HOT, HOT, HOT!! by Toni Ahvenainen

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen. Sony Nex-5N, SEL1855, ISO100, 1/320sec, f/5.0, Raw. Flickr account

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen.
Sony Nex-5N, SEL1855, ISO100, 1/320sec, f/5.0, Raw.
Flickr account

Season of Summer Light
Week 30, Wednesday

It doesn't get much better than this. We've been having days with +30 degrees of Celsius (85 degrees at Fahrenheit scale) and even at nights the temperature doesn't fall below +20 degrees (70 degrees at Fahrenheit scale). This is definitely the peak of Finnish summer, when it comes to temperature. The reverse side of this is that it's too hot to do anything meaningful. Even sitting inside a house leads to sweating. To refresh ourselves we have, like many others, gone swimming whenever possible. The transparent lakes offer us a bit of cold water which will drive the heat away – until you rise from the water.

Truth to be told, while Aura loves to swim so much I have still found it difficult subject to approach with a camera. The shore is often crowded with strangers that don't fit into frame, sun shines from difficult angle and Aura runs back and forth hastily. To solve all this, I've tried to get as close as possible to Aura while she dabbles on shore. This way I can eliminate some of crowd from the frame and try to fit the frame to her subjective experience of swimming. The little shore we use for swimming probably looks much bigger from her point of view and water feels much deeper than it actually is. Getting close I can also get a bit of dynamics into picture and hopefully be able to show that swimming is an act of joy.