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Instagram logo on wood

Instagram logo on woodInsta­gram, the promised land of self­ies, atten­tion seek­ing and pho­to fil­ters. Now I’m not real­ly into any of those things. But still, mak­ing an Insta­gram account has been on my mind for a long time now. So after an ardu­ous thought process, plan­ning and com­ing to terms with the flaws Insta­gram has, I final­ly decid­ed to hop onboard the Insta­gram train.

I’ve test­ed the murky waters of Insta­gram a few times in the past. The first time I gave up before even cre­at­ing an account. I just did­n’t like the aspect ratio con­straints and the small 800px max­i­mum image size at that time. The sec­ond time was much more recent. I decid­ed to cre­ate an account, but just for fol­low­ing peo­ple. This way I could see how Insta­gram works and if it would ben­e­fit me as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. As it turns out, I do like the func­tion­al­i­ty even with the flaws it has.

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2018 – A year in retrospect

A toy bear sitting inside a hollow log2018 was the year I real­ly want­ed to end on a high note, but that just was­n’t in the books. Let’s say that I’ve been hiber­nat­ing until now. I some­times jok­ing­ly iden­ti­fy as a bear because I’m a big and quite hairy fel­low. To clar­i­fy, I’m refer­ring to the actu­al ani­mal and not the gay cul­ture ref­er­ence.

I’d like to be able to deny that the short days and dark­ness this time of year does­n’t affect me. But as it turns out, they real­ly do. I tend to do quite well at work, but at home I don’t seem to get any­thing done. The dish­es start to pile up and the clut­ter inten­si­fies. It usu­al­ly takes a few weeks to get myself out of this funk, but this win­ter has been par­tic­u­lar­ly dif­fi­cult.

I’ve also been suf­fer­ing from a per­sis­tent sinusi­tis for over three months. This just may have some­thing to do with my lack of ener­gy. Now the days are get­ting longer, and we have even had a few sun­ny days. Things are lit­er­al­ly look­ing brighter. The apart­ment looks decent again and I’ve even tak­en the cam­era out a cou­ple of times.

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Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 6

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 6Project Fifty-Six­ty – Week 6 is over and out. And I knew me being on time with week 5 was just a fluke. I should be back on track mov­ing for­wards. In fact, I’m so late with this week that I thought, “in for a pen­ny, in for a pound” and post­poned pub­lish­ing the post until now. I do have a rea­son for halt­ing the project for a while. I need­ed a new (used) car and I had a dead­line to find one. This took a lot of research, test dri­ves and tire kick­ing, so I did­n’t have enough time to work on the blog at the same time.

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 6

This week was a turn­ing point for autumn. Most of the leaves have fall­en by now and only a few strag­glers hang on still. The win­ter is def­i­nite­ly near­ing, which isn’t actu­al­ly a sur­prise. I don’t enjoy the short­en­ing days one bit, but soon enough it’ll be spring again.

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Saaremaa, Kuressaare 2015 – Part 3

Green wall and metal stairs.Sat­ur­day was reserved for explor­ing the town, but a few mem­bers of our group were able to arrange a tour of the Saare Yachts pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty. This sound­ed inter­est­ing enough, so we signed up for the trip. On our way back we had lunch at a restau­rant called Kohvik Kodu­rand and ate some garfish (or nee­dle fish), which was very tasty.

The rest of the day we walked around the town and tried to see the “real” Kures­saare. I want­ed to explore the less touristy places, so we head­ed north to the res­i­den­tial areas. This was a good move and I found a lot of things and places to pho­to­graph.

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Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 5

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 5Project Fifty-Six­ty – Week 5 is in the bag. I just knew I would get the tim­ing right at some point. That being said, I’ll prob­a­bly be late again next week.

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 5

The days are get­ting dark­er. And fast. Mon­day was the halfway point for the project and I can see the need for more stu­dio-type shots in the com­ing weeks. On sun­ny days it’s still pos­si­ble to go out after work and pho­to­graph. On cloudy days it’s already dark before I get home from work. The tran­si­tion to stan­dard time in two weeks will cut an hour from the evening. This on the oth­er hand might work for morn­ing shots if the weath­er is nice.

