Haugesund, near Lysefjord, looks at the seaside. Approaching the city from the cruise ship, the beautiful panoramic photo – high speed 100 ISO, 50 mm.-of the neoclassical buildings beside the water front is mandatory Don’t forget to take a picture of the water cranes-24-105 mm.lens- protruding from the wooden houses, fitted to tow goods from the boats, before leaving the city on the way to Rovaer.
Going into the boat that will navigate to Rovaer Island, the crew greats the passengers, they know each other, and introduce themselves to the newcomers visiting their island. During the voyage from Haugesund to Rovaer the abrupt and magnificent scenery of the North Sea appears in all its splendour. Rough seas, silver sky, huge rocks on the shore compose the panoramic view that will obtain a beautiful and dramatic photo as taken with a wide angle, at a 200 ISO. It will be worth also to take a close up of the black rocks emerging from the fog with an objective of 150mm and ISO 800 for a fast shutter speed to create a grainy effect that resemblances impressionist style. After 45 minutes sailing from Haugesund, a breathtaking view, the great shot of the day, will be the picture of two wooden red houses built over the black rocks, one in front f other, channel in the middle, resembling two watch towers for all the vessels approaching Rovaer Island. The ferryboat crosses the channel towards the little port where people wait to pick up family, friends or to catch the boat in his way back to Haugesund. There are no cars in Haugesund, the wheelbarrow being the common way of transport luggage or goods and a quaint motif for a shot, especially when the little blond girl savouring an ice cream is pushing it.
Walking to Rovaer Kultur Hotell, nice photos could make the view of the cozy port from the hill, the colourful wooden houses of the island, the summer flowers, or the horses wandering freely in the rocky countryside. The hotel is a typical wooden construction painted in mustard colour, surrounded by rocks and water. Nordic interior design with pine furniture, pastel and neutral tones for the walls and curtains, prevail in the restaurant and living room decor where Helga and Liv await to great their hosts. Liv shows them their room situated in the first floor, window views to the channel from the bed. Great photo will be that one of the white window framing the bright wet rocks and the motor boat anchored in the small hotel dock, focusing in the exterior, as the furniture and interior silhouettes will come up black, emphasizing the outdoor scene. For lunch is served a creamy fish soup followed by delicious shrimps and crab hawks, chocolate cake for dessert. Speedboats full of students arrive to Kultur Hotell from Haugesund to celebrate their graduation eating the delicious food of the two sisters, Liv and Helga, specialized in shellfish, salmon, herrings, and cod.
Over the light green tablecloth, the white porcelain set of dishes and soup holder, framed by modern glassware and cutlery make the perfect still photo, focusing the light on the creamy soup and the bright shellfish, using a tripod, ISO 200 with an slow shutter speed, starting with f 8 overture. It will be advisable to illuminate the photo object with a lantern. As lunch finishes, Ingrid, the mother of Liv and Helga, arrives to take the visitors for an island tour, explaining the history of Rovaer Island, and the way of living in the old times and nowadays. Ingrid is considered the matriarch of Rovaer for her age and for her knowledge that shares with the newcomers and with the children of Rovaer Island were she teaches.
She will make be a beautiful portrait photo at sunset light framed by the nordic scenery or sited at the entrance of the wooden school or church with a short or medium tele-objective 70-150 mm. The naïf interior of the church is lovely for a couple of shots. Focus the 24-105 lens on the wooden ship hanging from the roof using the flash to minimize the light entering from the window, trying to adjust the flash exposure at -1 or -2 to balance natural light/flash. Follow the same procedure with the painted benches and the pulpit.
