Windmill of nowhere

Photo taken on a foggy day in November 2016. 

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Last row

Winter has first arrived and now it seems gone again. Nature is poised between winter proper and autumn.

Last week we had the first snow here in Helsinki and now as I write it, it has melted away as the weather took a sudden turn for the warmer.

I have been totally immersed in my work life, as I have, once again taken a leap to another work place. Seems the time between workday and the next is way too short currently, but I have a lot of faith that the situation will get better as I get more and more into the job and learn the new people and the new things I have to be responsible for. Still a huge change. Photography has been taking a second fiddle and the writing of the blog has been totally out of my mind for the time being.

I am thinking of how to breathe more fresh air into this, probably something like a photo a day again would be good.

Last row before the winter. by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Took this photo with my trusty Nikon as a old lady was out for the last row of the season before winter arrived with snow, ice and coldness. A beautiful moment for sure!

How are all you doing?

 

 

New cameras

I had the chance to visit the largest camera &electronics fair in Finland. Digiexpo is a yearly event and is often the first place to get to play around with new models. There were models introduced in Photokina so new models with also some very good discounts for buying at the fair. Here are some thoughts on cameras if you are interested.

The highlight for me this year was the new Samsung NX1. Got to play around with one that had the grip on it and a 16-50 F2 -2.8 lens.  Have to say that it impressed me as much as the Fujifilm XT-1 last year. Maybe even more considering the different backgrounds of Fuji and Samsung.

The NX1 felt good in my hand size-wise and the focus was really fast. I am used to pro dslr focus speed and that felt as fast. Very nice. The evf and screen were excellent as well. I would really, really love to have one for a while and see how it is to use with time. I have no doubt one could create great photos and video with it. The NX1 has specs that are pretty much class leading in everyway.  It can do 4k video and should be similar to the Panasonic GH4 as well. I Hope they sell well and continue to bring good lenses to the market as well. I think they should also try to get  Zeiss to make Touit lenses for the Nx system as well.

As a side mention I as a very large handed fellow feel that almost all mirrorless cameras need to have an accessory grip for me to have a good trusting hold on it. Same goes for the Fujifilm XT -1 as well as the Olympus EM-1.  Almost unusable without a grip. The Sony A7 series is quite similar as well. I just love the fact that cameras are getting lighter and smaller so as to be more travel friendly but it has its downsides.

The Fujifilm XT -1 Graphite looked really nice and old school and X100T was nice as well. Love them both. But with the above caveat. XT-1 with grip and a couple of primes would be really nice to have as a smaller system.

Got to play around with the D750 Nikon as well. First feelings are that it is a bit differently molded and even though it is much smaller than the Nikon D810 it seems to give a good grip. Still on my list of going to buy at some point as I have a lot of Nikon F-mount lenses already. 

The Canon 7D mk2 was also present and it is very good and seemed to focus very good as well. Good camera if you shoot sports of birds etc.

Chasing mist

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 village

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.

Photograph Chasing mist by Jere Ketola on 500px
Pretty dont you think? The field had given a good harvest and now only awaits the spring.

Birdfood2

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.

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Crab season

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In Finland as well as Sweden it is customary to have big parties and enjoy eating crab amongst friends and family. Of course it is also a good excuse to drink wine or even snaps of vodka..

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It is also a smells a bit of the old class-system as it is very much a thing of the more wealthy people (more and more also the normal middle-pay people as well).

Still, it is very much a Finnish thing to do in the autumn when the season  for crab is here.

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The eating is very much a messy affair with very little meat to be eaten from one crab. The main Part to eat is in the rear and then a bit in the scissors.  There is also a delicious fluid in the crab which is customary to be sucked out.

The crab are usually served alongside toast and are eaten as an apperative as it is not very filling.

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Excellent meat to eat as main course after enjoying the time spent playing with the crab..

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And a nice dessert. Perfection.

This nice three-course dinner was eaten at restaurant Sunn beside the Senate square in the center of Helsinki.