The Joy of Seeing

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The business of photography is often, actually, hard work. We landscape photographers also like to highlight the long hikes, the heavy backpacks with gear, the early hours, the long hours and so on. Does this make our work miserable? No, not at all. Often, it is a bliss.

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On Location: Kiutaköngäs

Kiutaköngäs is the name (and isn’t that a beautiful name) for the main rapids of the river Oulanka in the Oulanka National Park in Finland. The rapids, easily accessible even for the not-so-hiking-inclined, are one of the major natural attractions in Finland: 135m (443 feet) of pure rock and fury. In the whole rapid area the water drops 14m over a stretch of 325m. It is quite a spectacle. But still, somehow such famous sights make me hesitant. Why add another photograph of something that has already been photographed a million times? But I also challenged myself on whether I was seeing Kiutaköngäs the right way.

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On Location: Riisitunturi

Coming back from a recent trip to Kuusamo in northern Finland I am going to post here some behind-the-scenes videos. Each video will be very short and focus on a single photography location. I’ll start with Riisitunturi National Park, which lies west of Kuusamo in Posio, Lapland. The weather was very sunny, which is in my view better for hiking than for photographing. Still, I hope some of the vastness of the landscape made it into the photos.

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