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Norway 2015, part 1

A while ago I already shared my Instagram favorites from our trip to Norway. I really enjoyed using Instagram to share some of our day to day activities and impressions. But I also of course brought several DSLR cameras to capture Norway’s beautiful nature and landscapes. I started working on those images in the meantime, but of course I took hundreds and it’s been quite a bit of work. If I wait to finish them all before posting them on this site, it may well be 2020. Instead, I’m just sharing what I have so far, and I’ll just blog again when I have a second collection to show you.

KE_Norway_01Lindesnes Fyr & a lovely detail seen in Brygge, Bergen.

KE_Norway_02I really fell in love with all of the wood and the whites and reds that are prevalent here.

KE_Norway_03The drive (left) to the Kjeragbolten hike (right) was a sight to be seen in itself.

KE_Norway_04We basically saw landscapes like this all the time while driving around Norway.

KE_Norway_04bReally pretty. Kind of reminded me of Scotland, too.

KE_Norway_05Geirangerfjord is one of the prettiest. We really loved this region.

KE_Norway_06A few more from Geirangerfjord

KE_Norway_07This was our evening view from our cabin, where we spent 3 nights. While it did get dark, it sure took a while. This photo was taken at around 11:30PM.

KE_Norway_08I found a stunning hike in Hardangervidda national park: the Four Waterfalls. We were in luck with the weather, too.

KE_Norway_09More waterfall details.

KE_Norway_10It was quite a hike, not as intense as Kjeragbolten, but still. But oh, what a pay off.

Alright, so that’s it for now! More to come soon, but first I’m going to get back to work on my self-portraits for Self 2016 Week 02, because I really really really want to keep that going.

Instagram selection: Norway 2015


Left to right, top to bottom:

  1. The hike to Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged in between two cliffs, was intense: steep hills (the kind that require you to hike down while hanging on by chains) and then some. But oh, the views. Our car was somewhere down there, on the other side of the hill.
  2. At the end of the Kjeragbolten hike, there was more to see than just that boulder. A view into Lysefjord and this waterfall, for example.
  3. The city of Bergen completely stole my heart. We were lucky: the weather was sunny, allowing for the city’s colors to really pop.
  4. The most precious moments during our vacation took place while we stayed at a wooden cabin with a view over Geirangerfjord and its mountains.
  5. At times, the sun would make an appearance, leading to moments like these. The cabin stay really allowed us to reflect, relax and just enjoy nature at its finest.
  6. Scotland’s known for its many castles; our photos of our 2012 trip sure do feature a lot of stunning castles. Norway on the other hand is known for its plentiful waterfalls. Many of our favorites from Norway are of waterfalls, the dainty and the roaring ones, all of them stunning.
  7. Driving through Norway was such a treat; at every turn, there was something to see. It was never boring, rain or shine. We stumbled upon views like this one regularly.
  8. It wasn’t the most beautiful waterfall I’ve photographed, but it was the prettiest one on my Instagram: Vøringfossen, with bonus rainbow. I also made a video of the waterfall and its beautiful spray, I’ll try and embed that below.
  9. And finally, my leaf and plants obsession came with me to Norway too: during hikes, regular walks and at a Botanical garden, I always found the time to stop and appreciate the beauty in the details.

And here’s my favorite video:


14/08/2015, magical impression of #Vøringfossen #waterfall, #Norway. My favorite #video of our trip. #Hardangervidda #Eidfjord #nature

Een video die is geplaatst door Kaat Zoetekouw (@kaatzoetekouw) op

Find me on Instagram: @kaatzoetekouw

Meanwhile, I’m working very hard on my DSLR shots… I have a few to share this week, just have to get the portfolio section on my website set up first! xx

Back in the saddle

Another two months have gone by; I keep finding my way back to my website though, so I suppose that’s something. My ties with Karin Elizabeth, photographer, are never severed even though I often (unwillingly) distance myself from it all. Life gets in the way of things, but in the past few months it’s been good: I’ve been experiencing things, getting out more, traveling, and gaining perspective on a lot of things, all of which will only benefit me in getting back in the saddle.

Wil and I just got back from traveling around Norway. We took our own car, Lola, and made our way up via Germany and Denmark. We traveled for two weeks, combining a few city stops (Bergen, Oslo) with a whole lot of nature. We took moments to relax (at a cabin in Geiranger for 3 days with a stunning view of the fjord) while also working in a fair amount of activity (several long, and even intense hiking trails, including Kjeragbolten and of course Preikestolen). We ate good food and tried some typical Norwegian things, such as Brunost and Aquavit.

Getting away from your own routine is a great way to look at things a little differently, and for me this trip has been extremely refreshing. For my photography, it’s also been great: while I used to balk at Instagram, for the past few months (since getting my new phone) I’ve been using it a lot (@kaatzoetekouw) and I also took tons of photos in Norway. I started using it as a quick tool to capture whims of creativity and now I’m really liking it. An appreciation for the little things, like how the light hits something, or how colorful the scenery is, or even just holding on to a memory, is exactly how I started taking photos back in 2004. A decent phone camera is whipped out in a second; an image processed in a jiffy. It’s more effortless in a sense to capture what I see, and that is the pay off for me. I’m not in it for followers, I’m in it for myself: I quickly get to see my own results and it’s been motivating me to see that with a simple phone camera, I can take photos that I fall in love with. (Imagine what I can do with other tools?)

It’s been good to start over in that sense. I credit both Instagram and my very different surroundings for this. I felt something open up in my soul, and I have hope that my long creative block is coming to an end.

I’ll share some Norway/Instagram favorites here as soon as I have my stream up to date. And after that I’ll get to work on my plentiful DSLR shots, which will take me a while because I took many, but I should have something to share in a couple of weeks.