The sun sets the colors

Clouds are the icing on the cake for sunsets. I know I probably repeat myself, but a few days back one more time this came true. On that evening I was out at Riutunkari while the sky was full of clouds. Almost. Near the horizon was a thin stripe of clear sky and just as the sun was setting it came through illuminating the clouds in the most amazing colors.

Nowadays I almost never take photos without a tripod and right in that magic moment I noticed that I left the plate which comes between the tripod and camera at home. After a few moments of being annoyed, I noticed that the color show would soon be over. So I put my head together and started taking photos.

To my (unbelievable) luck, a low-hanging cloud ‘roll’ came slowly into view. It ‘travelled’ towards the point where the sun already disappeared. Little by little that cloud got sunlight from the back, making its shape very distinct. Moments like this can just not be planned and feel so, so rewarding being there – even without a tripod 😉

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Like the Milky Way

A few nights back I was out with the car scouting for some new photogenic spots. I was driving on a country road towards Tupos, South of Oulu when I noticed very dark clouds ahead . As I should find out soon – they were filled with lots and lots of rain.

With the sun near the horizon behind clouds, I wasn’t too keen to stop and walk around. A few minutes later though, the scenery behind and besides me was suddenly dipped into a very warm light. I pulled over to see what’s going on and sure enough the sun. Warm and bright sunlight was hitting the front of the dark clouds creating a very special mood. I rushed to get my camera and wildely took photos. With at least some proof ‘in my bag’, I started to capture frames for a panorama of the bright frame of clouds. For some reason it reminded me of the Milky Way.

Just as I finished the photos, rain started to pour down and I drove off ‘into the sunset’ .. 🙂

Seeing the compiled panorama, Milky Way was the first thing back in my mind, what do you think of it? I’m curious to read from you, so drop some lines into that comment box 🙂

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‘Like the Milky Way’ – click to see larger

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 🙂

It’s not all about Northern lights

When being out at night, Northern lights are certainly not the only ‘thing’ I’m trying to experience. Auroras are rather the bonus on top of everything else. It’s so calming and relaxing being out in the nature where no houses are near and no car noises disturb the sounds of nature. In deep winter there is almost no other noise than the crunching of snow beneath the shoes.

Towards spring, birds migrate from the South and often I hear them chatter. What I really love is when I hear only the flapping of the wings passing right above me in the darkness. It’s then when I know I’m ‘one with nature’ – at least as much as it’s possible.

Sometimes – as in one night during April – it’s also about company, being out at night with friends who enjoy the same things. Here, Kari took me to a new place for me, a big swamp area near Yli-Ii. There wasn’t much snow left but a lot of water, so we had to watch our steps. A few times I almost couldn’t get my boots out of the marsh land. This was a totally new experience for me and I really enjoyed it, especially being with a friend there.

Not seeing auroras wasn’t really a downer, we explored the area and took some nice photos as you’ll soon see. As dusk flows into dawn in one go, there were some great colors on the horizon. Long streaks of clouds interrupted the clear night sky and brought a special mood with it.

Once we had enough, Kari started a fire and we had some sausages. Watching the flames dance was almost like watching auroras, hypnotising and actually sturring up some hunger as well 🙂

Please click on the panorama to open it bigger and then once more to see it on dark background. In that way you’ll get to experience a bit the mood I felt being out there.

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Winter’s end, great colors at night.

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Hungry men watching the fire

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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