Skagsanden beach is by far my favorite in the Lofoten Islands. Is it surrounded by photogenic mountains, but that’s not the main attraction–it’s the composition and blending patterns of the sand in this Arctic beach which keeps me fascinated. Each time it’s different, and as a photographer who enjoys changing landscapes, I’m always curious to see how it will look next.

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This time I visited the beach with one of my Lofoten workshop groups. The unique patterns were relatively easy to spot; I pointed them out to the participants and we started working on them.

For this specific shot, I chose a specialty lens—the Canon 11-24mm—which allowed me to get very close to the patterns and emphasize their detail, while keeping the right proportion of mountains in the background. I love how the tree patterns resemble the hands of tormented souls in the inferno! :)

The final image was focus stacked from four shots taken with my Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 11-24mm F4L, and a Nisi Filters 180mm ND + GND at 11mm, 0.8 sec, F13, and ISO100.

Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez's work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.