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a couple days after the previous stroll, i repeated the stroll. this time, there's a lot of snow!

posted in: photos
places: hinwil

on new year's day, we enjoyed a peaceful stroll through the nearby forest.

just for fun, i turned one of the snow fall shot series from this morning into a little video. sorry for the perspective change at the end, this was not intended. i aligned the shots with hugin, scaled them down with imagemagick and converted them to a mp4 video and an ogg video using avconv. (if you’re interested in the commands i used, mention that in the comments, i’ll then post them.)

despite the not so great weather forecast, the sun came out this morning and bathed my surroundings in beautiful sunlight. i grabbed my camera, put on my winter gear, and went on a nice long walk. i essentially walked around the area from the first half of our easter walk, with the difference that this time, everything was covered in snow.

something very beautiful with snow is the effect when snow randomly falls off from trees. the effect is best with sunlight:

some more impressions:

anyway, shortly after arriving back home, the sun was again covered by clouds and the landscape bathed in grey. by now, it’s snowing again.

the following photos show the winterish lappland in its full beauty. the first two photos show part of the näverniemi lomakylä.
essentially all photos have been taken on the second and the eighth of january.

how is lappland in winter? how is polar night? something i had to find out, and so i was here for almost two weeks, staying in ivalo, a village in northern lappland which is now somewhat familiar to me.
the first three days i was staying at näverniemi lomakylä, and the rest of the time at guesthouse husky. two wonderful places!
i was somewhat lucky and unlucky. lucky in the sense that usually, it is much colder here, around -15 to -25 degrees; i mostly had -5 to -15. not that -25 scares me, having lived for two years in calgary. but doing a nice walk at -15 is just much nicer than at -25… :-) i was unlucky in the sense that most of the time, it was overcast. only very few days lacked the dense cloud cover which is painting the snowscape in grey. still, a beautiful grey! the first set of photos i want to present you is from the overcast daytime, and mostly looks like black and white, or blue and white. the truth is somewhere inbetween, as the light here is quite bluish.
i also did a husky tour on one of the greyish days, as you can see below.

(you can get the large version by clicking here directly.)

posted in: panoramas

here’s my project 52 shot for the nineteenth week. the topic was

die grüne hölle.

it is hard to find a green hell at the places where i am. something remotely similar, a greeny forestal view, presented itself to me while being in the finnish lakelands, near mikkeli, not too far from the whooping swan. please click the photo to get a larger version:

technical details: 1/200s, f/8, 35mm, iso 200.

here’s my project 52 shot for the twelvth week. the topic was


this patchwork was made from a huge amount of living wood and leaves, seasoned with a dash of light of a sinking sun. combined from two photos taken while being on the üetliberg, and modified to remove the background and make the light more interesting. please click the photo to get a larger version:

technical details: 1/250s, f/5, 135mm, iso 200; combined with hugin and modified using gimp.

the original combined photo can be seen here:

here’s my project 52 shot for the fourth week. the topic was

als ich klein war…

i’ve been playing around with some old toys yesterday, but after finding out that this seems to be a common idea for this topic, i decided to think more. when today, we made an excursion to a water reservoir nearby, where we often went when i was little, i watched out there if there’s something i can use. near the entry we often used, there’s a old, dead tree lying. when i was little, it was sooo huge, and we climbed on it a lot. well. nowadays it’s little itself, compared to me. so i decided to photograph this tree leftovers, rotting for like 30 years, in a way i might have seen it when i was little. using my fisheye lens, i started playing around, and got a nice shot of the ground end of the tree, which is caved out by now. please click the photo to get a larger version:

technical details: 1/250s, f/2.8, 16mm fisheye, iso 200.