Halo shadows

Moon halos are a wonderful phenomenom during those cold winter nights, especially when the ground is covered with lots and lots of snow. Trees and other plants will casts strong, clear-shaped shadows as you see here.
In January 2018 you’ll have the chance to join my photo tour in Lapland, where I’ll instruct all about landscape and night photography in magical places🙂

Moon halo and shadows

14 minutes at night

Another long exposure experiment, really love doing those. For this photo the camera ‘looked’ at the scene for about fourteen minutes. Going into about five minutes of this exposure, there was some aurora activity – mostly out of the frame. When I finished this photo, the aurora was basically gone, but I caught a piece of it🙂

Night at Koitelinkoski

 

And suddenly the sky cleared..

Last night I was out and about to capture auroras. While I drove to the location, a starry sky followed me. Once there, clouds or high fog moved in with no stars visible anymore. I was just about to leave when two other chasers passed me. After the chat I packed my gear and left. Well… almost🙂 From one moment to the next, countless stars were visible again. With stars not enough, I was lucky to see the moon setting – in a wonderful orange glow.

Moon set around 11.30pm

Lady Aurora made an appearance as well. As the display wasn’t too crazy I could continue working on my star trail project. An exiting night it was and once back home, it was hard to find sleep. This afternoon while writing this blog entry I feel I could doze of any mome … zz …🙂

Aurora and star trails

Valoa Koiteli – Candle rapids

Last night the rapids of Koiteli were lit up by countless candles and some light installations. ‘Valoa Koiteli’ is a wonderful event. Lots of families were there and the kids loved to run around with flashlights. The candles created a warm atmosphere – at -8C.

In this panoramic photo (click on it) you can see part of the candles on the right side of the chain bridge. As winter progresses most of the water surface you see now will be covered by thick ice.

For the photo geeks, this panorama is made of 24 single photos and – dare I say – the long side is 35,000 pixels🙂

 

Panoama at the rapids Koitelinkoski