Young green spring

My favorite moment during spring is when leaves are growing out of trees and bushes. At that time the color of these young leaves is a bright, soft green. I also like the strong, dark green leaves in summer, but the innocence of the ones in spring carries a lot more magic for me. Perhaps it is only then that summer will really come?

Here in Oulu area the growth starts usually during the second half of May. When it’s very warm – like this year – it takes only a few days for the landscape to change radically. There is so much light (right now about 20 hours of sunshine), that everything grows extremely fast.

A few days back I went out on a photo tour. It was late in the evening and the low standing sun brought just the right amount of light onto the thin leaves of some birch trees. Here are some results of that evening.

Quick tcameratippip: Once you took the picture as you planned, don’t leave just yet. Walk around the object and look at it from all angles. Take your time. You may be surprised to get some more ideas and great pictures right there.

Young birch leaves backlit from the sun

Young birch leaves backlit from the sun

The fresh grass is a good contrast for the white of the birch.

The fresh grass is a good contrast for the white of the birch.

A 'jungle' of birch leaves

A ‘jungle’ of birch leaves

Aurora borealis time-lapse video is ready

Between September 2012 and March 2013 I spent almost sixty nights searching for the mysterious auroras in temperatures between +3C..-30C. Now I’m glad to have finished my first time-lapse video about the Northern lights. Most scenes are shot around Oulu, some in Lapland and for one I was on the frozen Baltic Sea.

During some of the most amazing displays I danced around and kept telling myself that I’m not dreaming, while with others I just looked and shook my head in disbelief. It’s hard for me to explain, but I hope you’ll get the idea watching the video. I tried to capture different shapes of auroras in typical Finnish winter landscapes. One scene is taken right outside my home, so you can see that auroras can be seen near city lights.

Frozen camera after shooting on the Baltic Sea

For all this, the choice of music was very important and for a long time I couldn’t decide between tranquil or orchestral music. In the end I used a mix of both and – for me – the result reflects just what I wanted to express.

I wasn’t always lucky to see auroras, but every time after coming home I felt like I’ve been on an adventure. The ‘worst’ experience was a 600km trip with a friend of mine. We stayed in Sweden for four nights and saw nothing but a tiny glow during the last night. While I loved the road trip and the scenery, I did miss the lights. What was really heart-breaking was to learn that on night after we left the most amazing auroras were seen by many people – except us. But all that was history once I saw my next auroras 🙂

Summer months in Finland are without darkness, so I should have a chance to catch up on some sleep. Although the midnight sun is worth to stay up.. 🙂

I enjoyed doing this video project; hopefully you’ll enjoy watching it!
Thomas