Go Peaceful or Go Party

Well today summer officially starts in the northern hemisphere.

To mark the solstice I’ve have pulled out some favorite recent summertime memories—notably from 2016—when I was fortunate to be invited by a Finnish friend and colleague to the northern part of the country to experience the Midnight Sun on the first day of summer, known and celebrated in Finland as Midsummer, a main national holiday.

Let me tell you this is a MAJOR deal in Finland. The whole country seems to shut down.

As explained over at www.VisitFinland.com, Midsummer is “Originally a celebration of the summer solstice, it is typically spent with friends and family at a summer cottage away from the city, either partying or relaxing.”

I can vouch for all that.

Friends + cabin + woods + lake + grilling + vodka + sauna + 24 hour daylight can = “Go Peaceful or Go Party” as the article is headlined on The Official Travel Guide of Finland.

From my experience I think it can be a little of both.

It’s amazing how 24 hours of daylight affects mood, sleep, and a general propensity be outdoors and do semi-nutty things, especially if you’ve never experienced the Midnight Sun.

The sky colors and reflections on the lake were very intense and seemed exaggerated at about 1 AM when I shot this image.

Midsummer Magic – near Pudasjärvi, Finland

So from roughly 10 PM to 3 AM we went back and forth between the sauna and dunking ourselves in this icy cold lake, with industrial mosquitoes trailing us. Vodka helps.

Once we were done I noticed the fog rolling in with the moon rising over the trees and just had to pause and take a load of pictures with my Canon mirrorless Canon EOS M3.  I had no tripod with me, so I placed the camera on the dock, or leaned against a tree and held my breath, and snapped away.

Finnish Midsummer -near Pudasjärvi, Finland

This camera was relatively new so I decided to test out its video capabilities on this excursion. Honestly I think it does not handle low light video as well as hunkier mirrored DSLRs, especially when it comes to auto-focus. Also colors are not as vivid vs. still images.  In retrospect I wish I had brought my 70D that handles low light superbly, but this was a business trip so I traveled light.

Here’s the video I edited from that memorable Finnish Midsummer experience.

Let me tell you I was totally relaxed and slept well.

It is possible to party AND do it peacefully during Midsummer!

By pinkybrand

I publish to three blogs. One (PinkysEye.com) is related to my lifelong interest in photography, video, travel, and telling stories. The second (PinkyBrand.com) addresses my experiences and opinions in the domain name industry, where I’ve spent the better part of the last 25 years at the registry and registrar levels. The third (iq.global/blog) shares knowledge and updates from iQ Global AS regarding cybersecurity, business intelligence, DNS abuse, DevOps and consulting for the domain name and hosting industries.

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