Review PA Photo-Walk: Kärkevagge-Trollsjön/Rissajaure – mythic landscape

Another tour we made in Swedish Lapland was to the clearest lake of Sweden, the Trollsjön or Rissajaure.

Over here I’ll present you some impressions from the way to Trollsjön, walking through Kärkevagge, although not at the ground of this valley, we were a little bit higher up at the bottom of one of the mountains.

Photographically it was another challenge but also a special opportunity because of the weather conditions up there. Mist/fog was coming in all the time …
… and finally even forced us to return, because in the mountains one has always to be aware of weather changes and one might get into a dangerous situation quickly. With the fog becoming thicker and thicker within minutes near Trollsjön none of us wanted to take any risks staying at the location any longer, knowing that we still had to hike back all the way and that during this time enough problems might occur already.

It was and is a typical situation when you are outdoor and in landscape photography, especially when you don’t live at the location and thus can’t return another time, at least not that quickly, like it is often when you are on holidays. The landscape has got all the time in the world, but you haven’t. You are at a location on a specific day and often the weather isn’t like you want it to be.
Besides many prefer and wish to have good weather, sun shining, blue sky etc., especially when they want to take photos of a landscape. Although in photography sunshine e.g. can cause a whole lot of trouble and even spoil photos.

Well, but landscape photography can be done at nearly all weather conditions. It basically doesn’t matter what the weather conditions are like. Even so called bad weather conditions (rain, fog and suchlike) can give a special effect and charm to the photos. They can show a landscape’s character differently; sometimes maybe only bad weather conditions can show it really. Thus one shouldn’t be disappointed at the location, but try to look at it open minded and to take shots of a different kind instead.

Let’s look at some examples over here, taken in Kärkevagge on the way to Trollsjön.









Now ask yourself:
Do these photos need good weather conditions like sunshine, blue sky etc.?
Doesn’t the fog over here have a real interesting effect in the landscape ?
Doesn’t the fog over here maybe show the character of this landscape better ?

Well for me, I was fascinated by these weather conditions. The whole area up there reminded me of historical/ancient times long ago – it looked as if the old northern gods had played with the rocks, throwing them all over. I felt centuries backwards to the times of Thor and Odin and the roughness and hardness of this northern landscape in the Northern Polar Circle, where life was and is hard. It was all as if old myths and tales had become alive and reality. And some of the rocks and rock formations reminded me of castles and suchlike.
No, I didn’t need any so called “good weather conditions”. For me these ones were but perfect to shoot and show some of the character of this landscape. The fog and haze just belonged to these mythic surroundings. By the way, with a sky like this or a clouded sky colo(u)rs become very intensive. As can be seen over here, e.g., watch out for the intensity of the green.



You can capture such an intensity of colo(u)rs in shots closer to the photo subject. It’s not necessary to use a macro lens and get that close, but try to get as close as possible with your lens and to frame the photo subject on a short distance. In longer distance shots as the ones above the colo(u)rs don’t turn out to become so intensive, then the haze/fog and the lighting conditions minimize the effect of the colo(u)rs. The intensity of colo(u)rs is another advantage of so called “bad weather conditions”.

As usual feedback and questions from you are welcome by heart. Just click at “comment” below this article and go ahead. Looking forward to see you back again soon.

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