Day with small birds

Nice day in bird hide. Actually I saw 5 different kinds of birds, but I could not make decent picture of Blue tit. I hope I have better luck next time. Photographing small birds is quite stressfull, but still I think it is the best way to not to think about everyday problems. So yeah, can’t wait to go back :)


So here are the the main characters :)

Willow Tit, Põhjatihane, Parus montanus

Nuthatch, Puukoristaja, Sitta europaea

Great Tit, Rasvatihane, Parus major

Greenfinch, Rohevint, Carduelis chloris

Aedporr, Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)

Frozen Land

My favorite season, winter. I love it.

Ballerina

Great Tit, Rasvatihane (Parus major)

Crested Tit, Tutt-tihane (Lophophanes cristatus)

Last autumn colors

Beautiful find near Olustvere. Last autumn colors. Next grey and wet winter. I really hope that weather forecast is telling the truth about snowy and cold winter that is coming. I would really like it :)


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Ilus leid Olustvere lähedal. Kahjuks värvid looduses hakkavad lõppema. Loodan, et talv tuleb lumine ja jahe mitte märg ja soe.

Last Journey

Coastline

Beautiful Estonian coastline. If sunset will not happen then long exposure might give some interesting shots :)


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Eesti rannad on ikka ilusad. Seda pihlakat nägin juba mitu nädalat tagasi. Tookord ma ei teinud pilti, kuna loojang ei sobinud. Seekord minu meelest toimib väga hästi.

The Backyard

On our way to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain (1343 m).


Teel Suurbritannia kõige kõrgemat mäge vallutama, Ben Nevis (1343 m).

Tea break

Tea break under the night sky.


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Üks vanem pilt. Tee paus linnutee all.

Golden hour

Unexpected

Unexpected wave, but I was so happy when it hit me :) Weird right.


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Veider, aga minul oli väga hea meel kui see ootamatu laine tabas mind ja minu kaamerat. Ilmselt sellepärast, mida ma hiljem kaamera ekraani pealt nägin :) Nüüd näete ka Teie.

The Cross

I wonder, Is there treasure under this cross. Should I go digging :)

Alone

This weekend I was in forests to search details of autumn. This picture is almost exact vision that was ready in my head before I went to forest for weekend. It is not perfect, but I am really happy that I found it. I will keep searching, but the autumn colors are starting to disappear really quickly.

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Nädalavahetusel otsisin sügise detaile. See pilt on peaaegu selline, mis on juba mitu kuud minul peas valmis olnud, kuid jah, kahjuks udu ei olnud. Loodan, et sügise värvid veel kestavad, sooviks järgmise nädalavahetus jälle metsas veeta.

 

Relaxing at the beach

My way to relax after working. Have a nice weekend to you my friends.


Minu viis lõõgastuda peale tööpäeva. Ilusat nädalavahetust Teile.

Short-eared Owl, Sooräts (Asio flammeus)

One more picture of this beautiful bird. Same day, but through leaves. Autumn colors. I found out that this bird unfortunately belongs to II categories because this species population decreases.


Üks pilt veel sellest ilusast linnust. Seekord läbi lehtede, et tekitada värviline raam. Sügis ikkagi :)

After storm

After stormy sea, but the waves where still quite high. I tried to be very careful, but at the end of the day I was still soaking wet. Also my camera was hit by couple big waves. Thankfully Pentax is weatherproof.


Peale tormi. Lained olid endiselt väga suured, mõnega õnnestus ka pihta saada, õnneks Pentaxi tehnika on ilmastikukindel.

The Neist Point, Isle of Skye

Autumn surprise

Finally I had opportunity to photograph this beautiful bird. He was very brave. I was about 10m from him. We stared each other about one houre, long after my camera batteries were depleted.


Lõpuks ometi oli võimalus kakku pildistada. Õnneks kaamera akud said suhteliselt kiiresti tühjaks, jäin ainult kaks tundi tööle hiljaks. See oli väärt seda :)

The Quiraing

Old Man of Storr

Rocky Beach

Discovering new places. Definitely will visit soon this place again. Possibly when Northern Lights are active.


Uute kohtade otsingul. Suurte lainetega võib see koht ikka väga huvitav olla.

Isle of Skye

That kind of view was near our campsite across the road. And that is the place where we found out why we have heard so much about midges. I must say, that this experience was pretty tough. But nevertheless, I wont to go back :)


Selline suurepärane vaade avanes meile telklaagrist. Isle of Skye on fantastiline. Ideaalne koht kus olla eemal tsivilisatsioonist, asustus on väga hõre. Ei ole internetti ega ka mobiililevi. Kuid lambaid on meeletult palju. Nii mõneski kohas oli päris hirmuäratav vaadata kuidas nad väga järsu mäe nõlvasid niitsid :)

Mirror

Beautiful, but chilly, foggy morning. Autumn colors are already noticeable.


