Article: Behind the Shot - Spot the Shark

Posted on 7th May, 2016

In this article I'd like to talk about 'Spot the Shark' - a personal favorite of mine, and one of my most popular shots. I was also extremely honored to have been approached by National Geographic to have it in a 2014 book release. With all the questions I've been getting about it, I decided to share the whole process: the story behind the shot, how I took it and how I processed it at home. I hope you find the article helpful, perhaps even inspiring. I think the image...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Crystalline

Posted on 6th December, 2015

In this article I'll tell about the interesting process of producing my image 'Crystalline'. I shot it during January 2014, and processed it at the time, but lately the addition of new Photoshop features lead me to revisit it, and reprocess it in a different way. This image is an HDR-Panorama, a kind of shot which is usually technically difficult to produce, but as I show below, this difficulty is now relegated to the past. I hope you find the explanation interesting and...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Watery Grave

Posted on 26th June, 2015

In this article I'll take you to a grisly scene I encountered, which enabled me to produce quite a rare shot. This image is special to me for two reasons: first of all, it's a very unique image, telling a story you don't come across very often. Secondly, I've had to put in work I usually don't do when it comes to post-processing, to make it look right. All in all, I'm happy with the result, and it has won good acclaim in international competitions and publications. The...

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Article: Zero Forecast

Posted on 27th December, 2014

Landscape photographers love looking at forecasts, and for good reason. The readier you are for what’s going to happen, the better prepared you are for the cloud conditions, the light direction and the overall weather, the more you can plan your shot, and so you can get to the right place at the right time to achieve what you’ve been planning for a long time. I agree, and I fully support people who direct themselves mainly using forecasts. But I tend to do things differently. The...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Flames of the North

Posted on 14th December, 2014

In this article I'd like to talk about an Aurora shot I achieved using a special technique. I took the image during the first of two 'Land of Ice' photo workshops I guided in Southern Iceland earlier this year. I was leading the group when we arrived at Iceland famous glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. The sky was mostly clear and the Northern Lights were starting to pick up about an hour after arrival. We set up our cameras, found compositions and started a long,...

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Mountain Magic: Shooting in the Lofoten Islands

Posted on 30th November, 2014

The Lofoten Islands are a destination I've been dreaming of for a long time. Way up in Norway's Arctic northwest lies a small, yet incredibly beautiful and diverse archipelago, home to some of its most magical landscapes and a truly wonderful winter atmosphere. I visited the Lofoten Islands earlier this year to prepare for for my 'Northern Spirits' photography workshop, and it did not fail to excite me day after day. Pointy mountains rising above deep fjords, cracked frozen...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Shredded

Posted on 29th October, 2014

In this article in my 'Behind the Shot' series, I'll tell you about an unusual image I took in Iceland. The image shows the ice shards on the bank of a shallow, ice-covered lake very close to Kirkjufell (Icelandic: Church Mountain). I visited Kirkjufell in 2013, while scouting locations for my 'Winter Paradise' workshop. The mountain is situated a short distance from the quiet town of Grundarfjörður, in the north of Snæfellsnes peninsula in west Iceland....

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Article: Behind the Shot - Winter Paradise

Posted on 23rd October, 2014

On this article I'll invite you to join me for one of the most amazing nights of my life: a night that began in preparing for sleep after a hard day of shooting in the bitter cold, and finished with a light-show unlike I'd ever seen before. Background It wasn't easy spending a week shooting in the Mývatn district of northern Iceland. It was early February this year and I was working hard scouting locations for my 'Winter Paradise' workshop. Shooting,...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Lost in Space

Posted on 7th September, 2014

In this article I'll take you to the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland, to talk about an image I'm very happy about. It wasn't easy getting the shot to look as it does now, but I think the outcome justifies all the hard work, and I hope you'll agree. This picture was taken on my second visit to Kirkjufell ('Church Mountain' in Icelandic, also called 'Pyramid Mountain' for obvious reasons. The mountain is conveniently situated right outside...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Nautilus

Posted on 1st September, 2014

In this article I'll talk about one of my most popular shots, ‘Nautilus’. The image shows an ice cave we visited in Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland, on a photography trip in December 2011 to scout locations for my 'Land of Ice' photo workshop. It wasn’t easy getting there, and we had to use a modified jeep to traverse the snow. Even when close to the cave it was tricky to spot it, but luckily we had a wonderful guide who had previous...

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