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Travel Photography of Colorful Boats in Marina_Faroe Islands

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Torshavn boatsIt seems like 45 days is not so long after all. I just returned from the cruise trip on the North Atlantic Ocean. Despite that we were rushing one place to the other without time to settle for taking "professional" pictures, I took unusually overwhelming amount of photographs. I have found inspiration in exploring the uniqueness of unfamiliar scenes and locations.

Before I get to the end of organizing all the images I start to share some travel photography collections on that Blog. This album of the colorful boats in the marina showcases one of my favorite stop in Torshavn, Denmark. (Use the globe icon on the left above images to map a picture)

Arriving at morning to Torshavn the scenery was breathtaking from the cabin. The colorful houses on the hillsides, the historical red-painted buildings of Old Town and the turf-roofed cottages reflecting on water looked whimsical. The weather was a little hazy, but the colors looked bright and almost unrealistic in the overcast light. After a short walk from the port a wonderful little marina grabbed my attention. The lined up colorful boats and the surrounding brightly painted building reflections on the water surface created a captivating abstract-like dimension. It was a perfect setting for photography. I couldn't stop taking pictures. Boats, water reflections and old charming buildings are excellent subjects. Seeing a marina evoke a feeling of cheerfulness and freedom. The boats wait pationally for their owners to take them to wonderful places.

In this marina I felt that sensation of: "yes, this is so beautiful, I just have to photograph it!”. Sometimes this feeling is so strong that it is painful not being able to stop for photo shots.  I have to admit that feeling strikes me often.  On that trip I had this feeling many times. As we drove by wonderful scenery without having a chance to stop I felt like I was loosing something. Photography brings different kind of awareness, an excitement how I see the world around me. It is like the vigilance of a hunter to spot the prey.  I hope the images convey my excitement.

I carried my Nikon D4s with the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm lenses addition the Leica M9 with Summicron-M 28mm and 90mm lenses. The best shots I got with the Nikon telephoto lens at that location. I took pictures with the Leica Apo Macro-Elmar 90mm which suggested a better feeling of dimensions in compositions, but in my hurry I got blurry images and had to dump those images. I was running out of time so I decided to use the Leica with the wide angel lenses (18mm and 28mm) and the Nikon camera with the telephoto lenses. Both cameras have their own advantages but in my opinion the Leica offers more details and captures true colors most of the time. The Nikon D4s camera has a shutter speed so fast that in any circumstances I was ready to take pictures even from buses on the road with good result. All its other features like metering, auto white balance, focal length tracking, autofocus perfection it lets me concentrate only on the view. While the weight of it took its toll on my shoulders at the end of the day, I thought it was worth carrying it.  I intended to use both cameras at every location, but I just simply didn’t have enough time to pull them out.

Colorful Boats in the Marina | Photo album

Check out the "See Available Products" button under images in the album. Several images are available for prints and prints on products.

Come back to visit the website as I will post many more new albums of that interesting trip including North Cape, icebergs, Iceland helicopter trip above vulcanoes, beautiful fjords in Norway, huskies, crab fishing and so on.

On this map (a screen shot from Lightroom photo editing software) the orange squares show where and how many pictures I took on that trip.

North Atlantic trip Map





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  • Comment Link Michael W Monday, 01 September 2014 21:18 posted by Michael W

    Hi Judith, the photo in the Faroe Islands was spectacular. I have always had a love for the water and the reflection of the colorful boats really is amazing!

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