Shooting sunsets in Skagen including BTS

In February, my son, my daughter and I went on winter holiday in Skagen, the city at the very top of Denmark. Skagen is well known for its Golden Age painters. The Skagen Painters captured everyday scenes from the fishing village with a streak of the magic light on the small peninsula between the two oceans Skagerak and Kattegat. Today, fishing industry is still present, but tourism is BIG. In winter time, most tourists has left, and you can actually walk alone on the beaches.

Sunset at the west coast at Skagen

With a lovely sunset in sight, we headed for the west coast trying to capture our own magic.

It was actually quite windy, and we were not alone. Sea foam was spread all over the beach, looking like snow, and the thunder from the waves was intense.

But in stead of trying to find an empty part of the beach, I tried to focus on one of the groynes along the coast, and capture the waves smashing into the front at dusk. Unfortunately, the waves was rather unpredictable running up on the shore at fast pace. So I placed my tripod next to a stone, so I could save my feet from getting too wet. My daughter captured a ‘Behind the scenes’-shot and found a similarity with an old painting. Well spotted ;)



Here are the final resulting images of my efforts with my Fujifilm X-T2 and the XF10-24mm:

The East Coast at Gl. Skagen
The East Coast at Gl. Skagen


Sunset at the East Cost

A few days after, I went for a second sunset shot. The harbor in Skagen is situated to the East coast (Kattegat), well protected from the dangerous waves in Skagerak. Just south of the harbor, there is a small bay, so it was possible to capture the sunset from the east coast too. Here are some of the images I captured with the XF10-24mm lens:

Double Sunset at the Navigation School
Sunset next to the former summer residence for King Christian X
Sunset next to the former summer residence for King Christian X


As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I spend most of my spare time finding the next photo opportunity. I favor landscape photography and portraiture, and challenge myself with street.

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