Endings and beginnings

Hey! Long time no see, right?

Indeed, I haven’t posted here since March, and even before that I wasn’t as prolific as I used to be… I’ve been busy, you see, working on all sorts of projects!
Here’s an update, see English below 🙂

[fr] Vous l’avez sans doute remarquĂ©, je ne publie plus beaucoup sur ce blog… la faute Ă  tout un tas de projets en cours, et des retours de moins en moins nombreux. NĂ©anmoins, j’ai encore envie d’Ă©crire, pour pouvoir partager mes aventures dans un format plus cohĂ©rent qu’une succession d’images postĂ©es dans le dĂ©sordre sur les rĂ©seaux sociaux. Aussi, je vous invite Ă  rejoindre ma liste de distribution, en remplissant le formulaire Ă  cette adresse : cliquez ici. Chaque mois, je vous enverrai un email pour donner de mes nouvelles, vous prĂ©senter mes travaux les plus rĂ©cents… et plein d’autres choses, j’ai beaucoup d’idĂ©es ! Le truc gĂ©nial, c’est que vous pourrez me contacter simplement, en rĂ©pondant Ă  mon mail.

Dans le premier numĂ©ro, que je vous enverrai lundi, je raconte ma première sortie en affĂ»t flottant, Ă  la rencontre de canards et des combattants variĂ©s, ainsi qu’une balade en Laponie ce printemps, entre cailloux et grenouilles. Plus tard, je vous emmènerai en Australie.

Au final, ceci est mon dernier article sur Eiwawar. Merci pour votre soutien pendant toutes ces annĂ©es, j’ai adorĂ© ❤

A bientôt dans votre boîte mail,

[en] You might have guessed: this is the end of Eiwawar. It’s not the end of my adventures though, and I still want to tell you about them in a format more coherent than a series of posts on social media. Therefore, I’m delighted to present you my new mailing list. Every month, I’ll send you news in the form of text and images, just like before. In addition, I’ll include photo tips and all sorts of goodies, always related to the natural world. I have many ideas!
I hope you’ll choose to trust me again, I promise it’ll be a cool ride. The best thing is that you’ll be able to contact me by simply replying to my emails. Subscribe here!

The first issue, out on Monday, is dedicated to my first experience in a floating hide, taking pictures of ducks and ruffs, and a very special hike in Lapland this spring, between rocks and frogs. Later, I’ll take you to Australia, I have a lot to show you from there.

Thank you for your support, it warms my heart every time ❤

See you soon,

European common frog (Rana temporaria)

Print shop, newsletter and Bearded reedlings

Hi everyone, I hope this article finds you well. Here in Finland, spring has started, with the snow melting and the first migratory birds coming back from the south (swans, geese, larks, pigeons…).

In this article:

  • my new print shop
  • a newsletter in the making
  • Bearded reedlings in wintry Helsinki
Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus), male
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Ruska 2020: Pallas-Ylläs

It was that time of the year, again. Temperatures going down, trees turning yellow, orange, red.

We didn’t have so many plans for this corona-year, so fortunately not much got canceled, but after 2 weeks in Vivien’s family in Hungary in August, we felt like we could do something inside Finland. Vivien had never been to Lapland, so we decided it would be our next destination.

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What’s in a pic: Common redshank

In my first What’s in a pic article (two years already, check it out here!), I described how I used noise reduction to enhance an image. I also presented other tools and techniques, and now that I read the article again, I find my old self quite… naive. A lot has changed in how I approach photography and post-processing, that’s for sure!

In today’s article, I explain the thought process behind the picture of a Common redshank (Tringa totanus) I took on Kylmäpihlaja. Please see my last piece here for more pictures of this beautiful place and its inhabitants.

It started with this shot. I liked the light, warm and soft, and the foreground elements coming from bushes positioned between me and the bird. I liked the background too, but I wanted it more blurred, less distinct.

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A Midsummer night’s dream

In this flurry of New Zealand-related articles, let’s take a break and go back in time, to the most beautiful country in the world: Finland.
These days, I’ve found myself missing this place. First came the northern light pictures all over social media, and then the autumn colors in the forest. It’s not that New Zealand is bad, but Finland… awww, there’s something special about that place.

In the beginning of July, I spent a weekend on Kylmäpihlaja. This small island, located out of Rauma, in the Bothnian Sea National Park, is home to a lighthouse, and birds. Lots of birds.
I had been there about a year before, with my friend Bjørn, but we had spent only a few hours on the island, in the middle of the day. The profusion of birdlife had made me want to spend more time there.

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I had a terrifying morning. It had started well, I had woken up early and had breakfast at the back of the car, the air was cold but the sun shone from time to time. It looked like a fine day.

Then I tried to walk away, and in doing so, lock the car. Except it didn’t work. I pressed the button on the key, times and again, but nothing happened. I thought the fresh night in the tent might have depleted the battery, but I had managed to unlock the car with no trouble. I didn’t understand.
Sunday morning, 6 o’clock, basically in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and I didn’t mention my phone’s battery was completely empty. Stay calm, Samuel.

Fortunately, the car was open, and I had access to the car’s manual. Said manual was only in Finnish, but with the illustrations I hoped to gather some knowledge. First, I managed to understand I could still start the car without battery in the key, by bringing the key close to the “start engine” button. Big “ouf” of relief, I was not stuck there. I wondered whether the local town would have the specific battery needed to power the key, but at least I could drive wherever needed.

My second fear was to be able to lock the car (miracles happen), but then be locked out on the key’s whim. So I dived into the manual again, and learnt how to unlock the car manually. I was still annoyed, but I wasn’t lost anymore. And then I removed the battery from the key, put it back… and it started to work properly again. “Have you tried to switch it off, and switch it on again?”

As it turned out, I had no other problem until the end of the trip, and quickly forgot the incident. But what a fright!

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