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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 36 Winner

The winner of Week 36 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Bobby Burkard (@bobbybb_photography). Sometimes just when you are ready to pack it up and call it quits all the elements line up for the perfect shot. Bobby has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating an additional $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in his name. Learn more about Bobby below.

Where was the image shot?
The fjords of Tromso, Norway

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens: 16-35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/10
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 1000

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
A bit of planning, a lot of patience, and above all luck. For this picture I drove around the fjords of Tromso for several hours on the lookout for a clear sky. I used an app to see when the Northern lights would appear, but finding them was another matter. I nearly gave up and was on my way back to the hotel when the sky suddenly lightened and the Northern lights started to dance. I looked for a spot, set up the camera, and shot one picture after another until I got the perfect one.

How long have you been shooting?
I started shooting with my dad when I was a teenager and fell in love with it.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Everything that has to do with nature especially mountains and sunsets. I also enjoy shooting some sports while I am on trips with friends.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
Sometimes I shoot on my own but I prefer to shoot with my wife or some friends beside me. They see the spot from a different angle that helps me optimize the final picture, and it’s nice to have some conversation along the way.