Stairway into the void.
Stairway into the void.
Been a while since I have used my old Nikon D70. Looking at some of the photos taken with it I sometimes wonder whats the problem with old technology? This photo is taken with an obsolete over a decade old digital camera. STill good enough to do a A3 sized print from and looks good to me?
I had the chance to go out and photograph a small cycling race taking place in my hometown on saturday. As I usually photograph everything else than sports I felt it was a good thing to partake in and also a means to get to practise my technique shooting fast movement etc.
The race was a downhill race with 15 participants. Three different stages which were all driven twice. The winner was the one who had the fastest overall time of the day.
The weather was extra cold with a strong wind especially closer to the top of the hill. For the cyclers there was always the part of hiking back up the hill with their bikes so they were warm for most of the day. But standing on the side taking photos meant I had to dress properly. Lot of wool was the best way to counter this along with a skiing jacket meant for much colder weather. It worked as I hoped and I was at no point in the day really cold. Although I admit to going out to get hot chocolate at one point in the race.
All in all the race took a bit over three hours and the spirit was real great. A couple of bad falls were had on the day, a hurt wrist on one guy and bikes getting a bit of a tumble as well. But all in all a good day.
I feel that I got quite a few good frames as well. I would have hoped for more sun and a less damp track as there was not so much photogenic sliding and jumping as I would have hoped.
Playing around with intentional camerashake a couple of weeks ago. Hilarious to see then that the Finnish Wildlife photograph of the year went to a intentional camerashake photo this year 😀 Works sometimes, sometimes not. This one I liked, had a lot of bad versions as well. You would think its simple.. Not so..
I rarely post about movies, not so much because I don’t watch them. More because I rarely am moved enough by a movie to comment about it. There are rare exceptions to the rule. Movies that move the emotions in different ways or that are exceptionally good in their own genre.
One of these movies is called Gone Girl. It is in cinemas currently (at least over here in Finland). Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are the lead actors and the movie is directed by David Fincher. The script is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn who has also done the screenplay. David Fincher has before directed such great movies as Fight Club, The Curious case of Benjamin Button and Seven.
So the ingredients are there, a great novel to base the script upon, excellent actors, a great director. So how does it all work?
In my opinion this is probably THE thriller of the year. The only movie that has left me haunted for a time after the movie ended. Even the next day after seeing it my thoughts would drift back to the movie. Stunning acting by both Affleck and Pike and the plot twists and turns so that you know how it all ends only at the very, very end. ( At least if you have not read the novel beforehand.) The cinematography is really good as well in carrying the feel of what is happening on the screen very well.
So as not to give away anything if you are planning to go see the movie here is a bit about the movie: The plot takes place in a small town somewhere in Missouri, where the husband one day comes home to find that his wife is missing. The story starts to unfold with a lot of passion and of course suspicions flying all around. Suddenly the beautiful suburban life starting to show more and more cracks.
Underneath you can see the official trailer.
I highly recommend the movie, albeit with a caveat. It has some pretty intense scenes so the R rating in US (K-16 in Finland) is really necessary. Not a movie for the faint hearted.
A dreary bleak morning one would think. A beautiful mist, another would think.. I fall straight into that second category. I went out to chase the mist and try and capture some of the beauty of the nature.
I find that nature is so, so beautiful in the fall as the colors have so many hues. Then there is the fact that fogs occur more often than in the summer and together these two elements provide a nice “canvas” to work with.
The old medieval church and the small village beside it were nicely covered in the fog. The power of the sun though is still strong enough to melt the mist quickly so I was fighting against time, trying to get to a good vantage point to photograph it best.
Pretty dont you think? The field had given a good harvest and now only awaits the spring.
Coming back after the mist had gone I was captivated by these berries. A very good sign there will be nice opportunities to photograph birds in the coming weeks as there is a lot of food for them.
Just wanted to share a cool music video by a Finnish band that I like. The video was shot at a spectacular place in Bulgaria, which is the old communist party HQ or something. Love the architecture in this case, albeit I usually dislike/hate the communist architecture which was very err. plain. Not to mention hating the idealogy and the fact that the communist era destroyed a couple of generations lifes in many countries in Europe.
Anyway, enjoy the music video, I think the understanding of the words is not needed to enjoy it. 🙂 For now the place is a great thing to consider visiting if one goes to Bulgaria. UFO etc. More on this place can also be read at an excellent travel blog by Yomadic here. His travel blog is excellent so you will do well to visit and check out his other posts as well.
walking hand in hand, in the rain. (and more of course)