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Morning photography at Stenshuvud

I have for a long time wanted to photograph the seascape landscape at Stenshuvud national park in Skåne in Sweden. There are some beautiful rocks right beneath the famous Stenshuvud mountain.

My previous visits have been during the afternoon and since the ocean faces the east the light has not been very good for sunsets. This time I went there early in the morning to take advantage of the light during sunrise and it did definitely not disappoint.

I arrived there just before 06:00 when it was still dark. Good thing that my head lamp Petzl Pixa was in my backpack. After a 20 minute fast hike (sweating as I brought way too much clothes) I reached the location. It was hard finding the right composition with only the light from my head torch as assistance. Eventually I found an interesting composition with the rocks leading the eye towards the horison

The sun just below the horizon

The sun just below the horizon

As it slowly started to get lighter it was becoming easier to find my way around. I started looking for a place to take a wider photo of the area. I had to work fast as the light was becoming brighter and brighter by the minute. Eventually I decided to make use of some large rocks that would make it possible to take photos from a higher viewpoint. I had to careful not to fall down as the space on top was very limited.

Standing on top of some large rocks made it possible taking a photo from a higher viewpoint.

Standing on top of some large rocks made it possible taking a photo from a higher viewpoint.

You can see on the photo above that the light was starting to create soft light patterns on the rocks. Therefore I decided to make my way down closer to the ocean to try to simplify my composition. My intention was to put more emphasis on the rocks and pink light from the first sun rays. In the end a low perspective was chosen to include as much as possible of the nicely lit rocks on the foreground.

I picked a low angle to incorporate as much of the rocks as possible.

I picked a low angle to incorporate as much of the rocks as possible.

When the light got stronger i decided to explore the rocky landscape a bit further. I have a tendency to only take horizontal images so I decided to try taking my next photo in vertical mode. Still my desire was to use as much of the rocks as foreground, effectively splitting the images into 2/3 with rocks in the foreground and 1/3 of the images should consist of sky. It was a dangerous operation trying to navigate between the sharp rocks with my camera mounted on the tripod. One wrong move and my camera could get smashed, not to mention the risk of breaking a leg or even worse. The things we put at risk in trying to create emotional images. I made sure to use an 0,9 soft grad Lee filter to darken the sky and avoiding overexposure as the sunlight was much stronger now.

Luckily no bones were broken or equipment damaged and I got away with a couple of vertical images that I am very happy with. Next time I'll for sure be more careful, or that's at least what I'm saying now. When you're out there and nature plays in your hands, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and wanting to share your expeirence with the world.

My first vertical photo of the day

My first vertical photo of the day

My second vertical image of the day

My second vertical image of the day

I hope you found this blog post inspiring and got the urge to explore the beautiful nature in your area. Feel free to make a comment below and send me a message if you have any questions. You can also learn more about landscape photography by downloading my free e-book where I share my experience gained during the last 10 years of landscape photography.

Thank you and good luck with your photography !!

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