All posts for the month January, 2011

I have no clear recollection of taking this… So I guess this is the ultimate oblivion.
It might’ve been my alter-ego. Or the other cat.
We might never know. But aren’t we cute? 😉

Me, myself and the cat

Taken with a crappy phone camera with some seriously dubious settings.

A little light in the dark…

Lights on a graveyard

D200, ISO100, 8 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm

It’s been a funny winter. Mostly gray days and overcast evenings and nights. But every now and then a clear day slips through.
I don’t mind winter, but it’s nice to have a few of these days every now and then.
No color editing in this picture, just lightened up the lower part with the street. So it was really this red and blue.

Sunset over Espoo

D700, ISO400, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm

“Honey, I’ll be back in a few minutes!”

Eeemm…. ‘kay…

Car covered in snow

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm

I am such a technical wonder! Look how neatly I dismantled my HTC?
Windows mobile was nowhere to be seen, I think it must’ve seen me coming and took off before I got to it 😀

R.I.P., HTC / Windows Mobile. It was fun while it lasted (not…).

HTC Diamond Touch Pro I


Need I say more?
Please come and dig us out…

Take it away

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Take it away

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm

Can’t really help it, but at some point we will be coming back to the snow. And that’ll probably happen quite a bit still in the coming month or two 😀

Boulder covered in snow

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm

Cross-processing, here we go again.
You just gotta get used to it, I guess. I’m just having a lot of fun doing it. And it brings some color into today’s whiteness.
This image was shot just before winter set in, in Finland, dreary weather, sad and cold. Wouldn’t believe me if I hadn’t shown you the before pic, would you? Layer blending modes are your biggest friend here.


The before... D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

The procedure

Remember the blending modes! Test how things work out, but keep in mind that not all colors are suitable for this process.


The final result

To get away (at least temporarily) from the single colored landscape we’re vacating in at the time I thought I’d throw in a little bit of Photoshop.
Photography basis, with a twist.

Macro close-up of a flowering tulip

Formerly known as "tulip"

The procedure is very simple. Open up a (suitable) image in Photoshop. Go to View -> Show -> Show Grid. Make a selection on the background layer. You can either copy-paste it onto a new layer or work on the background layer (not recommended). Free transform (Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) T), flip horizontally or vertically, depending on the direction of your selection. Repeat with equal spaces between the sections. And that’s it 🙂 Creative variations/combinations possible.
Gives some funky effects if you have the right picture.

Drop me a line if you want more details on the how-to.

I have such a back-log of snow pictures, I could probably be totally oblivious here and post more snow for the coming year or so.
It’s good if you haven’t had time to go out and shoot something new, though 😀

I shot this one (and yesterday’s one) earlier in the year (yeah, it’s winter here pretty much the whole year 😀 ), I especially like this one because of the contrast of colors against the white snow.
No, I don’t like it for the fuel prices, especially not, because those are already about 18 eurocents higher today than they were in the picture. Cherish your fuel prices, my dear fellow Americans, you have NOTHING to complain about 😉

Brand display of Neste Oil on a cold winter day

D200, ISO100, 1/45 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm