Strange Light

Below are three images from our recent trip to Inari in northern Finland, where the atmospheric conditions, near darkness and 30 to 60s long-exposures have resulted in some strange light effects and colour casts.

I did think about not sharing these images on the grounds that the white balance is clearly a bit off. But the more I looked at them, and worked on them in post processing, the more I came to quite like the results…..I think they have an interesting other-worldly quality to them.

Incidentally the red light trails in the second image are from a line of snowmobiles crossing frozen Lake Inari during the long-exposure:

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

5 Responses to “Strange Light”

  1. kewtiebird

    Thanks for posting, they are quite interesting. The last one is my favorite, I love the colors and textures.

  2. poppytumpno4

    Love your otherworldly look Mark 🙂 Sometimes I find it tricky to process a photogragh to my liking … lots of thoughts come to mind as to exactly how I want to portray the moment .. sooo many choices ! Long exposures throw up endless variations .. trying to keep noise out but keeping the * image I would like is never easy Lol
    Seems it was a lovely trip 🙂

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Poppy. Sometimes too many options in post processing and although I tend to stick to the same 3 or 4 recipes, sometimes I don’t like the results and then I start to play around. I do like to experiment occasionally as well. It was a lovely trip 😊


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