Photography

Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

SPITSBERGEN Professional wildlife and landscape photographer, Rob Jordan, sails to the stunning landscapes of Spitsbergen on Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral. I think I must be like a magnet – I always head north, usually to the furthest reaches of Britain, with occasional forays into northern Scandinavia. But this was an opportunity to really go NORTH! And I mean as far north as normal folk get the chance to go without being on an expedition – to Svalbard, way beyond the Arctic Circle into the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. I’m a Wildlife and Landscape Photographer, shooting images for magazines and photo-agents and leading photo-tours both in the UK and abroad. My brief on the cruise was to provide a series of lectures whilst at sea on the ‘Basics of Photography’ and to try and encourage guests to get more from the many photo opportunities on the trip, to ask me questions and to help anywhere I could as we sailed to some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. One of the things I wanted to get across to the people who came to my talks was that photography wasn’t all about fancy, expensive and professional gear but it was about having a creative eye for an image. Of course I had all my usual equipment with me but also more conventional 20 www.fredolsencruises.com everyday cameras and even the camera on my iPhone. In my first talk I recalled reading an answer by a well-known photographer when asked, “What’s the best camera”? He answered simply, “The one you have with you”! And that’s something I wanted to convey on the trip. As we cruised along the coast of Norway we came to our first port of call, Ålesund. I had in mind a photo I’d seen overlooking the town and it was with great huffing and puffing we climbed to the rocky outcrop above the city to shoot the image I had envisaged. There’s an easier way by bus or taxi but we were feeling energetic having been at sea for a couple of days and hoping to work off some of the fantastic food we’d enjoyed on board Balmoral. A few days later found us crossing the ‘Arctic Circle’, enjoying the crew’s entertaining celebration as we crossed the line. That evening the light failed to extinguish as we were in the true ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ with an exhausting temptation to stay with the light and admire each and every view as we slid ever northward. A sight I will always remember was the silhouetted Lofoten Islands, black, jagged and inviting against All photos © www.robjordan.co.uk


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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