2019 in review

It might be a bit late to have a look back at year 2019, but life has been very busy since I came back to Finland in the beginning of the month and I haven’t had much time for the blog.

I started the year in Jaipur (India) with my family, taking a plane on that day to spend a few days by the sea in Goa. After that, I flew back to New Zealand for 9 more months of working holiday. I stayed on the South Island until mid-April, visiting wonderful Fiordland twice and living 2 months in Dunedin to volunteer for penguins on the peninsula. I then migrated north, visiting wonderful Castlepoint before reaching Rotorua, where I stayed for a month and gave a talk at the Rotorua Camera Club about my travelling through New Zealand.

I then had a three-week tour of the North Island with Vivien, visiting Taranaki in the process, and closed my year in kiwiland by a 1.5 month stay in the largest city, Auckland, exactly where it all started in August 2018. I spiced up that last stage with a week of volunteering on wonder island Tiritiri Matangi.

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Calendar 2019 for sale!

Hi everyone, here’s an article a bit different from the previous ones: I’m selling calendars for the upcoming year!

Each month is illustrated with images I’ve made. Among them, 7 bird images and 5 landscapes/cityscapes from Finland, France and New Zealand. Made of glossy high-quality paper, this calendar will look good in your house, or make a perfect gift to your friends and loved ones.

There’s a unique price of 28€ that includes shipping fees; I can also send invoices in New Zealand dollars.

Now with the schedule (please pay attention, it’s important ;)).
To guarantee this price and be able to manage everything before I go offline on a trip to the Subantarctic Islands, I need to know about your order very soon! Therefore, if you’re interested, don’t delay and fill in the form at the following link TODAY: https://samuelbloch.weebly.com/calendar-2019.html

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Opening of my print shop

I have thought about selling prints of my pictures for a long time, even before a reader here (maybe she’ll recognize herself) suggested it. It’s taken me some time to figure it out, but here it is: behold my print shop in its first iteration.

There you can buy almost any of my pictures, on three different media: a fine art print (on high quality paper), a canvas (like a painting) or an aluminium plate, so called Dibond (with the picture directly printed on it).

Why not buy this new picture, which I had never shown before?

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Lapland (March 2018): a wrap-up

I wanted to go to Lapland in winter, because I never had. I thought I might as well take a few friends from France with me, and add a few Northern Lights in the mix. Here is a wrap-up, with some detailed info about the planning and activities of this 1-week dream trip (all prices are for 4 people unless stated otherwise).

All the previous articles dedicated to this adventure:
Holiday on ice | Fluffiness against the cold | The greatest lie in the north

The timing

Winter is long in the north (7 months): how does one choose when to go?
My idea was that I wanted both day and night. We needed night to see the Northern Lights, but if we had been there in January, with only a couple of hours of daylight each day but clouds all the time, we would have got bored very quickly. In the end, I chose March, which was also my choice last year for Varanger. We had approximately 12 hours of night and 12 hours of light (and excellent weather 😉 ).

The region

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Calendar for sale!

I’m happy to present my first photography product, a calendar for the upcoming year!

It’s been crafted with love and care, with some of my best pictures: each one was taken during the month it illustrates 🙂 There are shots from Finland, Denmark, and a few surprises 😉
The European price is 40€, including shipping fees. I also deliver outside Europe, but there might be custom taxes, so please contact me.

OFFER: until Friday 27.10, the price is only 30€ !

If you are interested, head to this page to get a quote: Calendar 2018

Below are two pictures included in the calendar: can you guess which months they illustrate? 😉

Impulse

I’ve been rather sloppy, recently. I wrote some articles, then kept postponing the following ones. As a result, my publishing rate has dwindled. Time management is a crucial issue to many people these days, and I’m no exception. It’s simply way too easy to waste my time on the internet rather than do something meaningful but that requires more effort.
Before we go any further, I would like to recommend a TED Talk a friend of mine posted on Facebook recently: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, by Tim Urban (check for subtitles, they are probably available in your language if you want them).

In this video, Tim describes situations so familiar to me that I was comforted in my recent thoughts about further developments at Eiwawar. More than the publishing rate, it’s the way I write that annoys me. Basically, I’m like “OK, let’s write something for Saturday”, then on Saturday, after days of postponing, “OK, let’s do this”. Pressed by time, I write an article, spend my afternoon on it, and finish it on time, usually an hour or two before my publishing time, around 22.00. The panic monster has struck.

sunset

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