It has become a tradition for me and some friends to take one week of our summer vacation, head up north and get as far away from human influence as possible. This time we went to the Norwegian part of Lapland for a week long hiking trip. For my friends fishing is a big part of the experience, but for me it also tends to be the time of the year when I do my best photography. At least if you measure it by the amount of images I really like. Location is obviously a big part of this, but personally I think a lot has to do with time as well. I can be out as long as I want watching the last light of a sunset before I get in my tent and sleeping bag. I can explore interesting places, lighting, landscapes, compositions etc. for days if I want, while we are out fishing or exploring.
The picture above is probably my favorite from this trip. I had walked quite a long way from camp and climbed a hill to watch the sunset in the wilderness. When I was descending the hill, I looked back toward where I had sat earlier, and the last light of the sun was just completely painting the sky in this spectacular light. I thought the silhouette of the hill worked really well as a foreground to this.
I highly recommend hiking in the nature for everyone. One week in the wilderness is, for me at least, as rehabilitating as a much longer vacation in the city. A big contributing factor to this is that since there is no network coverage where we go, I’m not constantly interrupted by push notifications from the social media and the like, which is absolutely wonderful. I think I’ll try switching off the internet every once in a while in the city as well!