Saaremaa, Kuressaare 2015 – Part 2

Derelict wooden boat

Derelict wooden boatSaare­maa was bathing in sun­light when we woke up the next morn­ing. The weath­er was gor­geous, which bode well for our day trip to the Sõrve Light­house. And since we were stay­ing at the Grand Rose spa hotel, my dad and I decid­ed to start every morn­ing, well, at the spa. This meant ear­ly wake-ups, but I’d say it was worth it. The spa was nice with sev­en dif­fer­ent kinds of saunas and many pools includ­ing a cold pool. If you weren’t awake before tak­ing a dip, you sure were after.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first part here.

A bus tour to the southern part of Saaremaa

After the spa action, we got some break­fast and began to scram­ble over to the bus. A guid­ed tour of the south­ern part of Saare­maa and the Sõrve Light­house was includ­ed in the pack­age deal.

Monument to the Night Battle of Tehumardi

Mon­u­ment to the Night Bat­tle of Tehu­mar­di.

Our first stop was the Mon­u­ment to the Night Bat­tle of Tehu­mar­di. This place has a bloody his­to­ry, but the loca­tion is quite serene and beau­ti­ful.

Monument to the Night Battle of Tehumardi detail

Carved faces look­ing towards the sea on the mon­u­ment.

Sääre point

The idea, after arriv­ing at the Sääre point, was to take a cof­fee break and then walk around the area. I opt­ed out of the cof­fee break because I had the nag­ging feel­ing that the time spent there would be very lim­it­ed. I’m glad I did get on with pho­tograph­ing the area since my explo­ration time was cut short in the end even with­out the cof­fee break.

Fishing boats

Fish­ing boat anchored near the light­house.

One thing I noticed imme­di­ate­ly was the pleas­ant green tint of the water. I used a cir­cu­lar polar­iz­ing fil­ter on almost all the pho­tos dur­ing this trip. Main­ly to cut off the glare and bal­ance the expo­sure. But I use the same polar­iz­ing fil­ter here in Fin­land as well and the tint of the water is def­i­nite­ly dif­fer­ent.

Pier pylons long exposure

A long expo­sure with an ND400 & cir­cu­lar polar­iz­er stacked. Not quite like in New York, but I’m a suck­er for pylons and water.

The pho­to above took some time to set up and shoot and I still man­aged to fudge it up. It’s not that bad, but I over­ex­posed it a bit more than nec­es­sary. I also stopped down to f/16, which isn’t great even with a full-frame cam­era. I can see the soft­en­ing effects of dif­frac­tion when I look at the pho­to in 1:1 size.

Pier pylons

Nice weath­ered pylons on the south side of the point. Also, a bit of a dynam­ic range test for the 1Ds MkII.

Sõrve Lighthouse

I spent so much time pho­tograph­ing all the inter­est­ing things around the Sõrve Light­house, that it itself almost became an after­thought. Maybe I would have been more inter­est­ed in the light­house, but it was closed for pub­lic for some rea­son.

Sõrve Lighthouse

Sõrve Light­house.

Lighthouse keepers old house

Light­house keep­ers old house.

My work­mate is orig­i­nal­ly from Rus­sia, and he can’t stand decayed places like this. I on the oth­er hand just love the derelict nature of the build­ings. Maybe it’s a pho­tog­ra­ph­er thing…

Evening stroll

Click the pho­tos above to see them in a big­ger size.

The last two pho­tos are from the evening walk we took after din­ner. Once again, I was drawn into pho­tograph­ing the won­der­ful tex­ture of an aban­doned house. The evening light also often demands my atten­tion.

My pur­pose orig­i­nal­ly was to pub­lish all the parts in this series in the begin­ning of the sum­mer. I’ll have to face the music here and say that I’m real­ly slow when it comes to writ­ing a some­what coher­ent sto­ry like this. I’ll try to push the remain­ing two parts out as soon as pos­si­ble.

-Janne

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