Tonje Lilleås

The last sunset of 2021

Today I want to share the last sunset of 2021. Or at least the last I shot. It started out real promising, turned dark real fast and before I knew it was a proper blizzard. I loved it.

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A white Christmas

We had a huge snowfall while visiting my dad for Christmas. It was a blessing for children of all ages, and we took advantage of the hills that surrounded us. Playing in the snow, sledding and building castles – it’s amazing how the time flies when the white gold is here. Once again we are reminded how important it is to protect our winters, to make sure that there’s snow to play in for future generations as well.

I hadn’t shot many images the last few months of 2021, but trying to capture my people in the snow was too tempting not to bring the camera out. I think I will photograph more people, more outdoor portraits and lifestyle shots in 2022. That will be one of the areas I’ll be focusing on. Not that I’m not going to shoot landscapes anymore, fear not. It’s too close to my heart.

The last sunset of 2021

As the day moved closer to sunset, it had stopped snowing. The clouds were breaking up and conditions seemed promising for a sunset shoot. I hadn’t brought a tripod or filters or anything I advice people to use while shooting landscapes. But I still wanted to shoot. It might be the last sunset of 2021 right?

My dad has a great view of the fjord and the surrounding mountains, so I just headed out in his neighborhood to find a composition. I captured a few trial shots and concluded that this could really turn into something great if it continued to develop. And it did, just not the way I expected it to.

Sunset turns to blizzard within minutes

As I looked around trying to capture some detail shots of the mountains on the other side of the fjord, I noticed a dark shadow in the upper part of the viewfinder. I thought I had gotten something on my lens or something, and put the camera down to see what was going on. Turns out the dark shadow was a black, fast-moving cloud. Within less than five minutes the scene went from winter wonderland, to dramatic and foreshadowing cloud cover, finishing in heavy snowfall and wind.

I find these kind of dramatic weather conditions a lot more interesting and beautiful than the calm sunsets. And I remembered why I miss my part of this country so much. The drama, the majesty and the shifting conditions attracts me greatly. I was so happy that this was the last sunset of 2021. The images were far from perfect, but I really enjoyed capturing the moment as the sunset developed.

I hope 2022 is treating you well this far. And I really hope you’ll stick around as I’m gearing back up to weekly posts from now on. Thank you for being here in 2021 and for coming back today. I really appreciate each and every one of you taking time to stop by my blog.

All the best,




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