Star Trails At -20°C = Frosty Camera

I was experimenting with some star trails again last night. I spent about 3 hrs on location and 1hr on travel. I set my tripod up on the lake and took the first shot just after sunset, the rest came later. After the whole thing was over, I looked at my camera and noticed that it looked cold, very cold. Frost had covered the whole camera and lens, so I thought that it might be time to go. I had no idea how long frost had been on the lens, so I was hoping that I still got enough photos for my star trails. I think I got a sufficient amount, but now I have another thing to think about next time. Think I’m not going so wide next time either.

Anyways, I’m going to shoot the moon today (full moon), nothing fancy, just a clean moon pic.

Stay warm!

Above: Star trails over a frozen lake in Joensuu, Finland.

Scouting In The Snow

I did some scouting for photography spots today over a frozen lake. There were a few islands along the way, but unfortunately I didn’t find anything too interesting. Anyways, just thought I’d share some photos from the travel since it was snowing like crazy!

Above: Taking a short break, sitting on the lake. It was incredibly difficult to see the horizon due to the sun and snow.

Above: Just a quick shot into the sun. There is a skier in this photo, among the snow.

Above: A photo from last night. The clouds started rolling in right after sunset.

Raining Twilight


Raining Twilight

I planned this photo for quite some time. Before I took the picture, I’d already scouted in advance for the location and planned the composition. I also took note of how long it would take me to get to the location and what camera settings I would use. When the weather is bad, I find it good to explore and plan for possible future photo ideas.

On the day of the shoot, I left my home so that I would get there right after sunset. That way it would be easier to get my foreground in focus and naturally lit (didn’t want to do any light painting). I also wanted to get some colour from the sunset into the final edit.

I started to take photos at different stages until the sun had completely vanished behind the horizon. When the sky became dark enough, I started taking photos for the star trails. It was an interesting experience though, and while I definitely could have done a few things better, I am happy with the shot and enjoyed the learning process  along the way.

The final image is a blend of different stages from evening into the night. I think that I enjoy this style and will continue to experiment with it in the future.