Winter minimalism

This winter has been, perhaps busier than ever. I have had a few rare opportunities to photograph, with my day work taking so much time and most importantly, energy. Photography has been in part a therapy away from that. But that therapy requires only taking photos, it does not require or indeed always necessitate the sharing of said photos. The little activeness on that part has been on the easy to use platform that is instagram, not on wordpress.

Dinnertime by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Female Bearded reedling (Viiksitimali) in February.

 

Poised to take-off by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

And to counterpart it, the male Bearded Reedling a true Angry bird if there ever was one.

These little birds are very fun to photograph and observe and it was a great pleasure to be able to do it this winter as it requires a bit off a special weather.

 

 

 

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Little one, perched for take-off

Perched by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Summer is fading, making way for autumn. Going to be photographing more birds most likely in the coming weeks as migration season properly starts.

This bird shot was done with a 85mm lens, mostly used in portraits, not bird shots.

Contrasting weather

The changes in the weather have been epic to say the least. First a stunningly cold beginning to summer, then a very hot and long period and then boom the weather changed into constant thunder storms, and a drop to very cold weather. autumn_helsinki nature

Showing both sides of the weather.
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And now, again lovely weather, atypically warm for the beginning of September. Now of course the leaves are starting to turn yellower and soon the full autumn colors will be on display. Also, gathering birds for migration once more.

A special time for sure.

Gavia Stellata – Red throated loon (Kaakkuri)

There a birds an then there are birds.  

One of the more rare and special birds I have gotten to photograph this year is pictured below:

Photograph Red-Throated Loon by Jere Ketola on 500px

A Red throated Loon, is a very beautiful and quite rare bird. Especially here in Southern Finland where I reside. I have seen this beautiful bird from afar many times and heard its song in the wild but yesterday was the first time in my life that I got close to it. And what a beautiful sight. Luckily this time the search was on for something to photograph so I was carrying a proper camera and also a longer lens.  

Photograph Gavia Stellata by Jere Ketola on 500px

This shot was taken hand-held on my knees in the swamp. A hilarious sight, but was really needing to get as close to eye level as possible so as to get a good composition. A beautiful day. 

 

Red-backed Shrike

One of the more beautiful, yet very shy small bird species. A male and female, photographed about 100m apart, both alone.

Photograph Lonesome by Jere Ketola on 500px

 

The male was less cautious so I could get a little bit closer than the next photo.

Photograph Lonesome 2 by Jere Ketola on 500px

 

As you can see, not a very large bird, sitting on a straw like that. For enhanced difficulty between me and the bird a lot of marshland that coul potentially have vipers in it. Not something I wanted to step upon in normal walking shoes.