Visiting the Laatefoss Waterfall

Welcome to Norway's most unique waterfall

This year I have, as many of you might know, been focusing my photography more to the region I live in. I have visited both unknown and famous locations, and some of them I have returned to quite a lot. I've returned both because I previously did some scouting and now know where to shoot, because I didn't get the shot before or just because I want to take more pictures from a location.

Laatefoss is one of these locations I returned to because I could not get enough of it. It's located right outside of Odda, about a 6 hours drive from my home - and I've now spent two sunrises at this unique waterfall. What shocked me was how much the scenery changed in less than two months!

My first visit was a rather dreary visit. Rain, wind, heavy clouds etc. made it a challenging morning. However it was quite spectacular watching this moody scenery and I did return home with a couple shots I really liked. 
It wasn't only challenging because of the weather. The water level was also so high, and the currents so strong, that it was quite scary wherever I went. Let's just say that falling into the river was no option. Also all the paths where more or less under water, so finding a composition and maintaining it took a lot of effort.

Laatefossen, odda during a cloudy mornig. the water level was so high it was nearly impossible to photograph the falls

Laatefossen, odda during a cloudy mornig. the water level was so high it was nearly impossible to photograph the falls

My second sunrise, less than two months later, was the exact opposite. It was raining during the night while I was driving, but not long before sunrise it started to clear up. To my surprise the water level was completely different now, it was actually so low that it was nearly possible to walk into the river without getting wet. I started off with a similar composition that I used on my previous visit, with the intent of showing the difference in the scene. 

It was one of those days where everything is so beautiful that I get stressed and afraid that I won't be able to take a good shot. I know thats stupid, but it's how it is. 

Sunrise at Laatefoss, Odda. This time the water was much lower - and the sky much warmer, creating a completely different atmosphere

Sunrise at Laatefoss, Odda. This time the water was much lower - and the sky much warmer, creating a completely different atmosphere

Exploring different perspectives of Laatefoss

Exploring different perspectives of Laatefoss

"Jurrasic Waterfall" is what I choose to call Laatefoss from now on!

"Jurrasic Waterfall" is what I choose to call Laatefoss from now on!