Ingrid talks about the great quality of life of the, about, twenty families living on Rovaer Island, excellent place for child growth, easy for the parents consequently. Afterwards Ingrid proceeds to show the small blue house, former home of a fishing family, which has become the museum of the village. It’s time for still photography combining the kitchen ménage with the old furniture and the hand made clothes, manufactured and sold by the women of the island. And then, Ingrid sits at the front steps and with a dreamy look says how much the village has changed since she arrived to Rovaer Island for the first time. Her narration brings her back to 40th years, her young age. When Rovaer was a remote fishing village where the only income was herring and cod, Ingrid, 18 years old by then, spent one year in Rovaer as a schoolteacher. By then, the ferryboat only went there once a week, even less in wintertime, depending on weather facts. Ingrid liked to teach the children, to watch the true sea as she used to call the brave North Sea. She adapted easily to the islanders life, becoming one of them, though sometimes missed the city’s pleasures. One year passed by and it was time for Ingrid to go back to her hometown Haugesund. She returned to her life; cinemas, restaurants, theatres, dancing balls came along, accompanied by dates with young men, but between them, it was always the remembrance of the dark blue eyes of one Rovaer herring fisherman. At this point of the tale Ingrid got up from the steps and walked through a stony road towards the cliff. The viewpoint is perfect for a panoramic picture, she says. True enough, over the cliff; the vision of the little boats reflected in the pristine water of the channel, under the golden rays of a Norwegian evening sun, traps the camera. In this case it will be good idea to use a polarizing filter to obtain saturated colours with resplendent images from the golden evening light.
Rocks spotted with thistles, roses and daisies surround the meadows of the southern part of the island, the setting for a series of macro lens photo, preferably tripod helped as is quite easy to move the camera when holding it by hand. Being at ten o, clock of a northern evening the sun still bights strongly. A caressing temperature will make very enjoyable the photo hunting around the island looking for photographic motifs, while Ingrid goes on with her life story at the point when, after almost one year back in Haugesund, decides to go back to Rovaer Island, marry the dark blue eyes herring fisherman and stayed for ever in the island, where she raised three girls. The purple clouds over the immaculate white wooden house is worth to set the tripod and take a nice shot with a 50 mm. lens, tripod, f8 overture, and 2 seconds exposure, before going to the small harbour, different from morning, at a quiet sunset tint. Don’t miss in the way to the harbour to shot the dog appearing from the bushes, the young girl jogging in the countryside or the old man walking slowly while smoking his pipe.
Grilled salmon and fresh salad will be the delightful supper watered with a chilly Mack Pilsner and enlivened by the interesting conversation of Helga and Liv, talking about their growth in Rovaer, how much they needed to run away to a big city, to see the world, to enjoy entertainment, to leave the island. They did it, and after some years the three sisters came back, as they missed so much the island and the peaceful living on it, that they want it for their children, as Ingrid wanted for them.
The cozy room feels like a warm nest, enlighten by a sweet twilight, the view of the sea through the window, and the music of the waves bumping into the rocks.
The windows have no curtains and the sun in the Norwegian summer rises early, that means that 3,30 a.m. is a good time to get up, pick up the camera and run to photograph the most gorgeous dawn, the sky fire red dressed, silver purple sea and the black contrast of a silhouette waking early in the morning with the 24-105 lens f8 overture and 4 minutes exposure to trap the fire red reflections on the water.
Navigating back to Haugesund, the sun is shining in the blue sky over bluer seawater. A mild wind blows allowing the sailing boats to surf calmly and the photographer to catch a nice panoramic of the sailing races, and some close ups of the sailors hoisting the sails.
- Estimated time required for this trip: proxy. 5 days.
- Traveller profile: Amateur. ( What´s this? )
- Itinerary difficulty: Easy.
- Adventure level: Low.
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- Macro lens.
- Wide-angle 16-24-mm. lens.
- 50 mm.lens
- 24-105-mm. lens
- 70-150 mm.lens
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- Neoclassical houses beside the waterfront of Haugesund.
- Water cranes in Haugesund.
- North Sea panoramic photo sailing to Rovaer Island.
- Red wooden houses in the middle of the channel at the entrance of Rovaer Island.
- Pictures of still life in Rovaer Kultur Hotell.
- Rovaer church.
- Rovaer Museum.
- Portrait of Ingrid.
- Rovaer Harbour.
- Dawn from the room of Rovaer Kultur Hotel.
Bergen is the door to the fiords. From there, the ship voyage through them is a sensual and unforgettable photographical trip, offering cascades, mild waters, rough ones, and a lot of appealing reasons to shot a remarkable picture.
In the month of August, Haugesund holds an international Cinema Festival.