lysefjord rock


Stephen Crutchfield
Kansas City, MO
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Minolta XG-1 | Mamiya RB67

What is your biggest challenge when you go for a photography session?

I think my approach to photography is really impromptu. As such, it’s tough to identify particular challenges. I suppose the real challenge is just staying motivated to get out. This last year I finished my Ph.D. and with all the work it took to accomplish that goal, it was a real challenge to stay motivated in the adventure department. 

Tell us about one particular adventure that stands out for you over the years that you’ve been a photographer.

I have been very fortunate to have been on some amazing adventures over the years. Probably the one that has been the most influential in regards to my photography, was a climbing trip I took to the Canadian Rockies about a decade ago. It was the first big adventure trip I went on, and I ended up with zero pictures. The first day out I realized I had packed no camera batteries. It was great because I saw all this amazing terrain and had some great adventures and I wasn’t concerned with documenting it, or capturing it. I felt no pressure to be creative or get “the shot”. It was a liberating experience and I have adopted that mindset over the years. Taking a camera along is a nice bonus to getting out, but thankfully it has never become the reason for me to get out. 

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Preikestolen, Lysefjord, Norway, by EuropeTrotter

Best viewed on BLACK (please press H or click on the clouds !) Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen in Norwegian, is the most famous spot attraction in the Stavanger region. Lonely Planet has also elected the Pulpit Rock as one of the worlds most breathtaking viewing platforms. It towers 604 meters above the Lysefjord. The approximately 25 x 25 meters flat mountain plateau was probably formed by melting frost 10,000 years ago during the last ice age when the glacier which carved out the Lysefjord reached the edge of the rock. Water froze in the mountain cracks and large angular blocks of rock broke off and were carried away by the glacier.