end of the Lofoten: Å i Lofoten, Sørvågen and Moskenes.

#1 (Å i Lofoten shot from Sørvågen, 28mm Summicron, ca. f/8, 45 minutes before sunrise):






#2 (Å i Lofoten shot from Sørvågen, 28mm Summicron, ca. f/8, at sunrise):






#3 (Å i Lofoten shot from Sørvågen, 35mm Summilux, ca. f/8, 15 minutes before sunrise):






#4 (Å i Lofoten shot from Sørvågen, 50mm Summilux, ca. f/8, at sunrise):






#5 (Å i Lofoten shot from Sørvågen, 28mm Summicron, ca. f/11, at sunset):






#6 (Sørvågen, 28mm Summicron, ca. f/8, 45 minutes before sunrise):






#7 (Sørvågen, 50mm Summilux, ca. f/8, 30 minutes after sunset):






#8 (Sørvågen, 50mm Summilux, ca. f/8, 30 minutes after sunset):






#9 (Sørvågen, 28mm Summicron, ca. f/8, 45 minutes after sunset):






#10 (Å i Lofoten, 90mm Macro-Elmar, ca. f/8):






#11 (Moskenes, 90mm Macro-Elmar, ca. f/8):








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Mar 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Beautiful photos!


Mar 02, 2013 at 03:52 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


I'm just stunned by how beautiful that place is!


Mar 02, 2013 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Simply amazing, Boris!


Mar 02, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Great pictures, Boris!

Interestingly, he and I have roughly the same number of keepers from the trip, but I out of 1000 pics, and Boris out of 2500, because he shoots every spot much more thourougly, with every lens, every aperture, with or without filters...
But when I scour my keepers for the same locations, I come up almost empty handed. I just didn't do that good. And one has to be careful with "good pictures" from the Lofoten, because getting "good pictures" is so easy (that is whyt they organise photo tours there, because, unless the weather is seriously un-co-operative, even mediocre photographers can, with a bit of help, come home with nice images. So, yeah, I have nice pictures from that area, and regrets that I was not more ruthless about working the spots until I did better.
Here are a couple of such "nice pictures" IMHO, N°1& 2




  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/400s    100 ISO    +0.7 EV  








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Mar 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


OK, so this is what I have, N° 3, 4, & 5




  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/400s    100 ISO    +0.7 EV  



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


What a place. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.


Mar 02, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Now there are lots of places that I know Boris didn't shoot, primarily in or around Reine, which, geographically, has to be his next post. So here are some of them. As Boris said, we didn't shoot any aurora borealis, but we did have a few aurora normalis splendida, which we didn't mind shooting... N° 6 & 7




  NEX-5N    ---- lens    1/250s    100 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NEX-5N    ---- lens    1/25s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Mar 02, 2013 at 05:18 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Stunning stuff both of you! Boris' effort definitely pays off!


Mar 02, 2013 at 05:20 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Thanks guys and great images, Philippe!

We had really great weather for 5-6 days. Temperatures were just below zero with fresh snow and a clear sky with some clouds.

The next batch of images was shot in and around Reine, one of the my favorite places on the Lofoten. From some of the hills I also tried my first stiched panorama shots ever. I used the Autopano tool for stiching.

#12 (Reine, 18mm Super-Elmar, f/11, 30 minutes before sunrise):






#13 (Reine, 18mm Super-Elmar, f/11, at sunrise):






#14 (Reine, 50mm Summilux, f/8, at sunrise):






#15 (Reine, 35mm Summilux, f/8, 1 hour after sunset, stitched from 4 images):






#16 (Reine, 18mm Super-Elmar, f/11, 1 hour before sunrise):






#17 (Reine, 18mm Super-Elmar, f/11, 1 hour after sunset):






#18 (Reine, 18mm Super-Elmar, f/11, at sunrise):






#19 (Reine, 21mm Super-Elmar, f/8, 30 minutes before sunrise):






#20 (Reine, 18mm Super-Elmar, f/11, at sunrise):






#21 (Reine, 28mm Summicron, f/8, at sunrise, 360° panorama stitched from 10 images):






Here is a link to the panorama full size image

#22 (Reine, 50mm Summilux, f/8, 30 minutes after sunset):






#23 (Reine, 50mm Summilux, f/8):






#24 (Reine, 50mm Summilux, f/8, 1 hour after sunrise):






#25 (Reine, 50mm Summilux, f/11, 1 hour after sunrise):






#26 (Lofoten, 90mm Macro-Elmar, f/11):







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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Absolutely stunning. I'm not one to throw around superlatives when looking at photographs, but many of these do have a "wow" effect. Stunning location, but great light & execution as well.

Is there much to do here beyond photography? (genuine question)



Mar 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


ricardovaste wrote:
Is there much to do here beyond photography? (genuine question)


Hm, eating fish. You can have cod, cod liver, cod tongue ...
And since you can get nothing else we tried all of this ;-)

Boris



Mar 02, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Wow, Boris, I may have been there with you, it makes your pics no less impressive!
As my widest lens was 27mm (18mm Zeiss ZM on NEX), it is no surprise that I don't have the wide vistas that Bris shines at. Here is what I shot while he was up on his hilltop of endlessly attempting to get perfect light at his favorite junction just outside Reine, N°8, 9, 10 & 11




  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/100s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/320s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/500s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  



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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


That "simple" non-stitched shot from sunrise is amazing..


Mar 02, 2013 at 05:44 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Bobu wrote:
Hm, eating fish. You can have cod, cod liver, cod tongue ...
And since you can get nothing else we tried all of this ;-)

Boris


Not a great place to take a vege then?



Mar 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


And some more... N° 12, 13 & 14




  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/640s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/40s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-5N    ---- lens    1/20s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Mar 02, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Though I did shoot Boris' favorite spot a couple of times too, I guess, as well as some others, N° 15, 16 & 17




  NEX-5N    ---- lens    1/3s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-5N    ---- lens    1/3s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/80s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


And a final three from Reine, sunset, sunrise... N°18, 19 & 20




  NEX-7    ---- lens    3s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/125s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  NEX-7    ---- lens    1/160s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Boris and Philippe, beautiful photos from both of you! Thank you for sharing them with us.


Mar 02, 2013 at 06:24 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex


Thanks for the positive comments, guys!


Mar 02, 2013 at 06:26 PM
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