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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.

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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 ;-).

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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.

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Bossoberget Falls

I arrived in Norway after many hours of driving only to find the one road which was important to me, closed due to an avalanche. Instead of waiting for the next day, when the road is supposed to be opened again, I chose to explore a totally different area. A rough description of my journey you can find in this post.

It didn’t took long until I found this waterfall, caved deep into the mountain. Waterfalls like these are by no means a rarity up here, and I passed plenty of them along the road. Naturally not all of them are as pleasing to photograph as this one.

It was raining heavily in the beginning and after a quick explore of the fall, I decide my vantage points and wait for the rain to calm down at least a bit for a short amount of time.

In the early evening the rain is heavy most of the time, but a short window allowed for these images. Before having the chance to climb up to my second chosen vantage point, too heavy rain prevents an image up there.

As I pass this waterfall almost every time I drive to Norway, I chose to return another time.

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Hepoköngäs #1

There are images which somehow seem to tell me already during the exposure how they would like to be processed. It is almost like as if a certain processing, or clear vision of the final image, seems to jump right at me. And there are images which are undecided, flaky and have no real opinion on what they would like best. This one is of the latter kind…

I took this image of the waterfall called Hepoköngas (which is in fact Finland’s highest waterfall) now two years ago and simply couldn’t really decide what to do with. I’m rather satisfied with the composition and the mood of the image, but somehow the colour version which I intended to make simply lacked something. Getting the impact that I was looking for never really worked out.

My latest, and so far most pleasing result, is this more dark and moody B&W version of the image. It was in fact was a little bit inspired by my last re-imagined imaged Scandinavian Summer.

I do have a few more images from this shooting, and will publish them most likely at one point during the upcoming two years.

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Featured Image: Waterfall Detail

I said earlier on the blog that one of my weaknesses is the capture of details. I feel very comfortable with wide or even wider panoramic scenes, but the small things, the landscapes within the landscape I unfortunately tend to overlook.

Every now and then though I see a composition which I like and usually I’m very satisfied with the results.

This one is taken at one of those countless waterfalls along the roads in Norway. I love to shoot photograph waterfalls and this one made me quickly pull of the car and climb up the falls to search for a nice composition.