Archive of news which did no longer fit to front page
2009-05-10 Early spring photos
Excuse for not posting anything for a month this time is that I didn't take much photos, and had again
business travel to Brazil and USA. I went few times photographing, but mainly it was testing
of trekking gear and scouting for good locations for summer, the nature in April is still gray/brown/dead.
Link to all 24 added photos, below links at end of chapters open subset of these photos.
Eräpyhä is "mountain" and area for trekking etc. I visited the nature
conservation area, which is at Orivesi's part of the whole area. The area was nice, a lots of cliffs and
old forest. However I would not go there to photograph landscapes - even from the highest
point the landscape could not be seen because forest was blocking the view, small blocks of the
nice lake landscape could be seen, but not photographed.
Link to 5 photos from Eräpyhä.
Siikaneva is nature reservation area for swamps. I visited there at 2nd weekend of April
and it proven to be very good test for my new tent and sleeping bag. During the day it was +10C
or so, but at when the sun set it was generally around -2C. Unluckily the night I was camping
in Siikaneva proven to be extra cold, it was -8C (hard to say since the thermometer there was
didn't have very accurate scale). My sleeping bag had -5C the lowest "comfortable" temperature
and it seems it's accurate rating since it was a bit chilly with normal underwear. On 2nd day
everything inside tent was wet, including camera and I didn't want to risk and just put it to
bag and did let it try 2 days at home before opening the camera bag. So no photos on 2nd day...
Link to 4 photos from Siikaneva.
Liesjärvi is national park, which most
interesting feature is narrow ridge (Kyynärharju), which separates two lakes from each another. In addition
to that there is plenty of old forest near Korteniemi. The camping place at Savilahti is in very nice location,
just by the lake. Again I got disappointed to the advertised viewpoint in
Hyypiökallio and other
Between 1st May and 3rd May I actually made two separate visits to the national park. On
1st I went there with tent and other needed gear for overnight stay at wilderness and quite soon find
out that trying to carry photo equipment and needed trekking gear requires quite good fitness... bag weight
was 31kg and I was very exhausted carrying it. On the second time I went to Liesjärvi, I just took photo
equipment and cooking stuff and bag weighted about 21kg and it was much easier to carry.
Link to 15 photos from Liesjärvi.
I decided to photo some birds to fullfil "expectations" (every 2nd person in forest asks "have you seen any birds / any
good bird photos / etc." when you carry a camera in forest, which personally makes me pist off like there would not
be anything else to photograph - personally I could not care less about birds). I had 300mm lens and 2x extender
so I had 600mm lens, and even still most of the photos had the bird less than 1/10th of the image width. The included
photos are not cropped, except the one with large dark gray birds from which I cropped the top and bottom off since
they did not add any value from composition point of view or didn't contain any additional information.
2009-04-04 Photos from Brazil and India
At end of January I was travelling for work to Brazil and India. I had some time to take some tourist photos
29 photos from January added to picturebank.
2009-03-24 Nine photos from last weekend
Spring is coming, at least if weather keeps as sunny as in weekend we get rid off the snow
9 photos from last weekend added to picturebank.
Since I purchased Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.4/35-70 and Leica Vario-Elmar-R 80-200mm f/4 I have been
photographing a lot with zoom lenses. I was first afraid that this would affect negatively to my photos, since
zoom lenses tend to make photography "too fast" and photographers typically don't consider enough composition
and perspective, just stand in one place and zoom back and forth without moving. Photographing only with primes
for last five years has teached me something and I was able to manage perspective and compositions pretty
well. But afterwards looking the photos, on some locations I did see my own tendency to shoot around without
thinking too much.
This year I will be carrying a lot lighter kit with me while travelling or hiking. I plan just to have these
two mentioned zoom lenses and wide prime (either Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25 or 2.8/28) and one or two
"special" primes, which would be for example Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 (narrow depth of field and/or
macro capability). Also camera is lighter Canon EOS 5DmkII instead of the Canon EOS 1DmkIII.
2009-03-15 Four pictures from Lempäälä
4 photos from Lempäälä added to picturebank.
2009-03-14 8 pictures from Kangasala
Wow, what a day; 6 hours outdoor activity instead sitting in the office!
8 photos from Kangasala added to picturebank.
2009-03-12 Few old stuff and winter pictures added
Have been quite busy times at work and
lots of travel, so not so much updated in here. I did buy some new lenses from USA since
it seems that used camera market (eBay, KEH etc.) is having very low prices now. I did buy a little
more lenses than I planned since there wasn't clear opinion is Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar
T* 3.5/200 good lens or not, so I decided to find it out by myself. Other lenses were mainly
Zeiss and I did buy also Leica Vario-Elmar-R 80-200mm f/4 which turned out to be one of
the finest lenses between 120mm and 200mm.
While testing the new lenses I shoot few photos, old dirty/rusty stuff from a place near my
parents and some winter nature images. Photos can be seen
2009-02-08 Washington pictures
Instead of the Brazil/India photos I decided to publish some last
October photos from USA.
Here is link to 17 photos from Washington and one from Ocean City, MD, where we had
training/workshop week with people from work.
While I loaded photos from Brazil/India to Apple Aperture I noticed that the RAW images
are still not supported by Apple OS X, and therefore also not by Apple Aperture. I assumed
that the support would have been added, but it seems it's never coming. Therefore alternative
workflow is needed for Panasonix LX-3 pictures. This was the main reason why I didn't
post the Brazil/India images. Have to figure some good way since the Silkypix software,
which was delivered with LX-3 is really awful. Maybe I load the JPG images and then rate them
and add metadata in Apple Aperture and then process just the good ones (which will be
printed or published) with the awful Silkypix.
2009-02-01 Back at home 6 flights, 10 fly meals and about
35000 kilometers later
Due to unfortunate coincidence of my work schedules I had to visit Brazil
and India at consecutive weeks. Visiting both of our offices was nice, but personally I
would have preferred to stay at least one week at home in between, which could have lead
four lost weekends instead of three. My flight itinery become really weird and long:
Helsinki - Frankfurt - Sao Paulo * Sao Paulo - Frankfurt - New Delhi * New Delhi -
Munich - Helsinki.
Luckily I had some free time as well while travelling, otherwise this trip would have
been very hard since three weekends were more or less lost while travelling. In Brazil
I spent my free time in Sao Paulo and in India I visited the Tai Mahal. Specially the
2nd weekend was rough; flight left Sao Paulo at 7PM Brazilian time, whole Sunday I was
in air except 3.5 hour wait at Frankfurt, finally I arrived to hotel in Delhi at 3AM
(Monday) Indian time and we had to start driving to Tai Mahal at 6AM...
I had my point-and-shoot camera (Panasonic LX-3) with me so Within few days I will
publish some photos from the trip.
2009-01-16 First infrared photos
I had first opportunity to use my Hoya R72 infrared filter at lunch break at
Wednesday. I was surprised about few things:
- live view was completely black, had to compose without filter and focus by "feeling"
- shutter speeds were much longer than I anticipated
- hot spot is faintly visible with Canon 50/1.4 and 28/1.4 already at f/2.8, and really
annoying at f/5.6, hope Zeiss and Leica lenses aren't as bad
Based on this I assume 1D mkIII has very efficient filtering for infrared. I have to experience
more later, preferably when sun is actually shining. Also one point of taking infrared photos
is to have leaves in trees.
First infrared photos can be found from
here. These are taken at pretty high ISOs and I
don't yet master this technique, so don't expect great artictical experience...
2009-01-15 Hallila Herkkuenduro 2008 photos added
I finally processed Hallila Herkkuenduro
photos from June 2008.
