Travel Cam

P1000029I like to travel through pictures, witch means that I often want to go to destinations that I have seen great pictures of. And of course photographing is one my favorite things to do when traveling – obviously!

But my DSLR isn’t always the best travel companion, because it’s so heavy to carry. In Tallinn I missed a lot of photo opportunities, just because I was too tired to grab the camera from my back bag… Not to mention how I have to worry that it might be stolen! Still, I don’t want to compromise with the quality of my travel photos, some crappy cell phone shots will not do! As I have some wedding gigs approaching too, I also started thinking what’s my back up, if there’s any trouble with my equipment…

After I saw a good deal in a photography shop, the solution to both of these problem was clear = mini-SLR!  I’m love. ❤

So on Sunday, my new Lumix DMC-GM1  with a 12-32mm lens will fly with me to Croatia instead of my Canon 7D Mark II. All the pictures in this post are taken with the new camera. So I’m sure, it will do just fine in Croatia too. 🙂

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Raindrops & Stars

RU6A1614My blog has been quiet due to my busy schedule. Who would have thought being unemployed is more hectic than working-life? I have been lucky enough to get many shifts at work so it’s a soft landing in unemployment. The situation is about to change in a week or so. Then I’ll probably have a lot of freetime for real.

I just wanted to come by and share some pictures from Christmas Day, when it had rained but the sun came out just before sunset. The raindrops in the window looked like small stars in the sunlight. So pretty!

Actually, nature has been really beautiful lately on many occasions. I mean some how extremely, more than usual -beautiful. Sometimes I just have to stop and think how amazing some natural phenomenons are. Like the steaming sea in sunlight, surrounded by land covered in snow – just magical! Too bad I haven’t had my camera with me to testify all that, but I guess some moments stick to your mind even without a picture to remember them by… RU6A1654RU6A1620RU6A1641RU6A1612RU6A1650RU6A1610RU6A1626RU6A1633

Carnival of Lights

IMG_5321Linnanmäki, an amusement park in Helsinki, has arranged “Valokarnevaalit” (Carnival of Lights) for 10 years now. It means the park has opened some of it’s rides for a week outside the main season, and the park has been decorated with different lights. It’s a nice idea in the middle of darkening autumn.

As I’m a fan of amusements parks, I’ve always wanted to go, but I’ve never lived in the capital city area before at this time of the year! This week I finally got my chance.

I was waiting for the carnival because of the atmosphere but also because I though it would be great for photography. Photographing there was a bit frustrating for me though; I should have brought a stand for the camera with me and I should have had a better camera to begin with! I’ve been considering getting a new camera for quite some time already, but maybe now it really starts to be the time to get the wheels rolling… As much as I like my 50D, I’m starting to feel like development has driven past it.IMG_5456 IMG_5343 IMG_5327IMG_5355 IMG_5391 IMG_5394 IMG_5419 IMG_5427 IMG_5431IMG_5332

Midsummer’s Bonfire

IMG_2928The weather has been so cold all spring long, I couldn’t believe it was already time to celebrate midsummer! Even though the real “heat waves” always come after that, but I still think the weather should have been more summer-like by now.

We didn’t let the cold bother us though, and went to see the traditional bonfire and midnight sun in Naantali. We used to spent lot of midsummer evenings there when I was a kid, watching that same bonfire burning in front of president’s summer house every year. If you are in Turku or anywhere near Naantali during midsummer, that’s clearly the place to be. It was crowded, but there’s room for everyone by the rocks facing the fire and the sea.

In southern Finland the midnight sun doesn’t really “shine”, but it’s never the less light the whole night. After ten in the evening I could still see the sun peak, and I first woke up at six the next morning because the sun was shining so bright! These pictures were taken between 11 PM and midnight.

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Sun, please!

IMG_8234The last couple of weeks have gone by dealing with changes and adjusting in the new area and life. Now that everything starts to slowly settle and I’m not running around all the time trying to make the new home “home”, I notice that the weariness starts to show… As well as the outcome of long, dark nights or days when you hardly see daylight. I feel like winter has eaten up my energy, not to mention how freezing at the bus stop in the mornings starts to be boring too… I could use some warmth and sunshine!

While cleaning up because of moving, I went through some memory cards and found pictures from last summer when we visited Naantali with my friend M. That day was so hot and lovely. And Naantali was beautiful. That feeling of a burning sun came back to me, when I was browsing through the pictures. There’s no escape to south in sight, so I guess these kind of pictures will have to do. Fortunately we are already on the better side of the polar night…

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