A clear winter morning at Långhällan

Today I took time off work. I stood up quite early and at 7:30 I took the car to Långhällan, a place by the coast which I love for photographing. Today I tried out my new Tamron telephoto lens (150 – 600 mm) and I’m very contended. All photos shown here are made with this lens and focal lengths between 400 and 600 mm.

The morning was cold with temperatures round -10 °C and the sky was completely clear beside of a layer of clouds at the southeastern horizon. The locals call this cloud phenomenon “vinterväggen” – the winter wall. Although it was more than one hour before sunrise, the horizon was already of a bright orange colour. The first photo.

As usual the other side of the celestial sphere was of a pale purple colour. The ice and rocks however were still of cold blueish colours. I could have waded to the rock with its shining ice cap, but I wanted to test my new lens. Photo number two.

Långhällan’s shore is partly solid rock, partly round stones of different sizes. Each of the stones, that are partly below and partly above water has such an ice cap as on photo number two. Photo number three – just for the impression.

On one of the rocky salients there’s a small but deep puddle of water which was covered with ice too thin to bear me. I could have tried to walk on it (I wore waterproof chest waders) but probably I would have destroyed the motive: a small ice pane sticking out from the icy surface. Another good argument for a telephoto lens. Photo number four.

While I looked round and breathed the crisp air the sun has started to rise, still invisible since it was behind the vinterväggen but the rim of the clouds were illuminated in a bright glowing orange. I had taken some other pictures of the lighthouse before, but this photo wins. Photo number five.

When waves splash water on the frozen stones long chains of icicles are formed. Some of them were already in the sun (Photo number six) …

… while most others still were in the shadows of other rocks. These icicles had reached the ground and created a row of ice pillars in a ice portal. Photo number seven.

I looked at the sea. Parts of the ice covered rocks were sunlit and glowed orange-colours as if they would gleam from the inside. The good thing with chest waders is that you can kneel down into the water for a better perspective without getting wet. Photo number eight and the last one of today’s series.


4 comments to “A clear winter morning at Långhällan”

  1. Martin 2017-12-08 07:41

    Hallo Olaf, die Küste bei Dir ist offensichtlich eine unerschöpfliche Quelle von Motiven. Und kommt dann noch der eigene Spieltrieb dazu, weil man ein neues Spielzeug in der Hand hält, dann haben wir Betrachter ordentlich was zu staunen. Mein Favorit ist “Ice pillar portal”. Und hat man genug von der Tele-Perspektive, dann muß man nur mal schnell zu “Pancake Ice II” zurückklicken, einem tollen Weitwinkel-Foto vom 3. 12.
    Gruß Martin

  2. way-up-north 2017-12-11 17:45

    Hallo Martin. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass ich das Tele auch für recht nahe Motive mag. Aber ich muss die Linse erst einmal kennen lernen.

  3. Ma H B 2017-12-15 12:26

    Dear Olaf, very interesting photos ! I like number 1, you know, that I like in my paintings the colour black !
    And than the last three are my favorite.
    Ach ja, fotografieren müßte man können !!
    Yours Ma

  4. way-up-north 2017-12-15 12:49

    Dear Ma H B,

    it’s not about the level of photographical experience when it comes to make such photos. It’s about equipment, too. Not only the camera, telephoto lens and tripod but also a warm jacket and waterproof boots.

    And of course time, as always.

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