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The midninghtsun shot about half an hour after midnight a few weeks back. I had to reduce the saturation in the red channel quite much cause the scene was just way too vibrant. Scenes like this are challenging with serious flareissues.

So cool too see the red hot sun under a threatening, dark and moody sky...

If anyone ever wants to visit Norway...make sure you do that when the midnightsun is in its prime...

cheers!

-Arild-
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During my week on Mallorca it was cloudless and boring 90% of the time. The only decent evening was the first one, before i even had any clue
about places to shoot. I had done some research, but all of those options included renting a car. And theres not a thing on earth
that will make me drive in places like this. I`m used to calm and organized traffic conditions...in the south everything is complete chaos. I`m sure
i would wreck any car during the first five minutes...

So i headed down to the beach this wonderful evening. And basicaly the only thing to shoot down there was this pier. The surroundings narrowed down the compositional options.
To the left there was a large industrial area and to the right was another town. Had to clone away some distracting elements from the sea...

The light was amazing, the colours were breathtaking...but only for a couple of minutes. Then everything just faded and the incredible pink sky was nothing but a fond memory..

Single exposure w/polarizer & Lee 3-stop soft grad.

Have a great weekend!

-Arild-
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Skittendalen (in english "Dirty Valley") is my favourite place on earth. I will probably devote quite much of my time to shoot this area over the next years. This one is from a trip last october, looking over towards the mountains Rismålstinden (1012m) and Lilletinden (1134m)

Hope you like it...

Have a great day!

-Arild-

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Hi folks! The last weeks have been busy. I`ve been exploring the mountains here in Northern Norway. Not much time to process, but i`m throwing this one out on the web... An unnamed waterfall in the southern parts of Troms, Norway. The conditions were ideal for waterfallshooting. A thick layer of fog in combination with lots of spray created a delicious softness in the scene. The spray didnt come as large drops, but more in form of moist on the polarizer. Same effect as breathing on the polarizer...

The waterflow was a bit too powerful. May have to come back when the fall is calmer, but i still like it. The crystal clear water coming straight down from the mountains...

Have a great day!

Canon 5d & 17-40mmL & Polarizer

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I have been shooting these kind of shots for the last week or so, and i`ll probably keep doing it for another week. The sun sets perfectly for me these days, in the exact right place.

This was shot under very shifting conditions. A minute after i shot this there was snow blowing around liek crazy. loved it :-)

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Ahhh...finally back again after a week on Mallorca. Not much shooting down there, but i`ll tell you one thing....the sunsets down there is rubbish compared to what we have up here. The sun set so fast i could almost see it moving. A couple of days before the trip i had a sensational session in my local seascape playground. The "sunset" lasted several hours. Well...calling it a sunset is not correct since the sun never went under the horizon, but still...

This session was the best i`ve ever had by the sea. The sky was insane....intense red colours far out, some gigantic black clouds rolling by. The whole scenery was just surreal. I could just go from comp to comp with a big smile on my face.... This particular comp was one that i immediately liked. I took a bunch of shots until i succeeded with capturing that tiny "waterfall" sweeping across the rocks. Seeing the red reflection was kinda cool too..

Canon 5d w/Polarizer & Lee 0.9 Soft Grad

Its good to be back....

Have a fantastic day and week ahead!

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Shot a couple of hours ago. Theres a big storm heading our way...it`ll probably hit us sometime tomorrow. The wind was quite strong already so i wanted to shoot some rushing clouds illuminated by the moonlight....

Canon 5d w/17-40mmL
17mm
f/4
iso 200
84 sec

Good night!

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I think i`ve mentioned a few times how i had a particular shot of the northern lights constantly lurking in the back of my head. Let me explain...

On this night i had been wandering around in complete darkness for a couple of hours... my headlamp was weak, the batteries to my camera were slowly fading away, the temperatures were around -20C and i was quite nervous because of some weird noises. Me and my skiis went down to this spot. This is the place were i really had planned to take an awardwinning, groundbreaking and crazy shot of the aurora. Not really....but at least i had a clever plan...

You see that black pool? Well...my not so clever plan was to jump into that pool with my waders. I was actually wearing my waders this whole night. Glad i didnt run into someone in the dark...

Jumping into that pool...the thing is...i have no idea how deep that pool is. On the right side there is a massive waterfall coming directly down into this pool. Probably the biggest waterfall in the area. So i had a bright moment and started thinking. Chances are if i slided into this pool i would never resurface. It could be 3-4 meters deep for all i know. It probably is THAT deep :-)

My plan was to shoot the aurora from inside this pool. With the frozen edges and all the cool details in the foreground...and a blazing aurora in the background.

I`m telling you....it would have been insane! But since im a big pussy and have no guts....the plan is currently put on ice... I had been scouting and chasing the aurora the whole winter with nothing but that particular shot in mind. Talk about chasing my own tail...

So all i got was this shot. By the time i had set everything up the batteries were dead. So i had to put one of the batteries in my boxers, wrap my balls around it and just give it a minute or two.... Works like a charm. Theres nothing that a pair of warm balls wont fix...

The tracks you see down to the right are not mine. This pool is the playground for a pair of otters...

Exif? dont remember...

Have a grrrreat wednesday!

-Arild-
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I shot this on one of the last evenings in may. One of the most productive and and
fascinating sessions i`ve ever had. Heavy clouds came rolling in just before midnight...the best
clouds in the history of young Heitmann...They may look cartoonish, but it was one of those nights
where you really need to see it with your own eyes to believe it...

I found this small crack and went down and dirty to get the comp i was after. This was one of the first shots of the evening.
It`s about half an hour to midnight and the sun still needs some time to dip under the clouds. An hour later it was just over the horizon lighting up
the clouds in the most amazing way.

Still...this ended up as one of my favourites of the evening.

Canon 5d w/polarizer & Lee 0.9 soft grad

Have a great day!

-Arild-


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This one is from a truly insane evening late in may. I shot this around half an hour after midnight. The whole evening had already proven to be extraordinary. A blanket of pitch black clouds had created the most magnificent display of colour and drama you can immagine.

I knew that the midnight sun would appear in this spot at exactly this time and i wasnt disappointed. The dark clouds darkened the whole scene and the sun was intense in the gap between sea & sky. An extremely difficult shot to pull off because of the enormous dynamic range.

This may not seem real, but this is as close to reality as i was able to come... I just love how the sunlight is showing through the blueish water over the rocks.

I wish i had a reverse grad for this scene, but i still managed to get some detail out of the sky. It was a sick night...

Canon 5d w/polarizer & Lee 0.9 soft grad

17mm
f22
iso 400
2 sec

Cheers everyone!

-Arild-

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