There are so many ways you can photograph water. But I must admit I was slightly lazy and unmotivated (could be because it actually had been raining for 3 days straight, how’s that for water? 😉 ). However, even laziness and lack of motivation can spark some creativity. I set up the flashes next to the tap and let it drip slowly. A little twist on the drop in the water pictures you see come by every now and again.

Focusing is a pain in the ass, and you have to be surprisingly fast with pressing the (remote) shutter. I missed a good few. But I also got a good few nice ones 🙂

Tap with waterdrop

D800, ISO1600, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.8, 2x off-camera SB-800

Tap with waterdrop

D800, ISO1600, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.8, 2x off-camera SB-800

And to cool down from the previous post…
Go have a cup of tea with one (or some) of these delicious waffles.


D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

In Holland I always was a big sucker for these, but when I moved to Finland I couldn’t get them anywhere! But that has changed 🙂
It happens so that Theun “Tomppa” Willems ( is making these delicious things and he’s delivering to a number of supermarkets (and ever expanding his “territory”).
He knew that I was a photographer and asked me if I could make a couple of pictures of the packages so he could use it in his marketing material. He brought me a whole box full of them and told me to open as many packages as I had to in order to get some good pictures.
In the end I opened only one package, but Theun (bless him)  told me I could keep the whole box. Of course no protest from me on that end.
Sadly the box is already empty so I will have to give him a call to see if I can order another box 🙂
Life is good!

Was feeling a lot better today, luckily. Not completely 100%, but good enough to go downtown and do my appointments.
Driving back home around noon I got stuck on the motorway behind a car which was going 65-70 km/h and kindof swerving from left to right on his lane. Motorway on that particular stretch allows 80 km/h. So, you’ll probably say, stop nagging and pass the car. Right. But the car was driving on the left lane. And overtaking on the right as such isn’t allowed (yes, yes, I sometimes do it).
So I drove behind the car for about 4 kms and then it finally moved to the right lane. I passed it, and the driver was typing a  message on his phone. Of course, figures!
So here -and Finland in general- are two things, notorious left-laners and hand-held drivers, that I think should be permanently banned from traffic. Finnish people in traffic, or at least 90-95% of them, are otherwise likes saints on a celibacy-workshop.
In Holland the fine for hand-held driving is 150€, and is pretty strictly enforced by the police. In Finland it is prohibited by law (not sure what the fine for it is here), but I don’t think the problem is accepted for its full danger, unfortunately. My trip home was about 25 kms and took about 30 minutes. In that time I passed a lot of cars (yes, yes, I drove about 10 km overspeed on the motorway) and I counted 11 drivers either talking on the phone or typing a text message or email, or whatever.
That’s 11 x 150€ = 1.650€ made in about 30 minutes. I wish I made that kind of money! Talking about the Golden Goose!

Get those off the road would be a whole lot better than chasing people driving 5-10kms overspeed on the motorway… I think…

Old mobile phone stacked on a new mobile phone

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro

Nothing important happened today…

(sorry peeps, can’t keep on posting pics of vacuum cleaners and irons)
(anyone wanting to know how this looks in sepia or black and white, just drop me a line *grins*)

Smiley face

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm macro

From my post about the last bit of fall there was a bit left…
I read an article in one of the photography magazines that I get and decided to try out one of the things they showed there. I’d saved one of the leaves and put it in a bowl of water in the freezer to let it freeze over. I forgot about the whole thing and it’s been sitting in the freezer all that time. But not anymore!
It’s really a fun experiment to try 🙂

Frozen leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro

Frozen leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm macro

All you need is a dinner table, a willing family member, an Ikea light and a camera. Et voilà.

Butterfly lighting

D700, ISO3200, 1/125 sec @ f/4.8, Nikkor 50mm

Well… I guess the images speak for themselves, so…
Sit back, relax and enjoy 😉

Sorry, but you're not my type...

Sorry, but you're not my type

Hmm, handsome... why don't you come a bit closer?

Hmm, handsome... why don't you come a bit closer?

I think that's more my type

I think that's more my type

*giggles* Let's play hard to get for a bit

*giggles* Let's play hard to get for a bit

Ok, that's enough. I'm man of few words...

