Winter Wonderland

Snow, cold and a glimpse of light

After close to a month with nothing but grey and black days in Kongsberg, the sun decided to show itself for half a day! As soon as I saw the sun, I literally ran up to get my camera gear, and flew up to the mountains as fast as I could. 

The weather nowadays is so unpredictable that planning a shoot seems nearly impossible. Snow has not yet arrived downtown, or it came for two days then disappeared again, but for a period Jonsknuten, a local mountain was covered in a white sheet. As you probably can imagine with this unpredictable weather, the mountains are no longer white! The images below are taken at a altitude of about 800 meters, and it was a small layer of snow and ice. 

Besides the confusing weather, the days are drastically shortening now. Sunrise is at 8.30 (I'm actually not a zombie at sunrise now!) and sunset is at 15.30. Getting out to shoot sunset this early is a feeling I had forgot after spending close to a year in Spain. There are however some benefits to it. Stars appear early! You don`t need to be outside at 02.00 or later to photograph the milkyway, already at 18.00 stars are getting pretty visible! This is great for me, since I simply can`t spend all night photographing when I need to get up in the mornings. I can't wait for the snow to appear in the mountains, so I can really take my new Rokinon 14mm 2.8 for a test ride under the stars. 

Store Sachsendamm, Kongsberg covered in a thin layer of snow and ice.

Store Sachsendamm, Kongsberg covered in a thin layer of snow and ice.

Sunset at Sachsen after the first days of cold and snow. 

Sunset at Sachsen after the first days of cold and snow.