All posts for the month September, 2013

Did I mention this before?

Last night I was up late. I looked outside, and I stared into this absolutely breath-taking view. It was close to midnight. Overcast to some extend, very foggy at the ground. But there was an almost full moon lighting up the fog and cloudy part of the sky. That in combination with the light pollution coming off the city and some of the street lights along the path…
I stood there (on my balcony 😉 ) for quite awhile, just looking at it.

The picture below is a panorama of 5 pictures stitched together in Photoshop.

Night photography

5x D800, ISO100, 30sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

… dark.
In many ways.
Sometimes I stop and think how things in the absence of light look so much more… uncomfortable. It wouldn’t even cross your mind during the day when everything’s brightly lit, but when the light disappears, immediately the atmosphere changes.


D800, ISO3200, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm


D800, ISO200, 1/4 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm (handheld)

… visibility got less…

Fog triptych

D800, ISO100, 1/500 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

… that I don’t have to get up anymore at 2:30 in the morning to get a sunrise.
Fall is upon us, and with that the cooling down of the earth and the sunrise at less grumpy times of the mornings 🙂

Goodmorning, World!
May your day be as bright and shiny as mine!

Misty sunrise over Vanhakaupunkilahti

D800, ISO100, 1/500 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

I have the privilege of living in a place where I can see all kinds of cool stuff happening from my balcony.
A couple of weeks there was the weekend festival, with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Darude, and a lot of other famous artists. I was lying in the hammock on the balcony enjoying the light shows and the music at no charge.
Another thing that happens all the time if the weather’s right, is parachute jumps. Either solo or tandem, the guys always land in the grass right next to the building. Paragliding they do off the same field, and there are two guys that always come with this kind of cart with a parachute attached to it and take off and land from the same field.
In winter they’re board surfing either in the snow on the field or on the ice of the sea a bit further.

Hot air balloons don’t take off from exactly the field out front, but from a bit further east. I can see them when they are fully filled with air and about to take off.
And of course then they come over here.
I caught this one a bit too late. I just came home from a shooting and it had passed already. But I manage to capture it still quite nicely (albeit with a 300mm + 2x + 1.4x extender).

Hot air balloon

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 300mm, 2x TC + 1.4x TC

Last Friday I came back from a lunch with friends, which ran quite a bit longer than expected.
I got into Kamppi on my way home, and saw the tail of The Winyls performing on stage. Must admit that I’d never heard of them before, but the performance was excellent.
There was a massive crowd gathered around the stage, and no way I would be able to get some decent pictures of that. I only had the camera with the 50mm on, but then…
Waitasec… Hanging down from my shoulder was the 300mm I borrowed from my Buddy Don. Just waiting to be unpacked and slammed on.
I ran over to the sound booth, batted my eyelashes at the guard standing on the booth and he allowed me to get up and shoot a few frames off the sound booth. Nice!

Excellent stuff, great atmosphere! Head on over to their Facebook page and listen to some of their stuff.

They Winyls

D800, ISO1600, 1/500 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 300mm

They Winyls

D800, ISO1600, 1/500 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 300mm

They Winyls

D800, ISO1600, 1/500 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 300mm