After the long Arctic winter night, the sun is beginning to return to high northern latitudes. Jan Inge Larsen captured the beautiful image above of the winter sun in Norway, which shines only briefly each day. He wrote:
The sun has begun to move just over the horizon and creates a beautiful winter light here at the Arctic Circle in northern Norway.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 85mm f/1,8
Post-processing via Photoshop and Efex pro
And what’s it like in daytime now, at the latitude of northern Norway? Check out Jan’s image below.
Of this image, Jan wrote:
This is taken in the mountains “Snøfjellet” (snowy mountain). This is taken at the brightest time of day now when the sun is below the horizon. It’s almost like we have only blue hour at midday.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 24mm f16, 1/15sec
Post-processing via Photoshop
Thank you, Jan, for this glimpse of the far north in the weeks after solstice!
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