Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. The west coast of southern Norway and the coast of northern Norway present some of the most visually impressive coastal scenery in the world. In this photograph, Thomas Laupstad offers up a majestic oceanscape, complete with seagulls and ocean wave foaming up as it crashes against a reef. We are impressed by the sense of expansiveness achieved in Thomas’ shot. Typically, the panoramic view with a wide angle lens achieves this. But we don’t have that shot here. Perhaps what the photo lacks in breadth in makes up in depth. For the majestic white mountains rising in the background seem to stretch back and back infinitely. We are awed by how these moutains visually diminish what is surely quite a sizable wave.
Composer Mark Ratcliffe’s wave sound effect places us squarely amongst his crying seagulls in the middle of this majestic oceanscape. Sustained cellos and basses, then violins solidify the grandeur of ocean waves crashing against the rocks, all against a backdrop of majestic, snowy mountains. We would hope for even more majesty from the audio – a grand build of brass chords perhaps, and some enthusiastic crashing and pounding of cymbal, bass drum and tympani.
We think these grand seascapes are wonderful subjects for post cards and greeting cards. The swells of the sea carry us back and forth across the card. With Thomas’ dramatic photo, we are excited to introduce boutique greeting cards into the Midisparks Art Sales lineup. Please click on the shopping cart button to visit the shop, learn more details about this fine quality product, and explore the entire collection.