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Including people to add a new dynamic

Norwegian photographer Johnny Haglund has always had a passion for wild, isolated, mystic places. After training as an engineer, he quickly realised that he ‘was not made to spend life working between four walls.

In 1994 he spent 42 days in the New Guinea jungle, resulting in the publication of his first article. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength, and now, 500 articles and five books later, he works as a full time freelance photographer and writer.

His pictures capture intimate human emotions as well as breath-taking panoramas, bringing alive the details and textures that others don’t see. He invites the viewer to step into a faraway world. Here he explains the thinking behind some of his photos and how including people in compositions can add a new dynamic.

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© Johnny Haglund - Canon Explorer. Taken using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens; the exposure was 1/250s at f/13, ISO 125.

“Clear water and blue skies – it could be the Mediterranean. But this is Lofoten in Norway, a place known for freezing temperatures. In this image I snapped my youngest daughter embracing the ice cold water."

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© Johnny Haglund - Canon Explorer. Taken using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens; the exposure was 1/200s at f/14, ISO 500.

“In this image of the MS Polarlys ship I wanted to create a bit of dynamism. So I included my youngest kids to add a bit of life to the left of the image. I also spotted some seagulls flying above them, so I waited for one of the birds to be just where I wanted it before I took the picture. The ship is a familiar sight in the Svolvær dock, Norway.”

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© Johnny Haglund - Canon Explorer. Taken using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens; the exposure was 1/80s at f/13, ISO 800.

“When the sun shines all night in the clear summer sky over Troms County, Norway, it can be tricky to sleep. So one night I went fishing with my wife. In this image she’s walking on the rocks trying to find a good spot to cast her line. I included the low midnight sun to the right, to show how exotic and beautiful Norway can be.”

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