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Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 4

project fifty-sixty – week 4Project Fifty-Six­ty – Week 4 is final­ly here. I cer­tain­ly took my sweet time with this one but I’ve had quite a full week until now.

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 4

I think this project has made me more aware of the weath­er and changes in nature than I have been before. Autumn is usu­al­ly just some­thing that goes by. But when you have to con­tem­plate every day if you can go out and pho­to­graph or is it rain­ing cats and dogs, it makes you observe things more close­ly.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first part here.

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Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 3

Colorful maple leaves

Project Fifty-Sixty - week 3Project Fifty-Six­ty – Week 3 is here! And so is autumn. The whole week was cold, windy, rainy and every­thing in between. The sum­mer is def­i­nite­ly over.

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 3

This week I decid­ed to make things even more com­pli­cat­ed for myself. I have total­ly flipped my sleep­ing sched­ule around. It’s always been dif­fi­cult for me to get out of bed and I’ve always been a night owl. Work­ing as a bounc­er when I was younger did­n’t help the con­di­tion in any way. Late­ly I’ve been show­ing up at work between 9:00 and 10:00, which is fine by my employ­er, but not fine by me.

Now I’ve been going to bed at around 21:30 and wak­ing up at 5:30 every morn­ing and it’s going sur­pris­ing­ly well. I have much more time to work on my per­son­al stuff in the morn­ings and I’ve been at work at around 8:00. This chal­lenge is one rea­son for going with this change, since the days are get­ting short­er and short­er here in Fin­land. Soon it will be dark by the time I’d usu­al­ly get out of work, so out­door pho­tog­ra­phy would be a no-go.

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Saaremaa, Kuressaare 2015 – Part 2

Derelict wooden boat

Derelict wooden boatSaare­maa was bathing in sun­light when we woke up the next morn­ing. The weath­er was gor­geous, which bode well for our day trip to the Sõrve Light­house. And since we were stay­ing at the Grand Rose spa hotel, my dad and I decid­ed to start every morn­ing, well, at the spa. This meant ear­ly wake-ups, but I’d say it was worth it. The spa was nice with sev­en dif­fer­ent kinds of saunas and many pools includ­ing a cold pool. If you weren’t awake before tak­ing a dip, you sure were after.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first part here.

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Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 2

Project Fifty-Sixty - week 2Project Fifty-Six­ty – week 2 is up! One thing I should have recalled from the 30/30-project I did in the past, is that I should treat it more like a diary. Edit­ing the pho­tos on the same day and writ­ing at least the dai­ly the texts as well. I did­n’t do this for the first week and paid the price in sleep depri­va­tion before pub­lish­ing. Which I planned on doing on Sun­day, but real­ly got to it on Mon­day. View full post!

Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 1

A big-ass daisyflower

Project Fifty-Sixty week 1Nam­ing this project Fifty-Six­ty might seem like an error in my log­ic, but it’s not. Still, it might need an expla­na­tion (at least if you’re not Finnish). I once did a project called 30/30, which meant I shot at least one pho­to a day for 30 days with my then new Sig­ma 30mm f/1.4 lens on my Canon 7D. Basi­cal­ly, I just want­ed to get to know that lens and get myself out and shoot­ing more.

The idea behind project Fifty-Sixty

Now I’m shoot­ing with all Fuji gear, and I want­ed to rein­vent and redo the chal­lenge. I usu­al­ly car­ry the Fuji­non XF 35mm f/1.4 lens on my X‑T20 body every day, so that seemed like a good can­di­date for the project. I first thought about doing a 35/35-project, but it just did­n’t sound right. Next, I con­sid­ered that this lens equates to rough­ly 50mm focal length when the crop-fac­tor of Fuji bod­ies is tak­en into account. Then I remem­bered what the great­est ski jumper of all time, Mat­ti Nykä­nen, once said when asked about his chances in the com­pe­ti­tion: “The odds are fifty-six­ty.”.

That set­tled it and now I’m shoot­ing with my 35mm, 50mm equiv­a­lent lens for the next 60 days and post­ing at least one pho­to per day. Let’s get this show on the road!

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