One Night In Lapland

I used a few days off to start my vacation with a short photo-trip to Lapland.

It has become a habit, that I as soon as my vacation begins head out and spent some time doing my landscape photography. In fact I usually take the liberty starting a little early, which requires me to be back for my last day at work, hence the first one is usually only a one-nighter.

The distance of these locations appears to get larger each time and this year it took me Finish Lapland, to a lake called Ukonjärvi. I passed-by there during my trip to the Finmark area in the north of Norway last year where I spotted a few nice locations along this lake. Then I had no time to explore this area, but at least some ideas came to mind, as for example the panoramic image, which I hoped to be able to take this time.
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Ukonjärvi – Preview

It was an image similar to this which I hoped to be able to capture during my last trip to the north of finnish Lapland. I had little more than 24 hours time to do this trip and only could hope for the conditions to be at least similar to what the forecast claimed.

I was a bit in luck: the conditions turned out to be at least partly right. Could have been worse.

I don’t want to spent too much time writing about this, as I did this extensively already in my upcoming photo-journal which will get published here in the next few days.

As soon as I’m done with the processing, the post and the images will go live here on the blog and in the galleries.

Saana – Take Wide: Take 2

You know, from time to time things are getting a bit out of hand around here. Something what should have been a quick and easy task, lead into another, which in return lead to… You get the idea.

So, what the heck am I talking about?

I was, in fact I still am, in the process of moving and updating my galleries (more on that in an upcoming post) and therefore updating a few links around here when I ran into a post from my last journey to Norway entitled “Saana, take wide“.

Since I often have the feeling that it is rather difficult to present a panoramic image on a blog, I experimented embedding a larger version of the image in an iFrame in that post. This unfortunately not only doesn’t work anymore, it is also not a very practical solution.

Since I was already in the process of updating posts, links,re-discovering and re-processing images I decided to “quickly” turn the image into a video and embed it into the post. Well, my first attempt was quick. Really quick. Literally took me only a few minutes and I was set. Unfortunately the image quality wasn’t really what I was looking for.

So I had to go the other route and launched Aperture (at the moment I use it only for books and slideshows), imported the image, created a slideshow of this one image, adjusted the Ken Burns effect, exported as a movie and then imported the same movie into iMovie. There I deleted the image in my first version of the clip and replaced this with said movie, followed by another export and then finally uploaded the video. All in all it didn’t took as long as this sounds and the process was actually pretty much straight forward.

Since I already made the effort to simply “update” an older post, I thought it would be a bit sad to have made the effort and essentially have it buried immediately in the archives and attached only to an older post.

Long story short: you can watch it also here right now and if you are interested and would like to know a little more: the original post is available here. I hope you like it.

Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise: Audioboo

It’s time for a new image and another audio blog entry. I have posted one before already and considered it to be nice to talk freely about an image from time to time instead of writing much about it.

So, without further ado, I would like to invite you to have a look at this image and listen to my Audioboo.