The Bridge

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The second prompt for the competition was “animals or birds in our environment”.

The quality of this picture is awful, it was midday but I had to bump my ISO up to 1600 (max for my camera) and the pictures were still underexposed. Really wish I could afford some new gear ūüôĀ But nevermind that, despite the obvious quality-issues, I sill rather like the outcome.

Traditions

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I decided to take part in a neat local photo competition hosted by Eestimaa Kaunid Fotod (Beautiful Pictures of Estonia). The gist of it is that the organisers will announce a prompt and the participants will have to take a new picture in the given timeframe anywhere in Estonia that fits the topic. I don’t expect to win any awards but I really like the challenging aspect of the competition, so I decided to take part. And as this blog has been in hibernation for far too long, I shall post all of the images here as well.

The first topic was “a local sight”. I had a few ideas, taking a picture of the main building of the University of Tartu was not one of them, because the theme is too “overexposed” in my opinion, although there is no doubt it is a very grandiose construction, especially in its Christmas “outfit”.

But as I was walking past it, I saw three people in traditional attire and quickly took the shot. Can’t say it’s one of my best, but I felt it was good enough to submit.

The Night of Ancient Lights/Muinastulede öö

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You can read more about the tradition here – basically it is a bonfire night meant to celebrate our heritage and the history of the Baltic Sea. We were nowhere near the seaside, but the waters carried by the stream do eventually end up there, so it was only fitting we lit our Ancient Light and cast the spell on this little island. A very fitting end to the summer.

It’s done, finished

Rally Estonia 2015 has come to an end.

An epic weekend, full of traveling, dust, gravel and great weather. As I said in the last year: “That was awesome – a great rally!”

You can see the whole collection here:
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834)

And those are my favorites:

Before the start
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Improvise for a good spot
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Detailed madness
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http://aclickatatime.wordpress.com @ work
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Rally selfie
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Helicopter.jpg
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Check out these links for more images:
https://aclickatatime.wordpress.com/ (a click at a time’s photoblog)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834 (my flicker album)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31947974@N00/sets/72157656027611456 (a click at a time’s flicker album)

Take care!
Hope you all had a nice weekend!

An afternon of outdoor adventures

First off – there’s a rally coming up (http://rallyestonia.com/) – so as always we drove through all of the stages, looking for perfect spots for taking pictures. Unfortunately due to the recent sad events in the Estonian Rally World most of the “good” spots are marked as “prohibited area”, as the organizers can’t guarantee the safety of the spectators outside of the marked areas. Of course there are other reasons as well (crops, private land etc.).
I wish I could sit on that spot all the weekend, but it’s located in the deepest, darkest zone of the “prohibited area”. I hope that all the co-drivers will mark these turns as “slow” or “dangerous”.

With this picture I wish you all a nice weekend, enjoy spectating the rally, driving and get back home safe!

THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia
THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia

After some dusty gravel roads we parked our car and went orienteering. As a fluffy person I decided to pick a shorter track (4km) – I managed to run/walk 4.88km in 1h 1min 40sec. After finishing I realized that my sporty wife took a longer track and wouldn’t be back soon – so I took the camera out yet again. These were the results:

One man's shed is another's castle
One man’s shed is another one’s castle
Infrared field plant (no idea what's it called)
Infrared field plant (no idea what’s it called)
The world of water droplets
The world of water droplets
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called:
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called: “Kerli – Creepshow”

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FiE00ftfSY)

Anyways as I have a lot of followers and I can’t check all of your blogs and homepages – why don’t you leave me a comment on how are you and what are your plans for the weekend?
Take care!

Forgotten

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When the farm was built, the river was probably the fastest and easiest connection route to the nearest city (Tartu). Nowadays, the place is nearly deserted. No-one wants to live in the middle of nowhere, no matter how beautiful the sights are.

P.s. Notice how people back then were clever enough to build their houses higher up, so that they wouldn’t be affected by flood waters?

Standing Strong

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Pictured: The Castle of Keila-Joa, read more about it here. 

The new school year began, and it was as if summer hadn’t happened at all – a blink of an eye and I was back in the dreaded classroom.¬†This, together with moving to a new apartment; work commitments; crippling migraines; and all sorts of other things to take up one’s time, creates a situation, where the last post in this blog was nearly a month ago and I haven’t picked up the camera even once in the meantime. There’s still even a backlog of stuff from the summer I would like to share, but I simply¬†haven’t had the time to organise any of it.

I have no idea when I will manage to get into some kind of a routine that will¬†allow me to enjoy things that I actually like¬†doing, so I won’t be making any promises about when you can expect me to begin updating this thing regularity again. All I wanted to say is that firstly, I’m sorry about the unexpected hiatus and secondly, I hope you will bear with me and not give up just yet! Keep checking back and¬†I promise, one day soon, I will surprise you all with a ton (or a little less) of new posts! You can even drop a comment and let me know what would you especially like to see here?

Have a nice autumn and see you soon!

Summer Is Ending

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We have spent the past few days in and around of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Soon, I will upload a gallery of what I have seen so far, but until then I leave you with this thought – the 1st of September is only 12 days away…

 

Depressing, isn’t it?

Seeing Double

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I am not quite sure what happened here, everything seemed stable, but somehow I managed to create two cities stacked on top of each other.