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When you’re in a country where the rainy season has just started, chances are good you’ll find yourself sitting on the open patio (or if you’re in luck, somewhere outside without any cover 😀 ) watching the rain come down.
Over here it’s like the sound of static noise on the radio. But during and after you could get some nice pictures…

Rain drops falling on leaves

D800, ISO6400, 1/2000 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, burst series

Drop on a leaf

D800, ISO6400, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm

Flower

D800, ISO6400, 1/2000 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

 

And of course, it may happen so, that in this kind of weather (or any kind of weather, for that matter) other *little* critters may come out to have a look as well…

Spider

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/4, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Spider

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/5, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

 

 

 

Last week I spent a few days in my other home country. I had planned to go out at least one day, even just for an hour, just me and my camera, to shoot some pictures. A little bit of me-time. There was that one day, and I took camera and tripod and took off into the fields. I was mainly looking to dive into some more (and other than bumblebees this time) bugs, and maybe some nice flowers. I think it was too warm with 28°C, because there wasn’t much activity.
Save for all of a sudden a dog that came running at me and jumping against and around me. Its owner came walking towards me with a second dog, apologizing for the first dog’s behavior (“It usually never does that!”), but I didn’t mind at all.
I guess in the end I’m more Dutch than I am Finnish. This wouldn’t usually happen in Finland, where people are typically so private towards strangers that they wouldn’t even greet you when you bump into them. We kind of fell in chit-chat mode and I walked up with the lady, who -coincidentally- appeared to be an amateur photographer and member of the local camera club. We spoke about photography in general, about the places she had been, where I had been, what I’d done (“actually just published an article in a Dutch magazine about HDR and cross-processing”, “oh, really? Are you here still next week? Our camera club has a meeting and sometimes we have guest speakers. This would be a subject a lot of our members would be interested in!”), and so on and so forth. We walked and talked together for probably 45 minutes, when I noticed I had to take a different turn, back to where I came from. Time had passed in the blink of an eye, and I kind of had forgotten how much more open people really are, especially in the part of the country that I’m originally from.
I didn’t get to shoot too much pictures, and I didn’t get too much me-time, but I really enjoyed my walk and talk with this lady. I hope (going back into Finnish mode now) she wasn’t offended by me accompanying her on her walk with her dogs. I hope she enjoyed our talk as much as I did…

Ladybug

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Leaf

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm
(loooooove the intricacy of this one 🙂 )

From my post about the last bit of fall there was a bit left…
I read an article in one of the photography magazines that I get and decided to try out one of the things they showed there. I’d saved one of the leaves and put it in a bowl of water in the freezer to let it freeze over. I forgot about the whole thing and it’s been sitting in the freezer all that time. But not anymore!
It’s really a fun experiment to try 🙂

Frozen leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/20 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro

Frozen leaf

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm macro

Me and my better half spent the time around New Year in my old hometown in Holland. Surprisingly it was colder there than it was in Finland at the time.
Made for some nice scenery pictures with the frost on the leaves and the bright lights in the sky.

D200, ISO100, 1/125 @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm

I tend to think of myself as a person who notices things. Ok, selectively at times, but quite a lot of the time I really do notice things. Call it an eye for detail, if you will.
My parents are over here for a visit, and it’s at those times, when we get visitors from abroad, that I catch myself on having turned “local”. Meaning that I overlook things that are beautiful, but common to me. I always try to see things. I always try to find the art and beauty in especially common things, but sometimes there are things that just slip through the maze.
Today we went on a walk through the forest and my mom pointed me to one of those things.

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800