Photo: Colorful winter sunrise over Norwegian mainland, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Feb 2012
A layer of clouds was hanging over the islands with only a thin slice of clear sky in the eastern horizon. This light lasted a few minutes and then turned to gray and my camera didn’t come out of the bag for the rest of the day. I was hiding behind a rock to try and get a little protection for the winds – the sea is dark, but you can see it’s a bit rough. This was the 2nd best/most colorful sunrise of my February trip. The best was the day before as I was looking out the window of a bus, in my typical expertise of missing good light.
The arctic sun is deceptive in the fact that it rises so slowly in the sky. In my head I have what I expect as a standard length of time from when I start to see the light of the sun building below the horizon until it finally breaks it. In the north I end up standing, jumping around the keep warm, and telling the sun to come on and hurry up so I can get back in the car as I can’t feel my toes anymore. Although the benefit of this is that the light last so much longer and you take take a little more time to work with each scene before the light fades, all depending on what the clouds are up to of course.