Fine art landscape photography of a great sunset during winter solstice in Inari, Finland

Winter Solstice

Yesterday was the winter solstice. The sun reached its lowest altitude at the horizon. It was the shortest day of the year; which means very little light here, in Inari. Unfortunately I have not been able to immortalize this instant because of the persisting cloud cover over our heads. However, today seems really promising with its cold temperature and wind freezing our faces instantaneously.

I have been observing the sky with envy. These shiny golden tones over the black silhouettes of the pine trees have had their effect and I am now waiting for the right moment to take a pause and run away with my camera. Lunch time seems to be a good moment for that. I let my friends grill the reindeer sausages (thanks guys!), grab my gear and run to the frozen lake surrounding the farm. Temperature is somewhere between -15/-20˚C. Definitely not the coldest we have had so far. However, the freezing wind transforms the climatic conditions from okay to cold. Very cold. Which results in a quick and frustrating photo shoot. But the more time that passes, the deeper the color of the horizon becomes. Finally, when about to leave the farm, I have the chance to assist to this gorgeous show of a sky switching from juicy orange to deep red, in an infinity of nuances, before fading to black.

Fine art landscape photography of a great sunset during winter solstice in Inari, Finland

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  • 23/12/2012
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    Nathalie Meyer

    Très belle photo. Bon, la météo n’avait pas l’air trop top apparemment. La nuit polaire ne tape t’elle pas trop sur le moral ?
    Passe d’excellentes fêtes

    • 23/12/2012
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      Merci Nathalie! :)

      En effet, la météo n’est jamais vraiment terrible ici entre novembre et décembre. C’est la saison de la neige mais généralement janvier et février sont plus dégagés (et donc plus froids). Heureusement que l’on a quelques jours lumineux comme celui-ci.

      Sinon, non la nuit polaire ne me dérange pas personnellement. J’aime bien ça en fait, car le peu de lumière que l’on a est tout simplement magique. C’est un peu comme un concentré des meilleurs lumières de la journée en quelques heures ;)

      Excellentes fêtes à toi aussi et à bientôt! :)

  • 24/12/2012
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    Toilapol

    Magnifique lumière !
    Passe un très bon Noël tout là-haut !!

    • 26/12/2012
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      En effet, le ciel était en folie ce jour ci. J’ai rarement eu l’occasion de voir des couleurs aussi châtoyantes!
      Merci Paul, profites bien de ces fêtes de fin d’année toi aussi! ;)

  • 26/12/2012
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    Pam Bennett

    Jules that is a beautiful photo darl. Hope Christmas was happy and (just a little) warm!!

    • 26/12/2012
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      Thanks a lot Pam!
      Yeah it was a super happy day : one of the 1.000€ sled has been crushed by clients against a tree and we had to improvise a dog-pulled-snowmobile-sledging to take it back … A once of a lifetime experience. Definitely. We celebrated all of this with a pizza and a beer for Christmas eve. Greeeeat memories! :)
      I hoped you enjoyed a very cold (hum) Australian Christmas on your side! Cheers!

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