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    I took this self-portrait at my last camp site after an unforgettable 8-day-solo-skiing-challenge in the arctic wilderness in Finnish Lapland. That was the climax of a 10-month nature and wilderness-guide training I did. Being out in the wild really makes me feel more alive and connected to nature, especially when I'm alone. I love the simple, yet sometimes demanding, outdoor-life. And with the right gear and attitude I can even enjoy the more difficult conditions and weather.
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    Having experienced sleeping out in the wild before, I can personally relate to this picture. There is a lovely warm feel to this frame, not only generated by the warm colours from the fire but also how these colours are highlighted on the arched branch above, creating a beautiful natural roof, safely protecting the figure from dangers. Well done Mika-Pekka, I love it!

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Apr 7, 2015
    Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2016
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D600
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/3 sec
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 800
    Copyright: © Mika-Pekka Markkanen
    Categories: Portraits, Adventure, Nature
    Assignments: Wow! What an Adventure!, Off the Beaten Path , Your Outdoor Adventure