The Norwegian Fjords

I recently spent a week travelling around the South West coast of Norway, visiting the beautiful Fjords.  Sailing from Southampton we stopped off at Bergen, Flaam, Hellesylt and Stavanger.


In addition to the usual sightseeing,  I used this opportunity to experiment with more HDR landscape photography techniques and had a play creating panoramas using an approach I learned from Gavin Hoey at one of his fantastic talks. Being primarily a portrait photographer I only have longer focal length lenses,  so to take in as much landscape as possible I decided to rent a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L wide-angle lens from  It performed brilliantly – super sharp images, little to no vignetting in the corners and very fast focusing speeds. It’s also significantly cheaper to rent/buy than it’s closest rival, the 16-35mm f/2.8 and I found that I didn’t miss that extra width or aperture.

Here’s a selection of my favourite images from the week: