All posts tagged autumn

Just like the Finnish Sininen Hetki, the civil twilight, it lasts only for a brief moment. And if you’re at the right place at the right time, you may see some out of this world things…


This is an HDR image put together from 5 different exposures. D700, ISO200, 1/30-1/60-1/125-1/250-1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Sunrise through the forest

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

So it’s early morning… Sun’s rising, fog’s coming up from the water, which, by the way, is totally still…
Lovely! It was kind of chilly, but refreshing. If I wasn’t dying to go back to bed (after sleeping for only a few hours), I would’ve sat down on the pier and… just sat…

Sunrise over a lake

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

Sunrise over a lake

D800, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm

It’s a hard life… Working the graveyard shift. Getting to bed at 3am and getting up again at 7am to shoot some pictures… (I know, 7am isn’t even THAT early, but after 4 hours of sleep it is!). Luckily around here come fall/winter the sun rises later, so you don’t have to get up at 3am to shoot a sunrise. Or some mist, for that matter.
After the mist I wrote about earlier I wanted to see if I could get some more. Of course I could.
You’d think that with all the bright and vibrant fall colors, all you’d want to do is shoot color, right?
Well… I squeezed in a black and white one. The mist does it quite justice, I must say.


D700, ISO200, 1/45 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm

And we’re not done yet with the fall… Working on more!

You can just keep on writing about it. It’s so beautiful.
Sometimes you pass a scene that makes you want to return. And of course it’s never the same when you return. It was like that here too, but the scene was still pretty.

Fall 2011

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 70-200mm

When these guys come out, you know “that” time has come.
“That” time in “this” country means an abundance of colors, shapes and other goodies to take pictures of.
Other pictures will follow, I have no doubt, but for now I’m sticking to this particular (poisonous) hallucinogen: the fly agaric.

Fly agaric

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm

Fly agaric

D700, ISO1600, 1/180 sec @ f/16, Tamron 90mm macro

Oh, and have you ever wondered why they are called “fly agarics”?
I have. And I never really understood (must admit that I never really try to find out why either), but well… Here you go:

Fly agaric

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/9.5, Tamron 90mm macro

Apparently in the early days it was used as an insecticide and it clearly works well. This bug isn’t peacefully enjoying its sunny day, it’s RIP-ing in its colorful coffin. The mushroom isn’t a flesh eater, though.


Promised some studio stuff still. So here you go. And that really was pretty much the last of fall. Onto winter, snow and cold.

Fall leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Fall leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Fall leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Wow… I was a bit too optimistic with yesterday’s prognoses of having a few more days.
Today: frost, defrost, rain, rain, rain, overcast, rain, overcast, more rain…
Let’s cherish yesterday’s beauty with a moment of silence…

Autumn colors

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm

Autumn colors

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

I think I have a few more days before this gorgeous autumn will have run its course… Shame. I’ve been out way too little.
The other day, when I brought my friends to the airport for their trip back home I passed this beautiful stretch of land which was … can’t even describe it … explosively lit by the setting sun. Clear blue sky, autumn colors, camera at home… Right… Crap… Will have to come back. Sun will have set, light will be different. Tomorrow, same time… Drizzle, overcast… Double-crap! Day after tomorrow… Triple…! ARGH! Don’t you just hate it!
But today…! I’m allowed to have some luck, right? Patience is a virtue!

Autumn in Finland

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm

Autumn in Finland

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

I think tomorrow still… Then the fire’ll go out quickly. There was frost on the windows of the car already, and there’s even been some snow already downtown, so… But I saved some for a home-studio experiment. More on that another day 🙂

aka A day’s world of oblivion, Guy 25

A couple of days ago I wrote about the beautiful sunset over Seurasaari. The same day I shot this sunset I also had the privilege of shooting the wedding of a wonderful Finnish/Japanese couple. The church ceremony was in Temppeliaukionkirkko (where I went scouting on Day 9) in Helsinki. I also went scouting on Seurasaari and both days I went scouting the weather was dreadful. I was preparing for a lot of improvisation, but lucky for the couple getting married, but also very lucky for me, the weather turned around 180 degrees despite the forecasts for more rain. The day of the wedding was a glorious day in many ways.

And I was the lucky photographer, who was invited home to the couple twice -before and after the wedding- to enjoy a fabulous Japanese dinner. I almost feel guilty charging them for the shoot. A great experience it was!


D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/3.3, Tamron 28-75mm, on-camera SB-800


D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, on-camera SB-800 (fill)


D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera SB-800 (fill)


D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera SB-800 (fill)


D700, ISO800, 1/90 sec @ f/4.8, Tamron 28-75mm, on-camera SB-800

And Ravintola Seurasaari just is this picturesque, fairytale-ish place.


D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/4.8, Nikkor 50mm

I promised to add some autumn pictures… More will probably follow still. It’s so beautiful right now! 🙂

I'm on a road to nowhere

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200

In line

D700, ISO200, 1/4 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm