This is a panorama stiched from two images, where each of them was
blended from three different exposures. Quite a lot of work and a bit
difficult to get right.
Best enjoyed wide.
This is taken facing south, while the sun is just rising over a rigde
to the east.
The first sunlight came creeping parallell to the mountain slope. For a short period the light was just amazing. The photos can hardly do justice to this magic moment.
On top of everything, it was surprisingly warm, considering that this
is in the Norwegian mountains in the beginning of May. The sudden heat
of this last week made it feel like we went directly from winter to
summer with no spring, and the snow in the mountains was melting away
(For the record: As I am uploading this we are back to normal weather: cold and windy and occasionally wet).
I was here three weeks prior to this, at easter, and then we went skiing across these fields. The snow was still deep everywhere, and it even snowed a few times.
All this snow was now more or less gone, and as can be seen from this photo, the open south-facing slopes are now almost free from snow . The snow remain higher up in the mountains and in the slopes not directly facing the sun, but is is disappearing fast with every new sunny day. All this snow turning into water means that rivers and streams are overflowing and there are running water everywhere.
Another amazing thing (to me) about this photo is the fact that I managed to get out of bed ridiculously early (between five and six) without an alarm clock, with the single purpose of taking these shots. Really goes to show that I am starting to take this photography thing seriously. Though I must admit that I went back to bed afterwards to catch an hour or so more of sleep.
These images are created from exposure bracketed shots. For some parts of the images I used Photomatix to merge the bracketed shots, but most of the blending of the different exposures was done manually. The panorama stiching in this one was done using Panorama Factory.