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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: 82 – Hay Bales at Xmas

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@200th : ISO 640 : 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 Take the city boy into the countryside and look what happens, he starts taking photos of xmas trees and hay bales right outside his mother-in-law’s front door. She has learnt to tolerate his strange behaviour as he obviously loves her daughter. The sun hasn’t risen above the treeline yet and the […]

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Finland 100: 81 – Blue Anchor on Red Shed

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@200th : ISO 320 : EV +1.0 : 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 so enjoyed my previous walk on Seurasaari that I went back there with my partner on another glorious winter’s day for more of the same. Blue skies, temperature of minus something, and those amazingly old wooden buildings collected from all over Finland at Seurasaari Open-air Museum. Even though the […]

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Finland 100: 80 – Lost Bear in the Woods

Sony A7RII : f/4@200th : ISO 500 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/2.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence The first thing that came to mind when I came across this bear in the woods is the phrase “Does a bear s**t in the woods”, a long way of giving a definitive ‘yes’ to a question. I’m not sure what this image of a lost bear would represent but […]

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Finland 100: 79 – Iced Window

Sony A7RII : f/5@80th : ISO 125 : 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 Continuing on from yesterday’s post, here’s another abstract, this time a close-up of a window pane covered in ice. There is no looking in or out of the iced window, just some lovely tones as the last rays of the setting sun catch the edge of the frame […]

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Finland 100: 78 – Sea Ice Forms

Sony A7RII : f/8@200th : ISO 1000 : EV +1.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence With the temperatures hovering either side of freezing the last few days, the sea water is at that dreamy stage between solid and liquid, with the swirls of ice on the surface creating lovely gentle abstract shapes. It’s difficult to get an idea of scale without anything to guide […]

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Finland 100: 77 – Corner Cupboard with Flags

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@80th : ISO 5000 : 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 It’s nice to see this particular collection of flags hanging out together and getting along nicely. It’s only when someone comes along and starts waving one about that passions start to rise. Being a bit of a mongrel of the world myself, I’ve always struggled to understand the […]

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Finland 100: 76 – Glass and Light

Sony A7RII : f/5@80th : ISO 200 : 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 coffee was okay, the cake was good, but easily the best bit was just looking out the window at the changing light. The yellow from the setting sun reflecting through the ice forming on the glass contrasted perfectly with the cold blue winter tones. And the baubles hanging […]

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Finland 100: 75 – A Path through Grass

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@200th : ISO 640 : EV +0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 A countdown of 100 images for the 100 days leading up to the 100th Year of Finland’s independence Exactly like what it says in the title, this is a path through the grass, on a not so early morning walk (because the sun wouldn’t be up yet) and a layer of frost over everything. This particular path is a cut-through made by people like myself and is to be […]

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