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It’s probably not a good idea to publicly confess this, but owwell… It seems that I got away with it this time.
But you know… The best pictures usually come from places where you’re not supposed to be at a certain time. I got some funky pictures in this place. It’s an old abandoned farm house, destroyed by fire for the biggest part (and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a collapse-danger), but very photogenic.

Check this out:

Facade of a farmhouse destroyed by fire

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Facade of a farmhouse destroyed by fire

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Finland is not known for its lovely summers and great weather. If you’re a tropical person, you have no business in this country, really. But it’s good for photography. There are four actual seasons here. Fall is by far the most colorful. Summer typically is actually quite boring, except if you’re a bug person and you like to “shoot” mosquitoes. Then you’re going to have a 3-month field day.
Anyway… summer here comes with a good amount of rain and a bit of sun every now and again. And that every now and again makes for a good opportunity, provided you’re in the right place at the right time. Fortune (coincidence?) wills that there were two days in a row that I was in the right place at the right time.

The first day I was at home (which is definitely the right place 😉 ). I’d been working on pictures for the whole afternoon and the whole afternoon the sky had been ominous and near-black. Rain had come down on and off and around 6pm the sky really ripped open (let out a fart, actually, too) and water came down like I’ve seen only a few times before. But as the saying goes “After rain comes sunshine”, it also did here. The sunshine actually came already during the rain, which made for this stunning urban scene:

Rainbow over Helsinki

D800, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 14-24mm

This image was stitched from three wide-angle images, so what you see is about… 140 degrees I’d say.
Funny detail in this image… Another saying / myth tells us there’s a pot of gold to be found at the end of the rainbow. The building on the left, where the rainbow crashes into… it’s the recycling center 😀

The next day I had agreed to go shoot with a friend of mine, if the weather was right. I drove to him, virtually in the middle of nowhere, straight after work. A really beautiful part of the larger capital Helsinki area. Also this day it had been raining on and off, and when I was almost at his place, I stopped on the side of the road to take this picture.

Stormy sky

D800, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 50mm

This is also a stitch from three images. Very foreboding, and not promising many good things. We ended up just chatting the first hour (and a half) or so, but in the end it did clear up and we took off into the forest and country side to do some shooting (more of those in a next blog post).
Then in the evening when I left it started raining again and already when I left from my friend’s place I could see the rainbow already. I drove up the street to a little red shed where there was a small opening in the trees and I could oversee the whole field including rainbow, where I took this stunning view. It was truly awesome. I took a number of pictures (this is also a three-image wide-angle stitch) and then stood there just looking at it in silence. I don’t know if the image itself does it to you, but it was absolutely magnificent. You do sometimes see a rainbow in these parts of the world, but never so complete and never really this clear.
And that two days in a row!

Rainbow over a field

D800, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 14-24mm

With this particular (second) rainbow I was also surprised that it stayed visible for such a long time. Usually when the rainbow appears it’s just when the rain stops and the sun breaks through and it’s maybe 5-10 minutes when you see it, but this one stayed on (not as complete, but still very clearly visible) for at least 45 minutes.

Which is why I still had more opportunities to shoot some. This was another one on my way home.

Rainbow next to a house

D800, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

I took it out for a test run today.
Nothing challenging, but interesting to do nonetheless. On my D700 I have the vertical grip. I haven’t got it on the D800 (yet, primarily because I think the Nikon grip for this camera is ridiculously overpriced at 450+€ + 155€ battery). Having only the standard D800 without battery grip makes it feel rather flimsy when you’re used to the extra grip. But it’s only a matter of time. The LCD is superb. Much better than that of the D700. Even in bright sunlight, which it was today, the image is very good.
In terms of file size it really IS a monster. I’ve never really been the big card kind of guy. Rather have several smaller cards, so IF something happens, you don’t loose too much, but for this little guy you really do need some massive storage. I had a nice 32 gig card for my D700, which fit about 1200 shots on lossless compressed raw. I put this card in the D800, formatted it and I could fit 400 shots. The D700 NEFs are between 12 and 15 meg, the D800 NEFs are between 40 and 50 meg. That’s gonna take a whole lot of storage space…

But in the end it’s worth it, I’m sure.
I’ll do some more testing under more challenging circumstances and see what comes out of this. The first ones are very satisfying. The colors are stunning, straight out of camera.
What I did notice, first thing when I took some test shots out of the box, is that the color of the pictures on screen has turned more yellowish/greenish. On the D700 it’s more reddish. The pictures on my calibrated computer screen are spot-on, though.

Rowing boat in Porvoo

D800, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

100% crop of a detail from the above image

100% crop of a detail from the above image

I pass this place frequently, and I’ve been meaning to take a picture of it already for quite awhile. Not specifically because of this, for this blog, but just because it’s such a cute, almost idyllic place.
Maybe in this particular form it’s not really such an idyllic place, but it shows well how looks can be deceiving. I wondered about it when I first saw it.

Idyllic place

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

Here’s one where I stepped to the left a few meters:

Idyllic place

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

That’s one of the chimneys of Helsingin Energia in the background. The exhaust is especially pronounced in winter, during those cold and crispy days.
(oh, and yeah, I did some stuff in Photoshop on the top one. It’s hardly noticeable, but I thought I’d mention it 😉 )