“Varhaug old cemetery is situated on Varhaug Farm in the municipality of Haa, Norway. The cemetery dates back to the Middle Ages and is listed as a cultural monument.
I had envisioned a scene with a glowing sun which would illuminate this beautiful ancient church.
I planned the shoot for months and waited for the perfect moment to create the scene I had envisioned.
It was a moment of total serenity when the sun became perfectly aligned with the church, creating a surreal illuminating backlit effect and painting the holy site in golden sunlight. I was in total awe by what I had witnessed and grateful to have captured this tranquil moment in time”.
Image quality and process
“The Awakening” image is a real image from an real location – Varhaug Farm in the municipality of Haa, Norway. The image was not created, or generated by a computer. The image files were captured with a professional high-definition digital camera system (Pentax 645Z ) and filters.
Even with today’s modern camera technology, the camera does not see the world as clearly as the human eye. The dynamic range of today’s professional camera systems are still not capable of rendering details in both the high and low tones of some specific scenes. To overcome this limitation the image was created by combining several exposures of the same scene (some exposed for the high tones and others exposed for the low tones). This technique ensures the highest possible image quality and provides a dynamic range that is extremely close to what I witnesses with my own eyes while capturing the scene.