Simple Beauty of Finnish Early Winter 2014

The winter in Southern Finland has been bleak so far. Many think it is not possible to take good photos when it is really dark almost all the time and almost no snow to lit up the scene. Here are my humble attempts to capture the true beauty of everyday winter life in Finland. Photos are from Riihimäki, Finland and Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. I adjusted the photos to be brighter than reality (= my trademark), so even the night shots appear to be as if they were taken during day light. I don’t use any tripod.

All photos were taken using Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic 20 mm F/1.7 lens. I used DxO Optics Pro 9.5 and DxO Filmpack Elite for photo editing. By clicking the photos you can view a 2560×1920 resolution (FullHD+) version of them.

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Riihimäki Prisma parking lot, early December 2014.

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The Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna), Helsinki harbor, December 2014

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Helsinki harbor, December 2014

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People go swimming here in summer. It looks so empty now. Suomenlinna, Helsinki.

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Hills and sea at Suomenlinna, Helsinki, December 2014

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Stone window view to the icy cold winter sea

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Silhouette of the trees without leaves. In summer this place is so crowded with people, now almost eerie.

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The crossroads near the kiosk, Riihimäki, Finland.

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Winter road home

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I really love the blue shades and calm of the silent winter nights. It relaxes the mind and body. What do you think?

This was my first attempt in WordPress blogging to create an example page for my first year students, who study markup languages, web publishing and photo manipulation. Please leave comments below.

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