Category: Travel photography

Welcome to my travel photography posts. This is where I share stories, travel tips, and amazing photography with you from my many travels around the world.

Awesome boat ride

 

Check out this awesome boat ride in perfect arctic conditions! Once in an lifetime experience! Captured in Kings Bay, Svalbard, Norway. Near the northernmost permanent settlement in the world – Ny-Ålesund.

You can see another boat ride here: http://www.gjertsen.photos/2017/06/25/extraordinary-perfect-conditions/

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Oscar II land og James I land.

Arctic light

Travelling to Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard, we flew over Oscar II land and James I land From Longyearbyen. The image above is captured through the window of the airplane. Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kings Bay, and it’s the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.

The arctic light is very special there. It is not only the northern lights, it’s diffuse light with pastel colors. This happens because of the low sun and reflections from ice and snow. Depending an the season it has a blue(ish) or red(ish) cast. These are captured in beginning of June and with a lot of blue cast.

Brøgger glaciers
Brøgger glaciers with the new Earth Observatory of The Norwegian Mapping Authority in the left bottom corner

 

The Earth observatory on Brandal Point in front of the mountain called Trehyrningen.
Entering frozen river | Svalbard 2012

Like being in bed with a woman for the first time…

Some years ago I visited the northernmost settlement in the world – Ny Ålesund, Svalbard. It’s a fantastic experience 79 degrees north. One have to be a scientist or (as me) part of management in one of the companies present. Anyway, I had the opportunity to join some people on a real adventure: entering a cave under a glacier.

Snow mobile on glacier | Svalbard 2012
Found a snow bridge and getting ready to dig a hole.

We drove out on a glacier using our snow mobiles. This glacier doesn’t move (most do), so it’s not very dangerous. We searched for a snow bridge with long thin sticks. Easy penetration indicated snow bridge over a frozen river. To enter the cave we had to dig a hole.

Digging in the glacier | Svalbard 2012
Digging a hole in a snow bridge on the glacier.

It was hard work! The hole appeared to be 2 meter deep, and we shifted on digging. Everyone securely tied to the snow mobiles in case the snow bridge would disintegrate.

Entering the river | Svalbard 2012
Karl Petter entering the cave made by a sub-glacier frozen river

Karl Petter was entering first to check if everything is OK. It was about 6 meters to the bottom of the cave, and climbing equipment was absolutely necessary.

Entering frozen river | Svalbard 2012
The cave is OK

One of the french scientists in the group gave us a big laugh when entering the cave; with his french accent he said the following when penetrating the glacier: “I’m not nervous! But this is like being in bed with a woman for the first time!” We couldn’t stop laughing and he descended into the cave.

Penetrating the clacier | Svalbard 2012
“I’m not nervous! But this is like being in bed with a woman for the first time!”

The experience was fabulous! Check these images:

The pattern is captured in a tunnel in a glacier on Svalbard. The tunnel was created by a river under the glacier.

 

Silhouette at sunrise

Shooting silhouettes is one of my interests. My vacation home is situated on the east coast of Spain, a perfect location for combining sunrise and silhouette shots. I captured this picture a long time ago, but I often come back to it.

That morning another photographer had the same purpose for his morning activity: Photographing. At that time I had my first DSLR; Nikon D5100. A great companion for many years. This image is shot handheld with ISO 400, 1/100 sec and F5,6.

3 tips when shooting silhouettes:

  1. Concentrate on the shape of your subject – look for details.
  2. Avoid wind blurring trees, leafs, flags etc.
  3. Seek for open space
  4. Expose for the back light.

If you have another tip for photographing silhouettes, please share it by leaving a comment below. Thanks!

Norrtälje | Sweden 2017

My visit to picturesque Norrtälje in Sweden

It was still early spring in the beginning of May. I was on a business trip to picturesque Norrtälje in Sweden. Just an hour drive north of Arlanda airport. After a long day travelling and meetings, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk in the city. It was cold – I guess around freezing-point.

Anyway, the city had preserved it’s old traditions. I was impressed how the took care og their old buildings. Have a look!

The city has less than 20 000 inhabitants, but during summer it’s doubled by tourists enjoying their summer vacation just outside Stockholm.

Pier | Durrës 2017

I’m sooo ready!

I lucky living in the northern hemisphere having four distinct seasons. That’s four changes every year. Every one of them makes me wait for – long for – the next season.

After winter, spring is really tempting. The slow rise in temperature and increasing length of day makes me feel giddy, happy, restless and desirous for more sun, warmer and longer days. I’m really ready for that!

This is from my visit to Albania. Spring was already there and reminded me of what is coming to me now. Happy dance!

Broken rod | Durrës 2017

Broken

I captured this image of an art installation in Durrës, Albania. I don’t know if the rod is broken intentionally. Maybe it’s vandalized during the bad times. Anyway, to me it symbolizes the situation there. It’s a poor country struggling to overcome the past. Many dreams are broken.