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Here is where images often first appear, before I have had time to develop a Project or Photo Essay to its final stage. It is the place to share some of the material I have been working on at an early stage of the process, together with the experiences around the work. Dive in and see what you find. For a more precise dive, select a category.

Sun Loungers

PotD: Off-season for Sun Loungers

Sony A7R3 : f/6.3@320th : ISO 250 : EV -0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (94mm) The sun loungers created some interesting shapes, like some weird insects hibernating for the winter. This image is also from the same walk as the previous two postings, so definitely a productive morning walking along the southern tip of Helsinki.

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Seascape

PotD: Seascape off Helsinki in Morning Light

Sony A7R3 : f/10@800th : ISO 200 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) A seascape from the same walk as my previous post, when the sea was just starting to freeze over. With the low morning light and the steam rising off the water, it was an absolutely stunning setting. Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place, at the right time, with a camera. Makes me think of the master, J.M.W. Turner, though all I had […]

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Sea Mist

PotD: Suomenlinna on a Winter’s Morning

Sony A7R3 : f/5.6@1000th : ISO 125 : EV +0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) One from earlier on this winter, on a morning stroll when the sea had only recently frozen over and steam seemed to be rising from the water as it gradually transformed from a liquid to a solid state. Suomenlinna, a fortress island with a thriving creative community, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. In silhouette and rising out of the fiery vapours, […]

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Fenced Off

PotD: Mental State I: Fenced Off

Sony A7R3 : f/8@125th : ISO 320 : EV -0.7 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (55mm) I’ve walked passed this spot hundreds of times and never felt the inclination to stop and photograph the strip of fence. But, on this particular day, it just seemed to capture my mental state perfectly. Those fences one tries to construct, whether to keep stuff in or out, they may seem like they’re doing a great job but chaos is never too far away. True […]

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Rock Party

PotD: Granite Rock Party

Sony A7R3 : f/8@125th : ISO 500 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) Just round the corner from where I took the shot of the white concrete monolith in this recent post, I came across some granite rock faces with seemingly random splashes of colour sprayed on them. Knowing the area quite well, I know this was where a lot of street art had been happening on the wooden boards surrounding the Olympic stadium during its recent renovation. The boards […]

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A Misty Morning in Helsinki

Wanderings in the Mist After uploading a few Photo of the Day posts from last week’s misty morning, I thought I’d gather them all into this collection and add a few that hadn’t made it up yet. It may have taken me a little longer to make it into the office that morning as I wandered from one spot to another but it definitely made for a lovely way to start the day. And always fun to see the world […]

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Mercedes Benz yacht

PotD: Black Yacht & White Mist

Sony A7R3 : f/8@320th : ISO 200 : EV -0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (54mm) Continuing on with the series of images from my wanderings around Helsinki in the mist sometime last week, here is one of a black Mercedes Benz yacht standing idle but proud in the surrounding white blanket. I have to say, it looked super cool, in a powerful, slightly menacing way, just waiting for the right moment to slip away and hunt its prey silently down.

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Reeds in the Mist

PotD: Reeds in the Mist

Sony A7R3 : f/8@100th : ISO 400 : EV +0.7 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (51mm) The very thick mist over Töölölahti, or Töölö Bay, the other day created a wonderful opportunity to capture some ethereal scapes. With most of the details blanketed in mist, the line of the reeds heading gracefully towards the centre of the frame was all that the image needed. And, even though I’ve lived here for a long time now, it still amazes me that this […]

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