法蘿群島秘境探奇歸來(Back from the “Faroe Islands” Tour)

時間飛逝距上一篇法蘿群島秘境探奇行前約兩個月我已從秘境的法蘿群島歸來,帶回對法蘿群島滿滿的美麗回憶和驚奇,當然也帶回另人嘆為觀止的影像及空拍影片,

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,

法蘿群島是由18個大大小小的島群組成,由北到南散佈在北大西洋上外觀像一個箭頭,它的地理位置在蘇格蘭北方介於挪威和冰島之間的海域,交通上除了飛行班機也有渡輪從丹麥首都哥本哈根或冰島首都雷克雅未克出發的船班,但大部份旅客都是從哥本哈根或雷克雅未克搭機前往,法蘿群島有自己的國號、國旗,但政治上與丹麥是一體的,主要的中心區域是機場所在地的Vagar島及隔壁Streymoy島南部為首都和商業中心的Torshvan,峽灣洋流形成的海岸氣候非常溫和,其特點是變化非常快速,從高照的陽光瞬間轉為山間瀰漫的濃霧接著是滂沱大雨,溫度夏天約10-12℃、冬季約3-5℃雖有下雪但都短暫,群島的總人口數約5萬左右,巨大岩石組成的峽灣環繞島群互相間是由無數的橋樑或海底隧道相連接,交通非常便利,但這些道路橋樑的建造對環境的影響卻相對的很少,因為道路的寬度都不大,因此沿路都有較寬部份提供會車,包括在隧道內也須在提供的會車地方會車,由於群島的人口不多並不會造成不便,但隨著外地旅遊人口的增加或許須要做些限制才能減輕道路的負荷。

2.0秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1/160秒, (f/18), ISO100, 100mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)

 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.

1.6 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

4.0秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

4 秒, (f/16), ISO100, 100mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)

1/200秒, (f/5.6), ISO400, 100mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)

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。

0.4 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1/200 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

Tour itineraryI 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.

1.3 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 14mm (EF14mm f/2.8L II USM)

8 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 14mm (EF14mm f/2.8L II USM)

攝影器材(Gears)

相機(Camera):Canon 1Dx MK II, 5D MK IV

鏡頭(Lens):

  1. 14mm/f2.8
  2. 35mm/f1.4
  3. 100-400mm/f3.5-5.6
  4. Canon 1.4x extender
  5. Canon 2x extender

腳架(Tripod):Gitzo GK2580 traveler tripod

附件(Others):腳架、背包

  1. Gitzo G2272M,3D low profile Head
  2. Gura Gear Bataflae 26L Backpack (Black)

0.5 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1/200秒, (f/11), ISO400, 105mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)

攝影內容這次在法蘿群島的拍攝是以大自然的景觀為主,其中包括峽灣、岩石崖壁,由於群島氣候瞬間變化,光線的亮暗由豔陽高照到濃霧籠罩有很強烈的對比,因此須使用三腳架縮小光圈來取得銳利的影像和利用慢快門的長時間曝光獲得更多明暗的光線變化,使畫面立體能接近人眼的視覺,而更接近景色的真實狀況,拍攝內容包括峽灣海岸中的巨大岩石,在天氣陰暗時陣陣大浪撞擊到巨大岩石激起沖天的浪潮,使用快速快門約1/250-1/500秒來捉住大浪沖上天際的瞬間氣勢磅礡,有時以直式取景更能獲得畫面的震撼力,在剛下過雨後濃霧瀰漫的峽灣,矗立在岸邊由石頭疊成的小屋引人沉思,屋頂厚厚的草皮是法蘿群島的傳統,據說在冬天可保持屋內的溫暖,各地高聳的岩石峭壁其上不時纏繞著濃霧或移動的雲層,使用慢速快門來拍攝雲層移動的美景,法蘿群島到處都可拍攝大小不一的瀑布,利用慢速快門來拍攝如絲般的水流,初春時節較高的岩石山頭仍不時有殘雪覆蓋,但白天的陽光露出它就消失無蹤了,日出時漁村的點點燈光點綴著畫面的前景,陽光由山頭快速升起大地光明一片,此時遠處海中散佈著浮出海面的石塊染上了橘紅色陽光,及覆蓋著日出時的薄霧,利用灰卡可在後製時獲得正確的色彩平衡,夕陽時分強烈的陽光使畫面番白,須使用偏光或漸層濾鏡來獲取色彩的鮮艷。

這次我首度使用帶來的Gopro Karma空拍機從空中的視角來拍攝風景照片和視訊影片包括縮時影片,Gopro Hero5相機是全自動的傻瓜相機雖有些手動功能(protune)但還是已內建的功能為主,12百萬化素(12MP)的相機在光線充足的狀況下畫質還是不錯的,空拍機的操作須遵守起飛和降落時的一些規則技巧,有興趣者可參考我空拍機攝影再談空拍機攝影的布落格文章。

1/100 秒, (f/16), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1/200秒, (f/11), ISO400, 400mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)

Photography contentsThe main target of this tour are the nature and landscape of the Faroe Islands, included are the fiords、rockswaterfalls 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 photographyand “More on the drone photography“.

1/60 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1.3 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 14mm (EF14mm f/2.8L II USM)

行程高潮這次攝影旅行除了美麗的秘境景色外,值得一提的是群島上的交通建設,只有5萬人口但平整的道路另人印象深刻,其中除幾條主幹如道通往機場或都會區是雙向通行外,大部份道路都只有約通過一輛車的寬度,對自然環境的破壞減少,在這些路上每一段距離都有一較寬處以便會車,養成駕駛人禮讓的良好習慣,即使在隧道內也是如此,整個作法可謂一舉兩得,即減少環境破壞又使駕駛人養成好的駕駛習慣,另外此次旅行除感受到各處沒遭受人工破壞的美麗景色外,沿路隨處都可看見覓食的羊群,據說數量是人口的數拾倍之多,散佈在草原、山間或公路邊,常可看到母羊帶著數隻小羊在草地上吃草或哺乳,它們和居民一樣就像是群島裡的一份子,當地居民有句笑話是當有羊群聚集在公路上時就是他們的塞車時刻。

1/6 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1/200秒, (f/11), ISO400, 400mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM)

The highlightsExcerpt 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”.

0.3 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

1/125 秒, (f/11), ISO200, 35mm (EF35mm f/1.4L USM)

心得 此次旅行帶著空拍機隨行,但安靜的法蘿群島有些地方是私人產業,都立排表明禁止空拍機的飛行,主要原因是擔心外來遊客破壞隱私,只有在無人處的山頂或海灣邊才能利用空拍機拍些風景照片,許多空拍機玩家的通病就是喜歡在有人畜的地方飛行,如住宅區、都會區或私人住宅地等,因此給外界造成很不好的印象,於是多方抵制要求官方訂定嚴格的法令加以限制,造成許多糾紛,我這次拍了些影片和照片,但都取景在山頂或無人的海邊,我想從事任何活動自律是非常重要的觀念,並營造友好的大環境,利人利己不是嗎?

1/100 秒, (f/18), ISO100, 14mm (EF14mm f/2.8L II USM)

1/60 秒, (f/22), ISO100, 14mm (EF14mm f/2.8L II USM)

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.