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City in the golden fog – Bergen like you've never seen it

Photographer Grim Berge had shot one hundred destinations all over the world. The most beautiful one was waiting at home.

“The text message read 'look outside now.”

Photographer Grim Berge was sitting in his Bergen home, working intensely.

He was in the middle of finishing up Natural Light Earth, a big project that had seen him and his colleagues from the production company Fram Film travelling all over the globe to film and take pictures of 100 different travel destinations.

After 500 days of travel spread out over only two years, he was now editing his raw footage – a hectic and time consuming job. But then there was this text message, the one that had him looking out his window.

“I could hardly see anything but fog.”

 

While some may have found this to be a perfect excuse for staying indoors, Berge jumped in his car to reach the Fløyen mountain as fast as he could, taking the electric cable car known as Fløibanen to the top.

From here, Bergen was hardly recognizable. The city had all but drowned in a massive golden fog that seemed to have no end to it.

“It counts among the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I was taken by surprise by how much the city lit up, and was reflected in, the fog.”

The plan had been to spend just an hour up in the mountain, snapping some photos before getting back to work.

Watching the interplay between light and fog, he felt he had no choice but to scrap those plans and instead shoot a timelapse of the peculiar spectacle.

“I just realised, I'm gonna be up here all night.” He set up his camera and did a quick test shoot to find the correct shutter interval.

“A twelve second interval with exposure set to ten seconds allowed for a beautiful flow, that's when you get that dramatic movement of fog that is neither too fast nor too slow.”

At this rate, one hour of photography would yield approximately 300 images – ten seconds worth of film. Berge stayed atop Fløyen for five hours, watching and shooting as the fog gradually lifted.

“I feel that was the climax, the reveal of the city and the interplay of lights between city and fog.”

The end result was a 45 second timelapse, first shared online by blog The Travel Inspector.

Now that the Natural Light Earth project is complete, Berge and his colleagues are opting for a more local approach.

This January, they will band together in a car for a Norwegian road trip, headed north from Rogaland to Tromsø, filming Norwegian landmarks like Pulpit Rock and the Hardanger fjord along the way.

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