Another night out (Sep 12, 2014)

A few days back, a solar storm hit Earth and produced wonderful auroras. Luckily the weather was good, so I was out with my camera for many hours. Read through the captions of the photos below how the night went and what I saw :)

Copyright: Thomas Kast

On the left is still twilight from the sunset while on the right the moon was rising just above the treetops. It was dark enough for the first auroras and I was glad to catch their reflection in this lake. First stop: Somewhere near Yli-Ii.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

After a longer break, the sky slowly filled up with colorful auroras and rays became visible. As always, the camera sees those colors stronger than our human eye.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

I thought about a photo like this over the summer (inspired by other selfies I’ve seen) and with the moonshine so bright, I decided to go to the other end of the lake onto the sand. The idea was that rather being a big part of the photo, I wanted to blend in and – at the same time – to stand out (wearing that red jacket).

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Just at that moment, I realized the rays in the sky got stronger and that a corona would be soon unfolding. So I ran back to the camera and caught this beauty just in time. One of those goosebumps moments.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

An hour later, clouds moved in and I was forced to change location. I went to the rapids of Koitelinkoski in Kiiminki, second stop. There I was able to take a few photos before the clouds caught up with me.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Racing further South, I reached the Baltic Sea and captured these reflections in the Baltic Sea – the last stop of the night. I felt like trying out different angles as you can see. After that I went home, trying to sleep with all these images in my mind. It took quite a while :)

 

Aurora HD wallpaper – sign up & claim

I’ve decided to give all my blog followers an HD wallpaper for personal use as background on their computer screen. The photo chosen is ‘Moonlit clouds’, one of my favorites.

If you are
– following my blog via email, you should have the file already.
– following my blog via WordPress.com, please contact me and let me know your email address

Where can I sign up? On the right side you can easily sign up via email. The offer is valid until end of September.

Enjoy your green wallpaper :)

PS: Last night I was out chasing the lights and will share some photos in the next days as well as some insights to my ‘night out’ :)

Copyright: Thomas Kast

That’s the wallpaper photo: Moonlit clouds and reflected auroras in a lake

Home sweet home

During the last nights, there were often auroras in the sky and I was glad to capture some of them right outside my house. Here are some photos.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Very strong auroras for a short moment revealing countless needles in the sky above our trees.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Street lamps are off during week nights and so even purple auroras were visible

Copyright: Thomas Kast

A wonderful arc above my neighbors hose and inside the arc more dancing auroras!

 

 

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 :)

 

Copyright: Thomas Kast

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 :)

Copyright: Thomas Kast

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 :)

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Rolling my way – captured around ten minutes past sunset