法蘿群島秘境探奇歸來(Back from the “Faroe Islands” Tour)
It has been already 2 months following my last blog of “Before the Faroe Islands tour”, I have come back from the Faroe Islands photo tour, brought back the wonderful memory、 surprises and no doubt with the full memory cards of spectacular landscape and drone footages,
Faroe Islands archipelago is composed of 18 islands which deployed in the Northern Atlantic ocean, its shape is little like an arrow head, located in the ocean that north of Scotland and between Denmark and Iceland, the traffic to Faroe Islands can be air flights or the ferry liners from both Denmark and Iceland, but most of the travelers take air flights, Faroe Islands has their own government and flag but politically stays together with Denmark, the central area of Faroe Islands are the Vagar island where airport located and the Streymoy island where the capital Torshvan located, the fiord stream offer Faroe Islands a mild weather, which characterized a sudden variation from Sun shining to misty rocky mountain and finally the heavily rain showers, temperature in Summer is around 10-12℃ and 3-5℃ in Winter, snowing can be happened but won’t last long, the population is estimated 50 thousands, there are many bridges and undersea tunnels networked between islands resulting a fluent transportation, it has less impact to the environment thanks to the narrow width roads (one lane) including tunnels, which offering turnouts along the way, normally with the existing population the narrow roads may not be an issue, but with the increasing visitors there might need a restriction to hold the overall numbers.
旅程簡述：此次是參加美國Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris的攝影團，旅行路線主要是在北部箭頭部份的島群，最後一天搭渡輪到最南端的Suduroy島，前3天我們住宿在Eystuory島的小漁村Gjogv，這裡是一個景色美麗的濱海峽灣漁村，由於法蘿群島的面積南北距離約110公里東西約70公里因此從我們住的旅館到各處景點距離都不遠，駕車不須很多時間，因此我們有更多時間來拍攝照片，不過法蘿群島的峽灣氣候上段有提到說變就變，有時遇到濃霧能見度低或山頂的強風就只能待在旅館等待了，利用這次難得的秘境旅遊我也攜帶了不久前買的Gopro空拍機，拍攝了些鳥瞰角度漂亮的空拍影片和照片，雖然其中操作上遇到了些波折，如首次起飛時就墜機在屋頂，但整個過程還是順利的，行程的後4天我們搬到機場所在地的Vagar島機場旅館，距離隔壁人口集中的首都Torshvan較近，附近的景點也多，行程的最後一天我們搭渡輪約2個小時到群島的最南端也就是箭頭尾端的Suduroy島，參訪整個群島最南端的山峰及燈塔，風景壯麗、高聳的岩石峭壁筆直的插入乳白浪花拍打的海岸，在法蘿群島的攝影旅行中處處可看到懸崖峭壁形狀各異，由峭壁一瀉而下的水流形成的瀑布雄偉震慑比比皆是，盤踞在岩壁上的雲層和濃霧籠照的山頭無處不是令人驚豔的畫面。
Tour itinerary：I join this time again the Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris photography group, the itinerary mainly arranged in the arrow head part of the archipelago, we visited the most southern island Suduroy in the last day, the beginning 3 nights we stayed in a northern small fishing village called Gjogv in Eystuory island, which is a gorgeous fiord village, since the total area of Faroe Islands is 110 Km long and 70 Km wide, so all the interesting spots will not be far traveled by car, so we have had more time in photo shooting, the main barrier is the sudden weather varying that when the heavy fog or strong wind at the mountain peak aroused, we have to come back and stay in the hotel without alternative, I brought my Gopro Karma drone with me this time for some drone photos and video footages, it did get some amazing photos although there were some small accidents in the drone launching, the last 4 days of the tour we moved to the Vagar island and stayed in the airport hotel, where is also closed to the capital area Torshvan surrounded with attracting spots, the last day of the journey we visited the most southern island Suduroy by ferry liner which took about 2 hours, we visited the most southern land of the Faroe Islands and the light house, the spectacular view including skyrocketed cliffs from where the water plummeted into the milk wave sea shore, these are frequent scenic view in the Faroe Islands that the small stream up the cliff ended at the edge and poured down becoming the astonishing waterfalls, the circling clouds in the mountain peaks and cliffs creating the stunning landscape.
相機(Camera)：Canon 1Dx MK II, 5D MK IV
- Canon 1.4x extender
- Canon 2x extender
腳架(Tripod)：Gitzo GK2580 traveler tripod
- Gitzo G2272M,3D low profile Head
- Gura Gear Bataflae 26L Backpack (Black)
Photography contents：The main target of this tour are the nature and landscape of the Faroe Islands, included are the fiords、rocks、waterfalls and cliffs etc., the tonal contrast of the photos are strong owing to the eye blinking weather situation, so use the tripod with small exposure and slower shutter are the must for the image, which more sharp and tonal value can be caught that matching the human eye vision, in the fiord sea shore there are giant rocks, the waves kept punching them and the water soaring to the sky, using faster shutter like 1/250~1/500s can hold the moment of the sky high waves, sometimes shooting in portrait direction emphasize the mood, after raining those small rock huts scattering by the fiord sea shore providing misty mood, the thick grass planted on the roof of the rock huts are unique in the Faroe Islands tradition, which keep warm in the room in Winter according to the local people, with the slow shutter can get the image of the clouds movement which surrounding the cliff and mountain peaks, there are countless waterfalls along the way, again with tripod and slow shutter to get the silky water flow, in the morning there are still some residual snow in the mountain peak but normally it melt away when the Sunshine come out, in dawn using the scattered room lights in the village as the foreground take images during the Sun rising, the distance rocks in the sea wearing an orange color together with remaining fog surrounded, use the grey card on the scene can help to get the correct white balance in the post, the Sun light is bright in the dusk, use the polarized filter and neutral density filter avoiding the lens flare and color washout.
I use Gopro Karma drone this time to take different prospect images from air, including also the videos and time-lapse footages, the Gopro Hero5 is an action camera like the point and shoot camera, which providing manual setting (protune), the 12MP photo sensor can get great image under the proper lighting, flying a drone need to follow the take-off landing procedures and safety regulations, I have 2 blog on this respect as “The drone photography” and “More on the drone photography“.
The highlights：Excerpt the fabulous landscape in this tour I am impressed by the traffic construction in Froe Islands, only a few main highway such as the roads to the airport and to the capital Torshvan build double lanes, the rest roads are all stay one lane which reducing the environment violence in large scale, there are buffer spaces along the one lane roads for interchanging car passing, this is a compromise between drivers and a good driving custom when driving in the Faroe Islands, except the above mentioned we see many sheep in the Faroe Islands, they are hundred more times of the Faroe Islands population, we can find them along the roads、in the vast prairies or high in the mountains, we can easily see the mother sheep followed by several cubs eating the grass or on nursing, you can see them just as parts of the population, there is a local joke says “if you see the sheep gathering on the roads it is the rush hours of the traffic”.
Something inspired：I brought first time in this tour a Gopro Karma drone with me and wish to take some drone photos in Faroe Islands but there are some ” no drones flying” warning signs in the private properties, I think this is because some drone pilots like to show their footages taken in the residential area、suburb or even private houses, it is a dangerous behavior which might cause casualty in accident, this hurt the reputation of most of the drone pilots, I shot some drone photos and videos in the mountain and at the sea shores, the self regulated behavior is essential when you are in the drone flying.