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I walked 200 miles to take these photos!

uspn

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  • Added on: August 15th, 2008
Right, so I understand that when most of you guys think of going to Europe, you'll be thinking about London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome and possibly Prague. It may come as a shock to you that Europe contains lots and lots of wilderness as well. But it does. Really.

This summer I spent 11 days hiking in Norway. I started out in downtown Oslo and kept on walking until I was in the mountains proper, in Jotunheimen/Realm of the Giants National Park.

It's a fine walk in the woods, but I'll admit that spending those 11 days in the aforementioned cities would probably mean more variety. (And fewer mosquitos.)

So, to save you the strenuous walk, I offer you a glimpse into what a hike like that looks like. I give you hiking in Norway: http://www.pvv.org/~bct/stien/

Happy trails!

Bjørn
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  • Added on: August 15th, 2008
Wow, those are some vivid shots.

I heard my girl say from across the room: "I want to go there!"

Smile

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  • Added on: August 16th, 2008
Well, it should be evident from the photos that there's lots of room for more visitors on the hiking trails of Norway!

Also, this is just about the only way to spend a week in Norway without also spending a fortune. There's no national park fee to enter the wilderness, you can drink the water everywhere and if you want to spend the nights inside four walls and a roof, usually also a floor, that can be done at a low price. (Mind you, you may be sharing a cabin with someone who snores.)

Happy trails,

Bjørn
http://bjornfree.com/

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  • Added on: August 18th, 2008
Amazing photos!

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  • Added on: September 5th, 2008
great shots! and a very beautiful place. thanks for sharing

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  • Added on: September 6th, 2008
Just gorgeous! Awesome photos and awesome views!

uspn

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  • Added on: September 26th, 2008
Thank you. I'm almost all set for a couple of months in Australia. Hopefully I'll return with a collection of photographs with other things in them than trees, sheep and mountains. #8D)

Happy trails,

Bjørn
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  • Added on: October 13th, 2008
Gorgeous collection!

Did you make the colors so vivid and saturated in the camera or afterward with post processing?

- Greg
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uspn

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  • Added on: October 14th, 2008
Thanks, Greg.

Many of the photos are actually "untouched". While Norway may be a grey and barren place during the cold part of the year, in the short, but intense summer it's absolutely exploding with colours. (Admittedly mainly green, but still...)

For some of the photos I have adjusted the colours/clarity of the photos a bit, and I always do that on my computer. Most of the time I trust my camera's ability to pick the best possible settings more than my own, although sometimes I fiddle around with the settings to see what happens. I can set the camera to "more saturated colours", but I don't see the point, especially since sometimes that can lead to rather disastrous results, not looking at all like the place I take the photo.

On this particular trip I walked for several days with no access to electricity, so I had relatively little battery time to play around with. For that reason also, setting the camera to auto most of the time seemed to be the smartest choice.

Happy trails!

Bjørn
http://bjornfree.com/

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  • Added on: October 19th, 2008
It was worth the trek - lovely photos!!

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  • Added on: January 20th, 2009
Amazing pictures. Can't wait for your Australia pics.

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  • Added on: March 9th, 2009
KevinY wrote:Amazing pictures. Can't wait for your Australia pics.


You don't have to. The first batch is out now, at http://www.pvv.org/~bct/woz/. #8D)

Bjørn

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  • Added on: March 9th, 2009
what kind of camera do you use to take these photos?
Josh has taken his much needed vacation and will be going on another Christmas to New Years 2011/2012. However, before he does read about his past trips http://blogs.bootsnall.com/eppyboy

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  • Added on: March 9th, 2009
I put a "FAQ" regarding that down at the bottom of the index page:

About the photos:
* Taken with a Sony DSC-H50 (fixed lens, not an SLR)
* The 99 photos were selected from about 2,800 photos I took during this trip
* Some photos were processed using Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and Nik Color Efex Pro 3

I'm not happy with a photo until it looks the way I remembered the scene where I took it. Sometimes that means I have to do some "darkroom" work on them, sometimes not.

Thank you for visiting!

Bjørn
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  • Added on: March 27th, 2009
Just saw your reply regarding the AU pictures. Once again, amazing.

May I ask you if you have a favorite book to recommend to someone learning photography (how to frame different subjects, etc)?


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