The sun sets the colors

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 ;-)

Copyright: Thomas Kast


Copyright: Thomas Kast

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Dreams in green – in a February night

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.

Enjoy your week!

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Ice suprise

The past two weeks have been supercrazy with lots of photo shootings. For last night I planned to write a blog post but once again I had to take me camera out. This time I recorded some videos and created this short documentary. Probably the first time you see me and hear my voice, don’t be shocked ;-) Photos will follow at some point. Good night my friends :)

Breaking free

Spring is just around the corner as most parts of the Gulf of Bothnia are ice-free. On the shore, the ice floats are breaking apart and melt quickly. The long frozen soil is getting softer and new life will rise out of it, breaking free from a long hibernation. Truly a time of change is upon us.

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The things they did not see..

My recent visit to the Gulf of Bothnia as very windy. While that meant that the cold was creeping into my clothing much faster than usually, if also made those huge fields of clouds pass quicker. Waiting for the skies to clear proved to be exiting as everytime it was a surprise what kind of auroras were up there waiting to be seen.

Without clouds, light polution of street lamps, etc, are not a big issue but with thick clouds it is sometimes a nightmare. Those darn orange clouds.. Lots and lots of city lights from Oulu lit up the sky. But that purple aurora beam was too beautiful and so I took this photo anyway.

Back home, I looked at the full screen version and started to feel differently about it. Now, it seems to me that those people under the cloud cover live in their own small world, not knowing what’s really happening out there. While I was lucky to see much more from where I was standing. All those secrets behind that low-hanging orange ceiling. If they would only know…

Copyright: Thomas Kast

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