Jahe, kuid ilus udune hommik. Üle pika aja õnnestus ka jälgida kitsede tegemisi põllul. Mõnus.

Kaootilis-lainelised kihtrünkpilved (Undulatus asperatus)

Actually I went out to do some scouting for autumn photography. Quite quickly I had to abandon my plan A becouse of this clouds. Yeah, It was beautiful.


Esialgne plaan oli, et lähen otsin kohti kus sügise värve pildistada, aga suht kiiresti tuli plaan A-st loobuda, sest suhteliselt haruldased ja loomulikult ka üli ilusad pilved katsid laupäeva harjumaad. Järgmiseks neljaks tunniks oli tegevust küllaga :)

Noor Punarind, European Robin juv. (Erithacus rubecula)

It was so good to go early in the morning to forest with telephoto lens. My real passion for nature photography started with bird photography. About 1,5 year ago my telephoto lens interesting life ran out. Actually this lens was very cheap anyway, but still. At least I had something.

Last weekend I thought, why not, I should rent one, becouse I can’t afford new telelphoto lens yet. Yeah, It felt so good to go and search birds again.

Also last week I joined with local photographers author environment (www.wallprint.ee) for selling my photos. Also it is possible to licence my photos. I hope to fund that way new telephoto lens purchase. I realised, that I really need one. I miss wildlife photography.

Have a nice weekend!


Üle väga pika aja sai jälle käidud metsas teleobjektiiviga, renditud aga siiski. Oli ikka hea tunne küll. Minu huvi loodus fotograafia vastu algas just lindude pildistamisest. Viimati sai linde otsitud umbes 1,5 aastat tagasi kuniks objektiiv ära lagunes. Ei teagi, kas ei sobinud talle -25* külm või midagi muud.

Eelmine nädal ühinesin ka Wallprint.ee autori keskkonnaga, et piltide ostmine oleks läbipaistvam ja kliendile oluliselt lihtsam. Kõige suurem tunnustus on see kui otsustate, et minu pilt sobib kaunistama Teie kodu või kontorit.. “Pilt ei ole valmis enne kui see on prinditud”, nagu minul meeldib öelda :)

Ilusat nädalavahetust!

Autumn colors

I’ve been doing some scouting before autumn arrives. I really hope that I can deliver this autumn.


Eeltööd sügise saabumiseks on alanud. Loodan, et see aasta õnnestub ka mõned pildid teha. Veider, aga mul ei ole mitte kui ühtegi sügise pilti.

Ancient Night of Bonfire

This year we were in Meremõisa beach. The weather was quite warm, but the wind was strong. Very hard was to ignite the fire. But nevertheless it was fun.


See aasta olime Meremõisa rannas. Tuul oli ikka väga tugev, arvasin et rahvast sellise ilmaga väga palju kohale ei tule, aga õnneks siiski rand oli rahvast täis. Kuna tuul oli suunaga Lohusalu sadam – Meremõisa rand siis saime ka tasuta kontserti kuulata :)

Lõkke saime normaalselt põlema alles siis kui olime valmis ehitanud liivast tuulevarje, enne põles lõke ikka vastu maad suunaga metsapoole. Eks paljudel oli see probleem, loodan, et reaalselt mõni mets ei süttinud kellelgi.

Diamond

The boulder shines like a diamond in beach.

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Rändrahn särab nagu teemant.

At Night

This is last Noctilucent clouds picture from that night :)

Less is more, I hope. Minimalist interpretation of this wonderful night at Nõva beach.

The Background

Powerful views all around. Unaccustomed was photographed in Scotland.
In Estonia here is difficult to find a place where it would be something in the background, in Scotland is the opposite. If you manage to be in the right place at the right time, then the powerful shots are guaranteed.


Võimsad vaated ümberringi. Harjumatu oli pildistada Šotimaal. Kui Eestis on keeruline leida kohta, kus oleks midagi ka tagaplaanil siis Šotimaal on vastupidi. Kui õnnestub õigel ajal õiges kohas olla siis võimsad kaadrid on garanteeritud. Etteruttavalt võin öelda, et 10 päeva jooksul nägime peaaegu ühte päikeseloojangut :) Eestis on jällegi sellega parem olukord.

