Imagine a place with snow-clad mountains, spectacular waterfalls, colourful volcanoes, majestic fjords, blue glaciers, vast forests, ... these are all part of the unique Nordic Landscapes. Adding to the drama is the pronounced seasons that you find at northern latitudes, ranging from summers with midnight sun to cold dark winters with northern lights. Through landscape photos taken in both Norway and Iceland, this website offers a glimpse into this fascinating part of the world. Enjoy !
Since the autumn of 2008 I have been using a Nikon D300 digital SLR camera with a 16-85mm f/2.8 Nikon lens. Earlier pictures were taken with a Minolta Dynax/Maxxum 7 film camera, combined with a Minolta 24mm f/2.8 prime lens or Minolta 28-75mm f/2.8. For nearly all pictures taken with the film camera, Fuji Velvia 50 slide film was used and the slides were converted into digital images using a Canoscan 4000 FS film scanner. For all images, digital editing is kept to a minimum. A Lee filter system with the following filters is used for some of the pictures : polarizer, neutral density gradient, neutral density and warm-up (85A and 85B) filters. All pictures are taken using a Manfrotto 190CLB tripod with Manfrotto 484 RC2 ballhead.
It is only at the end of my studies as electronics engineer that I really started traveling. Friends invited me for a short trip through Sweden and Norway in '97. This trip gave me a first glimpse into the nordic landscapes, and the year after I decided to return for a backpacking trip to the Norwegian fjords and mountains. In '99 I backpacked on my own in Iceland and in '00 I did the GR20 hiking trail in Corsica. Together with a friend I did the West-Highland hiking trail in Scotland in may '01, as a preparation for our one month backpacking trip to Southern Patagonia (Chile and Argentina) in december '01. My desire to share some of the fantastic landscapes that I was hiking through with others got me more and more interested in landscape photography. At first I was merely annoying my family and friends with the thousands of bad snapshots that I was taking... but gradually I became better at it. After having worked for 6 years as a research engineer in Belgium, I decided I wanted to live closer to nature. I found a job as a research scientist in Oslo (Norway) and moved there in august '02. Living in Norway really allowed me take pictures all year long and my photography skills improved significantly from then on. All the photographs that I share on this website were taken in the period after I had moved to Norway and the photographs from Iceland are from trips that I made there in august '03 and september '06. Hopefully you will enjoy the photographs as much as I enjoy taking them !