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Mushroom

D800, ISO400, 1/250 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm, off-camera SB-800

Mushroom

D800, ISO400, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm

Mushroom

D800, ISO400, 1/125 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm

That’s what happens when the weather gets (or has been) wet(ter) the whole summer. But it makes for some interesting sceneries…

There are so many ways you can photograph water. But I must admit I was slightly lazy and unmotivated (could be because it actually had been raining for 3 days straight, how’s that for water? 😉 ). However, even laziness and lack of motivation can spark some creativity. I set up the flashes next to the tap and let it drip slowly. A little twist on the drop in the water pictures you see come by every now and again.

Focusing is a pain in the ass, and you have to be surprisingly fast with pressing the (remote) shutter. I missed a good few. But I also got a good few nice ones 🙂

Tap with waterdrop

D800, ISO1600, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.8, 2x off-camera SB-800

Tap with waterdrop

D800, ISO1600, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.8, 2x off-camera SB-800

Just like the Finnish Sininen Hetki, the civil twilight, it lasts only for a brief moment. And if you’re at the right place at the right time, you may see some out of this world things…

Sunrise

This is an HDR image put together from 5 different exposures. D700, ISO200, 1/30-1/60-1/125-1/250-1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Sunrise through the forest

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

So it’s early morning… Sun’s rising, fog’s coming up from the water, which, by the way, is totally still…
Lovely! It was kind of chilly, but refreshing. If I wasn’t dying to go back to bed (after sleeping for only a few hours), I would’ve sat down on the pier and… just sat…

Sunrise over a lake

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

Sunrise over a lake

D800, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 50mm

It’s a hard life… Working the graveyard shift. Getting to bed at 3am and getting up again at 7am to shoot some pictures… (I know, 7am isn’t even THAT early, but after 4 hours of sleep it is!). Luckily around here come fall/winter the sun rises later, so you don’t have to get up at 3am to shoot a sunrise. Or some mist, for that matter.
After the mist I wrote about earlier I wanted to see if I could get some more. Of course I could.
You’d think that with all the bright and vibrant fall colors, all you’d want to do is shoot color, right?
Well… I squeezed in a black and white one. The mist does it quite justice, I must say.

Mist

D700, ISO200, 1/45 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm

And we’re not done yet with the fall… Working on more!

You can just keep on writing about it. It’s so beautiful.
Sometimes you pass a scene that makes you want to return. And of course it’s never the same when you return. It was like that here too, but the scene was still pretty.

Fall 2011

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/9.5, Nikkor 70-200mm

When these guys come out, you know “that” time has come.
“That” time in “this” country means an abundance of colors, shapes and other goodies to take pictures of.
Other pictures will follow, I have no doubt, but for now I’m sticking to this particular (poisonous) hallucinogen: the fly agaric.

Fly agaric

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm

Fly agaric

D700, ISO1600, 1/180 sec @ f/16, Tamron 90mm macro

Oh, and have you ever wondered why they are called “fly agarics”?
I have. And I never really understood (must admit that I never really try to find out why either), but well… Here you go:

Fly agaric

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/9.5, Tamron 90mm macro

Apparently in the early days it was used as an insecticide and it clearly works well. This bug isn’t peacefully enjoying its sunny day, it’s RIP-ing in its colorful coffin. The mushroom isn’t a flesh eater, though.

 

Promised some studio stuff still. So here you go. And that really was pretty much the last of fall. Onto winter, snow and cold.

Fall leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Fall leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Fall leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, 2x off-camera SB-800 with Photoflex softbox

Wow… I was a bit too optimistic with yesterday’s prognoses of having a few more days.
Today: frost, defrost, rain, rain, rain, overcast, rain, overcast, more rain…
Let’s cherish yesterday’s beauty with a moment of silence…

Autumn colors

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

Autumn colors

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

I think I have a few more days before this gorgeous autumn will have run its course… Shame. I’ve been out way too little.
The other day, when I brought my friends to the airport for their trip back home I passed this beautiful stretch of land which was … can’t even describe it … explosively lit by the setting sun. Clear blue sky, autumn colors, camera at home… Right… Crap… Will have to come back. Sun will have set, light will be different. Tomorrow, same time… Drizzle, overcast… Double-crap! Day after tomorrow… Triple…! ARGH! Don’t you just hate it!
But today…! I’m allowed to have some luck, right? Patience is a virtue!

Autumn in Finland

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm

Autumn in Finland

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

I think tomorrow still… Then the fire’ll go out quickly. There was frost on the windows of the car already, and there’s even been some snow already downtown, so… But I saved some for a home-studio experiment. More on that another day 🙂