A Winter Panorama

A lot of snow came down a few days ago and covered the landscapes with a couple of centimeters of fresh and clean snow. I always liked the look of fresh snow on the trees and took many similar images in the past.

I visited this place already earlier in the morning, but it was still a tad too dark to take panoramas then. During dusk/dawn they tend to come out a tad too unsharp using the phone’s image processor, so I did the obvious and came back a little later to try again. I then took these images around midday under a cloudy/grey sky and the dog appreciated the extra-walk.

And here is another once from a bit further down the path:

I like how the height of these trees comes out in this image. They were rather huge.

Two Tree Abstracts

During the summer we took the chance and went out to one of my favourite locations, a wild stream called Kotelinkoski to take advantage of the nice summer evening light and to (finally) photograph a tree which I noticed a few weeks earlier.

Despite the planning and an un-expected construction site along the road, we arrived slightly too late and the light on the tree was already gone and we chose to simply enjoy the evening and do some on the grilling in this nice place. While waiting for the fire to be right I decided to work on some abstracts of the beautiful trees along the river. The green of the grass and the warm colours of the trunks just worked out fine together and I’m rather pleased with the result.

More often than not, landscape photography is just about being there and simply enjoying the scene and being outdoors, and not getting the shot isn’t so bad either.

The Road Trip – #1

Summertime is road-trip time and we just happen to have returned (well at least by the time of this writing) the other day from a few days long trip to the east and north of Finland. With no pre-planned destinations we were just going with the flow and where the weather and locations seemed to be best. This time it luckily also went by without any breakdowns of the car.

The trip led us to a few rather popular places here in Finland, the waterfall Kiutoköngäs the Korouoma canyon in the east and the lakes Inari and Ukonjärvi way up in the north (I visited here already last month as you can read in this post). The latter again turned out more photographic and lot easier accessible than Inari.

As usual during such a trip there’s something I learned or discovered which I will cover here in the near future as well as a little write-up and naturally images of each location. But until I have written those and more importantly processed the images, here’s a first image from there, a waterfall located in the Korouoma canyon.

Raptor Falls #2

The other week I posted the first image in this series and it’s time for the image which I originally envisioned.

Immediately when I passed the waterfall I had the idea for vertical panoramic image. The waterfall seemed to be just perfect for this purpose. This doesn’t only look nice here and I’m sure it will make a wonderful print.

I also just realized that it is much easier to present a vertical panorama on the blog than a horizontal one ;-).

Raptor Falls #1

The conditions played some tricks on me during my short visit to Norway this time and I’m still strolling somewhere along the road to Alta, Norway. In fact I have no idea whatsoever where I have been when I took this image.

I notice the waterfall and quickly pull over the car to a nearby parking spot, grab my bag and tripod and head back to the waterfall. While these kind of waterfalls are very common sight along the roads, photographing them often fails due to a lack of available places to leave the car securely on the narrow roads in the mountains. I this case I was in luck.

Standing in front of the falls I immediately get the vision of the final print as a vertical panorama. To get the composition I need to stitch three images. Can’t wait to get this one printed and framed.

As I have no idea where I took this image, I named it after these two raptors which were circling over me in the air. Having been attacked once by birds in a situation like this before, their aggressive sounds were less than comforting. No risk no fun, right?

The second, and originally intended version as a vertical panorama will be published here in the next few days.