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This is something that’s been bugging me already for a looooong time.
You hear it all the time, in every bar, with every party. And it’s all screwed up.
Wikipedia writes this:

Going Dutch is a slang term indicating that each person participating in a shared activity pays for himself or herself, rather than any one person paying for anyone else. It is also called Dutch date and Dutch Treat.

I’m not quite sure where they got that, or where this whole impression comes from, but it’s seriously lopsided.
It would make a lot more sense if they would call it “Going Finnish”.
One of the first times I came to visit my better half – when we were still living in separate countries – we went out to a bar with her friends. I stepped up to get a drink and asked everyone what they wanted to drink, wallet at the ready. All of them, not one single exception save for my better half, looked at me like I had too much space cake.
“Hmm, well… ummm… we’ll come along to the counter and see” was the reply, as everyone stood up and took out their own wallet.

Is it because I’m from the east of Holland? Do they do things different there?
I don’t think so. My friends back in Holland live all over the country and every time it’s the same. I buy a round and the rest of the night it’s everyone else’s turn.

What do you mean “Going Dutch”?
It’s screwed up. Dutch people are one of the most generous people on the face of the earth!

ARGHH!
Someone needs to rewrite the dictionaries!

I had the privilege to shoot the wedding of two great individuals.
Refreshingly easy-going with their own creative ideas, but not stuck them (or on their mothers-in-law’s ideas) ;)

Helsinki has a stack of great locations to do weddings and aside the more traditional, like Hotel Kämp with its gorgeous red carpeted stairs we also went to the little less traditional former jail – now hotel / restaurant- Jailbird with an old isolation cell still in tact.

Traditional:

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/8, two remote flashes SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/8, Tamron 28-75mm, two remote flashes SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 28-75mm, two remote flashes SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 28-75mm, two remote flashes SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera flash

Less traditional:

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Sigma 10-20mm, two remote flashes SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Sigma 10-20mm, two remote flashes SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm, remote flash SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm, remote flash SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, remote flash SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, remote flash SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Awhile ago I wrote something about this expecting it to be a lot more frequent that I’d update this. Maybe people have gotten more my taste, or then I haven’t really been paying attention enough ;)

Anyway…
The other day I was walking with my better half through Helsinki city when I ran into this sad piece of work.
Like many of these kind of things I couldn’t help but giggle myself silly again.

I don’t think I need to elaborate on this ;)
Not to completely discard the owner’s privacy I didn’t take any images of the inside, which was as sadly over-done as the outside with a fluffy, hairy steering-wheel cover and a wooden butt and back massage “carpet” (among others).

Lada

Lada

Lada

Lada

Lada

Lada

Again: tastes differ…

I dug out the macro lens again after not having used it for some time.
Missed it. Cassandra was the first victim, but didn’t seem to care much.
Interesting stuff…
My better half has been telling me to shoot a series of pictures like this and frame them as a collage. I really should!

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.8, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.8, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.5, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.5, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.0, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.0, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.5, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/4.5, Tamron 90 mm macro, on-camera flash

Oh, before you start yelling that the eye has to be in focus…
This was done on purpose, for another purpose ;)

Värileikki

Värileikki

I’m having an exhibition with a fellow artist the coming two weeks. It runs from May 12th-May 24th.

The official opening is on Sunday May 10th, from 18:00-19:30 in Kässän Taidetalo in Virkkala (Tynninharjuntie 21).
If you’re from around, you’re around and you feel like popping in: welcome!

I stand corrected. At least partly.

I attended an Adobe seminar a couple of weeks ago and I during the break had the privilege to speak with Adobe guru Julieanne Kost. Where she confirmed the complaint about images not being linked to different catalogs, and the smart catalog things I wrote about, and the identity plate, and some other things, she showed me the simplest way of making the presets accessible throughout all catalogs (should’ve been able to figure that out myself, though).

There’s a setting in the preferences, of which the box is by default checked. This tells Lightroom to save all presets you make with the current catalog.

Lightroom presets

Lightroom presets

If you uncheck this box, all the presets you make after that (restart Lightroom, just to be sure!) are stored in the global presets folder and accessible by all catalogs.

Saves you some ranting :D

Simply Red is said to quit after they finished this tour.

We went to see them in Helsinki.
It was great. I can’t say anything else. The guy sings live like he’s in a studio recording an album.

And we witnessed a premier: for the first time in his career he dropped his microphone on stage :D
For that one of the lucky people on the front row got an autograph.

Go see them if you get the chance. It’s SO worth it.

(PS Apologize for the pictures. Taken with a point-’n’-shoot, from the other side of the arena, and I have NO clue how those work)

Simply Red on stage

Simply Red on stage

Simply Red on stage

Simply Red on stage

The after math of Finnish Labour Day, May 1st, Vappu, Vappen… It’s probably Finland’s most important and most looked forward to national holiday.
Also, it confirms Finland as the land of alcohol. To me at least. It’s not a statement that I got out of official channels, even though it’s globally known that Finnish people do like their share.

Although I try not to judge people, I sometimes frown upon people who are trying to make money the easy way (this generally involves all types of criminal efforts, and occasionally things related to social events).
But this one is just too easy to pass.
I remember from my childhood I would go to big events like motocross competitions or open-air concerts and stroll around the premises to find empty bottles and return them to the store for some extra cash.

Vappu in Helsinki is -seriously- THE best time and place to do such a thing.
I’ve been telling my better half already for a few years that I’m going to dress up as a bum one year and just stroll around Helsinki with big trash bags and a shopping trolley to collect empty bottles and cans.
And seriously… After today’s article in the Helsingin Sanomat (one of Finland’s biggest news papers) where it’s stated that there were about 29,000 empty champagne/sparkling wine bottles lying around Helsinki it’s all the more enticing.

Kaisaniemi Park, Vappu 2009

Kaisaniemi Park, Vappu 2009

Bottles and cans all over the place

Bottles and cans all over the place

Imagine… Here’s what you get from stores in Finland if you return them empty:
Wine bottles and champagne bottles: € 0,10
Beer cans and beer bottles: € 0,10 or € 0,15
1 and 2 liter Coke (or other soda bottles): € 0,40
0,5 liter soda bottles: € 0,20

According to the newspaper:
29,000 champagne bottles @ € 0,10 = € 2.900,-

I dare to say that for every champagne bottle there’s 3 beer cans or bottles (I wouldn’t at all be surprised if that’s way too little), but let’s round that down for reality’s sake anyway:

65,000 cans/bottles @ € 0,10 = € 6.500,-

Not quite sure what the ratio of soda bottles would be in relation to the alcohol, but let’s be generously negative about that and put it to 5,000. And let’s assume that those are only the 0,5 liter bottles.

5,000 @ € 0,20 = € 1,000,-

That makes together: € 10,400.
Not bad for two days of picking up bottles.
And it cleans up the streets, too!

I wouldn’t think I would get ALL of it, but even if I’d pick up 5% of that I’d still have about € 500.
I’m sure I can buy a bum suit for € 500.
And the 50 cents for the shopping trolley I get back when I return the trolley together with all the empty bottles and cans ;)

As a side note…
That same Helsingin Sanomat article (see link above) states that cleaning the city after Vappu costs the city around € 100.000,- each year.
Imagine if people weren’t too drunk or too lazy to clean up after themselves. Maybe the taxes would go down, too :D

Glada Vappen! :D