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Breilia - Top of the world - ENG

One weekend in early August, we decided to take a family trip to Breilia, Kristiansund's second highest mountain. The camera bag was an obvious companion, and since I had previously boasted about how much space there was for both camera equipment and family equipment, I had the pleasure of carrying both food, water and miscellaneous items for the family. It was a heavy bag, but still not too bad, much thanks to extremely good ergonomics and hip straps on my Lowepro bag. Since this is a slightly longer trip (for us at least), we also packed our hiking poles, which should prove to be a smart move.

The trip started from the parking lot and further up a nice path. The weather was impeccable. This is a very popular trip, and the trail is well prepared. Since the path goes through several bogs, footbridges have been put over the wettest parts. The trip is stated to be 1h 50min, and the fittest probably completes it well under an hour. In our group with variable fitness, heavy backpack and children in the entourage, we expect to use twice as much.

The trip starts with some easy parts without too steep a climb, then the steepest part comes up towards a plateau. The thing with Breilia is that you can quickly be tricked into thinking that you are at the top when you reach the plateau, but then you are barely halfway.

Furhter on comes a long hike over several footbridges over marshy terrain. Finally, there is a slightly steeper section left up to the top.

We struggled up to the plateau and the first steep party. The hiking poles came in handy here. On the plateau we took a break and looked at the view, which is absolutely beautiful. The youngest in the entourage expressed great dissatisfaction when she realized that we were not at the top, but after a little replenishment of nourishment, everyone was more or less ready to move on.

The footbridges in the middle section are fortunately not very demanding, and make it possible to collect strength before the last steep section up to the top. And before we know it, we're at the top enjoying a great view. The other two can relax, while the photographer's job starts now.

I pop up, looking for a good composition. The views are spectacular on all sides. A picture of the city is mandatory, maybe even a panorama. But in the opposite direction I find another possibility. It is early afternoon and the sun is high, but fortunately there are some clouds that dim the light somewhat. This also creates some light variations in the forest to the south-west, which I will try to capture.

Due to the strong light, I shoot several underexposured photos. This should prove to be wise, as I later find out that I end up using one of the darkest variants, since it is easier to lift shadows than to dim highlights in the post-processing.

Then I go on to the other side, to take a picture in the direction of the city. I shoot a focus stack with three focus areas, foreground, middle ground and background. Again I struggle with the exposure, and should have underexposed as in the previous picture, but end up with a background that is completely overexposed. I can repair it somewhat in the post processing, but here is a lesson to be learned. Regardless, the end result speaks for itself:

I also try on a panoramic image, but this is totally unsuccessful due to overexposure. Here, the camera light meter does not cooperate, although something must be attributed to difficult conditions.

Reward for hard work - "giflor" - a kind of Swedish sweet pastry :)

After the photographer has had his turn, we start the trip back. Here the hiking poles really come into use! In addition to providing extra support and balance, they are also absolutely ingenious for saving middle-aged knees, since you can put a lot of weight on the poles instead of the knees.

Well down again, we observe that we have spent about 3.5 hours up and down. It probably does not hold to any record, but it is more than enouch to relax on the couch with a clear conscience the rest of the day! :)


1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100


1/20 sec, f/11, ISO 100


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