A sunset captured from Vihiluoto towards Oulu. Often I usually try to avoid industrial plants but here I loved them as silhouettes under the colorful sky. The buildings on the left belong to the Port of Oulu and on the right the paper factory catches one’s eye.
Today is the ‘hottest’ day of the year so far, the thermometer reached +22 C. Hope you have a nice start into July! :)
One of my favorite photos from the past aurora season. My group and I were lucky to witness wonderful auroras throughout that night. Wandering on the frozen ice I found this twirly ice formation but wasn’t to impressed at first. A while later, an aurora substorm took place near the horizon with a twirl shape. I’m so glad I found that spot on the ice again just in time before the action in the sky subsided.
Hope you’re having a fine start of June, here in Oulu we had a few days with +18 already :)
Clouds are the icing on the cake for sunsets. I know I probably repeat myself, but a few days back one more time this came true. On that evening I was out at Riutunkari while the sky was full of clouds. Almost. Near the horizon was a thin stripe of clear sky and just as the sun was setting it came through illuminating the clouds in the most amazing colors.
Nowadays I almost never take photos without a tripod and right in that magic moment I noticed that I left the plate which comes between the tripod and camera at home. After a few moments of being annoyed, I noticed that the color show would soon be over. So I put my head together and started taking photos.
To my (unbelievable) luck, a low-hanging cloud ‘roll’ came slowly into view. It ‘travelled’ towards the point where the sun already disappeared. Little by little that cloud got sunlight from the back, making its shape very distinct. Moments like this can just not be planned and feel so, so rewarding being there – even without a tripod ;-)
Usually I’m looking for clear skies to see the most of auroras, the shapes, the movement and colors. Clouds make the sky not only interesting but creates a challenge. Are the clouds thin enough? Are there breaks in the clouds? Do the clouds move fast? Lot’s of questions and often all answers are No’s. When all comes together though, the clouds can be THE magic ingredient.
In that February night I had exactly that situation. Great aurora forecast but cloudy. Well, almost. On the horizon was a small gap in the clouds, that’s where you see the strong bright green. I explored the area and found this snowtree ‘sculpture’. It totally fascinated me and I tried many angles to get the best photo. The difficult part was to preserve the untouched snow. And here is the final result.