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Soar

I’ve already spend two summers traveling in Norway. I climbed mountains looking for perfect spots and compositions for my images, I spent many hours been waiting for good light, sometimes successfully, but mostly without any luck. So I had to go back to the same places, second, third, even sixth time to get the shot I wanted. Terrain in the locations I documented was rough, mostly impassable. Towering cliffs, remote islets in the sea, peaks too sharp to climb, remained undiscovered by my camera. From the very beginning I’ve had this idea… how amazing it would be to get my camera into the air, not to be restricted by the impassable grounds…

Four years ago on my first journey across Norway I discovered so many picturesque sceneries…

…thats why I went back a year later and climbed all the mountains I could with my full photo gear…

…Lofoten islands north of polar circle became my second home…

…on the peas like Festvagtinden above town Henningsvaer I spent days and nights…

…I can never get bored of those views from the top of the peaks, only bad weather always chases me down to the basecamp…

…right here on the small islet where I camped for few days…

…when I was unsuccessfully searching for the hiking path to the top of the mountains above for the whole day, I felt so incapable, like glued to the ground…

…I dreamed how much easier it would be to soar, to be able to fly around…

…I was quite lucky it was just about that time that multicopters were about to become  mainstream gadgets. I waited until the the progress in technology reached point where multicopters could be used for professional looking images at price of common camera gear. In the meantime I was training flight operation with small, quite indestructible helicopter. Just as I was able to fly fairly confidently, the multicopter I waited for was introduced to the market…

…it was only a month before my next departure to Norway. And so exactly four years later I sat on the very same spot where the idea first struck me, this time with the ability to soar…

We call it UFO, and it also earned a nickname Zipper… I like giving names to things. I shot up into the clouds and here I present the results:

Panorama of fishing village A i Lofoten…

Reine, one amazingly photogenic place on Earth…

Next to Reine lies small village Hamnoya…

Lofoten islands from the maximum possible altitude reached, right next to the summit of the highest peak Hermannsdalstinden (1029 m.n.m.)…

Bridges near hamlet Flakstad…

Mortsund, old traditional fishing village…

Bridge connecting islands Vestvagoy and Austvagoya…

Massive bridge on Lofoten islands in Norway, scenic aerial panorama

Henningsvaer, picturesque fishing port on Lofoten…

Lofoten cathedral near town Svolvaer…

Sildpollnes church…

Landscape of southern Norway in the middle of August…

In the clouds near town Leknes…

Old norwegian settlement in Gaularfjellet mountain pass…

Likholefossen waterfalls…

Coastal steamer Hurtigruten leaving the port of Stamsund on its journey north…

Top of Gamle Strynefjellsvegen mountain pass…

Road through Aurlandsfjellet mountain pass…

Port of solitude…

Mountain wall of Lofoten islands viewed from the sea…

And at last, first glimpse of my aerial footage…

With the ability to soar, photography gained the third dimension… the ability to see the world from the air. Images that were domain of the best photographers with budgets high enough to be able to rent a helicopter are now possible with a tiny machine that fits in my backpack. What will be next? Today we soared from ground to the clouds, in my next article, we’ll shoot for the stars.

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