2009-01-12 Few winter sceneries and wireless flash triggers
During weekend I was photographing at Mouhijärvi (Otamus) and Lempäälä (Höytämö). For change
light was quite decent. See the photos at
During weekend I was photographing at Mouhijärvi (Otamus) and Lempäälä (Höytämö). For change
light was quite decent. See the photos at
Finally I received wireless flash triggers. I did get the cheap ones, transmitter is
RF-04 and receiver is PT-04. I shortly tested with the batteries they come with,
which are supposed to be "test only". Based on the testing they were working pretty
well, not perfect but pretty well. I got few misfires but based on my testing I
could not generate systematic situation to cause misfire. However set of one transmitter
and three receivers is half the price of one Pocket Wizard. While I don't photograph
professionally I think I'm fine with these cheap triggers.
2009-01-05 New adapters
I decided to change all my adapters to "happypagehk" adapters. Now my most used lenses
have EXIF chip which is coded according to lens focal length and maximum aperture.
I did take some photos with adapters and they seem to be working very well. When there
was EXIF chip in the adapter it seems that exposure is metered more accurately.
Happypage adapters seem to be perfect in every way:
- right thickness; now my Leicas focus to infinity and Contax past infinity (I adjusted it to
be used with too thick adapter)
- all (I did buy one C/Y, 2 Leica R and 2 Nikon F adapters) do have stop skrew
- side visible to mirror box is anodized to black
- mechanically better than any of my previous adapters
Adapters got to Finland pretty fast, specially considering that each adapter's chip
had to be flashed to lens specific values. I made the order at 4PM GMT +2 31st December
2008 and got the adapters this morning (5th Jan - New Year and weekend in between). Packaging
was pretty good as can be seen in photo below and each adapter included lens back cap.
Here is larger version
of the image below.
2008-12-29 Few winter photos from Eura
While enjoying my summer holiday days :-) on
snowless pitch black Finland I took few photos from Eura.
Link to 9 photos from 25th December.
While still enjoying my summer holiday I went to see if there would be
some snow in Tampere forests and I got positively surpriced - there was some
snow and specially at edge of forest there was nice subjects for some winter
7 photos added today to picturebank.
2008-12-04 Norway 4th day photos added
Link to 13 photos from 4th day on my
Norway 2008 holiday.
As you can see from photo I'm not very used to use ultra
wide angle lenses, 17mm was
slightly wider than I expected and this panorama
ended up also to be self portrait ;-)
2008-11-30 Panasonic LX-3 first pictures
Due to travelling quite a lot "1 week trips" I have not been photographing much
lately while travelling. Somehow it's too big effort and risk to bring DSLR plus lenses
to work location where you may not have any opportunity to photograph. I decided to
to buy pocket size camera. I ended up selecting Panasonic LX-3 based on reviews and
Link to first photos from LX-3.
I'll add later article about LX-3.
2008-11-29 Nokian Lämpövoimalaitos
to this photo. Also 1920 pixel wide version available
2008-11-28 Two pictures about Helsingin Tuomiokirkko
Link to these two photos.
2008-11-24 Few Tampere panoramic photos
Lately I have been taking quite a lot of panorama pictures around Tampere. Pictures are taken
on different days but four of the pictures have Naistenlahti as subject of the photo.
Link to photos added to picturebank.
Also included my first try to create "gigapixel" image, which resulted 0.376 gigapixel (376
megapixels, where typical camera has 10 megapixels). It's slightly problematic to display
such large picture in internet, here is
link to 25% version of this photo,
don't crash your computer it's 8100 pixels wide...it's also in the picture bank as normal
2008-11-21 Photos from my father's workshop
Last time I visited my parents I took some photos from my father's workshop.
Link to photos.
2008-11-03 Few photos added
6 photos added:
Link. Photos are from some shootouts I did
during this fall.
2008-10-26 Night time colors
9 photos added:
Link. Been pretty busy so it was good that
in last news I didn't define in which weekend I will publish these ;-)
2008-09-31 Norway 3rd day photos added
15 photos added:
Link. "Night time colors" should be ready
to be published at weekend.
