10 pm on midsummer evening and all over Finland the midsummer bonfire, called juhanus kokko, is lit up to celebrate the longest day of the year. In a country with long, cold and dark winters, the short summer has a very high meaning and is thus accordingly celebrated. This years Juhannus was special, being the coldest since more than 40 years with temperatures around 8C, there was even some snow in some parts of Finland. Luckily enough summer picked up later with a long spell of sunny and hot days that again broke all records.
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tyro (21106) 2014-08-30 11:10
You have, as always, written a very interesting note.
When I first saw the thumbnail of this picture, I thought that this might have been a boat on fire and so I immediately thought of the tradition of Up Helly Aa which is practised in January in the Shetland Islands.
But this, of course, is not a boat but a simple bonfire lit on a small island in the shallows. And what a striking feature this huge fire is in the dark landscape. Beautiful light and colours, fine composition, spot-on exposure (in difficult conditions) and excellent details and sharpness.
kasianowak (7315) 2014-08-30 11:36
Wow! Remarkable photo of this traditional bonfire. The warm (or shall I say "hot"!) colours contrast nicely with the bluish hues of the sky and its reflection in water. The reflection of the bonfire is very beautiful too and adds another point of focus to the image.
Well done on exposure - it would have been very easy to overexpose the fire.
mcmtanyel (14939) 2014-08-30 20:35
This is a powerful photo documenting the midsummer celebration in Finland. The pyre on the water and its reflection provide nice warm colors in this otherwise blue dominated frame.
pajaran (53696) 2014-08-30 22:22
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana letnja vatra.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepa letnja vatra.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated summer fire.
Good work, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
Beautiful summer fire.
Have a nice day for a holiday, all the best.
Nicou (126246) 2014-08-31 1:18
quelle image et compo superbe vue et captage quel maison qui brûle superbe image et compo quelle compo avec toute l'eau autour très belle scène et dommage pour elle.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (43283) 2014-08-31 2:12
There is a great contrast between the intensity of the fire and the cool blueishness of the surroundings on this chilly but light Midsummer's night. The bonfire gets a superb effect from being all surrounded by water. I was in Helsinki this week and I wouldn't have been surprised to find a painting like this in the Ateneum art museum. This photo has such a strong and timeless Finnish (or generally Nordic) atmosphere.
williewhistler (14997) 2014-08-31 2:22
this is an interesting and informative picture of a traditional event,it is nicely balanced and very well exposed.
In parts of Cornwall they build their bonfires on hill tops so that they may be seen for miles around.
It must take a while to build these fires in such difficult locations.
Best regards Les.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-08-31 3:55
A wonderfully captured image..I like the colour contrast and the reflection on the water. I thought it was boat on fire.. :-D. Quite interesting.. I have never seen lighting the fire on the water before. How do you light it? Collected the wood and put them in the middle of the water with a boat? Set the wood on fire and sail away with I presume... not swim, of course.:-D
8C in summer? It's winter in somewhere else..:-D
Have a good Sunday and enjoy the sunshine as much as you can...:-)
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-08-31 9:21
My first thought on seeing this was a Viking funeral! It's an eye catching and very beautiful image, particularly how you have captured the dancing movements of the flames in this chilly setting. The ribbon of golden light over the horizon compliments the fire well today.
Thanks for the note to explain the view,
P.S. many thanks for your last comment on one of my photos, it made me smile broadly to know you enjoy my notes so much :)
willperrett (7646) 2014-08-31 13:05
Well composed thirdsy shot of this odd subject. I'm glad of your note, as without it, I wouldn't have understood why anyone would light a fire in the middle of a lake!
eldancer1 (30012) 2014-08-31 15:46
Learn something new everyday in TE and thanks for the wonderful information. I have friends in Alaska, they tell me about their long winter nights and short summer days but I still don't a real concept. Good capture of this bonfire with good details. Well done, tfs.
alvaraalto (6177) 2014-09-01 11:39
Midsummer is always a great event in Scandinavia. But looking at the thumbnail a thought you captured something more dramatic.
Good illustrating picture.
Tue (28090) 2014-09-01 12:50
Very interesting photo of this event and you present it in an excellent composition. I like the reflection of the bonfire in the water too. Well captured.
bukitgolfb301 (37018) 2014-09-01 15:54
Hi dear Daniel, sorry for my late reply as usual.
Very intersting note and very precious documentation image indeed. I am surprised that it was 10PM.
Perfect composition and well considered framework.
In Japan I can perceice Autumn coming bit by bit.
Thanks and all the best! Takero from Tokyo
dale54 (6683) 2014-09-03 5:08
daniel hello..interesting note..nice composition,nice reflection in the water too! tfs..dale
fabbs99 (16799) 2014-09-06 23:00
Superb shot of the asummer bonfire in the midst of the lake.Nice colors and sharpness.Great POV and good composition.TFS.
mkamionka (31457) 2014-09-11 13:08
great capture: usually flat landscapes with lakes are so challenging to photograph so the bonfire here makes a wonderful foreground adding element of action and interest. The hot color of the fire contrasts nicely with the cold environment.
Silvio1953 (126808) 2014-09-21 9:36
Ciao Daniel, lovely composition with fantastic fire, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ourania (34395) 2014-10-21 13:57
I like this picture very much, it's an elegant simple composition with striking impact. You captured the contrasting textures and colours marvelously, the bonfire stands out so effectively and you also captured its reflection in a fine way. I also like the sense of depth and the silvery tones dominating the frame. Such a suggestive scene and very significant for the local culture. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
Kielia (23993) 2014-11-23 7:44
Du präsentierst hier einen sehr interessanten Eindruck von diesem traditionellen Mittsommernachtsfeuer - zusammen mit der Note ein Beitrag im besten Sinne von TE! Mir gefällt die Komposition besonders gut!
- Copyright: Daniel Solinger (marabu61) (9041)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-20
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-30 10:42