When you are arriving to Helsinki harbour by boat, you can see these two islands very close to the harbour. The first island is called Valkosaari and the one behind it is called Luoto (Swedish Klippan). On the right background is the Kaivopuisto neighbourhood.
In Valkosaari is the green-roofed pavilion and restaurant of yacht club NJK (Nyländska Jaktklubben). In 1861 the constitution of NJK was approved by Czar Alexander II. In that same year NJK organised the first sailing competitions in Helsinki. At the time Finland was called the Grand Duchy of Finland and it was part of the Russian Empire. The present pavilion, designed by the architects Estlander and Settergren, was inaugurated in 1900 and has been carefully maintained. Today Valkosaari has berths for 125 boats and it is also one of the official guest harbours of Helsinki. The pavilion holds a public gourmet restaurant.
The red-roofed summer restaurant Klippan Palace is in Luoto island. The building itself is an attractive wooden villa, an archetypal representative of its era, with a history stretching back over a hundred years. There are similar buildings e.g. in the Stockholm archipelago and Zelenogorsk in Russia.
I took this photo from a boat, which left Helsinki at 7:30 pm. There were some broken ices near Helsinki but practically no ices in the open sea. So spring was around the corner, even that there was also fresh new snow on the ground from previous day snowing.
Geocode: 60.162949, 24.966860
PP: cropped from a larger view, adjusted levels, highlights and contrast.
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dta (78046) 2009-03-31 10:57
Hello Lasse ,
Very good Point of view on these little islands , with two slendid buildings , that provides some colors to this wintery landscape . The composition is fine , the sky , too .
But winter is so long in your country
mesutilgim (95260) 2009-03-31 11:01
Very good pov and very nice capture with soft nice colors and perfect details. The read tower at background is a nice eyecatcher.
Goot and usefull notes makes this entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
jemaflor (97305) 2009-03-31 11:06
Nice pov on this landscape, good effect with the light and the snow and ice, well taken.
leo61 (0) 2009-03-31 11:09
You had great light here and you managed a good composition from your POV.I like the view at these two wonderful buildings and the partly frozen river in the foreground.
A great shot!!!
bobocortis (16026) 2009-03-31 11:10
Frozen, amazing landscape and urbanscape, with some well-placed items and a good partition of empty and full areas of the shot.
pauloog (11751) 2009-03-31 11:18
A fine view in sofr silvery colours. The reflection of the sun on the building and in the water brings the view to life.
cobra112 (15589) 2009-03-31 11:38
Hi Lasse. Amazing light for a superb frozen view. Wonderful colours.
stego (24132) 2009-03-31 11:54
You profited well and cleverly the advantageous PdV and the light to show the great beauty of the view. The green roof pavilion stands out, but the rest of the buildings also catch our attention. Very well framed/cropped, remarkable clarity. Congratulations and TFS.
Buin (42466) 2009-03-31 12:29
A landscape quite different from mine ;-))
A really interesting photo - especially in company with your excellent note. I like all these details one can detect here. You have had a wonderful light when taking this one. Are you sure that spring "up there" is "around the corner...?" I'll cross fingers!
Greetings from really springlike Westphalia with blue sky and 15°C today!
sacimar (26205) 2009-03-31 15:36
great picture, details and sharpness are perfect, I like the composition with the red and green roof buildings, well done,
paololg (31448) 2009-03-31 15:56
Ciao dear Lasse,
that beautiful! seem an image of a fable! Amazing rich composition of so much pleasant details. The low light gives a marvelous soft tonality to the colors. This is one of your most beautiful photos, compliments!
Ciao, have a nice day!
PixelTerror (0) 2009-03-31 22:11
Pleasant and luminous winter image featuring nice buildings, the melting ice adds interest.
Have a nice day JY
ktanska (27672) 2009-03-31 23:29
Blocks of ice add original touch to this scene. And a big ferry provides good high viewpoint. Very nice light and a good start for a trip.
Longroute (19396) 2009-04-01 1:10
Really a beautiful sight of these two small islands with outstanding buildings in them. This is just the kind of place and situation where I'd have shot hundreds of pictures. I love the sight of the land from a high point in a ship or boat and here the seascape is so fine and unusual for us. The yacht club seems really a high class club and I like both the architecture of it and of the restaurant in the other island.
I guess the Helsinki harbour is a natural one (I love them!) and not one protected by a jetty, and I'm amazed by the beauty of its surrounding. The light is very good and warm and the spectacle of all that ice on the water really so appealing.
A great shot.
Clementi (52514) 2009-04-01 1:27
the spring him to make road, the ices begin to melt, the beautiful season arrives.
beautiful panorama with some beautiful colors and a marvelous light.
saxo042 (37884) 2009-04-01 7:51
What a lot if ice! Still winter, but the afternoon sunshine is creating a very fine atmosphere here in this photo! Are there any navigation reasons for one building having red roof and the other green roof?
