Lunar coronae

The past weeks have been extremely busy with tours, preparations, studies and last but not least family time. Oh, and some other projects but I will talk about those another time.

A few days ago I returned from a tour in Lapland. Most nights were cloudy but luckily we also saw auroras. But that wasn’t all, the moon gave us a special show. The nights were around -15..-25C and fog pads were in the air. Due to the cold temperature it consisted of ice crystals. Sometimes the high clouds were just perfect to create multiple moon coronae (at least I think thats the correct term). The colors and shape were very distinct, something totally new for me. For a while I forgot about auroras :D. So, here it is. Winter wonderland under a wonderous moon.

Lunar coronae in Lapland, Finland.

Moss and water

During my stay in Germany, I really wanted to shoot a waterfall with moss-covered rocks in the water. Seeing photos of the Gertelbacher waterfalls back in Finland, my heart jumped. A free afternoon came up and I was on my way.

I approached the falls from below as I wanted to walk upwards seeing all the cascades – the smaller ones first, the steep ones at the end. I never saw those steep ones… the first 25 metres took me over four hours to photograph 🙂

Sounds maybe nuts to some but that place enchanted me. The sound of the water, the cascades, the shades of green, those huge leaf trees. Like entering a fairytale with my camera.

The more time I spent in that small area, the more I discovered photo opportunities. In this post I’ll share only a few ones. More will come later. Greetings from the Alps 🙂

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View to Bühlertal and the Rhine valley in the background

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Outside the frame – Insights into… ‘Warm light’

For some reason I feel like trying something new, so here it goes. I often post photos with a short story about where and when it was taken. Now I want to go a bit deeper and explain a bit more how I found the location, what I felt there and why I chose this composition. Don’t worry, it’s not gonna be too long 🙂

Today’s photo is ‘Warm light’:

Copyright: Thomas Kast

I captured it on Feb-4, 2014 in Hetta, a small town in Lapland, Finland. Up there I was guiding a group of 16 for one week. In that time we had just one day with a sunset but it was a great one. After the official program ended in the afternoon, I had some two hours ‘alone time’ with my camera. So I packed my gear into the car and drove through some forest roads to find a good spot.

I eventually ended up at the top of a hilly section being surrounded by snow-covered trees. Looking around I noticed fell mountains at the horizon. Standing above the tree line, the fells were only covered by snow. Having part of the landscape with trees and part without them was something I liked. Once the sun started to come down towards the horizon part of the tree and the fells were bathing in a nice, warm light which reminded me of alpenglow. Sunlight didn’t reach those trees in the foreground and so the cold, blue light there created a nice contrast. Where I stood, the foreground was covered with trees, some taller spruces and smaller birch trees. I started to walk around trying to find something else to make the photo more interesting. I noticed an open space, probably a swamp area or a frozen lake. Finally I was happy with the scene. I adjusted the camera until I was happy with the frame and exposure. After that the easiest task was still waiting – pushing the button 🙂

Today when I write this post in Oulu, it is +4 C outside and snow is melting away. Lookinig at this photo makes me miss the ‘real’ winter and for me this photo presents just that.

What are your thoughts on this photo? Does it bring anything in your mind? Did something come to your mind which you would have done differently? I look forward to read about it in the comment section 🙂

A winter’s dream

A winter's dream

Winter wonderland. Sometimes there are no better words for these winter sceneries. This cottage is located in Lapland at the shore of the frozen lake Näkkälä in Näkkälä, Finland. I’d love to stay there for a while, would you?
Captured on Feb 8, 2014.

Surrounded by Northern lights

Surrounded by Northern lights

Northern lights filled the sky in a night on March 2013 near Yli-Ii, Finland.