Saaremaa 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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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.