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I guess I was lucky. We hit the tail of the third typhoon,  but got a few nice days still anyway.
These are the pictures of my last dive (for now). I’ve already planned my return.
Just can’t get enough of it!

Anemony

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Seaslug

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Nudibranch

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Golden cowry

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/4, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Ghost pipefish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

 

 

 

There was a reflection, and it was a peaceful place for reflection. Let’s leave it at that.

Forest casting reflection in a small lake

D800, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm

I’m thinking a seasons series like the one I did a few years ago would be really nice… 🙂
I’m thinking I just found myself another project…

Seasons

Seasons in Finland

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

Sometimes you run into the funniest things in the funniest places… Right there on the rocks, at low tide, all exposed 😀 Wouldn’t want to keep it from you:

Nature against you

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 50mm

I’ve been having this idea…
It’s been playing around in my head already for… about 10 years, I guess…
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it, but it must be something, since I can’t seem to let go of it.
I have a title for it (which I’m not going to put here), but the idea involves a combination of nature, people (industries) and how they influence each other.
This could be an example…

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/16, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/16, Tamron 28-75mm

Last weekend we went out to my better half’s family’s (I could’ve made that sound a lot more difficult, but it’s only Tuesday, so… 😉 ) summer house on the point of an island about 20 minutes out in the archipelago between Finland and Sweden. It’s a little pearl. I hadn’t been there since last year and it was great being back there again, especially now in fall. Last year the fall sucked moosepeckers (yeah, I know, I keep on saying that, but it’s all Wayne’s fault 😀 ), but this year’s it’s just been beautiful.
They forecast rain for pretty much the whole weekend, but instead we got a good storm on Sunday. Saturday was a gorgeous day. Sunny with a bit of clouds. Not seriously warm, but pleasant. Shame that we only had such a short time. This week the boat will be taken out of the water and prepared for winter. Maybe we get to drive to the summer house during winter… If we get some sort of winter this year… because last year the winter……….. 😀

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/4, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/350 sec @ f/4

D200, ISO100, 1/350 sec @ f/4

I also tried some panning. Really! It’s not as easy as it seams! Those… Heck, how am I going to say that in a decent way? I was going to say “those fucking dragonflies are so damn fast”… But really, they are. And they were fucking! So… Owwell… Just excuse me my french this time, I usually don’t express myself like this… 😀

D200, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/9.5

D200, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/9.5, Tamron 28-75mm

Supposedly the most popular place for picking berries and mushrooms in the greater Helsinki area. I went there with my better half for a good hike and some more colorful pictures than edible mushrooms. The lush green of the moss for example. It’s so soft that you have to suppress the urge to just lie down and go to sleep in it (I’m still not completely rid of my jet lag, so it really was tempting).

D200, ISO100, 3 sec @ f/13, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 3 sec @ f/13, Sigma 10-20mm

The marshes (Mustalampi) also looked very tempting. Looked, though… step in it in the wrong spots and you’ll be in water all the way up to your knees, if not higher.

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f13, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f13, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f/13, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f/13, Tamron 28-75mm

And many other colorful and less colorful things. If only we had more time… the 10 km walk that we did took us a good three hours. I take all the blame for it.

D200, ISO100, 1/90 @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/90 @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/13, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/13, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm

D200, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/5.6, Sigma 10-20mm