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.

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!

The Tail of a Wet Pussy

IMG_4254_1024Once upon a time, on a warm day in May, a plan of going on a fishing adventure was formed. But feeling remorseful about leaving our cat at home alone, we figured we would bring her with us. 

In our defence, she is our first cat, having only owned dogs previously, and dogs LOVE to go on road trips. She fetches toys, much like a dog, so why wouldn’t she enjoy an afternoon by the lake?

Well, I can tell you why she didn’t enjoy it – why, it’s because she fell in the water, that’s why!

I was too busy laughing (after I had made sure she wasn’t drowning, of course) to take a proper picture, so this is the only shot I got, but I think it portrays her feelings about the situation quite well. 

She enjoyed the rest of the outing a lot more, after learning that water is indeed wet.

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An Update

Hey!

If I could say how sorry I am.
I haven’t done any new posts for very many days now. I’m kind of stuck in Tallinn with my laptop that doesn’t have enough resources to run and open nor lightroom or photoshop.

I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but I can’t share them with you – at least not yet.
I’ll upload the best shots as soon as I get back home // at my girlfriends place.

It has been wonderful – the weather has been windy enough to get some great shots of waves, sunset and landscapes.

Stay tuned, pictures will be uploaded soon!

To stay in touch, follow me on twitter @iliftmirrors

Take care!

Photo a Day August – Day 7 (spot)

A few days back I posted a picture of that very same flower.
Today I went to it again and took a new photo – this time with small water droplets.
I believe this flower is growing in a perfect spot.

August Day 7
August Day 7

It’s so fucking hot. It’s impossible to survive outside. Actually it’s not better indoors… wish we had an AC.

Yesterday I was invited for a swim – it seemed like a good idea at the time, but when we arrived at the lake the water turned out to be balls freezing cold. Instead of swimming I grabbed my camera and shot this one:

Pier
Pier

As you might notice – this picture is actually kind of out of focus, but I still like it. So tough luck for you.

Later that same day me and my fiance went for a really slow walk, because some doctors thought that she doesn’t need her appendix any more and dug it out. During that wonderful walk in a city that has more snow cannons than local residents who kind of hate summer and live for winter (because then there are a lot of tourists = money money money) we saw something strange… or out of ordinary.
Do they use the cannons to water the lawn, or has the heat gone to their heads, or are they hoping for a miracle, or is it just pure genius?

heat might be fatal
heat might be fatal

Last but not least: decent bokehlicious picture. Not much bokeh, but still tasty.

choose your way
choose your way

I’m not going outside today so you can expect to see some DIY home studio photos. If a white sheet and two desk lamps count as a studio.

Bu-bye!

Oops!

Since the 20th of January I haven’t posted any pictures – WHY??? (you, who are still left, might ask). Well, it’s because

1) School sucks – you have to study and shit (fortunately I passed enough exams to stay in school (for free – YAY!!)).

2) My laptop died – my only device that could process *.RAW files (Actually *.CRF). Huge thanks to my relative who donated his old PC for me to use (massive gaming animal). Two days later that PC died as well. I now even know how a burning motherboard smells. Then my fiance had a great idea (yes, my girlfriend became my fiance – that has happened as well.) – we should combine her “kind of not working pc” and my burnt “kind of a gaming pc”. Considered, done. Unfortunately something real buggy is going on in our new soft- and hardware. At random times the pc just shuts down. I believe I have visited every site that have any words of wisdom, but still no success. I have a kick-ass IR picture that I’d like to show you, but every time I try to edit the photo in Photoshop… guess what – the PC shuts down at some point.

3) I kind of gave up on photography for a short time, because I watched youtube videos of some pro photographers and I felt disheartened – quite a lot. I felt like I had no chance of getting anything nice on my sensor. Then I found some tutorials, reviews and uplifting videos – also from youtube. I also found some interesting photography books from my fiance’s bookshelf (I actually haven’t red them yet – just watched the pictures 🙂 ), stopped drinking, tried to quit smoking (I failed miserably, but at the moment I’m trying again – it has to happen at some point).

I feel that now I’m ready again to share my photographs and take some new ones. But I have to tell you – I feel like I’m still learning, experimenting with different ways to take a picture, learning how does lightroom and my camera work. There is so much I’d like to try out and test. I don’t take pictures and share them because I live for “likes” – that’s actually why I deleted my facebook account. All the feedback I’d like to get is – What DO and DON’T you like, What could be better, what is the story that my pictures are telling you, do you think that I’m a lost cause and should donate my camera to my other half, or do you believe that I have some potential? I know that I have posted pictures with gross misuse of HDR programs, ND filters and photoshop but I promise that I’m trying to grow out of it.
As Henri Carties-Bresson said: “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” I hope that my first 10,000 will be full soon. Lets make it like this – the first 10,000 photos I have selected from my other files and uploaded to this Blog are the worst. I’ll let you know when I post my 10,001th photo (it might take some time), but I hope that you will bare with me.

Oh I forgot – I went to London in April? I broke my lens 🙁 My Canon EFS 17-85mm is dead – as soon as I change my aperture it will display an error message: “Error 99, shooting not possible”. I haven’t had time to get it to a repair shop, but I’ll do it soon.

Here are some pictures as an award of reading this long and winding post:

Who and Why should leave their boat docked on such an beautiful day?
Who and Why should leave their boat docked on such a beautiful day?
Wich is older? An very old tree or and very old wall? Who has followed who?
Which is older? A very old tree or a very old wall? Who came after whom?
A cliche "RED SKY" and "SUNSET" and "The Arrival of the Dark Side" photo.
A cliche “RED SKY” and “SUNSET” and “The Arrival of the Dark Side” photo.
Mirror mirror on the ground in the middle of the forest is not a mirror.
Mirror mirror on the ground, in the middle of the forest, is not a mirror. WTF?
Kind of lonely
Kind of lonely
Who is on whos way?
Who is on whose way?