And to cool down from the previous post…
Go have a cup of tea with one (or some) of these delicious waffles.

Stroopwafels

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

In Holland I always was a big sucker for these, but when I moved to Finland I couldn’t get them anywhere! But that has changed :)
It happens so that Theun “Tomppa” Willems (www.siirappivohveli.fi) is making these delicious things and he’s delivering to a number of supermarkets (and ever expanding his “territory”).
He knew that I was a photographer and asked me if I could make a couple of pictures of the packages so he could use it in his marketing material. He brought me a whole box full of them and told me to open as many packages as I had to in order to get some good pictures.
In the end I opened only one package, but Theun (bless him)  told me I could keep the whole box. Of course no protest from me on that end.
Sadly the box is already empty so I will have to give him a call to see if I can order another box :)
Life is good!

A couple of months ago we did a workshop on nude photography with a few fellow photographers from the local camera club. Excellent workshop leader and excellent model made for some really nice shots. Main focus point was the curves of the body. I’ve noticed that I’ve always been more a “detail” type of guy, so this was right up my street :)

Nude photography

D700, ISO1600, 1/180 sec @ f/1.7, Nikkor 50mm

Nude photography

D700, ISO1600, 1/125 sec @ f/1.7, Nikkor 50mm

Nude photography

D700, ISO1600, 1/180 sec @ f/1.7, Nikkor 50mm

Nude photography

D700, ISO1600, 1/180 sec @ f/1.7, Nikkor 50mm

I did one of these before, looong time ago.
Happen to run into another one awhile back. A typical case of pimp my ride. So what I’m wondering is… (yep, prejudiced here!) whether this person with Estonian plates on his/her car doesn’t understand the sign of a wheel chair (apart from that the Estonian and Finnish language are so similar, signs should be pretty universally understood) or if he/she is blind (which probably gives her the right to park here, but then he/she would really need a card in her window to show that he/she actually has a license to park in this spot.
It just seems that the combination of this kind of a car and a disabled person is a bit uncommon…

Sadly overdone AND parked illegally...

Taken with Samsung Galaxy S and its dodgy auto settings

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… 😀

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