Tag Archives: Nature

New gallery: Enchanting Ice – Ice Macros

Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland

Link to Ice Macro gallery

A new Enchanting Ice gallery contains ice macros that I have photographed in Helsinki during last 5 weeks.

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Today’s icy seascapes

Waiting for sunrise, Lauttasaari, Helsinki

Here are six landscape photos that I took today. At sunrise time there was about -13°C, and fog was rising from the sea 🙂 Because of this cold, the sea is also freezing fast and creating nice ice formations (although walking on those ice covered stones is not so nice….). All these photos are from Lauttasaari, Helsinki.

Sunrise, Lauttasaari, Helsinki

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Landscape calendar 2011 for sale / Maisemakalenteri 2011 myynnissä

For several years I have made few landscape calendars, that I have been giving as Christmas gifts to my friends. This year I decided to print a little bit larger batch, and have also some calendars for sale. Now you can get my landscapes easily to your wall by buying my calendar 🙂

Landscape Calendar 2011 / Maisemakalenteri 2011

Landscape Calendar 2011 / Maisemakalenteri 2011

You can see all the calendar photos in the picture below. Six photos are from Iceland (from my trip last August), three winter photos are from Lauttasaari (Helsinki), two from Riisitunturi (Posio) and one from Konttainen (Kuusamo). Size of the calendar is A3 (42 x 29,7 cm). Calendar has Finnish name days and holidays.

Price of the calendar is 15 € + postage. Order the calendar now by sending me email. The possible payment methods are Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.), advance payment to my bank account or bill. Calendars will be delivered 13.-16.12. (When I will run out calendars, I will edit this post.)

Landscape Calendar 2011 / Maisemakalenteri 2011

Landscape calendar pictures / Maisemakalenterin kuvat

Jo useita vuosia olen tehnyt kuvistani maisemakalenterin, jota olen antanut ystävilleni joululahjaksi. Tämä vuonna päätin tulostuttaa hieman isomman erän, ja nyt minulla on myös kalentereita myynnissä. Kaikki kalenterin maisemakuvat on nähtävissä yllä. Kuusi kuvaa on Islannista, kolme Lauttasaaresta, kaksi Posiolta, ja yksi Kuusamosta.

Kalenterin koko on A3 (42 x 29,7 cm), ja siinä on suomalaiset nimipäivät ja juhlapyhät. Tilaa kalenteri lähettämällä minulle sähköpostia, kalenterin hinta on 15 euroa + postikulut. Kalenterin voit etukäteen tililleni, tai laskulla. Kalenterit toimitetaan 13.-16.12.

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New Iceland landscape galleries and trip report

Link to Iceland Landscape Gallery I

Link to Iceland Landscape Gallery II

My photos from the 10 day landscape photography tour are now finally visible 🙂 As I have earlier told you, I did participate to landscape photography tour in August 2010 by Daniel Bergmann. Christopher Lund was a second guide on the tour. Thanks to them for excellent arrangements! The tour group was small as there were only 7 customers (one from Australia, one from England, one from Canada, three from US and me). We stayed five nights in tents, three nights in huts, and two nights in hotel/motel.

We started our tour in South Iceland, and our first photography stop was Seljalandsfoss. From our camping place we did trips e.g. to Jökulsárlón lagoon and Virkisjökull. The Jökulsárlón lagoon was very interesting place: the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier is calving icebergs continuously to the lagoon, where they melt and finally when they are small enough, they drift to ocean through small river. The lagoon and the nearby beach are definitely worth visiting, but they are also quite difficult places to photograph. This time the lagoon was filled with icebergs, so isolating individual icebergs was almost impossible.

Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

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Landscapes from Iceland are still coming…

Sunset near Álftavatn, Iceland

Selecting and editing the best Iceland photos has been taking longer than expected (during the 10 day tour I took over 4000 photos, and I plan to show ~100 best photos)… But the delay of couple months should not be a big problem. After all, I waited almost three years to get to Iceland! I tried to register to Daniel Bergmann‘s camping tour for summer 2008 in September 2007, but already at that time the tour for 2008 was fully booked! The Daniel’s camping tour to did not suit to my timetables during summer 2009, but this year I finally managed to participate his tour 🙂

Below are some additional samples (10 photos) of what is coming to my site within two weeks.
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Landscape photography locations in Kuusamo

I have made four photography trips to Kuusamo since 2003. Based on the experiences in these trips, I decided to collect here some info about my favourite photography locations in Kuusamo.


Iivaara sunset

View from Iivaara in summer

  • About 1.5 km walk from the parking lot (Google map link) is required to reach the top of Iivaara.
  • Iivaara (info in Finnish) is very good location for sunset photography during summer and autumn, as you can see sun setting over several small lakes.
  • I have not visited Iivaara during winter, and I assume that the road to the parking lot is not maintained during winter time.

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New galleries: Winter Landscapes from Lapland

Myllykoski in Kuusamo

Winter Landscapes from Lapland Gallery I

Sunset at top of Konttainen

Winter Landscapes from Lapland Gallery II

The images of these galleries were photographed during 11 days at the end of February / beginning of March. At the beginning of trip I participated to three day Winter Landscape Photography course arranged by Kuusamon Kansanopisto. The teachers of the course were Paavo Hamunen and Pekka Punkari. The rest of time I photographed according to my own schedule.

During these 11 days, I walked about 30-35 km with snowshoes and climbed to top of three different fells (Konttainen twice, Valtavaara and Riisitunturi once). Riisitunturi had the best snow in trees (“tykkylumi” in Finnish). Here you can see one prime example of that. Other places that I visited were: Kiutaköngäs, Kirintövaara, Ruka Peak, Niskakoski, Myllykoski, Aallokkokoski, and Jyrävä.

In the middle of trip it was continuously cloudy and snowing for six days. If you climbed to top of some fell during that time, you could not see any distant scenery, you could photograph only the trees at the top of fell.

Last three days were mostly sunny and the last day at the top Riisitunturi was probably the best day of the trip. I was prepared to go there to photograph the sunrise, but it was fully cloudy at 5 am, so I continued sleeping and went to Riisitunturi for afternoon and sunset. Sunset was luckily spectacular 🙂

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