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I went out for a shoot with a friend the other day and -even if it’s more snow and winter- it’s a whole different world, like I wrote before.

Icicles

D700, ISO200, 1/1000 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Icicles

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

It’s really quite easily explained, but it’s still a wonder how this happens.
Did I mention before to get in closer? And don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. Lying on your stomach gives a whole different perspective of the world. You should try it some time ;)

Icicles

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Icicles

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

It really is a funny feeling when you realize that you’re walking on the sea. And that you hear cracking under your feet and you shouldn’t worry about falling through the ice ;)

Icy landscape with rocks

D700, ISO200, 1/750 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

Well… what can I say…
Grrr… :D

Icicles

D700, ISO200, 1/750 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Get in closer… Just give it a try…

Ice flowers

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Ice flowers

D700, ISO200, 1/1000 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro

Quickly in between…
So… As you’ve all noticed it’s winter here. I don’t mind so much, it’s actually a perfect opportunity to shoot some pictures. For (or against) the cold you can dress. The only thing it’s not so good for is cars and batteries. So guess what. Early shift this morning, meaning I had to be at work at 6am. Starting to drive at 5.40am the latest. Temperature outside is -29 degrees Celcius. And the car won’t start. Not a cough. Battery totally dead. It appeared that the electricity pole in which I plug in my engine heater is broken, so the past couple of days that I haven’t used the car it’s been just freezing to death, literally.
So everything happens for a reason, right? I took a cab to work, got a ride home from a colleague who drove me along a few stores where eventually I found a new battery (for a FRIGGIN 117€!! ARGH!!). Installed the thing, and brooom! :)
But I had to drive around a bit for the battery to warm up and charge fully. Threw in the camera bag for good measure, and rode off into the Sininen Hetki, the Civil Twilight.

Actually the Finnish “Sininen Hetki”, translated “The Blue Moment”, is a lot more descriptive than Civil Twilight. And well… Need I show why?
Only in winter, on the clearest, coldest of days, do you get to witness this kind of beauty :)

Sininen Hetki, Civil Twilight

D700, ISO200, 6 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Sininen Hetki, Civil Twilight

D700, ISO200, 8 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm

And of course it’s nice to have people take care of our fellow creatures in difficult times and temperatures like these…

Great Tit (Parus Major)

D700, ISO200, 1/170 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 70-200mm

That same light, directional as it is, also can create interesting shadows and patterns with a lot of contrast.

Fire escape

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 50mm

The light on those clear, cold days is always so nice. Especially around the time that the sun starts setting and the angle of the rays change. And that deep blue in the sky, it’s almost surreal.

Tree with snow fluffs

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Tree with snow on the branches

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 50mm

It’s funny… Most of the pictures I put here are snapshots, nothing spectacular or of any super artistic value. This is another one. It’s just “one of those”. But for some reason this one really appeals to me. Can’t really put my finger on it why…

Railing with stairs

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/4.8, Nikkor 50mm