Fast as always I finally came around to process some of the images from last year. Took this one on the road to Narvik

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.

Ukonjärvi Panoramics

I have been writing here before already on my frustration on how to present a huge panorama on the blog. Even in my galleries the images are getting to small. The best presentable solution seems to be in form of a video.

As with some of my previous panoramic images I have assembled a short video with the two larger images that I have made during that journey. I hope you enjoy the next minute while the video drives you along the lake.

Of course I had to add some cheesy music.

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.

A Slightly More Winding Road

There are moments in landscape-photography when just about everything comes together perfectly: you’re at the right place at the right time and the conditions are just right. These are rare and good moments. And then there are the moments when just about everything goes wrong. This is one these…

So, I planned a quick visit to the island of Senja, Norway. We had been there last year and I wanted to go back there and take some images for which the conditions weren’t right then. The forecast predicted something which promised to be rather dramatic conditions: meaning sun, clouds and mild rain. Perfect!
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