Surprise after sunset in a June night

Experiencing something unexpected is always an adrenaline rush and the story behind the photo below is no different. In that night I went to Oulunsalo for a nice sunset above the Baltic Sea. The sky was mixed with patches of blue and clouds, some of them containing rain showers. Just as the sun was disappearing behind the horizon, one of those dark cloud made its way right at me. Waiting out the hard rain was a great way to test my jacket which wasn’t all that water proofed as I hoped. The just-after-sunset sky produced then wonderful colours so I kept clicking away. It was then when I noticed a warm glow behind me and I turned around to have a look.

What I saw made my heart race. ‘My’ rain cloud was bathing in sunlight although the sun was below the horizon! And not only that, there was a wonderful pinkish rainbow. I’ve never seen a rainbow after sunset or after midnight! Trying to suck in that moment, my hands were running on autopilot and got busy with the camera. Two photos later then the magic moment passed already and that huge cloud was grey as none of this would have happened. Gotta love nature!

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Rainbow in a June night


Digital art: Independence Day

On December 6th we celebrate the Independence Day in Finland. As a special show at night, Northern lights appeared in the sky and I was out to catch some.This time I was in Vihiluoto near Oulu. To my delight the snow on the Baltic Sea was washed away by rain earlier. The remaining layer of ice worked as a mirror for the city lights of Oulu.

While processing the photo, I bumped into an interesting preset which changed the photo from realism to a paint-like canvas. Weeks ago I’ve seen some similar effect on another photo and immediately got inspired. I love to think outside my box and this week there was some time for it, thanks to my wife. Sitting for hours fine-tuning the image, I finally was satisfied and here it is. Make sure you click on it to see it larger.

As always, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on my post 🙂

Copyright: Thomas Kast

A view to Oulu from Vihiluoto

2am in an October night

Northern lights appeared in the sky on my way home and I had to pull over although I was ready to sleep. Seeing these countless needles dance in the sky, adrenaline quickly replaced fatigue. The camera here was set very low to catch a good part of the display.

Settings: 1.6s exposure @ ISO2000.

Copyright: Thomas Kast