The Viking Anundshög Runestone, at the Anundshög historic sight.

Light Painting in a summer's night on a Viking Rune at the Anundshög.2021_08_06_15_sweden_68_lr_2.jpg

Visiting Sweden you find a lot of Viking historic sights. In Anundshög. you find the largest tumulus in Sweden. In the image, you see the biggest burial mount. The mount is considered The main feature yet is the Runestone.

For this, I took a really quick sweep with the flashlight from LightPaintingParadise (that I use all the time) over the rock. Then I used the blue one that I got from my friend Sven in the background and a LED Lenser P7 for the burial mount and the background. All that took 84 seconds in that single exposure, with the camera set to ISO 800 and F$.5. No tricks but what I just described.

The illustration next to the rock explains what's known about the rock. It's not that much. Makes you wonder why they put it up.

The translation of the runes says: "Folkvid raised all of these stones after his son Heden, Anund's brother. Vred carved the runes."


When seeing this rock I felt right away I want to light paint this rock. So I did the very same night. Changing a little bit about travel plans but was happy when I saw the results. Checking out everything during the daytime I could lay out what I was going to do during the night.


Maps and Information signs help you when you walk along with the different features of the sight. This one was very useful when I arrived. You can see the Rune


The entire area is very well developed and holds no surprises walking around at night. So that's good.

At first, I tried to face the rock directly for you to see the engravings properly as large as I can get it in one frame. For the main shot, I wanted to ad the main burial mount in the same frame.

For this shot, I used a small flashlight to quickly light up the rock. The exposure time here is only 25 seconds. Just to get the rock would have been finding a few seconds, but I was in hope for some meteorite showing up in my viewing area. Well in that very shot a huge one was directly behind the rock coming don behind the burial mount. so in the frame but hidden behind the rock. It was huge.

This was a super-fast 25-second exposure, not super difficult.

But make no mistake what you see as the main image is not a composite of all these images. It is me taking the experience and knowledge about each individual step and perform it all together in one go.
Here all that comes together in the main featured shot.

I hope it was informative and maybe also inspirational. If you have more questions please do not hesitate. I am happy to share my knowledge.

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What an epic shot! I can totally understand why it summoned you. I am keen to read up more on the history of this Runestone now. Thanks for sharing it.

Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. Funny enough my name is Swedish - so there is a natural draw to find out more. Glad you like it! There is a little more to find out on the spot. I just shared the main shots I took at the spot. Check it out ;-)

Yeah it looks like a beautiful spot in the day time but your light painting made it look so freakin awesome, mysteryous, mythical, magical and magnificent! LOVE it.

I can't wait to see more cause I only just discovered lightpainting over last xmas and have totally fallen in lust with it!

I can't wait till we get out of lockdown so I can go and try my own...

Thank you for your kind comment. If you are interested in more shots and information on the spot = I just posted the main shot I took at the spot. Still working on a video as Location Check. But that will follow.

Oh sweet! I will def check it out asap and yes, I would love to see more of your stuff! 😃

I look forward to watching the video!