It’s Cēsis Castle. I guess it is the Cēsis’ biggest tourist attraction. It was once a great castle of Baltic states but was destroyed in a war. Now it’s just ruins, but cool nonetheless. Local friend was guiding us there and telling about the castle. Thanks to her!
Happy Midsummer Eve! I hope you are enjoying the celebration of Summer right now. At least I am. For us Finns the Midsummer Eve is very important day since we see our friends and celebrate with them. We go to summer cottage, drink, make sauna, eat sausage and have fun. See you tomorrow, my friend!
This is the National Library of Finland (Kansalliskirjasto in our language). It used to be Helsinki University Library until the name change some years ago. Administratively, it’s still part of the university. Moreover the library stores the Finnish cultural heritage. Many many old and almost forgotten books are found there. In fact some books are so important they can only be read in the library. You can’t borrow them home.
When you enter the library you have to leave your jackets and bags to lockers in the lobby. Probably so you couldn’t steal anything. After this when you enter the first book hall, there’s an upper level. When I was visiting the library there was another photographer up there, taking shots of something. Perhaps HDR photography… perhaps not. He probably got there with the aid of janitor.
Remember the first photo of ever posted on this blog? It was taken in the heart of Helsinki, on the top of the department store Sokos. It showed the busy life of downtown. Central Railway Station was on the left hand side with the main entrance in the middle. The photo was taken during the wintertime. It was about midday when I was there.
Now, five months later, I decided to revisit the top terrace. There’s a restaurant up there, with free access to public by elevators. I wanted to see how the scene looks on summertime. I wanted to see how it works for HDR photography. Well, it looks like this. Not much have changed. Just the snow has melted and leaves have appeared to trees. And now it was about eight in the evening when I was there. It’s bright here until very late.