Goodbye winter, hello summer

Just after I wrote the post about twilights, last night I was able catch a season-changing photo which fits right into the brighter nights. For me there is no better way to show that change than with a nightscape photo:

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Imagine that roughly a week ago, here the Gulf of Bothnia was still completely frozen, allowing people to ski, walk or snowmobile on it! Last night almost all was free of ice, powerful waves crashing on the rocks. It felt like life was pumped back into a frozen world. Only the boat marina ‘bay’ (on the left side) had still a thick layer of ice. If you look closely on the right side somewhere near the horizon, there are wobbly line from ice floes drifting in the waves. And the orange color on the horizon is the afterglow from the sunset, being visible for many hours.

I really love this time of season change where a photo can capture so many different aspects. Although I’m honestly a tiny bit sad to say goodbye winter..

Looking for patterns

When going out with my camera, I not only look for landscapes but I enjoy looking around for patterns and details. Finding lines, contrasts, structures, etc is a lot of fun. Last night I was out with a friend and here are some of the things which caught my eyes.

Colors may not be 100% correct as I still have to calibrate my screen.

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Green and ‘blond’

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A little island

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Countless flowers in sunshine

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Beach rocks

Choices

Busy times. Everyone has those. There are many different reasons: family, a friend in need, work, travelling, hobbies, rest, sickness, sleep, the list could go on and on. In the end, it’s all about choices.

There are things in the life of people with cameras ‘glued to their hand’ which are magical, such as a great sunset, wildlife, seeing auroras in the sky, etc. And so I spend a lot of time outdoors chasing the perfect photo again and again. When the magic is happen right under my nose, I feel blessed. Often I’m thinking, this is a once-in-a-lifetime situation, I’ll never see this again, how great is it to capture a photo of this moment.

Then there are those things in life which literally do happen only once in a life time. My son is such an example. Watching him grow and learn new things, playing with him, those are all things which will pass and never come back. There won’t be another ‘sunset’ someday. It’s important to remember that and make choices. Wise choices.

Capturing nature in photo and video is my true passion and I’m glad I have this fire inside me. About a week ago, I went out to take some photos. It was the night of the Icehockey WorldChampionship. Finland played Russia and the center of Oulu was pretty much empty. No people, no cars driving around, nothing.

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Deserted Aleksanterinkatu in Oulu

After a while I went to the sea only to find an unbelievable sunset and after walking a while, I discovered this new spot. Imagine how happy I was! After taking some photos I kind of lost myself in the sunset and my own thoughts. Thinking about life and the choices we make…

 

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‘The second wave’ – afterglow in the skies and reflections on the ground

Sunset preview from 20 May 2014

Last night I was photographing a wonderful sunset above the Baltic Sea with marvelous reflections. It’s been a very long time since I was out with my camera, as life is pretty hectic at the moment. Today Iwant to share a little preview with you 🙂

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And here is one of them, I named it ‘Stare’ as I felt the sun was staring right back at me.

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‘Stare’ – captured at 22.50

Hope you’ll see a wonderful sunset also 🙂

Outside the frame – Insights into… ‘Cold, bright wind’

“Outside the frame – Insights into…” is a series about photos, where I want to go a bit deeper and explain a bit more about the location and how it was being there. Hope you don’t mind a bit longer read today 🙂

Today’s photo is ‘Cold, bright wind’ and was captured on Apr-16, 2014:

wm_Cold, bright wind

It’s not a problem for me when the cold is creeping slowly into my clothes while I’m out for hours. But when strong wind is pushing the cold right to my bones it’s not much fun.

When I shot this photo in April, it was such weather. To control the camera buttons, I could wear only thin clothes and even though they usually do a good job in stopping the wind, there was no use for them this time. By the end of the session I could hardly move my fingers and had to leave and ‘defrost’ in the car.

Photos like this one are the reason why I’d do this over and over anyway. More often than not it’s all worth it. Especially when coming home and seeing the ‘catch of the day’.

I suppose many of you don’t know Oulu very well, so I’ll walk you through this photo.

Let’s start with the most eye-catching object, the moon. It was Full Moon and the bright light made for a strong reflection on the melting Baltic Sea. Also the ice in the foreground catches a lot of the light. When you look closely to the open water you can see the water movement from the strong wind. There are no waves as most of the sea is still frozen with thick ice.

My camera was set up on a breakwater made of rocks in many shapes and sizes. As you look along the rocks the industrial smokestacks will catch your eyes. These are part of the peat-burning power plant in the suburb Toppila. Seeing the steam it’s no mystery in what direction the wind blows.

The forest toward the center of the photo belongs to the island Toppilansaari and just to the right of the moon you can see the paper factory from Nuottasaari. Yes, indeed we have quite a bit of industry here in Oulu.

Further to the right are lights from the Port of Oulu on the island Vihreäsaari. And finally, there is a single bright light also reflected on the ice, that’s Majakka – a viewing tower marking the end of Nallikari, a beautiful and popular sand beach on the island Hietasaari.

This being a night photo, I don’t want to ignore the stars in the sky but rather have them at the end of today’s post. To the right of the moon – just a bit higher – is the star Spica, the brightest one of the constellation Virgo. Just over 260 light years away from Oulu 🙂

Looking further up and further right, there is a real bright star, right? No it’s actually a planet and even though it’s red color can’t be recognized on the photo, I’m sure you know by know that it’s Mars 🙂

At the end of this post I almost feel like a travel guide, haha. Hope you had a good time reading and as always, please comment your thoughts here, I’m curious to hear from you!

Harmony

On May 1st I was searching for new sunset location and eventually found myself near Haukipudas, looking at the Baltic Sea. It was low tide, so I was able to walk out and find some nice set of stones surrounded by water. Some 100 metres further out the sea was still largely frozen.

The magnificent colors of the sunset were reflected not only in the water but also through the clouds. In the beginning a light breeze created nice, gentle waves, while later the wind was gone and the totally still Baltic Sea lay right in front of me mirroring every little detail.

From time to time migration birds where around me, chattering and circling. At some point they realized that I wasn’t a thread and calmed down. Well, maybe they just gave up because that guy just wouldn’t leave 🙂

I love nights like this, only the nature and me. Nothing else, just perfect harmony.

 

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Harmony

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Wonderful colors and ice at the horizon

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Spring sunset

When the ice of the Baltic Sea melts, interesting ice formations float on the water. About a year back I saw an amazing sunset with no wind whatsover, making for amazing reflections. Here are some of the photos:

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