architecture

I’ve been out of town already a couple of times, and figured I’d have to change the title to “Touristing in your own country”. I probably will in time. For now it’s “area”.
Last year I happened to pass this church in Kirkkonummi. There was snow then when I passed, and of course I didn’t bring my camera. Next time I passed with camera it the snow was gone and it didn’t look half as interesting. It was a crappy winter last year and I didn’t get any other opportunity.
But you know the saying… Patience, virtue…
Now we have snow. So I give you the church of Pyhä Mikael.

D200, ISO100, 26 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 26 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm

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

This morning I was surprised by a mail from Spider Awards. I entered a few images for the Black and White Spider Awards and one of them was a nominee. It didn’t win in the end, but being selected out of thousands of images from 62 countries is quite good, I think.
It sure made my day 🙂

D200, ISO100, 1/10 sec @ f/4.5, Sigma 28-200mm

D200, ISO100, 1/10 sec @ f/4.5, Sigma 28-200mm

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

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

Having guests over is really a good opportunity to go around to places you haven’t been to yourself.
Today we visited Hvitträsk (= White lake), an “old” mansion in Kirkkonummi, where even my better half hasn’t been before (and she’s lived in this country her whole life!).
It’s a stylish old house, designed by three architects in the end of the 19th century. It was in either one of the architects’ possession until 1949, after which it was sold to a private person. In 1969 it was sold to a private fund who turned it into a museum and in the early 80s the Finnish state got ownership. Now it’s slowly restored into its original state.
It’s a beautiful building in a beautiful area.

D200, ISO100, 0.7 sec @ f/32, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 0.7 sec @ f/32, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 30 sec @ f/11

D200, ISO100, 30 sec @ f/11, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/16, Sigma 10-20 mm

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/16, Sigma 10-20 mm

Oh… And if you’re interested in those three architects I was talking about… There’s very little on them in the English wikipedia, but here are the names (the links go to the Finnish wikipedia): Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren, and Eliel Saarinen.

I should really change the title into “Touristing in your own country”, but owwell… I’m sure you get the picture 😉
This is Lovisa, my better half’s father’s home town (I could’ve made that sound a lot more difficult, but it’s only Tuesday, so… 😀 ).
Although this red is a very typical color for old farms and barns in Finland, these “barns” are a bit more updated. It’s still very authentic, but they are relatively new buildings. They were used for storage of stuff that was unloaded from ships docking into the harbor.
These days they’re used as restaurant, bar, museum and sauna (among others). They’re closed during the winter, but in the summer there are little terraces all over the place and it’s a great place for tourists to sit down, and take a rest.

D200, ISO100, 1/750 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/750 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

Maybe it’s part IIIb, or something. I forgot to add the picture to my post yesterday.
Or then maybe it really is a separate post.
What you see in the picture towards the left is Kauppatori, in the center of Helsinki. I took it pretty much from the porch of the Uzpenski cathedral.
Usually those trailing head and tail lights are pretty cliché, but I think this one is kind of From a Different Angle, which makes it that much more interesting.
There’s a market every day, six days a week. Mostly for tourists. All kinds of useless little things you can get there. There are (old) ladies sitting there and knitting hats and mittens. You can buy (over priced) reindeer hides, and other stuff you don’t need.
One good thing: always fresh fruit and vegetables. And that for a reasonable price.

Very much worth the visit, if only for a good cup of bad Finnish coffee in a heated market stand and to have a taste of the atmosphere on a cozy little market.

D200, ISO100, 49 sec @ f/32, Tamron 28-75mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 49 sec @ f/32, Tamron 28-75mm, remote shutter release

I’ll be gone for the weekend. Holidayweekend or weekendholiday. I think I deserve that after processing about 10,000 images in the past couple of weeks 😉
Back on Sunday eve. Or Monday… Have a good one!

So we had a double touristing on the Dome Church (weren’t those lights sweet?). But I have another one…
The Russian orthodox church is a whole different kind of beauty (and it has its own lighting). I will have to go back to shoot some pictures of the inside, because that’s as gorgeous as the outside, if not more gorgeous (whereas the Dome church -in my opinion- is fairly boring once you get inside).
Uzpenski, which is the name of the Russian orthodox church, is just an impressive building. It just radiates discipline and strength and in the tungsten lighting at night it very much looks like a castle.

D200, ISO100, 45 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 45 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 123 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 123 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 48 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 48 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 46 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 46 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

This week and next week are Helsinki Design Week 2008. A lot of design and art stuff, obviously (wonder why the got the name, eh? 😉 ), and this evening there was a Finnish group of people who were going around town to light up a couple of buildings.
They had big torches and used different colored filters to change the color of the light beams.
It gave some really nice effects. Like painting with light, but then different 😉

D200, ISO100, 6,4 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 6,4 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 15 sec @ f/8, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 15 sec @ f/8, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

And remember one of my previous posts about touristing in your own town?
They also worked on the Dome church. They’d switched off all the regular lights and did all the lighting with different colored torches.

D200, ISO100, 27 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 27 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 42 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 42 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release

D200, ISO100, 35 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 35 sec @ f/22, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release