Aurora fatalis

Doing tours, photography and time-lapsing brings lots of memories, good ones, great ones and some terrible ones. One night in Äkäslompolo it was a mix of all. I took my group on a fell to see the magic nightsky of Lapland. Lady Aurora put on a great show and the clients were happy.

Meanwhile I went away for a while to set up my time-lapse rig to realise a special sequence. Adjusting and testing takes quite some time, when it’s all done, it starts to be easy. Or impossible, because mine never started the way I wanted. One cable was broken and that was it for my idea. All around me were Northern lights, snow turned even greenish. It’s good you didn’t hear me there 🙂

I had a spare cable further away but there just wasn’t time to get it – and I needed to attent to my group. So I shot a few photos in all directions and below is one of them. The group was super-happy, I enjoyed the ‘glow’ in their eyes and words and I got a few good shots. All good 🙂 Already waiting for next winter to bring more people to these magical places up North.

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When nature paints the sky

After arriving at the seaside (continuing on the last post), nature put on a great show. Incredible sunset colours over Oulu and in the water, a double rainbow on the other side and lots and lots of rain.
The last photo is a 360 degree panorama.

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Countless water drops great wonderful shades

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Oulu bathing in colours

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Double rainbow (the outer one is faint but visible)

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360 panorama, click to see it larger

Colour rain

When the sunset hit the rain last night, I almost couldn’t believe the colours. The sky was on a superglow in countless shades from yellow to blue. And so my plan to stay home naturally failed and so I went to the seaside. Well, not without stopping a couple of times.. 🙂

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Nearby my home

The afterglow comes to life

Following up on the previous post, here are two more photos taken after the sunset. At first it seemed that the clouds wouldn’t pick up much of the the warm colours. The structure of the clouds made me stay a bit longer and soon a orange-pink band would stretch gently across the horizon. A touch of purple appeared and got more and more powerful. I gotta admit, auroras came into my mind; when I stood there feeling the glow and now writing this post. It’s causing similar feelings, making my heart beat faster and watching in awe.

Tomorrow I’m off to continue my studies, so I wish you already now a wonderful, glowing weekend 🙂

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Purple hues start to build

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Afterglow in full action

Water magic

As summer light takes over here, it’s a four-months long break before Northern lights will appear again on the sky. Time to enjoy ‘the other’ magic night light, the nightless night with it’s wonderful sunset-sunsrise colours. Or just sleep 🙂 In autumn I’ll be out looking for wonderful reflections in the water again, just like these:

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