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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

 

 

 

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

For the times you drive around and happen to DO have your camera along for a change, you might actually get rewarded with a scene worth photographing. The other day I was driving around through the country side just before a massive pour-down started. Just enough time to get the picture without getting wet.

Storm

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

It’s one of those underestimated holiday places, I think. You probably won’t find it in the travel tour guide catalog. And yet, it’s such a gorgeous place.
We were there in early March, which is probably not the best time to go, because it rains cats and dogs, but we were told we were still lucky with 3 dry days out of the 8 we were there.
The fact that it’s so humid there pretty much relates into everything you see…

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/1.4, Nikkor 50mm 1.4

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/1.4, Nikkor 50mm 1.4

D700, ISO100, 1/2 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm 1.4

D700, ISO100, 1/2 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm 1.4

D700, ISO200, 1/3 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm 1.4

D700, ISO200, 1/3 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 50mm 1.4

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

After spending the summer in Missoula, Montana (where the temperature during the day usually didn’t go under 25° Celcius (77° Fahrenheit), and the last two weeks of August in California, I’m back in good old Finland.

Weather shock!
It’s said that this has been the worst summer in decades, and well… seeing that it has rained the whole day every day, since we came back last week’s Tuesday, I can only agree.
As a “sad reminder” of how it could’ve been, had we not returned from California:

Sun, beach and rock'n'roll

Sun, beach and rock-n-roll