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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.

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Finland 100: 98 – Broken Reeds in Cracked Ice

Sony A7RII : f/14@640th : ISO 800 : EV 0.0 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence I was walking along the coast on yet another sunny winter’s day and came across this wonderfully graphic scene. I love the way the warm and cool tones mix together to create an initially chaotic abstract, until you are able to recognise the reeds for what they are. Then the incredible amount of detail within the […]

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Finland 100: 97 – Ice Crystals in the Sun

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@250th : ISO 500 : EV 0.0 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence There’s something special about those mornings when the sun has finally risen above the treeline and the dried out grasses that are still standing are covered by a thin layer of ice crystals. I’m still getting used to having a macro lens in my kit bag but love […]

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Finland 100: 96 – Misty Morning in Winter

Sony A7RII : f/8@250th : ISO 640 : EV 0.0 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence A celebration of the lack of colour that can abound in wintertime on a misty morning. A few minutes earlier the skies were blue and the sun was adding some nice contrast and sparkle to the frozen dew. Then the mist came rolling in and all the colour disappeared. This […]

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Finland 100: 95 – Promenade with Gap

Sony A7RII : f/16@1/4sec : ISO 500 : EV +1.0 : FE 25mm f/2 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence Just off the coast of the southern tip of Helsinki, the small island of Uunisaari is joined to the island of Liuskasaari by a man-made granite promenade. It has been here for many years, long enough for the metal rail to have rusted through completely in the sea air, with […]

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Finland 100: 94 – Xmas Tree in the Wild

Sony A7RII : f/7.1@250th : ISO 800 : EV 0.0 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence Public Safety Announcement: a domestic xmas tree has escaped and been spotted roaming in the wild outdoors. It is not known how it managed to get away from its tinsel chains, nor unplug its lights and remove its baubles. Although no presents were damaged during the escape, the owner’s cat is in a state of shock and […]

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Finland 100: 93 – Icing on the Cake

Sony A7RII : f/4@200th : ISO 1600 : EV +1.0 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence For breakfast, bucks fizz and croissants stuffed with cream cheese and smoked salmon, quickly followed by the present opening excesses, before heading off to the kitchen to act as sous chef to my mum. Many hours later, the xmas dinner was on the table – turkey, stuffing, chipolatas rolled […]

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Finland 100: 92 – Santa time is here again

Sony A7RII : f/7.1@125th : ISO 1600 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence The presents beneath the xmas tree should have all reached their intended destination by now, providing joy and goodwill to all, at least in Finland, where the loot is opened on xmas eve. I reckon this is because Santa doesn’t have far to travel to get to all the kids […]

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Finland 100: 91 – Balloons a Party Make

Sony A7RII : f/4@60th : ISO 400 : EV 0.0 : FE 35mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence The festive season is upon us! It’s Friday night, with the last of the office xmas parties going great guns. As we all know, balloons and glitter add that special festive gloss to any occasion, just make sure to take the balloons down before returning to work after the holidays. […]

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