This shot was taken the farthest north I have even been. Svalbard. This was the view from the abandoned music room at Pyramiden. This was only recently abandoned in the 90’s. 5 Russians live there to take care of the tourists that come. If they didn’t live there the territory would revert to the Norwegian state. The Russians have started to hotel…I wonder how that’s doing now?
Let’s get this out of the way to start with. I have said that I am not a landscape photographer. But just occasionally I take one that makes contact with my “photographic eye.” You know the one. It’s the one you downloaded to your computer and have overlooked until you were looking for something else, and you see this one shot that was right under your nose. This shot for me was one of those.
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
PP Silver efex ProII
Sailing towards Pyramiden on Svalbard . Now only around 6 people live there all year around.
Nikon 300mm f/4.0 AF-S PF ED
I should really have started this small series from Svalbard with this shot it’s the sign at the entrance to Pyramiden with the mountain that gives the place its name in the background.
Nikon14-24mm f/2.8 AFS
The deserted mining town of Pyramiden on Svalbard is almost empty. To keep it Russian there has to be people living there so, there are 5, I think and they are the guides. If it was empty then it would revert to being Norwegian.
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 AFS
Another shot from my lightning trip to Pyramiden on Svalbard. The building in the background was the swimming baths. But that’s for another day.
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 AFS.
We were lucky enough to visit Pyramiden on Svalbard a mining ghost town (Almost, population 5) It’s a Russian coal mining town from 1910. It’s the kind of place that you could spend a life time photographing, I had 2 hours and our group was accompanied everywhere by an armed guard. On the way from the boat I saw this pair I just had to stop and shot a couple of pictures. The light in the late afternoon was magical.
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II
Still in Svalbard. We were on a boat trip to an old Russian mining community, Pyramiden. Our boat was picked out to help with an exercise of new crew on the helicopter. People were winched up and down to the helicopter from the deck of our boat, amazing if not a little noisy to watch.
Nikon 300mm f/4.0E PF ED VR AF-S
PP Silver Efex Pro II
This shot I took in Svalbard at Mine number 3 it was a working coal mine between 1971-November 1996. All the equipment was just left were it was. Everyone left in the middle of a shift.
Here you see part of the workshop, plans and half built constructions were everywhere.With such poor lighting and not wanting to use flash I used natural light streaming though a very dirty window.
Nikon 14-24 f72.8 AFS
I was lucky enough to spend 5 days on Svalbard recently and that kind of polished my poor landscape genre a little. This I took on my last day there. It had already started to snow and the local mountains already had a good coating of the white stuff.
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 AFS
PP in Silver Efex Pro II