Preikestolen, Norway

Atle Rønningen is a photographer from Oslo, Norway who I've also known through Instagram for several months, and who had one of his images selected as a photo of the week in February this year. With Norway being a place high on my list to visit some day, I've been captivated by the photos he's posted, especially seeing the variety from both cold winter months, and warmer months. His submission includes photos from Preikestolen, Norway, and the iconic Pulpit Rock that you have no doubt seen photos of before. Just imaging walking to the tip of the cliff in some of his photos makes me uncomfortable. Atle was chosen for this issue by Issue Five photographer Corinne Wyss.

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Tell us about the location in the photos.

Known as the Pulpit Rock or Preacher´s Pulpit, Preikestolen in Norway is one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in the country. Approximately 200,000 people took the 3.8 km hike and visited Preikestolen during the four summer months in 2013. Preikestolen is a massive cliff 604 meters above Lysefjorden and is reached walking a path starting at Preikestolhytta, at an elevation of approximately 270 meters above sea level. Depending on experience and fitness level the hike itself will take around 1-3 hours.

Reaching the plateau offers the reward of a spectacular view of the Norwegian fjords. Over the years that have passed, there have been several discussions about the safety of Preikestolen. It has been some tragic accidents and the Norwegian government has considered constructing safety railing on the edge of the cliff. So far it has been voted down, as it will harm the natural beauty of the cliff. In addition, they believe that visitors will only break confinement, climb over or balance the railing.

How did you get started in photography?

Photography has always been close to my heart but since joining Instagram in 2012 my passion for photography has grown. I consider myself as a nature lover and often highlight the isolated beauty of the Norwegian wilderness, I enjoy traveling in general.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

There are so many great photographers that inspire me, everyday. Many of them I have found through Instagram or Twitter. I love the work of the dutch landscape photographer Robert-Paul Jansen (www.byjansen.com) but I also trying to challenge myself to take better portraits. I would say, that Jakob embodies wonderful work. Lastly I would thank Corinne Wyss, who was published in previous issue of Expedition Bureau, for the huge inspiration and also selecting me for this issue.

What photography gear do you use?

All photos in this article is taken with the mirror-less cameras Fujifilm X-T1. I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for post-processing and often use presets as a basis, mainly from Visual Supply Co (VSCO Film). For my mobile photography I use Android based devices. I just got the Sony Xperia Z2 and look forward to test it out on my next adventure.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

Right now I’m waiting for the snow will melt in the mountains so I can go hiking. A dream location for me is Hurrungane area in Norway with mountain tops of 2000 meters. I also would love to go to Lofoten.



Name Atle Rønningen
Location Oslo, Norway
Featured In Issue Six - June 2014
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Fujifilm X-T1, Sony Xperia Z2
Websites Website, Instagram, VSCO Grid, Flickr
Chosen By Corinne Wyss

1 Comment

  1. Love the colours and scenery, great series. I am looking at my calendar and air-line tickets because of you…

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