Hälsningar från Göteborg, +13 grader!
molla (7129) 2009-04-01 8:12
fantastic to see how much Ice and snow it still is in Helsingfors
just a few days ago. like a giant puzzle on the water with those
houses for the upper society I suppose.
Kielia (24077) 2009-04-01 10:54
I have seen these beautiful islands before here on this site but you managed to create an impression that almost looks like a painting. Wonderful light and colors. And your POV works very well including this amazing sky. This is a masterpiece. TFS!
polpo56 (15136) 2009-04-01 15:24
I was travelling from Helsinki to Stockolm by boat, many years ago, and I had seen many wonderful island... grazie per aver riacceso i miei ricordi.
Questa foto ha una luce bellissima.
hispic (9652) 2009-04-01 20:24
This shot makes me warm, don't know why. I like this natural and soft rendition a lot. A lot of ices floating on the water are also very attractive.
Disabled_A (0) 2009-04-01 23:16
despite the sunny weather this photo seems to be breathing with winter cold..
Anyway, I very much like the composition :) and I like the inclusion of these two buildings (red-roofed and green-roofed) at the same time: this creates a really very beautiful perspective!
PS. after yesterday's rain it's snowing again in Moscow!:( winter doesn't want to retreat..
Fellini (6407) 2009-04-02 0:46
Che meraviglia Lasse!!
Il paesaggio di ghiaccio è incredibile, non sono abituato a luoghi come questo. Ottima nitidezza e regolazione delle luci...very well! My best compliments.
rey316 (24) 2009-04-02 23:22
Hello Lasse ,
A nice photo. Good color and detail. Beautiful light. A beautiful winter day
Good detail sharpness
Have a good day
npecanhuk (75460) 2009-04-03 2:44
I really like this one! The view is pretty attractive, interesting and beautiful!
The photo has excellent sharpness, depth of field, exposure, very nice and natural colors, a well chosen and priviledged high pov, a simple but pretty effective composition! Good proportionn of sky and land and this last one has so many details tha are nice and are perfectly placed in the frame: colorful buildings wiht interesting architecture, leafless trees and lots of snow and ice!
TFS - Congratulations!
macondo (19516) 2009-04-04 20:22
A wonderful view that is beautifully captured, and your interesting notes added to make a great upload. The late winter sunlight is superbly rendered in this one, with excellent clarity and sharpness and good exposure of the snow, ice and sky. It's composed to give great depth, with the two islands and the mainland making a triangle. It still looks very wintry to me, with so much snow and ice even in late March. But I haven't been to Finland in winter, only for a week in summer many years ago.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2009-04-05 7:52
Wonderful scenery, excellent POV and lighting...
Very well done!
Have a good sunday.
mauro61 (52855) 2009-04-05 8:05
posti incantevoli che solo con i tuoi magnifici scatti abbiamo la possibilità di ammirare.
Tutto perfetto dai colori, alle luci e alla perfetta inquadratura.
un caro saluto
JCG (35129) 2009-04-07 9:10
A bird's eye view of a beautiful winter landscape full of details and with a superb light. I love the contrast with the sky colors very soft and this frozen lake. A beautiful photographic work to develop this region. Lasse bravo and thank you for the interesting comment.
With all my friendships and a very good evening
danyy (0) 2009-04-09 23:39
Magnifique cette vue, tout d'abord avec ses lumières éclatantes sans être trop fortes et des couleurs bien tranchantes sans être trop saturées.
Un paysage pas banal sous un joli ciel.
jean11-3 (2799) 2009-04-12 4:42
Hello Lasse, I find your pictures and notes very informative.I am learning about a part of the world of which I know very little.
An excellent PoV with the two islands offset so that we can appreciate them both with all their details.Their roofs add a bit of colour to this scene of a cold place.The breaking ice is interesting.
Tfs, regards Jean.
vinicio (23423) 2009-04-15 10:29
A nice landscape, sun and snow create a beautiful light around the hiuses, a well seen and done image, really pleasant, compliments Lasse.
Ninello52 (7576) 2009-04-25 14:18
Bellissimo paesaggio! Luce fantastica e bel punto di vista! Mi piace molto anche la tonalità cromatica.
Buona Domenica, Nino.
francio64 (39888) 2009-05-02 13:04
un'altra bella immagine invernale della tua bella Helsinki.
Luce e sharp sono davvero eccellenti.
gary91 (15348) 2009-05-24 0:02
I just discovered your gallery and found very nice images in it.
This one is specifically beautiful and I love the golden reflection in the water due to the low position of the sun on the foreground. A very nice composition and a great mood, this is great work.
Have a nice Sunday.
Best regards, Christian
buscape (6219) 2009-07-20 10:36
browsing your gallery I saw some very nice pictures and this one is my favourite. Beautiful introduction with the ice sheets and the light reflection in the foreground. I also like the interesting building in snowy surrounding and the slightly clouded blue sky in the background. Lovely light and good sharpness with many details. Very well done.
- Copyright: Lasse Lofstrom (ellelloo) (6572)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-24
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
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