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Black pufferfish – tetraodon nigroviridis
Photographed at approximately 8 meters deep.

Black pufferfish - tetraodon nigroviridis

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro, 2 Ikelite DS161 strobes

Black and white sea krait – laticauda colubrina
Photographed at approximately 10 meters deep.

Black and white sea krait - laticauda colubrina

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro, 2 Ikelite DS161 strobes

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

Ok, it’s not the best picture ever, and I know it’s out of focus, but it’s dang near the funniest picture ever.
I can’t help but go back to this image and every time it cracks me up.
For some reason it reminds me of Bill Clinton in court swearing to the judge and jury “I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN!”.
Don’t ask me why…

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

I’m not a super avid birder myself, but when I see nice ones I do like to capture them. I think I got a bit of the fever from a friend of mine I met back in the US last summer. When we drove home from a shoot we passed through a place called Ninepipes, which is supposed to be a bird-heaven. We sat there with our camera’s at the ready for close to two hours and shot some really nice pictures.

D200, ISO200, 1/400 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO200, 1/400 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Anyway… Last weekend when I went out on a hike with my better half we encountered a supposedly rare species (at least it was rare 18 years ago when my better half got her bird book 😀 ): a eurasian three-toed woodpecker. I missed a woodpecker already earlier that hike, because I had the wrong lens on, but this time I had it right.

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Most of the times you don’t have to go far to find something normal yet abstract.
Just a few adjustments makes a perfectly everyday subject into something… what, really?

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm, Photoshop CS3

D200, ISO100, 1/90 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm, Photoshop CS3

So yesterday after my life-threatening operation downtown Helsinki I went to a big store where they sell fabrics. There was one piece missing still for my home studio table top: a black backdrop.
I went into the store and enthusiastically asked for black silk, thinking it would be some 30 euros per meter. You can imagine my surprise that the cheapest suitable silk they had in store was closer to 70 euros per meter. That was a good amount more than I had budgeted and seriously more than I was willing to spend on it. So I had to downgrade… I found a very nice piece of Lycra or something and that was really the best piece after the silk I could find. The others were not really black, or too shiny, or dusty, or what not. But this nice piece of cloth still cost me 39 euros per meter. And I needed two meters at least. So… *sighs* about 80 euros lighter (oh, and a 50 euros parking ticket, because I parked three meters from a pedestrian crossing instead of five – that’s TWO tickets in two weeks, for crying out loud!!!), but a nice backdrop richer I went home to test it out.

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm, off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm, off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

I went out to get a bunch of leaves and I even had a really nice conversation with an old guy who was working in the garden close by. That’s such un-Finnish behavior! And I like it 🙂

Oh… And when I was testing out the backdrop, I found out why it was so expensive anyway… It said with big bold white letters “GIORGIO ARMANI” on it 😀
Hahahaha! Now that I come to think of it… How decadent is it really? I’m using a GIORGIO ARMANI cloth for my photography backdrop…
Oh my… where is it going with me?