2008-09-29 Few fall colors photos added
Three photos added:
Link. Also I have under work (just needs to write
the metadata to picturebank) Norway 3rd day photos and "Night time colors" series.
2008-09-16 Last weekend band photos and HDR explanation
I was photographing something completely different; Seamus
was performing at Loimaa. In addition they also filmed their next music video, for which I had the opportunity to
take still shots. Few photos added to picturebank;
12 pictures. Interesting experience to take part of this kind of project, makes me wish I would have more free time...
Many people have been asked what are these HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos and how they are made. HDR is needed
in order to capture scenery with high contrast with camera since camera can capture much narrower dynamic range what
eye can see. HDR programs use multiple photos of one subject shot by different exposure. This is done by varying shutter
speed while keeping aperture constant. Then these photos are used as input material for HDR program, which calculates
combination exposure of these photos according to parameters given for program.
Here is explanation how this photo has been made:
1. I took 5 photos by using bracketing feature of my camera. Aperture was set to f/11 but these photos had different
exposure as you can see from picture above. This was done by using shutter speeds 1/800s, 1/250s, 1/80s, 1/25s
and 1/8s. Naturally tripod was used as well as cable release.
2. With computer I converted raw images to 16-bit TIFFs after adjusting white balance to same on all five photos.
3. Then photos were imported to Photomatix Pro and photos merged to one.
4. After that resulted 32-bit HDR image was converted back to 16-bit TIFF by using tone mapping after optimizing
tone mapping settings for this photo.
There are more photos coming from Norway summer holiday, maybe few photos this month, but for sure on October.
Here is link first photo I processed from the 3rd day of Norway
holiday. In addition to being HDR it's also panorama (3 vertical images combined to one image) - this generates a little
too much work on post processing, even results are pretty nice and image technically is so big and good quality that
it can be printed to enormous size. I have many other other HDR+panorama pictures taken in the 3rd day of the holiday,
hope they won't take as long to process as this one, since this one took 5 hours, of which main part was inventing
workflow to do HDR+panorama images.
2008-09-07 First Norway holiday photos added
Finally found time to start processing Norway summer holiday photos. First day was 110% driving, no photos.
On second day I drove from Oslo to west through Rogaland. Weather was awful on photography point of view, raining
all the time and very foggy as well. Therefore majority of photos I took on 2nd
day are taken by using HDR (High
Dynamic Range). In this method multiple bracketed exposures are taken and then specific computer program
is used to extract the dynamic range of multiple photos to one photo.
I have also written separate article about whole Norway trip. My goal is to finalize that article day by day, in
same rhythm as photos are added to Picturebank. At this point the article is just sceleton since I have the
working draft on my work laptop, which was left to office for this weekend.
Link to Norway 2nd day photos: 10 pictures
In addition to those photos I realized that I have not mentioned here of other photos added to Picturebank earlier:
Few photos while travelling from Tampere to Eura and few flower photos from Eura
2008-07-05 8 pictures from Seitseminen National Park added
I made another trip to Seitseminen today. This time I brought my bicycle with me and drove the car to
Kirkas-Soljanen parking lot and then cycled from there route: Lieslampi, Tuulimäki, Pitkäjärvi, Karhukivi,
Tulusmäki and back to Kirkas-Soljanen. Based on the experience I can recommend this route, however I
would avoid it few days after heavy rains. I had just a normal bicycle, so there is no need to have mountain
bike or anything fancy for this route.
Compared to hiking bicycling is faster - for photography too fast - I think I have missed many nice places
because I had to concentrate on bicycling. Therefore I don't think I will continue this tradition. Also the
tripod once fall from bike, and I'm not so keen on replacing any carbon fiber parts of it...
8 pictures added to picturebank.
2008-07-02 Nature photos from few shootings added
Being busy with motorsport has caused also nature photos to collect inside Apple Aperture. While
starting my summer holidays "softly" (every other day work and every other day holiday ;-) I decided
to process the few photos which I yet haven't published:
- 2008-06-06 The Flying Dutchman
- 2008-06-08 Korpilahti
- 2008-06-22 Birgitta's trail at Valkeakoski / Lempäälä border
- 2008-06-23 Hervantajärvi forest in light rain
- 2008-06-30 Iso-Keurujärvi, Lempäälä
- 2008-07-02 "Harjukierros 6km"-trail, Seitseminen National Park
Or view all of these added photos.
Hallila Herkkuenduro (driven in Myrskylä) photos are also coming, hopefully on Friday. It was second
"mud race" in a row and I really hope that in next weekend at Vekaranjärvi it would not be raining...
2008-06-20 MAMK-Enduro 2008
has been added to picturebank. Race was driven at last weekend but I didn't have time to publish the photos
Event itself was not so nice due to constant rain, which caused that stage 3 was
driven only once even it was planned to be driven 3 times... Naturally I was prepared to be all the time in stage 3...
I can understand thou that they didn't drive the stage 2nd and 3rd time - the track started to have muddy holes
which can eat enduro bike so that only the saddle and handlebar is above the surface...
During the whole event it was raining. I protected the camera with Kata E-702 - it covered also pretty well
Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM and naturally
completly other lenses with their hoods. I didn't have any personal rain gear but since the weather forecast
said that it will be raining I decided to go to Partiokauppa and
purchased Marmot PreCip jacket and pants. They worked pretty well
considering I was in constant rain for 5 hours.
2008-06-08 ISDE tukikilpailu (Enduro)
On Sunday I was in Enduro race called ISDE tukikilpailu (tuki = support, kilpailu = race),
which was organized to raise money to send team to ISDE enduro race. Weather was generally
nice and sunny but there were 15 minute hail storm as well...
Photos from ISDE Tukikilpailu 2008 (48 photos).
Photography point of view this enduro race was very interesting. I had a change to use my
Canon EF300mm f/2.8 L IS USM
lens. It performed very well. The autofocus speed and accuracy is from different planet
than on other L-series primes I hava (85L, 135L, 200L2.8). Even the weight wasn't problem
even I was a little afraid can I carry it and take photos for 8 hours.
I took about 2400 photos during the event, mainly due to using the continous high speed
mode on the camera to get the best moment. I went through the photos quickly on Sunday
and the "keeper rate" was pretty good: 48 photos seem so good that I could publish them
(I never just dump all the photos to internet like majority of the photographers do).
I got today my Canon EF300mm f/2.8 L IS USM. I don't
like white lenses so I also got LensCoat for the lens, hood and extenders. Also I did get the LensCoat "Hoodie" to
replace the clumsy Canon lens "cap".
I took few photos with the lens and it seems to be pretty sharp even with 2x. Also the weight was much more than I
anticipated. With 40D (no vertical grip) the lens wasn't very good combo, however with 1D it will be much better. Can't
wait for the weekend to take some Enduro or Rallysprint photos....
2008-06-01 SRC Rallicross Hämeenlinna finals and Touko-Trial 2008 photos added
Rest of the Hämeenlinna SRC photos added:
- SRC Rallicross Hämeenlinna 2008 - Finals (20 photos)
In addition also photos from
Touko-Trial 2008 (4 photos) which was driven in Forssa at Vatikallio.
2008-05-28 SRC Rallicross Hämeenlinna photos added - Part 1 and 2
Photos from SRC Rallicross SM Ahvenisto 2008 have been added to picturebank. There are two
sets of photos:
- SRC Rallicross Hämeenlinna 2008 - Free practice (13 photos)
- SRC Rallicross Hämeenlinna 2008 - Qualification (20 photos)
Later when I have processed photos from finals they will be also added.
