Animated Light Photography, WOW!!

It’s been far too long since something has been posted. It is wrong to see life itself generate an absence of creativity and freedom. Still sometimes priorities must be formulated with extraordinary measures. Just to signal that I am still alive and running I post this video of Freezelight.

I have taken a keen interest in light photography lately and a friend of mine mentioned that animated light photography would be a wicked trend to start. With some thorough searching it appeared there are few videos out there. We stumbled upon a Russian company that have truly taken Light Photography to a another level. Using tens of cameras and people to make their light animation they create the most interesting videos to look at. Not only that, but they show you what equipment they are using and how they use it to make what they make.

All their videos are worth watching and above all try it out for yourself! All you need is a dark place, a camera with long shutter speed and one or more lights. Have some fun guys, and check out the things that Freezelight make, because other than videos they create the most exuberant photos too!

Please do not hesitate to send me some links or things that you have created with light photography, because I am really interested in seeing what people created!

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Beyond your Back garden

Finland, a mystery so close, but often never unfolded. What lies behind the fence that distinguishes the perimeter of your home? The most interesting scenery can be found right in front of your doorstep, but it is too close for it to look remotely interesting. Who is to say one must travel to see more? The following images have been taken in the forest that borders the flat known as my ‘garden of safety’. All photos remain untouched to intensify the reality of the beauty of nature. My solitude of boredom lead to an epic adventure that changed my perspective on the neighbourhood I live in. The long Finnish winters prevent the trees to expand in width and for vegetation to grow tight together. This created the opportunity to abandon the trails and get lost in mosquito land.


the Ride of the Husky’s

Finland, a storm is coming up, it is clearly visible from the inside of the cabin. Whilst enjoying a peaceful breakfast, echoes of howling dogs rush through the chimney. Pure melody of expression, it seems not only tourists are excited about the trip.

A head start to the point of departure feels obligatory to see what all the commotion is about and to all amazement an enormous chase is advanced. In a cage filled with about 30 Husky’s the family owners are trying to pick the right ones out of the bunch. It does not look easy, as each dog knows what is about to go down, “We get to run!”. A continuous chase of cats and dogs is brought to justice and each time the right dog is caught he or she gets strapped in front of a sledge, which is very well tied to a tree. Even with nowhere to go the barking, growling and running continues. The whole process appears to be a well-practiced game. Men versus dog, with each side using tactics to outsmart one another.

The choir of howls is louder than intended and even for the guide to give instruction we distant ourselves from the pack.  A large set of rules are given to make sure all goes well and then the adventure can begin.

Soon, sweet mother so soon…

What to remember?
– Husky’s will never stop running
– Husky’s might pee or poop whilst running (so break slightly when they do)
– Keep long distance from other sledges
– If you fall run with sledge
– The break is a metal pin you push into the ground
– Lean in when the sledge turns
– NEVER LET GO OF THE SLEDGE!

By this time we had already realized that these dogs do not want to be pet, they are made Marathon runners! The rope is untied, the breaks are off and each sledge, carried by four Husky’s, shoots forward. No second to waste, there is running to be done! We rushes through the trees with a good 20 kilometers an hour. Due to the soft snow the Husky’s cannot reach their full running potential, but there is no need. The adrenaline is shooting into all directions as my hands clamp tightly onto the rail, knees bent slightly to keep a better balance.

It is hilarious to see a dog wanting to pee as much as run. The run-sit action results to a funny wobble that signals for you to push down on the breaks, though there is no stopping to it. crisscrossing through the forest, further into the middle of nowhere. Avoiding mountains of fresh snow left and right and every once in a while a while ducking for overhanging trees is in order.

Racing through the forest the trail seems endless up until the fresh dog-sledge trails make way across a magnificent open landscape. Yes, we are running over the frozen lake we have gotten very familiar with. We are home, but far away from home. This adventure was over before we knew it, but our adventure is nowhere near done.

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It took about 5 minutes to take out the camera and it nearly cost my life! Definitely worth the effort though!

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Happy cats back from a jog

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The ones left behind.

Northern Lights – Into the Deepest Debts of Romance

Finland, the journey has begun. 60 kilometres from somewhat urban civilization lays a small group of cottages alongside a frozen lake and surrounded by forest. The reflection of the moon onto the snow creates just enough light to find the way through the wilderness. Complete solitude, as if life on earth has become non-existent and even Facebook updates and status’ have become irrelevant.

The cabin itself tastes of wood and the feel of affection heightens the coziness. The fireplace is up and running, and fills the room with warm-hearted aromas. No more than two hours later the thought of checking outside for the famous northern lights has passed, but luckily the owner of the cabin was kind enough to make his way over to pass on the good news. “Northern Lights in the sky!” He is dressed in nothing more than a jumper and jeans, but for some reason three layers of socks, pants and jackets can only keep us warm.

The rush to get outside felt as if somebody had just yelled, “fire!”, yet running across the frozen lake whilst a display of green lights are rushing over and beside you is even more thrilling. This is nature’s masterpiece. It is as if a curtain of lights is being woven in the sky by a mysterious and invisible force. Of all the things that earth has to offer, it is energetic charged particles colliding with one another that brings forth the most beautiful film ever produced. With each second being as unique as the discovery of DNA, time stopped and the world had shrunk to the size of a frozen lake.Image

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