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Fieldrecording:

Friday 22/11/2013 first fieldrecordings with the piezo mounted on the ice-surface of Kilpisjärvi (Lake Kilpis / Kilpis See).

It seems the piezo is mounted to close to the shore but that was due to the fact that the ice is not yet stable. Unfortunately it started snowing too, so the ice will get colled less so further freezing will take longer and besides that the surface is treacherous as the ice is under the growing snow layer, which adds weigth onto the ice.

What once again was surprising is how selective we hear, the recordings  about 9 minutes one with the piezo and one with the internal mics – two omni directional ones – mounted almost directly on the ice surface contain some nice cracks and deep, long lasting and developing sounds,  but the recordings are not compareable too the audible sensation on site. On the one hand the piezo needed more amplification than considered, so there is amplification noise and further the low sounds where not transimtted good. I guess the sound that one heras is actually a sum of sounds emerging along the cracks the ice develops due too tenscions and as I think due too the moving water body underneath the ice.

The internal mics did a somehow better job but therefore the sound of the trucks passing by on the road and the sound of an increasing number of Norwegians who come along for cheap shopping, cheap alcohol and / or for there huts some with their skidoos which they are not allowed in Norway, all that and the increasing wind is mirrored in the recording. And as said much more present in the recording, than percieved on site.

As the ventilation system started to form drones of the wind I did some recordings in the bath and in the storage-room. This one is a raw excerpt out of hours of recording, only a bit amplified passage of a recording in the storage-room:

Back in Helsinki audio perception is challenged but more willing to listen for patterns and exiters so I’ll go and grab some audio during the day.

 

 

 

Fotography:

In Helsinki I tried to get familiar with both cameras I have with me, a Hasselblad C500 and a small Nikon F2 both with really strong optics.

As I’m not familiar with analogue cameras I definitely started worse than dilletant. I only can hope that at leason friday I saw the aurora in grenn and purplet one, two or maybe some more pictures of about 36 shots will work.

At Kilpisjärvi I did long time exposures with both cams on the first day, as the Aurora was active and nicely visible, unfortunately in the direction, which is exposed to the lights of the road and additionally the mood was reflected strongly by the surrounding Fjells, l to get the film out, as the camera continues to make troubles, the film seems to be stuck!

Did nice shots towards the rsing sun which was lower than a wide low cloud front colouring the remote swedish and norwegian mountain on the other side of Kilpisjärvi.

Aurora:

Geting aurora pictures turned out to be tricky. I have seen Aurora quite often, but I missed all really great activity, on Friday 29/11 I saw the biclored aurora, green and purple, as I went from the lab to our quarter, but of course this moment unprepared, so without camera, when I was out then with the camera just one or two minutes later well there was still aurora activity, but not anymore moving so fast, like really dancing and only green for the rest of the time I had been out.

Aurora shot at Kilpisjärvi end of November 2013. Camera Nikon from negative Film scanned @ 4800 DPI © Michael Schweiger all rights reserved

On Saturday I finally got some more shots of a good activity, covering major parts of the sky

 

More pictures here:

 

On the hike on Mt Saana on the third day I did some shots with the Nikon and its fantastic 1:1.4 optic but I have to look to get the film out, as the camera continues to make troubles, the film seems to be stuck!

Did nice shots towards the rsing sun which was lower than a wide low cloud front colouring the remote swedish and norwegian mountain on the other side of Kilpisjärvi.

Aurora:

Geting aurora pictures turned out to be tricky. I have seen Aurora quite often, but I missed all the really great activity, on Friday 29/11 I swa the biclored aurora, green and purple, as I went from the lab to our qurter, but of course this moment unprepared so without camera, when I was out then with the camera just one or two minutes later well there was still aurora activity, but not anymore moving so fast, like really dancing and only green for the rest of the time I had been out. On Saturday I finally got some more shots of a good activity, covering major parts of the sky, but moving slowly and once more when the camera was positioned the activity was declining, but I did some 30″ to 15″ shots with steps of 5″ for different angles and some with handtimed exposure as well.

But what comes now is just waiting and waiting, till I’m back in Linz and then I have to discuss with some experts in fotography how to develop the pictures and how to continue especially with the shots taken on slide film.

And as a intermediate resumee I have to state, that I’m so happy that I saw at least for a moment a wild moving two colored Aurora and some other intense emergences of this space – spectacle and do not complain much about the fact that whenever I witnessed high Aurora activity the camera was somewhere else that me, what counts is I saw it even for hours during the two nights I had decided to stay out for some longer periods throughout the night. One never needs to forget there is never any grant for seeing these phenomena, as the nights with the highest activities had been heavily clouded, while some days with only moderate or low activity froecast – current activity or forecast – did show actually stunning views, well at least for one who see’s that first time.

 

 

 

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