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Was feeling a lot better today, luckily. Not completely 100%, but good enough to go downtown and do my appointments.
Driving back home around noon I got stuck on the motorway behind a car which was going 65-70 km/h and kindof swerving from left to right on his lane. Motorway on that particular stretch allows 80 km/h. So, you’ll probably say, stop nagging and pass the car. Right. But the car was driving on the left lane. And overtaking on the right as such isn’t allowed (yes, yes, I sometimes do it).
So I drove behind the car for about 4 kms and then it finally moved to the right lane. I passed it, and the driver was typing a  message on his phone. Of course, figures!
So here -and Finland in general- are two things, notorious left-laners and hand-held drivers, that I think should be permanently banned from traffic. Finnish people in traffic, or at least 90-95% of them, are otherwise likes saints on a celibacy-workshop.
In Holland the fine for hand-held driving is 150€, and is pretty strictly enforced by the police. In Finland it is prohibited by law (not sure what the fine for it is here), but I don’t think the problem is accepted for its full danger, unfortunately. My trip home was about 25 kms and took about 30 minutes. In that time I passed a lot of cars (yes, yes, I drove about 10 km overspeed on the motorway) and I counted 11 drivers either talking on the phone or typing a text message or email, or whatever.
That’s 11 x 150€ = 1.650€ made in about 30 minutes. I wish I made that kind of money! Talking about the Golden Goose!

Get those off the road would be a whole lot better than chasing people driving 5-10kms overspeed on the motorway… I think…

Old mobile phone stacked on a new mobile phone

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro

Soo… the Better Half’s in Cambridge now, catching up on the Student Life again.
I went there with her, to make sure all her shoes made it there, because they didn’t fit in her suitcase 😀

Cambridge… Yeah… What can I say…?
I usually go to new places without any expectations, with an open mind. I tried that here, too. I knew it’s a place with a long history, lots of old architecture, etc. etc., but it still blew me away how much there really is. It’s beautiful. I have a whole lot of pictures from the place, but I haven’t yet processed them all. Will show some of that later.

In this post I just want to show that those Brits (at least those in Cambridge) are a bunch of silly people, no offense! *LOL*

Warning sign

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

Warning sign

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

Do leave a message if you need me to explain 😉

Ok, it definitely is not the highest quality shot, nor the most creative one, but it was fun (getting the finger from quite a few people when I was preparing the camera for this, zig-zagging from left to right on my lane steering with my knee while doing that 😀 ). Sometimes reactions to your photography from your environment are more fun than photographing itself.

D200, ISO100, 16 sec @ f/27, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release (I was THAT clever at least ;) )

D200, ISO100, 16 sec @ f/27, Sigma 10-20mm, remote shutter release (I was THAT clever at least ;o) )

The setup for the shot, taken with a samsung U600 camera phone. If you plan a shot like this, take your tripod and anchor that in the car. And for god's sake! Be a pro and wait until dark :oD

The setup for the shot, taken with a Samsung U600 camera phone. If you plan a shot like this, take your tripod and anchor that in the car. And for god's sake! Be a pro and wait until dark! ;o)

So: put your camera up on the dash board (or on the tripod anchored in or on your passenger’s seat if you’re better prepared than I was. Wait until you drive into the tunnel, press the shutter release, keep it pressed (or lock it) until just before you drive out of the tunnel.
And if you’re smarter than I am, and not so impulsive, wait until dark. It’ll be easier, and better.

Don’t try this at home if
1. you don’t have a driver’s license
2. you can’t multi-task
3. you can’t photograph
4. you are easily offended by fingers 😀

WARNING! The cruise control is NOT an auto-pilot.
I repeat: The cruise control is NOT an auto-pilot.

The small print: You’re responsible for your own actions. You can’t blame me if anything goes wrong. I might’ve given you an idea, but you are the one who voluntarily wanted to execute it 😉