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Know the feeling? You see something gorgeous, but you’re in the wrong place and can’t move elsewhere and if you go later the opportunity will be gone?
I had that today.
So I had to improvise.

D200, ISO100, 1/250 @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/250 @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

Ok, it’s not the best picture ever, and I know it’s out of focus, but it’s dang near the funniest picture ever.
I can’t help but go back to this image and every time it cracks me up.
For some reason it reminds me of Bill Clinton in court swearing to the judge and jury “I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN!”.
Don’t ask me why…

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

I’m not a super avid birder myself, but when I see nice ones I do like to capture them. I think I got a bit of the fever from a friend of mine I met back in the US last summer. When we drove home from a shoot we passed through a place called Ninepipes, which is supposed to be a bird-heaven. We sat there with our camera’s at the ready for close to two hours and shot some really nice pictures.

D200, ISO200, 1/400 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO200, 1/400 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Anyway… Last weekend when I went out on a hike with my better half we encountered a supposedly rare species (at least it was rare 18 years ago when my better half got her bird book :D ): a eurasian three-toed woodpecker. I missed a woodpecker already earlier that hike, because I had the wrong lens on, but this time I had it right.

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Maybe you’ve figured it out… I’ve got something with moss…
I wanna sleep on it…

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1,4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1,4x teleconverter

And we came across this rock. My better half pointed out after seeing it on the screen that the rock with the grooves in it looks like a forest. And she’s right! A forest in a forest in a forest in a….

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm

We went back to the old church in Espoo and this time we also had a peek inside.
Old-fashioned beauty, totally matching the beauty of the outside.

D200, ISO100, 2 sec @ f/16, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 2 sec @ f/16, Sigma 10-20mm

We’re lucky enough to have our balcony face west. So every night (provided the weather’s co-operating) we are witness of a sunset. And we’ve seen quite a lot of them, in all different sorts and colors.
Tonight was a version we haven’t seen before, though. Kind of weird clouds on one side, threatening, and then on the other side a clear sky, divided by… Well… yeah… Divided by what, really?

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

Most of the times you don’t have to go far to find something normal yet abstract.
Just a few adjustments makes a perfectly everyday subject into something… what, really?

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm, Photoshop CS3

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm, Photoshop CS3

Jean Sibelius is one of Finland’s (and the world’s) most famous composers. He was the composer of (among many others) the Finnish national anthem.
I can write a whole lot about him that’s already written all over the place, so I’ll just stick to the images.
In the middle of Helsinki is the Sibelius monument. It looks like a bunch of organ pipes and when there’s a good wind you can actually hear some “music” when it’s blowing through the pipes.

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/45 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/45 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm