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Dusk in Trollfjorden, Hadsel, Vesterålen, Norway

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Though I harbour pretensions to being a street photographer, I found there were few streets and fewer people in this neck of the woods, so I turned my attention to the landscape. And what a spectacular location! The light was fading - not fast, as the twilight lasts a long time in these latitudes in October - but it was quite gloomy. Deep dusk in fact: witness the 1600 ISO I had to use to avoid camera shake. I got a bit obsessed here and took a shedload of pictures. In fact the whole trip was a landscape photographer's dream - or nightmare, if you consider the processing time to deal with 1200-odd RAW images. Three months down the line, I've finally finished them, so expect a few more shortly from the Far North.

Trollfjorden itself is a very narrow, quite short, but thoroughly spectacular little fjord on the island of Austvågøya. The Battle of Trollfjord (Norwegian: Trollfjordslaget) was fought in 1890 between the first industrial, steam-driven fishing ships and teams of traditional open-boat fishermen over access to the fjord. Johan Bojer described the battle in his 1921 novel The Last of the Vikings (Den siste Viking). By the way, the lights you can see are not, I believe, dwellings, but a hydro-electric plant.

This is the fjord in better light!

Shutter speed: 1/80 sec
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 1600
Focal length: 30 mm

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Additional Photos by Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1070 W: 301 N: 3089] (14105)
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