The story behind the shots
In the new December issue of Canoe & Kayak, available on newsstands now, photographer Benjamin Hjort made a huge visual statement about the paddling possibilities in his home country of Norway with a pair of stunning shots that showcase the touring and whitewater potential of the Norde-land. Here Hjort provides a little more detail about the story behind the shots. First, on the image above, taken just after sunset at a island named Bulandet just outside the Norwegian coastline. “We came back to camp, and I wanted to capture the atmosphere,” Hjort says. “I told the paddler to drift towards me. He had some water on his blades, and made some perfect circles in the water.” Check out Hjort’s film from the trip below:
And for his second shot that made the gallery, above, here’s Hjort’s take: “Last summer Jakub [Sedivy] and I went to Valldal to enjoy some of the classic rivers in Norway. Beautiful, clean whitewater with a perfect combination between long slides and big drops. The surroundings to Valldal are big mountain with snow and glaciers. To get the peak level, you have to time it between rainy days and bluebird. Too much sun gives you enormous snowmelt and high flows. Rainy days, as most of the days are, also very often give you too much punch to the flow. Cloudy days with a tint of sun will give golden days on the river. We left early in the morning. After a few hours driving we came to put in just as the sun started to flirt with us. The smile was on. Jakub gave the first rapid a test. I tried to capture the moment with a little bit of foreground. I wanted to have the focus on Jakub, and set my Canon EOS 5D Mark II aperture to f/4.0 (24-70mm lens, shutter at 1/1600 sec). When he entered the rapid with a good stroke I fired of the shot. The rest of the day we just kept on paddling with a Colgate grin.