A cyanotype of the super moon of 2013

I scoped out several potential spots to photograph the super moon and finally selected a ferry point with a good view to the south south-west and south. When the specified time for moonrise passed by and I didn’t see a moon anywhere, I started to get worried. Around the time when the moon was supposed to be at its largest it slowly started to appear through the haze.

super moon of 2013 rising above a lake

A few more photographs from the ferry point with a sunset colored moon and I decided to head home. On the opposite side of the horizon, we had a spectacular sunset going on. On the way home I noticed that the moon had risen high enough to get over the trees and made the leading image to the post. By staying home I would have avoided slipping on the rocks…

Super moon of 2013 rising above a lake

super moon of 2013 with people watching it from a ferry

spectacular sunset while the super moon was rising on the other side of the sky

P.S. The leading image was finalized in Silver Efex after work in Lightroom.

A GoPro, dogs snout and icy spring snowmelt

flatcoated retriever catching a snowball

Every now and then we’ve remembered to attach our GoPro to the dogs and get some footage from their point of view. One of the highlights of spring photographically is when enough of the snow has melted and snow melt has flooded the nearby fields that the dogs can go running in the water. Since it also happened to be a nice sunny day, it proved to be a great opportunity to photograph the dogs and get some footage.

But as always happens, finding the time to edit the video wasn’t quite as simple. Going through the process of editing was also an excellent reminder of how time consuming any editing and pruning, be it photo or video editing is. And if you are unclear on the difference of photo/video editing and editing photo/video, I recommend reading this excellent blog post on the topic by Rolando Gomez.

Enjoy the video, and then if you’re interested read on for some of my thoughts on things that need improving.

We use the S.U.G.A.R Coat Universal CamCollar to attach the GoPro to our dogs. While all of their pictures show the camera on top of the dogs neck (which should work when swimming), with flatcoats it just doesn’t work when moving on land. So we’ve flipped it around and film from under the dog’s chin. This works, but means that the camera gets knocked around a lot more. Thus, it despite the fairly strong attachments, it falls off every now and then. So, lessons learned:

  • attach the camera to collar with an additional lanyard,
  • cold water is a challenge for the velcro and tapes used (see above),
  • buying a floaty backdoor for the GoPro would also be a good investment,
  • and finally, the flat lens of the dive housing would also be a good investment.

Flatcoated retriever leaping after a snowball

As you can imagine from the lessons learned, we had to search for the camera a couple of times from the bottom of the flooded field. But they are honest lessons that have been learned. On a final note, enjoy a couple of extra behind the scenes photos:

flatcoated retriever catching a snowball

flatcoated retriever in icy water

flatcoated retriever jumping over a ditch

Impressions of Tallinn, Estonia

Almost grey and drab

Last summer, about a year ago exactly was the first time I’ve visited Tallinn in almost 20 years. My first visit was in the December of 1990 with a group of friends while it was still a part of the Soviet Union. The Tallinn of today is a far cry from the first memories I hold. All I really remember is a gray and dreary city where even the interesting old town was drab.

A wall with old and new

Although the first building apart from the terminal’s that you see when walking from the ferry from Helsinki isn’t exactly an uplifting piece of architecture, even it manages to avoid looking drab (the leading picture of the post).

My colleagues and I only had a few hours on shore during our cruise, so we quickly headed into the old town, which is far from grey and drab these days. Still, many vestiges of the years of neglect still show and are best seen in the seam of the restoration work on St. Olaf’s Church.

St. Olaf's church - edge of restoration

And by reading the Wikipedia entry I learned that ages ago it has been the world’s tallest building, so during some future trip I just may have to climb up to the top to contrast it with Willis Tower…

St. Olaf's church tower

Be prepared for a few follow-up posts once I manage to go through my photographs a bit more since Anna and I visited Tallinn again later last summer. And in a few days I’m heading there again.

Signs on the old Tallinn Town Hall