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(March 20, 2004)

Martin Frech

The Saviour's Willow

Are Flågan

The View from Ustetind

Ustetind, Norway

17.39.06-17.40.56, Local time (GMT+1 hour)

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The view from the top of Ustetind, 1376 meters above sea level. As the sun sets in the west on this spring equinox, the time of capture gives viewers a compass for other landmarks: To the south lies the vast Hardangervidda mountain plateau with Gaustatoppen in the far distance. To the north, the Hallingskarvet escarpment looms with its distinctive profile. The tiny specks of cabins can be seen around Ustaoset, located in the Hallingdalen valley below. Geilo, a popular ski resort, can be found, but not easily seen, a few kilometers further east.
Just behind the summit cairn, a mere 30 meters below the highest point, lies the perfectly situated Ustetind cabin. Please visit the full screen for a closer view of this vast landscape. After a rather miserable morning, the weather cleared toward the afternoon. A very strong wind and fast-moving clouds, however, thwarted any hope of pixel-matching HDR to get more detail out of the area around the sun. The tripod was firmly anchored with stones around the legs, but the spirit level in the hotshoe still acted like it was voyaging on the high seas. A close look at the photographer's shadow reveals someone with white knuckles holding on to the VR rig. Still, a beautiful sunset seeing off a winter that is still in its prime this far north.
Nikon D70, Sigma 8mm, stitched with PTMac.

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