Ok, that's enough. I'm a man of few words...

Ow yeah... ow YEAH!!! Give it to me baby, ahah, ahah!

Ow yeah... ow YEAH!!! Give it to me baby, ahah, ahah!

Sometimes you have those days on which you just don’t feel too good.

Today was one of those days for me. Can’t really put my finger on it, but it wasn’t your regular Sunday.
I did have a couple of things to do, though, so I set to work.
Only… When you’re not feeling all too good, and you have to do something that looks a bit dubious, it doesn’t really help.
According to studies (if you Google blue color not appetizing) the color blue is prone to make people lose appetite and is not recommended to be used in food.
So one would start to wonder why on earth people would still make blue food and drinks. It actually does look disgusting.

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/16, off-camera flash with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/16, off-camera flash with Photoflex softbox

And this is a sports drink, for crying out loud.
I had a faint feeling of nausea, and it didn’t really get much better.
I did, however, try a sip, and must admit that it’s not by far the worst drink I’ve ever had. But owwell… Tricky business…

When I was in Missoula last summer one of my friends gave me a DVD to watch. A movie called Once.
It was a bit funny. It’s an Irish movie, but not the blockbuster type of movie. It was made in 2006 and it was released in Finland in July 2008, hence I hadn’t really heard of the movie until my friend pointed it out.
And it was a great movie. Well… Movie… More musical-ish.
Great music, great play.
And guess what…? This week, The Swell Season, the band with the guy and girl from the movie, played a couple of gigs in Helsinki and we were there. And it was great all over again.

We were a bit late with booking our tickets, the whole thing was sold out within 2 hours, so we ended up high up on the balcony on the back row. But but…. lo and behold… A couple of people didn’t show up and a guy came up to the balcony and offered us and some other people on the back row the seats from the people who hadn’t showed up. So we ended up all the way in the front, right up near the stage.
Oh, and did I mention it was great?
Wish I brought my big camera, but that would’ve probably been a bit obvious, so I had to make do with my cellphone.
But it was still great 🙂
Totally recommended!

Swell Season in concert in Helsinki

Swell Season in concert in Helsinki

Photography can lead you into several directions. All creative, all unique (supposedly). And they all come with a certain set of rules.
Take for example product photography. Open any style magazine and you’re buried under adverts displaying -among others- watches. It’s such a big thing these days to have a massive, expensive watch.
In photography school we were taught how to properly photograph watches.
You know, photographers were way ahead of their time. Already well before the first official mentioning of a smiley face photographers were taught to put the pointers of a watch on 10 past 10 to create a smile and make the picture look positive. And that’s what we’re still taught.

Image courtesy Hamilton (ripped out of Men's Health November issue).

Image courtesy Hamilton (ripped out of Men's Health November issue)

And when you keep an eye on it, it’s everywhere… EVERYWHERE! To the point that it’s annoying. 10 past 10. The magical time.

But that’s where most of the photographers stop thinking. Watch – photograph – 10 past 10.
But wait! What about…
If it’s not only a watch, but someone’s wearing it?
No matter… Watch – photograph – 10 past 10. It’s the golden rule.
Or is it?

What about…
Hehehe… The funny thing is, when people are wearing a watch, it’s not positioned the same as when it’s just a watch set up for a shot in a studio. It’s upside down.
But apparently this hasn’t occurred to most photographers. And they stubbornly set the watch to 10 past 10 on their models and shoot the shot, because that’s how they were taught.

Image courtesy Hugo Boss (ripped out of Mens Health November issue)

Image courtesy Hugo Boss (ripped out of Men's Health November issue)

Image courtesy Chanel (ripped out of Mens Health November issue)

Image courtesy Chanel (ripped out of Men's Health November issue)

But wait!
What happened to the smiley face? Of course… When people wear a watch, the watch is upside down, thus the smiley face turns upside down with it. And turns into a very unhappy face.
Little improvisation for photographers: if you shoot a watch while it’s worn by a model, set the pointers to 20 to 4 or 20 past 8, if that makes you more happy. The ad will end up a lot happier, at least. That I can assure you 😉