Land of ex­tremes

Stian Klo makes the most of liv­ing close to the pho­tog­ra­pher’s par­adise of Norway’s Lo­foten Is­lands

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I’m a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher based in Harstad, North­ern Norway. Hav­ing grown up in the Arc­tic it’s only nat­u­ral that the un­spoiled scenery and unique light of the re­gion have been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for my pho­tog­ra­phy.

I’ve been in­ter­ested in us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy to cap­ture the beauty of na­ture since I was lit­tle, but it wasn’t un­til 2011 that I de­cided to take things se­ri­ously. My images have been pub­lished in mag­a­zines in­clud­ing Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, and used in ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns and cal­en­dars.

I know the Lo­foten ar­chi­pel­ago like my own back­yard, and to­gether with my friend Arild Heit­mann, who’s an award-win­ning as­tropho­tog­ra­pher, I run spe­cial­ist pho­tog­ra­phy tours on the Lo­foten is­lands, and the neigh­bour­ing is­lands of Senja and Vesterålen (www.lo­fo­ten­tours.com).

My nor­mal set-up is my Nikon D800 with my 14-24mm f/2.8 and a Fo­to­diox 145mm cir­cu­lar po­lariser. For long ex­po­sures, I tend to use a Lu­crOit fil­ter holder with var­i­ous fil­ters from Formatt Hitech, mostly the sixstop neu­tral den­sity (ND) and 0.9 soft grad. I also use Lee’s setup and fil­ters for my 16-35mm f/4 lens, as well as Singh-Ray’s LB Color­combo po­lariser, which is just in­sanely good – I wish that it was avail­able for the 14-24mm lens.

In­cred­i­ble light

In terms of the best times of day and con­di­tions for pho­tog­ra­phy, I never shoot in harsh day­light or if the skies are clear. I love

01 Reine by Night Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, 5 secs, f/11, ISO100

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