2019 was an experimental year for me and my photography. I tried to break away from the rocky shores (which didn’t always work), and force myself to take a vacation from my comfort zone. What I found was a place of mystery, full of new things to figure out and to learn from. I tried my hand at portrait photography, shooting with Polaroid cameras, longer focal lengths and finally got my hands on my first full frame camera. I don’t know if 2019 was better than 2018, but it was certainly full of new and rewarding experiences . Below are some photos of mine taken from last year.
Above: I’ve taken many photos of this local treasure and don’t see myself stopping any time soon. So unique and so close to home.
Above: I really enjoyed the winter last year. These waves of untouched snow along the shores change in a unique manner throughout the season. I put myself in the picture to add a bit of the human element and extra interest to the scene.
Above: The journey and moment behind this picture was just as rewarding as the photo itself. Being alone on an island in the middle of nowhere at 3 am and watching the northern lights was a special moment for me from last year.
Above: Another highlight for me from last year. Probably one of the most difficult photoshoots I’ve ever done and also one of the luckiest shots I’ve ever taken. Getting two strikes of lighting within a single 30 second exposure and having them be in a compositionally suitable place had me smiling the whole way home. I was soaked, riddled with mosquito bites and happier than ever.
Above: I rarely do sunset photos during the summer due to the very late time of the sun setting, but occasionally I’ll go out in search of treating myself to one of these.
Above: Kontiolahti has some great places for foggy forest photos. I spent a great deal of time last year walking in the woods and hoping to expand on my photographic knowledge by trying longer focal lengths. It was a good experience to try something new, and it’s been good for me to fail in order to grow.
Above: I always get excited when the lakes start to thaw, since a huge amount of my photography makes use of reflections in the water.
Above: Another photo using a longer focal length on a foggy morning in Kontiolahti.
Above: I used two different lights to create this image. A camping lantern for the foreground and a powerful torch to light up the trees in the background. I hope to create more photos using this style in the future.
Above: A more heavily edited landscape from Joensuu.
Above: Another one with the northern lights.
Above: As winter approaches, one can find some interesting formations of ice along the shore. Couldn’t resist getting this one.
Above: An icy sunset near the end of 2019.
Above: One thing that I did quite frequently in 2019 was to add myself into the picture. I did this to add a bit more story to my images and I also think it makes the landscapes more personal in a way.
Above: I was out one night doing my usual rocky shore photography, but decided to change the plan and instead focus on photographing the moonrise. I really enjoyed the halo-like effect coming up from behind the treetops.
Above: This one was taken with a longer focal length from the top of a hill in Kontiolahti. I noticed a tree that stood out from everything else in the scene and decided to use it within the frame. The fact that it was misty and snowing at the same time also added some nice texture to the overall image.
Above: 2019 wasn’t a year of cityscapes, but I’m fairly happy with this one. In this case I needed to do a five minute exposure to get the effect that I was looking for.
Above: Another one of Joensuu at night.
Above: The same place as the first one but from another angle and on a different night.
Above: 2019 was also a year that I decided to start exploring flash and portrait photography. I did a lot of work with Rosa Summanen and am pleased with what was created. Many different ideas were used and I’m excited to try new ones in the future with a variety of people. You can follow Rosa here on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosesummanen/
Above: Polaroid cameras can be fun, but also frustrating at times. For the most part though, I found the feedback of using the cameras quite addictive. When it works it’s rewarding and creative, but when it fails it feels cheap and gimmicky.
FOOD & PRODUCT
Above: I spent some time in 2019 working on food and product photography. I think that having a broader base of skills is important, so I wanted to introduce myself to this side of photography too.
Above: Autumn is my favourite season of the year here in Finland. The colours never cease to impress.
Above: Birch on a dark and foggy autumn morning.
Above: An image from the forest floor.
Above: Sunset illuminating a branch.
Above: Another closeup.
Above: This was one hell of a snowy and winding morning. I took cover under a tree in order to capture this moment without having the lens covered in snow. The skier in the image must have been really determined that day 🙂
Above: A foggy scene from the local park.
Above: Another snowy image taken in the center of Joensuu on an incredibly snowy day.
Above: The local wolf mascot.
Above: Another fine art image created from various photos taken in Joensuu. Model: Rosa Summanen.
Above: When near a lake or big open space, the snow can sometimes completely conceal everything in the distance. It’s quite surreal at times.
Above: Another stormy photo. This was a crazy night for me.
Above: A springtime sunset in Joensuu.
Above: Getting creative while waiting for darkness.
Above: Cooling off after a shoot.
Above: Getting creative with led lights during twilight.
Above: A cold and misty morning in Joensuu, Finland.
Above: A more intimate scene with contrasting colours.
Above: Shapes of ice on a rocky shore.
That was it for 2019! This was a collection of my favourite images from the year. There were many days and nights when I was unsuccessful, but being out in nature or battling with a learning process in the studio was a reward within itself. I hope that you all had a great 2019 and I wish you all the best for 2020. Thank you all for the support and feedback.
See you out there and enjoy your year ahead!
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