This is an incredible video documenting Morten Hilmer spending 15 hours in a photo blind on the Finland/Russia border.
Morten has a youTube channel with lots of other amazing videos: Morten Hilmer: Wildlife Photography.
There are many things to like about the video and the post where I found it up on PetaPixel:
I can feel Morten’s excitement, wonder, and awe of being in that blind and being so close to amazing things. We live in a rural place and have bears, foxes, bobcats, hawks, and other large wild animals come close to the house and it excites us just as much after 25 years of it. It’s thrilling and Morton’s post and video allow us to experience that.
The video and images are wonderful and the narration works well. Just enough music but not overly dramatic, the animals and situation provide more than enough drama without overdoing it with music.
What caught my attention was Morten’s comment about going from Nikon to Canon and not having enough familiarity with the Canon body to use it without thinking. This is a crucial point for folks who regularly consider sea changes of gear and it’s true for any kind of tool we use frequently. Car dashes come to mind.
My flickr contact Pete Huu posted this incredible image of lightning caught off the coast of southern Finland.
This is one of the most impressive images of lightning I’ve ever seen, very well done.
My flickr contact Pete Huu took this fantastic image of morning light near Helsinki, Finland.
Bleak, yet the light is warm.
My flickr contact Pete Huu
took this fantastic morning light image on a lake near Helsinki, Finland.
My flickr contact Jonne Naarala shot this idyllic scene in Finland with his Ricoh GR.
This is an ad for Finlandia Vodka. I have no idea if it will sell vodka but it’s fun as hell to watch. Zoom it out, turn it up.
More on the ad at Adweek (where I found it): Finlandia Packs 1,000 Years of Offbeat Inspiration Into One Crazy Ad.
My flickr contact Pete Huu posted this great night sky image with stars, meteors, and lightning taken near Helsinki, Finland. Wow.
My flickr contact Pete Huu has posted another stunning long exposure landscape taken near Helsinki, Finland.
I’m guessing that those clouds look the way they do because they were moving in the long exposure but I have no idea (I asked him up on flickr, will post his answer when I get it).
Update: Jonne (in comments) and the comment stream up at Flickr clued me in that this is the Aurora borealis. Amazing to see them this color.
My flickr contact Pete Huu took this outstanding image of a sunrise in the Uusimaa region (southern coast) of Finland.
The light on the rocks really makes this image for me although pretty much everything else about it is outstanding as well. He’s using a fisheye lens here which adds a nice dramatic effect.
My flickr contact Pete Huu took this long exposure night shot on the Baltic coast near Helsinki, Finland.
The light on the snow on the rock is incredible. Long exposure night photography is fantastic and Pete is a pro, his entire flickr collection is worth browsing through.