Triangles

Same spot as last picture, but littlebit later. I read that the triangles supposed to have effect to make picture nicer to watch. I hope you like this picture not because triangles :)


Järg esmaspäeval avaldatud pildile. Viimased päikesekiired enne tugevat vihma.
Pildil domineerivad sügisesed toonid, ega palju pole enam jäänud. Eks tuleb hakata rohkem metsas liikuma, et olla sügise saabumiseks valmis. Kuid sügiseste oranžide ja kuldsete toonide jäädvustamine ei olegi nii lihtne. Sellepärast loodusfotograafia nii põnev ongi. Kunagi ei või teada, mis hetke tunnistajaks sa parasjagu satud olema :)

The yard

Nature is powerful, how tiny we actually are. We should respect nature more than we are doing now.

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Koht kus tunda ennast madalamana kui muru. Šotimaa pakub ikka võimsaid vaateid. Ükstapuha kuhu ka ei vaataks ikka nägime postkaardi väärilist vaadet.

 

Rain overshadows the sun

Single tree in middle of the field. It was beautiful to watch sunset, but soon after sunset the rain arrived, and it rained a lot. I envy professional photographers whose work is to see these views every day.

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Üksik ideaalses valguses.
Sellele pildile leian kindlasti koha motivatsiooni seinal prindituna.
Umbes 45 min. enne päikeseloojangut olin veel kodus ja mõtlesin, et kas minna välja või mitte, kuna taevas oli pilvine siis ei pruugi värve tekkida. Õnneks siiski otsustasin fotokotiga jalutama minna :)
Just selliste hetkede jaoks on hea kui on olemas meeldetuletus visuaalselt nähtaval kohal ning tuletaks meelde “you just never know…”

Front Line

The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus on things that maybe an average person wouldn’t even notice.
― Don Chadwick


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Once there was glacier

Actually I was higher then it seems from this picture. Estonia is flat country, we do not have mountains, so it was quite challenge to walk up there. I had to restore my usual breathing speed before I could shoot some pictures :)


Liustiku kujundatud.

Pole just väga spordimees. Korralikult oli “rihm” maas kui lõpuks jõudsin piisavalt kõrgele, et teha see pilt. Kuid enne tuli taastada normaalne hingamiskiirus, et saaks keskenduda :)

Selliseid momente oli reisi jooksul palju. Kui tõesti soovin tagasi minna seljakotiga mis kaalub 25-30 kg siis peab ikkagi trenni minema kõigepealt.

Night sky

Milky way season has started. I managed to find good place for photographing the night sky, it is about 80 km from Estonian biggest city Tallinn. There isn’t much light pollution, so probably I will return next time when possible.
The light pollution is the biggest enemy for photographers who want to photograph the night sky. It is so hard to find good spot where the sky is the darkest.
Couple weeks ago I read an National Geographic article about light pollution. The problem is so big, that more than 80 percent of the planet’s land areas and 99 percent of the population of the United States and Europe live under skies so blotted with man-made light that the Milky Way has become virtually invisible.
If nothing changes than maybe this is the last century when humans can see milky way or even stars. Who knows…

Linnutee hooaeg on alanud.
Lõpuks õnnestus leida ka koht kus on suhteliselt vähe valgusreostust, kuid selleks tuleb sõita ca 80 km linnast eemale.
National Geaographicu artiklit lugedes oli üllatus suur, et olukord on oluliselt hullem kui arvasin. Tuleb välja, et 80% kogu planeedi maa-alast ning 99% USA ja Euroopa elanikest praktiliselt ei näe linnuteed.
Mine tea, võib-olla see sajand on viimane, kus on veel võimalik näha linnuteed

Magical Glencoe

One of my favorite Picture.

Glencoe is unbelievably beautiful, too bad that we had lots of rain in these two days. Most places I couldn’t make any pictures, because my lens front glass was always covered with rain. That is the reason why I want to go back.


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Üks minu lemmik pilt Šotimaalt. See kärestikuline jõgi asub Glencoe, Invercharnani lähistel.

Falling stars and Noctilucent clouds

Beautiful but chilly night at Nikerjärv, near Aegviidu. I was watching perseid meteor shower when about one hour before sunrise the noctilucent clouds also appeared. What a night it was.


Langevate tähtede jahil.
Kodunt Kõrvemaa poole liikuma asudes sadas ikka kõvasti vihma, kuid olin kindel, et peale südaööd läheb taevas selgeks. Õnneks ei pidanud pettuma. Umbes tund enne päikesetõusu ilmusid välja ka helkivad ööpilved :) Mõnus, kuid päris jahe öö oli.

Boulders Milkshake

Perfect storm. Big waves, but no wind. Still I was soaking wet after taking some pictures :) Thank god that Pentax has water resistant gear.


