Lapland safari guide Jani Ylinampa’s Northern Lights photos are out of this world

Jani Ylinampa's photo of northern lights over a small river in Lapland, Finland
Jani Ylinampa works as a safari guide in Lapland. But on the side, he’s a photographer who’s developed quite the following on social media, in part thanks to his stunning shots of northern lights. We saw it fitting to feature Jani’s work and ask him a couple of question on his work and lifestyle.

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Jani Ylinampa: photo of small island from above during winter



1. How did you develop an interest for photography and when did careful documentation of northern lights become a part of it?

“I started photographing casually about 15 years ago, I took a camera with me when I was hiking in the northern Lapland and northern Norway. Since then I have gradually widened my perspective about photographing and I got my first DSLR in 2009. I shot my first northern lights photo in 2012, when I saw the lights from my balcony and decided trying to take a photo. Until that moment I had been a bit lazy to learn more about photography, and for a while my method was a bit of learning by doing mistakes (forgetting to set the focus to infinity etc.). At first I was just photographing the northern lights, didn’t really worry about anything else. Nowadays I try to find something interesting also on the foreground.”


2. You work as a guide in the far north. What are your best tips for surviving kaamos, the period during which the sun doesn’t rise?

“Eat well (and vitamins), sleep enough (it should be easy to sleep, in the summer it might be a quite another matter 😉 ), go outdoors (if the sun is not out there, the moon and the northern lights might be), interact with people.”
Jani Ylinampa: Northern lights by lake




3. What kind of gear do you use?

Canon EOS 6D

  • Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8
  • Canon EF 28mm f/1.8
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6
  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8
  • Samyang 8mm T3.8

Sony A7S

  • Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art

DJI Phantom 2 & GoPro Hero 4 Black

Jani Ylinampa: summer photo of small island near ROvaniemi

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Jani Ylinampa's photo of misty Lapland terrain and northern lights

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