- New gallery: Circus Lumica in Kamppi Shopping Center
- New gallery: Winter Landscapes from Helsinki 2012-2013
- New gallery: Miss Helsinki 2013 Final
- New gallery: Winter Landscapes from Lapland and Kuusamo 2013
- New gallery: New Year 2013 Celebrations at Senate Square
- New gallery: I love me 2012 – Wedding and Evening Dress Fashion Show
- My exhibitions in Helsinki
- New gallery: Russian Ballet Stars in Lahti 2012
- Art of landscape photography
- Art prints
- Photography course
- Photography equipment
- Street photography
Category Archives: Nature
Last winter was very photogenic in Helsinki You can see my best winter photos from Helsinki in this Winter Landscapes from Helsinki 2012-2013 gallery. The locations in Helsinki that are included to this gallery are: Lauttasaari, Suomenlinna, Kallahdenniemi, Ruutinkoski and Market Square.
During this winter I was teaching in Kameraseura‘s advanced landscape photography course, and we had a many (over 15) field trips during the winter. So I had much more company on my winter photography trips than usually
I visited Kuusamo at the end of February. I stayed in Kuusamo eight days: First five days I was teaching at the winter landscape photography course arranged by Kuusamo-opisto. The last three days I photographed according to my own schedule.
It was not very cold, so the rapids were not very photogenic, but the Riisitunturi and Konttainen had excellent snow in trees (“tykkylumi” in Finnish). So during these eight days, I photographed mostly “tykkylumi”. I climbed to three times both to the top of Konttainen and Riisitunturi fells. Other places that I visited were: Ruka Peak, Myllykoski, Käylänkoski, and Kiveskoski. Full moon was visible during my last day, and I went to Riisitunturi to photograph it. The last four photos in the gallery are photographed in the moonlight at the top Riisitunturi
Tilt and Shift lenses are special lenses for landscape and architecture photography. I’m e.g. using Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L and Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II lenses. The T/S lenses allow adjusting the plane of focus quite freely. The plane of focus does not need to aligned with the sensor plane, you can set it even perpendicular to the sensor plane. This can be used e.g. to align the plane of focus with the ground level. This is a good tutorial about T/S lenses.
All T/S lenses are manual focus lenses, and if you use the tilt feature, the focusing (e.g. aligning focus plane with ground) can be tricky. There are some pre-calculated tables (link to pdf table) that tell you the needed tilt based on camera height and focal length. You can also focus the T/S lenses without any aids, just by iteratively adjusting the lens tilt and focus. But that can be time consuming.
Guillaume Sébire, a friend of mine, has made Tilt Calculator application to iPhone (link to iTunes) to determine the needed tilt. You input the focal length, camera height to the ground (or to be precise the hinge line distance, see the last image), and camera body tilt to the application (I’m not using focus distance input). Based on this information the application calculates the needed tilt and focus distance. It has even automatic body tilt measurement: you just align your iPhone to your camera body (e.g. put the iPhone against the LCD display), and application measures the body tilt automatically (see image below).
I’ll teaching landscape photography in Kameraseura after two weeks. There are still several places available in the course. You can buy the course from the Kameraseura web shop. The teaching language of the course is English and the material will be in English. The material is also available in Finnish by request (contact me in advance). Course is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers. Here you can find a short summary from my spring 2011 photography course.
The main emphasis of the course will be on the art of landscape photography (choosing location, right time, composition, use of light, camera settings, what lens and filters to use,…). But I will also go through the landscape photographer’s equipment (camera, lenses, Tilt/Shift lenses, tripod, panorama accessories,…). I will shortly describe my work flow and how I process my photos with Lightroom and Photoshop. All participants will also get feedback based on the their images capture before and during the course.
The course timetable differs from the earlier Finnish courses as the Sunday part is only in the evening. But as we do not have one hour lunch break on Sunday and Friday evening is little bit longer, this course is only half an hour shorter than the Finnish courses. And you have more time to select and edit your photos from Saturday to the Sundays discussion.
Winter arrived quite late, I took my first winter landscape photos in Helsinki only on 8.1.2012. But although the winter was short, it was quite photogenic You can see the my best winter photos from Helsinki in this Winter Landscapes from Helsinki 2011-2012 gallery.
A new Enchanting Ice gallery contains ice macros that I have photographed in Helsinki during last 5 weeks.
In August 2011 I visited Koli. I stayed in Koli and surrounding area about one week. During three mornings I went to photograph sunrise at the top of Koli. That meant that wake up was before 4 am….
I have launched a new website for my landscape photos: Maiseman Lumo (this new site is in Finnish). I will post only landscape photos and landscape photography related articles to Maiseman Lumo. I have there also information about my exhibitions and landscape photography courses.
Kreative Generation arranges art exhibition next September in Suvilahti. The exhibition works are partially selected based on facebook voting. So if you like my photos that I have submitted to Kreative Generation (they are visible in this blog post), please vote for them! Unfortunately it is not possible to give direct link to my photos in the facebook voting gallery, but my photos are numbers 50, 51, and 52 (out of 147). Note: before you can vote, you must like Kreative Generation’s facebook page.
Vote is on until 30.6. The selected photos will be displayed in Kattilahalli, Suvilahti on 14.-20.09. Here is the invitation to the Lookin’ good, Finland! event in September.
Kameraseura will arrange again a landscape photography course next autumn (14.-16.10.). The main emphasis of my course will be on the art of landscape photography (choosing location, right time, composition, use of light, camera settings, what filters to use,…). But I will also go through the landscape photographer’s equipment (camera, lenses, tripod,..).
The course structure will be similar as in my previous course (my recap from the previous course): On Friday evening we will go through the basics of landscape photography and look 1-2 landscape images from the course participants. On Saturday we will have field trip to some photogenic location. And on Sunday afternoon we will review Saturday’s images and continue the theory.
The destination of Saturday’s photography trip will be decided on Friday based on the weather forecast, and how good autumn colors we have.
You can book the course in Kameraseura website. This course (and other Kameraseura autumn courses) will become visible after summer. If you send me email, I will notify you when my course becomes available in Kameraseura web shop (my previous course was sold out about one month in advance).
UPDATE: The sale of Kameraseura autumn courses starts on 17.8.