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Rändrahnude piimakokteil :)
Teisipäeva õhtul olin Suurupis. Esimest korda nägin tuulevaiksel õhtul pea kahemeetriseid laineid. Tavaliselt on suured lained koos tugeva tuulega. Kuivaks ei õnnestunud siiski jääda, õnneks Pentaxi fototehnika on veekindel. Päris uputada ei ole soovitatav aga vihm või mõni suurem laine ei tee midagi.

Glenfinnan

Back from Scotland.

This trip was as good as I thought it would be. Unreal landscape, nice people, mighty mountain roads. The weather wasn’t that bad, I just had wrong clothes :)  We even saw sun couple of times.

When I was shopping new dry clothes in Glencoe I asked about the weather, the seller said that best weather is in may or june. So these couple of months are better for hiking and wild camping. Will see. Although july or august is better for dramatic landscape pictures.

First two pictures from Scotland is at Glenfinnan viaduct and the Harry Potter train. I highly reccomend to visit this place. The train passes this viaduct at 11:00AM and 15:00PM, but you have to arrive about one hour sooner to get some parking space.

I managed to make almost 5000 pictures! I have no idea how this happened, but after couple of days sorting and deleting I have about 20 pictures that I can publish here in my photo blog. So stay tuned :)

But yeah, near future I will go back to Scotland.


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Lubasin siin jagada Eesti looduses tehtud pilte, aga hiljaaegu käisin Šotimaal väikesel foto reisil.
Uskumatult ilus maastik, sõbralikud inimesed ja väga lahedad mägiteed.
Mis puutub ilma siis jah, see jutt peab paika, et seal sajab enamuse ajast. Kui käisin ostmas uusi kuivi riideid siis küsisin müüja käest ilma kohta. Vastati , et päikesepaistelised päevad pidid olema ainult mais ja juunis ning kui väga hästi läheb siis natukene ka septembris. Nii, et kui järgmine kord tagasi lähen siis tuleb valida mõni neist kuudest.

Pildil siis üks populaarsetest kohtadest Šotimaal, Glenfinnan. Harry Potteri film tegi selle koha tuntuks. Rong ületab viadukti kell 11:00 ja 15:00, kuid tuleb umbes tund varem kohal olla, et leida parkimiskoht. Nendel kellaaegadel on publikut päris palju seal.

Kokku klõpsisin Šotimaal pea 5000 pilti (täiesti uskumatu) lõpuks jäi alles ca 20 pilti mida siis julgen siin jagada Teiega.

Noctilucent Clouds

Well actually I didn’t camp at beach because Noctilucent Clouds. I was hoping to photograph milky way.
I was sleeping in my 4×4 camper when, with no reason, I woke up and saw these beautiful clouds. I quickly put the clothes on and ran to the beach to photograph this beautiful moment. I stayed there for couple of hours. Just looking at those clouds. It was beautiful night.

Noctilucent clouds are composed of tiny crystals of water ice and exist at a height of about 76 to 85 km. They are most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator. Noctilucent clouds can not be predicted.


Tegelikult ei olnud plaanis helkivaid ööpilvi pildistada. Läksin mereäärde, et pildistada linnuteed. Parasjagu magasin autos, kuid mingil põhjusel ärkasin umbes tund enne äratust ülesse. Vaatasin välja, et on ehk juba piisavalt pime, kuid nägin hoopis helkivaid ööpilvi merekohal. Kogu tähelepanu koondus esialgsest plaanist kõrvale. Samas neid pilvi juba iga öö ei näe. Tasus minna

Shadows

Illuminated by full moon. Nice long shadows and some light star trails.


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Lonely Boulder

What a sunset it was. This is probably the nr 1 so far.


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Uskumatu loojang. kindlalt esimesel kohal kõikidest loojangutest senimaani.

Powerful

For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
― Henri Cartier-Bresson


When this picture is published we are actually already in Scotland and heading to north, Glencoe. Most of our nights we stay in camp. Last time I checked the weather forecast was about the same as this picture :) Hope for the best.
Most important is to enjoy this photo trip.

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Calmness

When you take a photo, you often take your own reality into your camera – the reality that you shaped in your mind – and not the real reality over there, whatever it is!
― Mehmet Murat ildan


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Octopus

When you take pictures of nature with passion, nature poses for you more passionately!
― Mehmet Murat ildan


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Through the web

When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.
― Robert Frank

Walk To Unknown

Actually, it’s nature itself that creates the most beautiful pictures, I’m only choosing the perspective.
― Katja Michael


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Curves of Time

Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.
― David Alan Harvey


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