Behind The Shot: “Lofoten Glow” by Stian Klo – Storvatnet Lake, Nusfjord, Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway

Frozen ice on a lake in Storvatnet, Nusfjord in Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway

"Lofoten Glow" by Stian Klo

I was desperately searching for a good sunrise spot this particular morning. Normally Storvatnet Lake is completely covered in snow, so you can only imagine my surprise when I saw these crazy ice formations almost being shot out of the frozen lake. I put my crampons on and took a big risk walking out. I could hear the ice cracking underneath my feet, and when you're all alone in a fjord/canyon like this - the cracks are echoed and sound really frightening. I got down on my my knees and looked for leading lines and patterns, put my trusted polarizer filter on and started shooting. I waited for about 45 minutes, then the magic happened. The glow on the mountain peaks lasted for about 5-10 minutes and for once I was at the right spot at the right time. These are three exposures that have been focus stacked in order to achieve maximum dynamic range and depth. - Stian Klo

Based out of Northern Norway, Klo offers photo tours and workshops through his website, www.lofotentours.com. Follow him on Facebook, 500px, Google+ and Twitter.

Equipment and settings: Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR lens, Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with Manfrotto 498RC2 ballhead, Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo warming and color intensification polarizer - 1/13th @ f/6.3 - ISO 400 - taken at 16mm focal length

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