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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Turku harbour evening stroll

Turku harbour sunset

Turku harbour sunsetTurku har­bour is one of those places that I some­times take for grant­ed. I live so close that it often becomes the “default” place to pho­to­graph. Espe­cial­ly after work or if I don’t have much time to devote to pho­tog­ra­phy. The har­bour area man­ages to com­bine urban and mar­itime aspects, which are two of my favorite sub­jects to pho­to­graph. There are even some “wildlife” pho­tog­ra­phy oppor­tu­ni­ties in form of seag­ulls, jack­daws, wag­tails, etc.

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Kuressaare, Saaremaa 2015 – Part 1

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Kuressaare Episcopal CastleKures­saare is the west­ern­most town in Esto­nia and the cap­i­tal of Saare Coun­ty. Anoth­er name for the town is Arens­burg which refers to the Kures­saare Epis­co­pal Cas­tle. This is a rel­a­tive­ly unknown name here in Fin­land, so I’ll stick with Kures­saare. I was there four days in 2015, but at that time I didn’t do any blog­ging. This means that I’ve nev­er writ­ten about the trip any­where or even edit­ed the pho­tos. I had a good time and came back with a lot of shots, so I’m going to sep­a­rate this sto­ry to two or even three posts.

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Opportunism in photography

Summer car for sale.

Opportunism emerges.Most, if not all pho­tog­ra­phers are oppor­tunis­tic crea­tures. The sever­i­ty of this con­di­tion heav­i­ly depends on the type of pho­tog­ra­phy they’re inter­est­ed in. With some, the oppor­tunism comes and goes dur­ing the years, but oth­ers can be just ter­mi­nal­ly oppor­tunis­tic.

Opportunism scale

Very mild oppor­tunism could man­i­fest itself as a want to take pho­tographs because of beau­ti­ful weath­er or of a type of flower that just hap­pens to be in bloom. More aggres­sive and chron­ic oppor­tunism is usu­al­ly linked to jour­nal­is­tic pho­tog­ra­phy where some­thing news­wor­thy hap­pen­ing or not hap­pen­ing could make or break the sto­ry.

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Helsinki excursion

The Finlandia Hall

The Finlandia HallThis week I spent two days in Helsin­ki, the cap­i­tal of Fin­land. Unfor­tu­nate­ly (in regard to pho­tog­ra­phy) this wasn’t a vaca­tion but a busi­ness trip. For­tu­nate­ly (in regard to pho­tog­ra­phy) we had a bit of time off here and there, so I could take a few pho­tos dur­ing the event. The weath­er hap­pened also to be on our side dur­ing both days.

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Fujinon XF90mmF2 – First impressions

Flood sticker sunsetThis week I added the first lens to my Fuji ecosys­tem, the Fuji­non XF90mmF2 R LM WR. Well, not exact­ly the first since I did get the body with the Fuji­non XF18-55mmF2.8–4 R LM OIS kit lens. My orig­i­nal goal was to go with prime lens­es only. The only thing was that my wal­let didn’t agree with me on that when I pur­chased the cam­era in Decem­ber. With this goal in mind, I’ve been scout­ing the Finnish for sale forums and gath­er­ing up funds for lens­es since I got the cam­era. View full post!

Photographing tits

Blue tits stare

Blue tit stareLast Sat­ur­day was the first time since the begin­ning of Jan­u­ary we man­aged to get out and pho­to­graph some birds. Par­don the word play here, but talk­ing about tits is always fun­ny. ;)

Like I men­tioned in the last post, I’ve been suf­fer­ing from a per­sis­tent sinusi­tis and flu for about a month and I’m still not in 100% health. Things should get back to nor­mal in a few weeks time. I just need to final­ize a few long over­due projects. View full post!

Elevator lights

Elevator lights

Elevator lights I’ve had my eye on these ele­va­tor lights reflect­ing off of the ele­va­tor walls for quite some time. Now that I have my Fuji X-T20 always with me, I decid­ed it was time to pho­to­graph them. I used the Acros sim­u­la­tion with red fil­ter in cam­era and final tweaks were made in Light­room & Pho­to­shop.

In other news

I imme­di­ate­ly slipped from the week­ly blog­ging sched­ule I set for myself, but I had a good rea­son for it. I’ve been sick as a dog for the past month with sinusi­tis on both sides. It didn’t clear even after two antibi­ot­ic treat­ments. Only after I got pre­scribed cor­ti­sone it final­ly cleared, but I was award­ed a more regular flu right after that. A month of being sick strange­ly sucks the cre­ative juices out of a per­son.

The blog should be back on track again soon with more con­tent and I’ve got plans for clear­ing up my sched­ule for more pho­tog­ra­phy and blog­ging. But more on that in the next post. I’ll also try to pub­lish more this sort of short one image posts now that I’ve got some idea on how SEO works with this kind of posts.


Fuji X-T20

Fuji X-T20 box

Fuji X-T20 boxThere have been a num­ber of changes and addi­tions to my cam­era gear dur­ing the last few years and the newest mem­ber to join the fam­i­ly is the Fuji X-T20. The rea­son for this recent pur­chase is that I want­ed to have a small but capa­ble cam­era to be with me even when I’m not going out specif­i­cal­ly to take pho­tos. View full post!

Blog reboot

2018 fireworks blog reboot
What could be a bet­ter time to reboot my blog than the first day of the year 2018. Well, Christ­mas would have also worked since me start­ing to blog again is a small mir­a­cle after all. View full post!