Ice and sunset

Sunsets in Oulu are nice, especially because you find so quickly open landscapes. I went to town with the camera, see for yourself:

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No boats yet in the marina near the market square of Oulu..

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The beach at the island Kiikeli

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Part of the sand beach is already snow free in March!

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The Baltic Sea is partly melted already but still there are many nice ice formations.

Auroras are unpredictable

What I love about auroras is that they cannot be predicted very well. Shape, color, time and direction are all unknowns and that makes it so mysterious for me.

Last night I was out with a friend and we saw ‘only’ a green band on the horizon. I came back after midnight and just as I was about to sleep I had one last look. Wow, the sky was lit up by strong aurora needles. My eyes saw weak green but I knew that the camera would pick up some red or purple. I ran inside and grabbed my gear. Enjoy the photos which I took just with my PJ’s on 🙂

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Green arc on the horizon, lights of Oulu on the right.

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Strong auroras just outside my door steps!

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My neighbors house under colorful Northern ligths

 

Lost and found

A few nights back I was out searching for auroras and found them. It was only the fourth time of this year, so I felt I found something I’ve lost. Back home I tried to copy the photos from the memory card and I couldn’t do it. The card was damaged and the photos lost – until today.

One of the recovery programs finally worked and here are a few photos from that night.

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A barn in bright moonlight with auroras at the horizon.

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A view of the field. The gras and snow created a pattern I love

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A close-up of the snow/gras pattern

 

 

17 March 2013 – a great aurora show exactly one year ago

I think here, photos say more than thousand words, so this is a short post. What a night it was!!

Blog entry describing my night on 17 March 2013

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Some of my favorite photos fro March 17, 2013. Click to view large

Finally – auroras in the sky

It has been such a long wait but now all that is behind. Last night I’ve witnessed a wonderful aurora show here in Oulu. Although today I’m very tired, I’m glad I didn’t go to bed too early 🙂

Here some photos from a timelapse sequence I shot:

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Lovely auroras in the night sky near Sanginsuu, Oulu, Finland.

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Six minutes later

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Another eight minutes later

 

 

Sunset in Oulu – finally

It has been so long time cloudy this year here in Oulu. Only a few days with sunlight and mostly I didn’t have time to go out with my camera. All that is forgotten now.

Today I finally had a (short) chance to see a nice sunset and try out some new filters. Man, I feel so good, I’ve been missing to be out with my camera really a lot!

As there wasn’t much time, I just went to the beach nearby trying to get a few frames. This winter was so warm that there wasn’t much snow left except on the Baltic Sea. So after some hectic photos in the beginning I started to work with the snow leftovers. Hope you like the photos 🙂

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Sunset on March 12, 2014 at Kiviniemi beach, just South of Oulu.

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About 30 minutes later, last bit of snow with last bits of the sunset