Yah, I have something with darkness. And lightness.
If only I had my camera with me last night. Don’t you just HATE that? Always when you go out and you don’t take your camera you see something that’s worth shooting and you can’t recreate it.
There was a snow storm going on and the world was dark. Not only because it was night, but also because the snow was coming down so bad that you couldn’t really see anything.
And then it started thundering and there was lightning. Never seen that before during a snow storm. The lightning lit up the sky and because of all the snow in the air the sky had this neon blue-ish purplish color. Absolutely gorgeous.
But owwell… No camera… And even if I’d had it with me, I’d probably be too late anyway… *sighs*
But I got something else, that night that I went out shooting. While my buddy was lying on his stomach not 10 meters to the right of me shooting lights there, I got these.
It’s light, like in my previous post, but a whole different kind of light.
In color it looks totally boring, but in black and white it’s really dramatic, I think.

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/6.7, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/6.7, Tamron 28-75mm

It’s something everyone should try. It’s a whole different world out there when the lights are out. Or on, actually ;) And especially now with the snow and the cold weather when everything looks (and feels) crisp.
Note that you don’t need a star filter to create the star effect. A small aperture and a long exposure time do the trick very well.

D200, ISO100, 267 sec @ f/27, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 267 sec @ f/27, Tamron 28-75mm

Refuge

We had it coming already for a couple of days, and after 3 weeks of pretty much non-stop rain I was really looking forward to it. SNOW!
Some slush to begin with, but last night it started seriously snowing. Now I only hope that it’ll get more and that it’ll stay until next year. Last year’s winter sucked moosepeckers. We “celebrated” my first snowless Christmas since moving to Finland.

There was a little bug on the window looking out, probably content with itself being on the inside of the window, not on the outside. It IS quite important, if you’re a one-day fly that the quality of your life is good and snowless.
Unfortunately the quality of its life wasn’t catless and Cassandra did have a protein rich breakfast… And the fly turned out to be not-quite-a-complete-one-day fly.

Enjoy the snow while you still can...

Enjoy the snow while you still can...

I went on a night shoot with a buddy of mine and we passed (among others) by the Sibelius monument. It actually looks as interesting by night (if not more) as it does by day. It’s lit with a good number of strong, bright lights. My buddy came up with the idea to bring a couple of colored gels to put over the light sources. Not a bad idea. Not a bad idea at all! I will have to try that some time…

D200, ISO100, 2 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 2 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 3 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 3 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

I’ve been confronted with it now several times.
After uploading an image with a model in it to a stock agency, WITH model release, I received a message that the image was rejected because the model release didn’t have the signature of a witness.

One of the images happened to be of my better half walking on the beach. We were on the beach pretty much by ourselves, and certainly not in the position to ask any of the other early walkers to come and co-sign my better half’s model release.
So what to do?
Well, they said. Just get someone over (it can be any time, doesn’t have to be at the time you shoot the picture) and have them co-sign it.

So for all you co-photographers out there who weren’t familiar with this: make sure you have someone co-sign the model release as a witness, otherwise your images will be no-good for stock photography.

When I was in Missoula last summer one of my friends gave me a DVD to watch. A movie called Once.
It was a bit funny. It’s an Irish movie, but not the blockbuster type of movie. It was made in 2006 and it was released in Finland in July 2008, hence I hadn’t really heard of the movie until my friend pointed it out.
And it was a great movie. Well… Movie… More musical-ish.
Great music, great play.
And guess what…? This week, The Swell Season, the band with the guy and girl from the movie, played a couple of gigs in Helsinki and we were there. And it was great all over again.

We were a bit late with booking our tickets, the whole thing was sold out within 2 hours, so we ended up high up on the balcony on the back row. But but…. lo and behold… A couple of people didn’t show up and a guy came up to the balcony and offered us and some other people on the back row the seats from the people who hadn’t showed up. So we ended up all the way in the front, right up near the stage.
Oh, and did I mention it was great?
Wish I brought my big camera, but that would’ve probably been a bit obvious, so I had to make do with my cellphone.
But it was still great :)
Totally recommended!

Swell Season in concert in Helsinki

Swell Season in concert in Helsinki

It’s been on the minds of photographers around the world since way back.
Many photographers are told to, and have, also get themselves familiar in the area of (digital) video and moving images. The time that stills are taken from video images is drawing near.
Red Digital Cinema is working hard on making digital camera manufacturers obsolete. The toys that they have announced for the coming period are… well… very interesting to say the least.

Image courtesy Red Digital Cinema

Image courtesy Red Digital Cinema

The Epic 617, announced for 2010, is said to have a whopping 261 MP sensor with a 186x56mm sensor size. Imagine an image of 28000×9334 pixels.
I hope by the time this camera comes on the market, Apple’s released a G15, because otherwise processing the images might be quite the painstaking and time consuming ordeal.

This kind of gadget are still well outside my budget. But how long will it take for these things to get available for “normal” people?
And what will happen to photography?
I’m sure there’ll always be photography and photographers, as there will always be newspapers and books, but boy, this is a development…

It’s been pouring for the past couple of days. No chance to go out and make it back inside dry.
Owwell… Sometimes you don’t need to. If you look past the things you’re used to, the most common things can look wondrous :)

D200, ISO100, 15 sec @ f/22, Tamron 90mm macro, 12mm + 20mm + 36mm extension tubes

D200, ISO100, 15 sec @ f/22, Tamron 90mm macro, 12mm + 20mm + 36mm extension tubes

I’m a Photoshop guy… At least, that’s what I thought.
Over the past years quite a couple of things what I thought have changed.

I thought I was a dog person… Turns out that I love cats equally much.
I thought I was a Photoshop guy, turns out that I love Lightroom equally much.
I thought I was a nature photographer, turns out that I have NO clue what photographer I am…

What am I going to do?

Anyway… Here’s a little before and after, Lightroom work.
Nothing you couldn’t do in Photoshop either, but well… It’s easier in Lightroom, and it saves time not having to open it in Photoshop, and save an extra file in the collection.

D200, ISO100, 10 sec @ f/32

D200, ISO100, 10 sec @ f/32

Lightroom how-to

Lightroom how-to

End result

End result

So… now that I know that I don’t know a lot about photography, I started applying to a number of stock agencies. And even if I knew better, I also submitted a number of images from my previous life. I guess some were crap and got rejected by most of the agencies.
Not by all, though… And guess what…
After a first super sale which brought in a whopping $.30 (WOOOHOOO!!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not greedy or ungrateful or anything, but yeah… start wondering why I don’t put my best pictures in there when I get a magnificent $.30 per download) I was notified with a significantly better sale through another website. Another one of the images from my previous life made it into the sales books. At almost $5.
So yeah… For all generic images that don’t have that WOW factor it’s an easy little extra that builds up unnoticed over time.
I’m not going put that image here, because I don’t want everyone to copy my …. ahem… Just kidding  :D

D200, ISO100, 30 sec @ f/5, Sigma 28-200mm

D200, ISO100, 30 sec @ f/5, Sigma 28-200mm

National Geographic here I come!!!! :D