Look Behind

When shooting landscapes …

it is easy to forget to check out what is happening elsewhere, this image shows the importance of always taking the time to look behind at the scene there too. I was shooting the sunset in Burtrask, Vasterbotten over the Ljusvattnet Lake and was indeed very excited by the images that I was getting, I shot several sets of HDR brackets (as is often the case I ended up not using an HDR approach) then decided to shoot a long exposure image with the Big Stopper (which I think worked really well). It was whilst waiting for the four minute exposure that I took the time to look behind and saw this incredible scene!

As the sun was setting …

in one direction the moon was rising in the other, the lake was still and tranquil and I saw this great scene. I shot this as a straight panorama and also took a long exposure version as well, it is difficult to say which I prefer, the long exposure makes the clouds look good, but blurs the moon!

So having taken the time to look behind …

I ended up with five images instead of two, five because here the look behind also gave me a different persoective on the sunset scene and I made some images to the side as well! I suspect that if I had time then a further working of the scene would have been possible, and it is not because I was tardy in some way that I was short of time, with sunsets you do have a very short window of time and typically changing position isn’t possible. However, it did occur to me to go to a different spot and shoot the moonrise further but this time over the Bure RIver. However, by the time I got there the clouds had really moved in so I went home.

 

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