Top of the Cliff by stiann

A panoramic view from a cliff 1300 meters above the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nærøyfjord, western Norway.

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Vanishing by stiann

Seen here is a glacier area in western Norway. Some 100 years ago, the very spot I’m standing on was under a thick layer of glacier. As recent as 20-25 years ago, I remember the glacier covered the entire area where you can see there’s now just bare rock.

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Glacial Autumn by stiann

Fall colors near a glacier in western Norway on a September day.

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Giftland by stiann

A fjord landscape in western Norway. It’s an age old shot that had become a seemingly permanent resident in my todo-folder, so recently I figured I’d better get to it. I did go for a painterly look a bit on the surreal side. Maybe I went a bit mad but you got to have some fun!

The idea behind it in the first place was to lend elements typically used by great Norwegian romanticist painters. The big landscapes, the human made element, the fairly intense always complementing colors, the too perfect conditions and scenes etc. I won’t claim that I succeeded in resembling that, but that was my initial thought with it.

Full disclosure as I’m putting this in the landscape category. Obviously there’s a fair bit of editing going on here, but nothing was dropped in that wasn’t there. I did however remove some human made elements that I found so distracting that it was either that or scrapping it. To do that I had to lend some details from the sky and displace it back on the original water texture. Basically cloning it out as far as I’m concerned. It’s as far as I’ll take it and still label it landscape, but only when disclosing it.

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First Fall Color by stiann

I went up in the mountains of western Norway yesterday to check on the progress of fall color. I’d say it’s at a…20% of a potential 100%. 🙂 Still nice though. This image is a small focus stacked panorama with lots of fine detail in it, maybe too much for web purposes. You really want to hit the M key to view the actual resolution and minimize muddiness. I did not increase the saturation of the reds as such, I had to reduce them after some contrast adjustments. I left them a little overwhelming as true to the actual colors. Annoyingly, when I arrived, there was a rainbow going right down into the V shape of the ravine in front, but by the time I got the gear out and found something resembling a comp, it was gone! Well, I guess people can do without another rainbow.

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