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I tend to think I’m a social (sociable) guy. But I know I also love solitude. I love to go out by myself, to places where I know I’m alone, where no one can hear me, where I can hear no one.
When I was in the Rocky Mountains with my Buddy Wayne we had an absolute great time, spent together of course, mostly. But there was one moment when we were supposed to shoot the sunrise over Grand Lake, but replanned because there was too thick a fog. We went out on a hike instead and at some point I ventured one way and he the other. I veered off the path and walked about half a mile or so into the bushes, until just at the edge of the forest line.

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

See, not very good for sunrise, or what? 😀

Got some surprising company in the end:

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2 III

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2 III

D800, ISO800, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2 III

 

It was awesome. Yeah, it could’ve been a black bear, I realize. In which case it would’ve still been awesome, but things may not have ended in the same way as they did 😀
It’s a completely different feeling than when you pull up behind the other 10 cars with people (and their pockets / cellphones with flash).

Winters here are harsh. We’re talking temperatures close to -30°C in southern Finland at the moment. And colder during the night. And even colder when you go more north. Last year I posted a few pictures of the Sininen Hetki, the “Blue Moment”, kind of like the Civil Twilight, but in terms of colors you only get it during very cold and clear nights. This deep, deep, almost tangible blue which is touched by the colors of the sun rising or setting. It’s magical.
I’ve been planning to go to this particular spot already for several years, but for some reason I never did. Last week I tried, but since it’s been snowing her pretty much non-stop for a week now, there wasn’t an opportunity to get this Blue Moment.
Today there was, though (on a Sunday, of all days… ;o) ). Dark moments here in Finland, short days, with not much light and not much sun. But the positive side to that is, that you don’t have to get up at 3 o’clock in the morning to shoot a sunrise. So I got up at 6:30, looked outside and saw that it was good. Looked on the thermometer and saw that it was not so good, but owwell… You can dress for cold weather and I’ve been out in colder than -24°C. Got dressed, packed up the gear (and put some batteries in my pants pocket, just in case) and left for the location I’ve been wanting to go to for such a long time.

Thermometer may have pointed at -24°C at the outside of the apartment, out of the wind in between apartment buildings, but I tell you, it was NASTY cold out on the sea (yes, on the sea. Here the temperatures drop to such foul levels that the sea freezes over).
But once you’re out there, out in the middle of nowhere… Where not only the colors are almost tangible, but also the silence… You could just lose yourself in the nothingness that surrounds you. Every now and again a bird chirps (probably also complaining about the weather) and the creaking of the branches of the trees back on the shore). Solitude is a warm blanket of peacefulness when taken in the right amounts and in the right locations.
That in itself is already a reward for withstanding the freezing temperatures and the tempting covers of a warm bed. But when you see the sun come up slowly and you see the colors change…

Sunrise over Lauttasaari

D700, ISO200, 3 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 14-24mm

Sunrise over Lauttasaari

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 14-24mm

Sunrise over Lauttasaari

D700, ISO200, 1/3 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 14-24mm

Me and my better half spent the time around New Year in my old hometown in Holland. Surprisingly it was colder there than it was in Finland at the time.
Made for some nice scenery pictures with the frost on the leaves and the bright lights in the sky.

D200, ISO100, 1/125 @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm

And you don’t even notice!
I’ve been out pretty much every day, but not early in the morning in the past week and a half or so. During the day it was really pleasant weather. Sunshine (for a change!) and probably some 14 degrees Celcius.
This morning I had to get out early, because I had an appointment downtown. When I got to the car I was kind of surprised to see it all frozen up. And not just a bit, but a good layer of ice that I needed to scrape off.
That layer of ice meant it had been at least -3 to -5 degrees Celcius in the night.

Took me 10 minutes to get the car ice-free!

Took me 10 minutes to get the car ice-free!

Well, what can I say? ;)

Well, what can I say? 😉

So… Winter’s on the doorstep. And I’ve seen only a couple of weeks of fall. We’ll probably get a big pack of snow in a couple of weeks…