Norway in Winter

Beautiful trip to the mountains in Norway.  Right at the middle of winter the trees are covered in rich show. A fairytale picture.  Here is a collection of pictures from a recent trip to Norway.  Weather was very favourable with mainly clear skies and good sunrise and sunset opportunities. The sunrise and sunsets are quite beautiful.  Being a northerly location means that photographing a sunrise does not means a crazy early.  A relaxed breakfast and then out. Beautiful Norway in winter with rich snow and clear blue skies. Norway – great winter wedding photography location for couples who love the outdoors.

Here are a few examples.  More on the website David Close Photography – Norway

Norway

A high latitude country giving a wide range of day light hours between winter and summer. This same high latitude limits the air temperature hence the conditions in the mountains in winter.  With temperature down to around -20C on this visit the snow stays quite powdery.  Trying to make snow balls is impossible, as you try compress it, the snow just explodes in you hands.  These mountains are to the east of the country so in land.  Another great area to visit would be the coastal area to the west with the beautiful fjords with the steeply rising mountains on either side.

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A Norwegian penguin, actually a snow covered tree stump - Norway 2016-025. Norway - great winter wedding photography location

A Norwegian penguin, actually a tree stump just covered in wind swept snow.  Looks cute though.

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A Norwegian sunrise bursting through the trees. Norway - A great winter wedding photography location - Norway 2016-047

A fabulous sunrise from a low sun catching the bumps in the snow and bursting through the trees.

Norway – great winter wedding photography location

This gorgeous location, despite being cold would make a great location for beautiful wedding photographs, with the crisp white snow hanging on the pine trees.  Couple this with the clear blue sky with the rich warm light of the sunset and there you have an ideal location to be re

Clitheroe

A few pictures from a recent visit to Clitheroe Castle in the Ribble Valley Lancashire.

For those interested in photography this first picture is straight out of camera, but exposed for the sky. 1/500th, f16, ISO 400, shot hand held with the Fuji XT-1 and the 18mm lens.  No filters were used.  The second is after post production in Photoshop to reveal the details in the shadow, then enhanced along with a couple of dust spots removed in the sky.

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Another before and after shot exposing for the sky and then edited in Photoshop.

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Linda 50th fun Birthday Bash

Birthday Party

Fun images from my sister in-law’s recent fun birthday bash in Norwich with a themed party of guests dressed in the era they grew up.  Plenty of crazy fancy dress making very colourful photographs.  Grosvenor Fish Bar, Norwich. An unusual but popular fish and chip shop with cave like atmosphere in the basement. Centre of Norwich.

Fancy dress

Given the era, the fancy dress was mostly hippy style, with flared trousers and plenty of bright colours. Beads and sunglasses were the order of the day along with long hair wigs for the follicly challenged men of the group.

A surprise visit from Linda’s niece fresh from a special vacation in Paris where she has just got engaged.

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Grosvenor Fish Bar for unusual ding experience, www.fshshop.com.

 

The Shard and London

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The London Shard with views from the top, along with a few views around the city.

With the Shard now the tallest building in the European Union at over 1000ft (306m) with 87 floors it houses a viewing gallery, restaurants, offices and a hotel.  It takes its name from the suggestion of a shard of glass since its exterior is finished completely in glass.  The views are fabulous from both the indoor and outdoor viewing decks.

Photographs taken from a couple of free evenings on a recent visit to London.  Testing out the Fujifim XT-1 camera with various lenses.  The files are excellent.  The only issue was that the views from the top of The Shard all have to be taken through glass and it is virtually impossible to avoid reflections or dirt on the glass.  A real pity they did not put small gaps in the glass like they did for the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The Shard London

The Shard London

Buckingham Palace and the London Eye from The Shard.

Buckingham Palace and the London Eye from The Shard.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Tower Bridge London at twilight.

Tower Bridge London at twilight.

Canary Wharf, Docklands London

Canary Wharf, Docklands London

Leadenhall Building - London. The Cheese grater

Leadenhall Building – London. The Cheese grater

The Gherkin - London

The Gherkin – London

Sunset over London

Sunset over London

More pictures on the website

http://www.davidclose.com/proofing/photos.php?pageid=23&gid=10

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing hole in the ground

France has many caves, here is one that begins with a massive hole in the ground taking you down about 50m, then you go down a further 50m underground.  At the bottom there is an easy walk plus a small boat explores a river section.  Apparently the river eventually breaks ground about 17km downstream.

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

 

 

Cave at Gaufre du Padirac, France

 

 

 

Sacre-Coeur and the Steps, Paris France

A few more photographs of beautiful Paris.  Sacré-Cœur the iconic Basilica completed in 1914, stands tall looking over the city of Paris.

Sacre Coeur Paris at night

Sacre Coeur Paris at night

Sacre Coeur Paris at night 2

Sacre Coeur Paris at night 2

Steps leading to Sacré-Cœur looking great at night and in black and white.

The Steps at Sacre Coeur

The Steps at Sacre Coeur

The Steps at Sacre Coeur 2

The Steps at Sacre Coeur 2

Late twilight over Paris from Sacré-Cœur

Paris at night from Sacre Coeur

Paris at night from Sacre Coeur