OK, typical New Year new promises but there were good (hmm… justifiable rather than good) reasons for absence in gazing around and contributing. So, onto a better plane.
Trees stand fixed in position as the full moon rises above the frozen landscapes around Pulju, Lapland. Pulju is in the Arctic Circle at around 68 degrees north, so for the week between Christmas and New Year we didn’t see the sun rise – sunrise and sunset blended into one, providing a little light but quite tough conditions for photography, particularly macro or anything up close.
This shot is taken in the light of the full moon. It’s 30 seconds at f/10 and ISO 800, then boosted by a stop to bring out the light. Still, the moon rained down an incredible amount of light – f/10 is a funny aperture to be using in the dark for long exposure – and what I will always remember is those long shadows haunting through the woods, particularly when you face the moon directly and see the shadows spread away around you. Quite beautiful, quite silent, quite cold (only ~ -20 degrees C at this point I think) and literally 2.3m from our doorstep. Bliss.
Further images from Lapland are available in the Taraji Blue Finland Gallery.