There's a big contrast between warm summer evening in the countryside. And what you find a few meters under your feet, in a massive, blown up Soviet-era bunker. Damp darkness, rebar that is difficult to crawl through. And we're here to practice photography!
At the EuroSpeleo photography workshop we learned to use backlight and flashes to take great photos. I bought radio triggers for my flashes and wanted to see if I could use the same techniques in bunkers.
But it is not easy, not easy technically and particularly not easy in the artistic sense. This will take practice.
Some of the difficulties we encountered include even more cramped space than in caves; getting my flashes to fire reliably (some debugging to do here); we may have also hit the power limits of my relatively small flashes. But most importantly, not all spots and setups are equally photogenic. More artistic thinking is needed. But, the good news is that if one realises how far ahead the possibilities are from where you are, then you can at least try to improve :-)
The Soviet Union bunkers in the occupied Porkkala area come in various different models. The most common one is small, but there are a couple of other models. The ZIF-25 bunkers are two storey with a round gun port to the side. And then we've two other, very large bunker models that are huge in area but one storey, with a large, rotating gun system on top. The Inkoo bunker is one of these, and the best preserved that we know of.
Well, preserved; it has been blown up and burned, but is still mostly accessible with careful crawling.
I will only give approximate coordinates to the general area: N 60.07 E 24.14. WARNING! This is a dangerous place and possibly includes unexploded ordnance. Do NOT visit this place, it is truly dangerous.
First we saw a wonderful countryside:
Then we saw some holes...
And soon we were crawling inside:
Some interesting details. A hook:
And then some worrisome details. What is this? An unexploded, corroded shell? Or a part of the ventilation piping? We were careful to not touch it...
In the meanwhile, the sun was setting outside. An aerial view to the sunset:
This article has also appeared in Blogspot. And all urban exploration articles can be found from theurbanexplorer.net.
Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko, Jarmo Ruuth, and Olli Arkko. All rights reserved.
These views will still be here after this all blows over. Now is not the time for a desert vacation. Max Ritter photo. Earlier this week, the Southeast Utah Health Department issued an order closing lodging facilities and campgrounds around Moab to visitors, in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 by stopping the flow of outside visitors. Moab and the surrounding area are traditionally full of visitors looking to rock climb, mountain bike, or visit National Parks this time of year.
Everest as seen from China. Wikipdia photo. While Mt. Everest might be closed to foreigners, a single Chinese commercial climbing expedition has been on the mountain for the past few weeks acclimatizing and waiting for a weather window to make a summit push. If they succeed, it would likely make them the only humans to stand on the planet’s high point this year. There has been little Everest news as of late, minus that involving 5G towers, but according to the Adventure Blog, the Chinese
Two Chinese teams on Everest launched their summit bids earlier this week. Pixabay photo. After Nepal and China completely blocked foreign access to Mt. Everest for this climbing season during the COVID-19 pandemic, two Chinese teams were allowed on the mountain. One team is a commercial expedition, while the other is a group of researchers who are there to make the most accurate survey the mountain yet while there is no traffic on the peak. With bad weather keeping teams in Base Camp for