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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: 90 – Axe with Deckchair

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@160th : ISO 4000 : 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 This is another shot from my recent visit to my mother-in-law’s place just outside Turku and, like every other Finn living in the countryside, there’s always at least one axe and saw close to hand. A plentiful supply of chopped wood is needed throughout the year, not just for the […]

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Finland 100: 89 – Trestle Tables and Stool

Sony A7RII : f/9@160th : ISO 800 : 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 I very nearly ended up titling this post ‘A Study in Grey’ but decided that would be a bit much. I’d taken the ferry to Suomenlinna and was just wandering around on another beautiful sunny winter’s day when I came across these trestle tables on a deck by the water’s edge. It so […]

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Finland 100: 88 – Classic Sweets at Fazer

Sony A7RII : f/8@100th : ISO 1600 : EV -0.3 : 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 by Karl Fazer cafe the other day and just had to pop in to look around to see if they had done anything special for the xmas festivities. Popular with tourists and locals equally, it is the flagship cafe of the Fazer empire and has been here since 1891. And I would imagine the wrappings […]

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Finland 100: 87 – Washing Line and Stone wall

Sony A7RII : f/9@200th : ISO 2000 : 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 title pretty much says it all. Understandably, the washing line is not seeing much action in the middle of winter but I thought it would be worth pointing out a particularly Finnish trait. If you’re going to build something, build it to last. That wall and that washing line […]

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Finland 100: 86 – My Baking Heart

Sony A7RII : f/4@100th : ISO 1000 : EV -0.7 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence It’s the final weekend before xmas. Time to bring out the pastry dough, the cookie cutters from out the back of the cupboard, and turn the oven right up. A little bit of flour sprinkled on the counter, some heart and soul into the rolling, whack them into the oven and finish off with […]

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Finland 100: 85 – Wooden Barn with Metal

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@200th : ISO 400 : EV -0.3 : FE 90mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence I came across this barn on a cold, clear morning when out walking with the kids. The sun has not risen above the treetops yet but the clear blue sky is reflected in the corrugated iron of the roof and every blade of grass is covered in a […]

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Finland 100: 84 – Rotten Apples on Ice

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@200th : ISO 1600 : 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 Yes, there are definitely a few rotten apples out there but, in the right light and crusted in ice, they can still look quite appealing. Just remember to keep the rotten apples out of your barrel because you know what they say. Personally, I’m still recovering from a friend’s birthday party last […]

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Finland 100: 83 – Hay Bales, Side View

Sony A7RII : f/7.1@250th : ISO 1000 : 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 The same hay bales as yesterday, this time from the side. The sun has just managed to get high enough to hit the tops of the trees, the mist is rolling in in the background, the deserted farmhouse is still standing… And, funnily enough, seeing the hay bales […]

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