Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice

For several years, at the end of February, I went to friends who live in a small village near the Arctic Circle. This time, when the day is just beginning to gain momentum, and frosts easily drop below -30. But at night, when there is no cloud over his head ignited a scattering of lights and if you're lucky, you can see the northern lights.

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Murmansk train arrives at the station late at night Louhi. We climb into the promorzshuyu sow, and another hour on a forest road going to the village of Guba Nilmo. There is already waiting-heated house and hot tea. In the morning, we will throw a little on the sled.

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The first day, he seems to be training. A little tired after the train and night crossings, we get used to frost and short day.

Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice

The next day we hike through the White Sea. Due to the tides of ice that rises, then falls, and as they say local, breathing. I do not forget my feelings when I stood on the night on the ice and shooting stars. Underfoot sometimes something creaked, cracked and in uhalo. Understanding that under the feet of a few tens of meters of water, add the joyful sensations

Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice

and a local landmark - a threshold that does not freeze nor under any circumstances. Here we have to be doubly careful around the edges of the ice is thin, and because of the tides and even cracked. But in the extreme cold of the water there is a strong pair and it is a very beautiful sight. The main thing to keep warm.

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Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice

A few kilometers from the village there are islands with high banks. There you can stroll along the cliches snowmobile roads. But it is necessary to prepare properly, such a walk in the cold takes almost the whole day. When I returned, I was frost on so much that I do not much different from a snowman.

Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice

before dark I could not come back and the sunset I've ever met in the vast sea of ​​white. Handsomely. But hurry, this time of year it gets dark very quickly and in the dark wandering is not much fun, especially as the sun sets the temperature plummets.

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As early as the night reached the village. I froze, tired but was pleased with the fog did not last long but I managed to do, in my opinion, some good shots. Otogrevshis, drinking tea, back to the shooting. Now the object of photographing will serve as the village itself. And the possibility of the northern lights, suddenly you're lucky?

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One of the nights we were lucky somewhere about forty minutes in the sky glowed bright colors of the northern lights. I will not describe the whole process of how we collect, how we were running in the snow, trying to find at least some more or less a decent point shooting. Let's just say - incredibly fantastic spectacle. Especially when you will not have to run. I put the tripod and occasionally pressed the button, and the rest of the time just admiring the sky. By the way, the ice cracked under his feet, and some of the files did not work due to the fact that a long shutter speed, and exposure on a tripod half shifted or twitching. I had to find a place where a lot of snow, and there strengthen the tripod legs to extinguish vibration.

Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice

The Shining leaves. On the camera was able to capture even a bit more than meets the eye. I waited a little longer, but the cold was such that very soon the desire to be in the heat overpowered everything else.

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Friends have often told me that boring here and so go to the village. Well poscholkal bit, and then what? In fact, not much happens for landscape photography time, and when there are such a nature, moreover, even a week is not enough. But Nilmo Guba is one more entertainment. This dive center and it works guys with beluga whales. You can negotiate and swim with beluga whales in the sea

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About how photographic equipment works in the cold. In fact, it works fine, but there are some nuances. The most important point - is the temperature drops. Often newcomers, do not face this problem came from the street, then take out your camera, so she quickly thawed. In fact, this can not be done, the camera immediately covered with condensation and can quite simply fail. It is necessary that the camera slowly warmed to room temperature, so just let it lie in fotoryukzake all. If the planned exit to the street an hour after returning, I kept fotoryukzak in the corridor, where there was already a minus. Keep batteries warm in their pockets, and if the camera is idle for a long time, battery, too, pulled out. Another observation - it is best to charge the batteries hold family. Worst of all - old non-native. They are enough for 15-20 minutes of shooting. The total number of batteries - I had three. This is enough for a day of work in the cold. For a night of shooting, I was charging them again. There consumption increases at times, since both colder and shutter 25 seconds and above.

To sum up, almost all the photographic equipment is working properly in the cold, although there may be problems with zumami, they slowed down the zoom, the most dangerous - it's moisture. Below is a picture of my colleagues, which is not very protects your camera by changing the lens on the street, smoking and exhaling smoke and steam directly to the camera. If so contact with the camera, it is, of course, will not serve long.

Arctic Circle - the kingdom of snow and ice