The Magical Light Of Norway

I’m in love with this country. I mentioned on the blog here that I was teaching in Norway. Well, I’ve been here since last Wednesday and I’m totally in love with this country. The light is magical (well, at least from what I’ve seen). See, sunset is around 10:45pm and sunrise is around 4am. That means it basically never gets dark. It’s like a constant state of twilight for those 5+ hours. More than that though, when the sun is setting, you get that amazing light for like 2 hours. It’s crazy. I’m so used to having a 10-20 minute window to shoot with at sunset back home. The other night, I started thinking the light was getting really good around 8pm so I grabbed my camera and went out shooting. Next thing you know I was shooting for another 3 hours and it just kept getting better.

Here’s a photo I took in a town called Aurland after a beautiful train ride into a town called Flåm. Normally, during sunset, you’d have a brief minute to capture light like this. But the soft beams of light on the side of the hills just kept changing and happening over and over again for an hour.
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Thanks for being understanding of the light blog days while I travel. I’ll post more with some stories when I get back. Have a good one!

  • Mark

    Glad you’re enjoying Norway Matt. We loved it on a visit last year, especially Flam.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous photos.

  • Dennis Zito

    Matt, looks like a Great experience for you! That photo is absolutely beautiful! Sounds like Norway is like Alaska this time of year. While our son was stationed in Anchorage, we spent a couple of week up there … I know what you mean about the sunsets. Have a Great time and we look forward to some more photos!


  • fxgeek

    I got to spend some time there last year and it was the most amazing place I have ever been. There’s a real “edge of the world” feel to the country, and there’s something serenely beautiful and calming about the countryside. And the light as you said is amazing. If you get a good day notice how the sky is a really blue blue…if you know what I mean. Hope you have a great time there – I can’t wait to go back

  • A.G. Photography

    I’m so glad you got to see it…run to Sweden too you won’t regret it.

  • Christine Roosa

    just wait until winter … then the light won’t be so magical.

  • Bill Bentley

    Good stuff Matt. I have forwarded this page to a Norwegian friend of mine for inspiration. She will be travelling there in August. Enjoy the rest of your time.

  • RobbanMurray

    Sweet! Do you have any plans to teach in Sweden soon? That would be really nice!

  • Katherine Mann

    Halos on the edge of the cliff in the lower photo when enlarged detract from the image – but what an image! Nice.

  • Maja H

    Glad you had a nice time here in Norway! I was at the IGM conference in Oslo and really enjoyed your classes. I’m actually downloading the movies you provided right now, thank you so much for those. They will come in really handy :)