And so it starts..

Last night I’ve been out for the first time in this young aurora season. I was lucky to the Northern lights in the sky three times before from my porch at home which was nice. But going out to chase the lights and find good spots really starts the fire inside me, it’s what I love to do. With fog in the air my expectations weren’t high and so the weakish auroras didn’t bother me at all. Being out under the stars in silence is what it is all about. Northern lights are just a bonus :)

So here is one of the photos which shows a rowing boat I found walking along the water line. There will be more nights out and this was a great start :)


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Weak auroras in a foggy night

The good life

What draws me out into nature is that once you are out there, nothing else matters. It is just you and the surroundings. After coming back from my trip to Lapland I went through my photos and this one tells exactly this story. It shows a little pond which is surrounded by summer green. Simplicity – the good life. At least for me :)

More to come from Lapland but as all good things, they take time. Especially being a stay-at-home dad :)

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Surrounded by summer green

2-year olds can be a handful

Life with a two-year old is quite a bit different than I expected. It’s great fun, there is always something new to discover, but it really takes almost all my time. Photography projects, timelapsing and social media time is limited to a tiny fraction and so I haven’t been active on the blog – for a very good reason!

I’m sure you understand that and today I wanted to tell you that I really appreciate you sticking around,reading my posts (even they are few) and commenting. It’s the ‘fuel’ to keep me going and even though it sometimes takes a while to answer, well, now you know why. Thanks so much! :)

Some two weeks back I’ve been to Lapland with my family and I hope to share photos very soon here :)

Roll cloud

Capture the last rays of sunlight, that was my goal two nights ago. When I was on my way to the marina of Varjakka in Oulunsalo, I noticed a rare from of clouds, a roll cloud. I was on the lookout for this phenomena for a couple of years now and until a few nights back I’ve seen only photos of it. Imagine my exitement! Driving to the location, I lost sight of the cloud due to being in the forest and I prayed “please be there, please be there”. Arriving at the marina, there she was, what a beauty! It was the only cloud in the sky and it stretched almost as far as I could see.

Click to view in bigger size and – as usually – drop me a line or two in the comment section and share your thoughts on this :)

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Rolling my way – captured around ten minutes past sunset

Like the Milky Way

A few nights back I was out with the car scouting for some new photogenic spots. I was driving on a country road towards Tupos, South of Oulu when I noticed very dark clouds ahead . As I should find out soon – they were filled with lots and lots of rain.

With the sun near the horizon behind clouds, I wasn’t too keen to stop and walk around. A few minutes later though, the scenery behind and besides me was suddenly dipped into a very warm light. I pulled over to see what’s going on and sure enough the sun. Warm and bright sunlight was hitting the front of the dark clouds creating a very special mood. I rushed to get my camera and wildely took photos. With at least some proof ‘in my bag’, I started to capture frames for a panorama of the bright frame of clouds. For some reason it reminded me of the Milky Way.

Just as I finished the photos, rain started to pour down and I drove off ‘into the sunset’ .. :)

Seeing the compiled panorama, Milky Way was the first thing back in my mind, what do you think of it? I’m curious to read from you, so drop some lines into that comment box :)

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‘Like the Milky Way’ – click to see larger

River reflections at night

During summer there is only a short time between sunset and sunrise. The sun decends every so slowly and the tones change constanly, giving a lot of time to catch some of the magic light. A few days back I saw the sky burning late in the evening and went to the river Oulujoki to catch some reflections.

Here is one of the photos where I used a ND filter in combination with a ND grad filter. I recorded this 80 second – exposure at quarter past midnight:

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Midnight magic II

In case you wonder, yes. There is a ‘Midnight magic’ photo, click here to see it :)

I also tried a to hold the ND-filter in my hand instead of mounting it. Of course I didn’t want the camera to shake, so I had about 1cm distance between my hand and the lens. Don’t ask my why, I have no idea why I did that but the outcome is pretty interesting :)

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Hand-held ND filter version

Another photo from the same night, taken much later in portrait format. Here I didn’t use any ND filter – but a polarizer – and had so a much shorter time of exposure. All these changes resulted in a totally different mood in the scene.

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Rowing off into the sunset/sunrise


After that photo I was still out for nearly two hours and as you can see there are lots of photos waiting to be processed.

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As always, I’m happy to receive any kind of feedback, questions or comments :)

PS: I’m currently waiting for my color calibration device, so the colors may be off. Hopefully not too much