A visual treat in the middle of nowhere

I had the chance to do a quick hike somewhere in the Jyväskylä region. After browsing terrain maps and the excellent Luontoon.fi -website I decided to pay the Isojärvi National Park a short visit. The weather was pretty much optimal, not too hot, not too sunny and really calm. Had my drone packed with me to catch yet again landscapes with altitude.

The original intent was to hike to the nearest camping site and admire the views, since I only had about 5 hours for my trip. But a certain fact had me walking for 10 kilometers.

Looking for beavers

Ok, I know, but this time it really is about real beavers. It was mentioned many times in the Isojärvi brochures, that there is a beaver community living by a pond in the National Park. So off I went.

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This is where the beavers hide. Proof can be found in trees near waterline.

Sadly, none of these natures own lumberjacks were to be found, but it was still an interesting site to see.

Mirror mirror on the w… lake

The beaverpond was interesting, but what really captured my attention was the scene that opened on my tablet’s screen when I raised the drone up to about 100 meters. There was practically no wind at all, so the ponds and lakes acted as clear mirrors that reflected the sky with its beautiful clouds.

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No photoshop here. Just very still water.

I’ve never witnessed the phenomena that clearly. Sure, there’s nice reflections to be found on every water surface, but when the surface was at a standstill, the effect was pretty epic. In the form of a video right here:

 

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This was the view from the ground.

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Spring-fever at a swamp.

A swamp is actually a very interesting place to go hiking. The scents are unlike any other and usually you get a feeling of being somewhere really remote. That’s something I usually look for anyway. The colours are beautiful as well. Here’s something I did with my drone that day:

What I found out was, that the camera on the Mavic Pro drone really, really doesn’t like backlight. Anything shot with hard light in the background came out practically useless. That’s a shame, but just a limitation one has to live with. Still, my DSLR doesn’t fly around and shoot super-smooth video. Other than that, all went well. Got to enjoy my coffee in silence.

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A raven and a campfire. What more do you need?

A short retreat with a friend to a national park is just your perfect method to take a moment away from it all. And with a recently acquired drone, it was really fun to capture those moments on fil… a memorycard.

Just when I decided to capture some background audio just to make the video a bit more lively, a raven started to “sing” somewhere in the distance. You can actually hear it, if you’ve got your headphones on. The timing was amazingly perfect, it started just after I touched “record” and stopped really soon after the two-minute recording was done. So thanks, anonymous raven!

The national park in question is called Liesjärvi, and it’s located only about a hundred kilometres from Helsinki. You could actually sleep in the hut that you can see in the background of the campsite, but while the weather forecast had been pretty grim with continuous snow and slate, we had rented a really nice log-cottage nearby. A pretty different experience to stay overnight than the hut, but suited us reaally well in the end of the day.

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Sunset. The ever amazing canvas.

The world is filled with sunset pictures. A quick glance on Instagram shows nearly 121 million photos with the hashtag sunset. And still they keep on amazing us humans. Like this 15 minutes of purple, pink and yellow the other night. It was quite a finnish moment, I was bathing in the sauna, and suddenly noticed the sky, which was blazing with colours, mostly pink at that time. Quickly set up my drone and headed out to get these images. Video didn’t do the scene justice, so I ended up shooting stills.

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Sunset over wintery Porvoo.

Ask a a metheorologist, they’ll know in detail, but here up north, the sunsets get this colourful, when there’s these certain types of weather conditions. This time around, the temperature was dropping for the night after an warmer day and usually, in my experience, you need at least that to get the sunset to be this colourful.

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The sky coloring houses and trees pink was something to experience.

Of course shooting from a quadcopter isn’t the same as with an DSLR, but then again, your DSLR isn’t (usually) flying 100m up in the air. Still I would have hoped a little better performance from my tiny DJI Mavic Pro drone. I had to combine these two images from multiple ones. The title image is as shot, just a few adjustments to exposure with Camera Raw when opened in Photoshop. No other tinkering was made.

A painter can paint a sunset, but nature makes us feel one.

A Frozen River

This is probably the video I’m most content with thus far in my short weeks with my drone. A beautiful setting with streaming water together with ice and bare rocks. An old, small power plant building built from red bricks gave the snowy views a nice contrast.

A sunny day would have been a plus and some snow on the trees would have made the scene even more beautiful. But we can’t adjust nature and that’s part of the fun. I even recorded the sound of the water running, adding to the overall atmosphere. Got my fingers frozen to the point they really hurt, but it was worth it! And of course I had the obligatory warm coffee with me, so that gave some instant relief.

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The bare necessities of a drone pilot in the wild. A backpack, thermos filled with coffee, a sandwich (rye-bread of course, we’re in Finland) and a blanket for taking off and landing in the snow.