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Destination Gotland!

Posted by
Yonatan (New York, United States) on 7 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

90km east of the Swedish mainland lies an island called Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic. Large is a relative term as you can drive anywhere in this island within two hours. At its longest the island stretches 176km in length and just 50km in width at its widest point.

This past weekend the Swedes enjoyed Friday and Monday off for the Easter holiday. Since I didn't have to work I set out on another adventure. I traveled to Gotland via a high speed ship (approximately 3 hour trip) and arrived in the ancient city of Visby (it's history dates back at least to 900 AD).

This photograph was taken on my second day in Gotland. I rented a moped and had a great time driving along the coast and stopping wherever I saw a nice opportunity to take a photo. I've never driven a moped before and am against motorcycles, but the city was quite dead as it's not quite tourist season, so I wasn't afraid of other cars. Shortly after leaving Visby I spotted this part of the rocky beach and was captivated by the reflection of the rock formation. I was wearing my waterproof hiking boots and walked ankle deep into the water for this composition. This is a single exposure shot. I used a circular polarizing filter in order to darken the sky and cut back on the glare on the water.

Next we will take a look at the ancient city of Visby and then I will show you some more of what Gotland has to offer. Additionally, I will probably show off the earliest sign of spring that I have found in Sweden, some flowers growing in Gotland!

OLYMPUS E-510 1/30 second F/11.0 ISO 100 14 mm

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1/30 second
ISO 100
14 mm