La bella macchina. Ferrari California, the beautiful open top sports car.
City architecture in Kamppi.
Pizza from Krog Madame in Kamppi. Great food and nice atmosphere.
Spring light. Comes from an angle more often than not.
Small and almost pocketable. The 1 inch sensor cameras are really good nowadays. And every generation is better and better.
Sain toukokuussa kokeiltavaksi Canonin pienen mutta pippurisen pokkarin mallia G5X. Tavallisesta pokkarista sen erottaa useampikin asia. Tärkeimpinä eroina isompi kenno, erinomaiset säätömahdollisuudet ja mahdollisuus kuvata RAW-kuvia. Isoin ero vanhempiin itsellekin tuttuihin G-sarjalaisiin on erinomaisen elektronisen etsimen eli EVF:n lisäys. Itse olenkin tottunut kuvaamaan etsimen avulla, takanäyttöä käytän pääasiallisesti vain kuvien tarkisteluun ja asetusten tekoon.
Kameran ollessa päällä työntyy objektiivi hieman ulos, mutta kameran ollessa poissa päältä se mahtuu näppärästi ainakin pikkutakin taskuun ja esimerkiksi kohtuullisen pieneen käsilaukkuun.
Vertailun vuoksi, kamera objektiivi kiinni omassa kädessäni. Ei pahankokoinen vai mitä?
Tekniset speksit ovat erittäin hyvällä tasolla: 20 Mpix ja 1″ kokoinen moderni kenno, valovoimainen 24-100mm vastaava linssi. Wi-fi on myös tätä päivää ja G5X onkin erittäin hauska laite aktiivisella somettajalle. Kuvat siirtyvät nopeasti kännykkään tai tablettiin jolla nopea editti ja kuvat ulos. Ominaisuus, jota ei tiedä kaipaavansa ennen kuin sitä pääsee käyttämään. Toivottavasti se tulee vakioksi kaikkiin ammattikameroihinkin ajan myötä. Canonilla se löytyy jo osasta järkkäreistä ja epäilen että muutaman vuoden päästä jokaisesta mallista..
Kameran saamisen jälkeen ensimmäinen toimenpide itsellä on aina laittaa akku lataukseen, vilkuilla pikasilmäyksellä kameran hallintalaitteet läpi ohjekirjasen avulla. Ohjekirjan lukeminen tuntuu olevan kuitenkin usein hyödyllisempää siten että laitetta alkaa käyttämään ja kun ihmettelee miten tai miksi jokin juttu toimii kuten toimii niin kaivelen sen ohjekirjasta. G5X istuu käteen pieneksi kameraksi mukavasti ja säätimet olivat riittävän helppotajuiset että ohjekirjaa ei juurikaan kaivannut. Erillinen säätörulla valotuksen korjaukselle ja kaksi rullaa joilla säätää muita asetuksia mahdollistivat sen, että siirryin parin koenäpsyn jälkeen Manuaali-tilaan ja aloin todenteolla käyttää kameraa. Objektiivin ympärillä olevalla rullalla aukko, etusormella aika. ISO-arvo sopivaksi ja EVF:n avulla näkee heti valotuksen onnistumisen ja säätötarpeen suuntaan tai toiseen.
Every year, at least once it is nice to visit the most southern distcrict of Helsinki 😉 That is the city of Tallinn in Estonia. Divided by sea, yet so near and somehow so similar but different, it is a place where Finns go very often to visit. Oftentimes to enjoy the cheaper prices of alcohol and tobacco as well as well, almost everything is cheaper. A fast ferry will take you there in practically no time at all, and at a cheap price as well. The way from where most Finns come to Tallinn. The huge ferry/cruiseships that are constantly going between Helsinki and Tallinn are the slower way to go to and from the city..
Modern Tallinn with some skyscrapers and nice shopping malls etc. A mix mash of modern, soviet and local architectures.
The old-city, a fortified city from the middle-ages. Beautiful cafes, small shops and restaurants all cohesively in a beautiful composition of old meets new. Walking along those small alleys and roads is always a must when visiting the city.
