I’ve never really had problems moving out of Holland. Of course I do miss my family and friends, but I’m more the “home is where the heart is” type of guy. The country The Netherlands as such I don’t really miss (especially now with the whole spectacle in Dutch politics it’s not bad to be in another country, but that aside…). People do ask me on occasion if I don’t miss things from the Netherlands. “We” do have a couple of things in Holland that you don’t easily find elsewhere. Hagelslag is one (I won’t even begin to explain what it is, but suffice to say, for the sake of simplicity, that most of you would categorize it as chocolate cake sprinkles/decoration). Brinta (porridge) is another one, stroopwafels (syrup waffles) a third (don’t let ANYone fool you with fake ones! Dutch ones are the one and only originals!).

So whenever I travel to Holland I bring back a suitcase full of food stuff. Or, like a couple of weeks ago, when a friend went to Holland and brought back a 5-pack multi-package of Brinta :D
Or… Like last weekend, when you get friends over for a visit and they surprise you with a backpack full of all kinds of stuff. Excellent! :)
There’s no space left in any of the cupboards, drawers or elsewhere, so I guess I just have to eat everything quickly :D


Dig in ;)

aka A day’s world of oblivion, Guy 25

A couple of days ago I wrote about the beautiful sunset over Seurasaari. The same day I shot this sunset I also had the privilege of shooting the wedding of a wonderful Finnish/Japanese couple. The church ceremony was in Temppeliaukionkirkko (where I went scouting on Day 9) in Helsinki. I also went scouting on Seurasaari and both days I went scouting the weather was dreadful. I was preparing for a lot of improvisation, but lucky for the couple getting married, but also very lucky for me, the weather turned around 180 degrees despite the forecasts for more rain. The day of the wedding was a glorious day in many ways.

And I was the lucky photographer, who was invited home to the couple twice -before and after the wedding- to enjoy a fabulous Japanese dinner. I almost feel guilty charging them for the shoot. A great experience it was!


D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/3.3, Tamron 28-75mm, on-camera SB-800


D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, on-camera SB-800 (fill)


D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera SB-800 (fill)


D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera SB-800 (fill)


D700, ISO800, 1/90 sec @ f/4.8, Tamron 28-75mm, on-camera SB-800

And Ravintola Seurasaari just is this picturesque, fairytale-ish place.


D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/4.8, Nikkor 50mm

I promised to add some autumn pictures… More will probably follow still. It’s so beautiful right now! :)

I'm on a road to nowhere

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200

In line

D700, ISO200, 1/4 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm

I know, I know, but I promised I would (*try to*) write every day when I was at home. I’ve been in the middle of nowhere for the past days with a bunch of guys in a cabin without electricity and without running water. The only thing we had was a fireplace, a gas stove, oil lamps and a wood heated sauna.
Excellent pass-time!

Out in the middle of nowhere

D700, ISO200, 30 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm, rear-sync on-camera flash

So… Evenings barbecue and just … being… Day time sauna, swimming, sauna, swimming, sauna, swimming, etc. etc. Difficult life it was… The water WAS pretty cold, though. I’d say 8-9 degrees Celcius, no more. But well, we’re tough guys :D

Out in the middle of nowhere

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

Who would’ve thought… Not me… I usually don’t do this. You can find me on the sofa with a bar of chocolate or a bag of M&Ms any day. But this?
This is something She would do. This is something the Better Half would do, with a glass of wine for example. See I don’t drink alcohol, but I’m typically not a huuge fan of cheese either (I know, I know, being from Holland, being a genuine “kaaskop” (cheese head), as Dutch people are referred to). Sure, I like cheese, and I eat it. But you don’t -at all- make me happy with blue cheese or any other stinky chunk. But there I was… Had a great night with the fellow photographers from the camera club and I come home and find myself… digging up crackers from the drawer… grabbing a slice of Camembert from the fridge… and… what’s that there? Poison green pesto cheese. OMFG!! If only I’d drink wine, there’s still a couple of bottles in the drawer.
Too bad, now I just have to eat an extra cracker or five. Two with Camembert, three with pesto cheese. Umm… no, then I’m out of balance. It has to be an even number. Eight then!



D700, ISO200, 4 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

I’m shoeboxing a bit here. I haven’t been out half as much as I would’ve liked. It’s been SUCH gorgeous weather. But I’m gonna make up for it in the coming days. Promise!

For now you’ll have to make do with a part of one of those never-ending, ever-ungoing projects. This one is part of the Series-project. I shot it back in 2006/2007 over the course of one year. Sign on the ground for the tripod and then hoping that the sign will still be there when you come back in the next season :D I think I’ve got it on roughly the same spot quite accurately. Each of the season images is stitched together (manually, because back when the stitching software just sucked moosepeckers!) from 9-14 separate photos.


And of course available as prints. I must say they look really good on canvas ;)

The original size of the image is 200 x 42 cm (that’s 6.56′ x 1.38′ for you folks across the water).

Aino, Helsinki

All four seasons on the wall in a restaurant in Helsinki (on canvas mounted on wooden frame), size 200x42cm

aka A guy’s world of oblivion, Day 18

One (two in this case) picture tells more than 1000 words…

Sunset from Seurasaari

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm

Sunset from Seurasaari

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 50mm

aka A guy’s world of oblivion, Day 17…

Weddings always make for good pictures. And there’s a good chance there’ll be a bunch of kids around to liven the place up ;)

Wedding Filip and Sanna

D700, ISO400, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Wedding Filip and Sanna

D700, ISO400, 1/180 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, on-camera SB-800

Wedding Filip and Sanna

D700, ISO400, 1/180 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, on-camera SB-800

Wedding Filip and Sanna

D700, ISO400, 1/750 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm, on-camera SB-800

Wedding Filip and Sanna

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm, on-camera (fill) flash

Two houses to clean… *sighs* I tend to think I’m quite a cleaned-up and neat person, but when it comes to cleaning house…
The creature from the green lagoon is now also under my care. It’s her place which needs some cleaning up today…

Red-eared slider turtle

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 28-200mm, on-camera (fill) flash

It’s hard… it’s hard…
Lacking the loving hands of a woman in the house, the men even turn to each other for intimacy…

Day 15

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/2, Nikkor 50mm