I am by no means a landscape photographer, but I do love to try to capture some of those nice moments I come upon. Usually I dont have my tripod along with me so this means I need to work hand-held which in turn makes great landscape shots a pain to get right.
The plant in this photo is a real nuisance (Sosnowskys hogweed), it has no place in Finland, but has gradually moved as the weather changes from Russia. However even though the species is not nice, it formed a great compositional dimension to have some depth to the sun setting.
The sun had already set when I came upon this view with my bicycle. Nature is so beautiful, is she not?
As promised here is the second and final part of the Restaurantday photos.
Raw food. Chocolate balls 😉
The friendly restaurant manager.
Lot of people around in the Kallio district of Helsinki.
Finnish specialty, Karelian pastry or karjalanpiirakka. With eggbutter. Tasty!
Sushi to go?
Esplanade park in central Helsinki, packed with people enjoying the food festival.
Eagerly waiting for the next restaurantday. 🙂 One of these times I will be doing my own restaurant. But still the craving to be about and see what others are up-to has been too strong to resist.
Spring rushes on with amazing speed. Soon there will be leaves in the trees and everything will turn green. At the moment though, the colors seem to be more golden and yellow as there has been a dry spell for a while in Southern Finland. We have also been enjoying wonderfully warm weather since the beginning of Easter.
Golden hour is a great time to photograph the nature. A hike along one of the citys many small forests was by intention for fitness, but I took a camera along for the ride. Birds were not very co-operative and did not come close enough for a proper shot so I chose those subjects that were available..
Between the photos taken there was a small forest. And a herd of wild white-tailed deer. Unfortunately there was a lot of brush and they were very fast, so no photos of those beauties this time.
As ice forms on the waters of our fair land, the Finns always have a strong urge to go and walk/skate/fish/ski on the ice. It is also a custom that people go too early when the ice is not yet strong enough and there are news of people falling into the water and needing to be saved. Sort of sad, but seems to be one of those news that you could pretty much copy-paste for the coming winters.
This winter started late, but with a bang and now it has been proper winter for a month or so. The ice formed quickly even on the sea, and now it is also safe to walk on if the place does not have a strong current.
In the spring this will fill up with nice boats.
From the pier onto the ice.
Ice-skating is great fun when there is not too much snow on the ice.
All frozen in.
Just a fun stroll on the ice. And a hot chocolate to warm the body after the cold wind.
So, Southern Finland finally got her first snow of the winter. The word would be of course, finally, as last year the winter started oh, about two months earlier. So with almost a snap of the fingers the weather changed from dark, wet and relatively warm (+8 celsius) to around -10 with first snow on the ground as well. Positively, there is more light now and that has a very invigorating effect.
Here are a few snaps just after the snow came. If you have followed my blog for a while you can see how dark and wet it has been earlier.
As is obvious from the photos, there is not a lot of snow as of yet. But still rather nice, albeit I do not like if the temperature drops too low. At the moment its more a case of how you clothe yourself..
A lot of trees fell down in the last storm of the autumn.
A yearly tradition, a spectacle of light for the darkest part of the year was the past week in Helsinki. The light show aptly called LUX Helsinki featured different artists from home and abroad. There was snow and ice last year at the same time. This year rain, but quite warm, so it was a different experience altogether..
One of the main features was at the cathedral. Agatha Ruiz de la Prada & D-Facto: Corazón. A heart beating to music and different lights, beautiful work by a Spanish artist. My photo does no justice to this as I took it hand held and it of course shows only a small fraction of a second.
Here are a few more photos for your enjoyment, all taken around the areas of Töölönlahti.
The best comment for this: “Look, its an alien egg!” 😀
Lovely colors in this one.
Ring[z) by Philippe Morvan. This was a beutiful, long show with music.
I loved this piece.
A bit of sparkly shoes, eh ladies?
It is the darkest season in the northern hemisphere, and here in the very north the days still shorten day by day for a little time longer. After winter solstice it will slowly get better, although winter proper is still ahead. A good excuse for nice Christmas lights then..
The official Christmas shopping street of Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu has beautiful lights in the winter.
Shopping centers also have pretty decorations, ’tis the season for spending money after all..