2008-05-21 Photos from last weekend events added
and sports photography thoughts
I have now added photos from following events:
- 23 photos from 43. Toukokuunajo (Saturday May 17th)
- 25 photos from Pakkauspojat SM-rallisprint 2008 (Sunday May 18th)
As I expected Sunday's event was arranged VERY professionally. Also there were a lot of
spectators, considering it was raining and very cold. If you look through my photos you
may wonder why almost all the photos are taken from "not top 10 cars" - there is a reason
for that: I personally find those japanese 4 wheel rally cars EXTREME BORING to watch and
also photos are pretty boring too unless you happen to be there when there is an accident.
Also I think that race cars should look nice and exotic - here is picture of the winner's car
- honestly if somebody can claim this car is interesting...well then we have difference in
opinion...pure white ordinary japanese car, not much commercial, no colors:
If you take a look at the
can see them are also pretty boring, 7 fastest cars are Mitsubishi Lancers... Personally
I'm not big Toyota (or any japanese car manufacturer) fan but I have to admit that Special
Saloon Toyota Starlets are pretty funny to watch them to race.
What comes to photography lessons during weekend, I did learn few things:
1. Shutter speed for action photos
1.1. for cars 1/500 is enough to stop motion (of course on high speeds panning or higher
shutter speed is required)...
1.2. ...for motorcycles 1/500 is on the edge - this is due to larger magnification and short
distance from camera to subject, next time I try 1/800 for enduro
2.1 I had more mistakes by pre-focusing and trying to trigger the shutter when subject was
on spot where I had prefocus adjusted ==> Use servo tracking instead of prefocusing
2.2 Adjust focus point so that the subject is placed to frame so that it will be well composed,
will fit to frame and autofocus point has good contrast to focus onto
2.3 If motorcycle has lights on never focus to front number plate - it seems that will
skrew the autofocus very easily
3. Composition / framing
3.1 I have tendency to take 3-8 photos of subject while it passes by. Typically the ones
taken further distance will never be selected to group of pictures I publish or print ==>
don't take frames where subject is too small and too far away - memory cards space
is wasted too easily to these
3.2 Don't stop shooting even subject doesn't entirely fit to picture - results can be good
even some parts of the subject are cropped out from the picture (
For digital darkroom work shooting sport events puts enormous pressure, below is table
of number of pictures in each phase I had:
|Photos deleted on camera||40||192|
|Files on harddrive (PCS)||1101||1359|
|Files on harddrive (GB)||13.05GB||15.24GB|
|Stacks on aperture||302||290|
Naturally it helps to have software which is workflow oriented and covering most of the
needs (=you rarely have use PhotoShop - for these 2692 photos I did not have to
open PhotoShop at all, Aperture was able to do all adjustments I needed). Below is
explained my digital darkroom workflow for sport event photos:
1. Import photos to Apple Aperture, set basic metadata [city, country, keywords, rank=3
stars] (5 mins)
2. Stack photos (can be automated, typically not much manual adjustment required) so
that all photos of same competitor on same round are on one stack (15min)
3. For each stack pick best photo, set it the stack "pick" (25min)
4. Close all stacks - now you see every competitor once per round (assuming you have
taken photo of them all and not deleted on camera) (1min)
5. In fullscreen mode go through all photos and add competitors number to caption
field [put cursor to caption field, write number, change photo with APPLE+right arrow,
6. Rank photos by going through them in full screen - use 4 stars if photo is one you
might consider publishing - 2 starts if not interesting - 1 star if technical failure [each
has to create their own ranking system - this is mine] (20min)
7. Now you have still too many photos - go through them in browser and avoid repetition,
for example if you have too many pics from same curve, downgrade some of the images
to 3 stars (as you see I don't have any bias based on how successful the competitor was)
8. Now you should have proper number of photos to publish (I consider 25 as a good
number) - if you have too manu - just figure out which you least one to publish - if
you don't have enough then I take a look at the results, if I don't have the best there
I check how photos of them look like and consider adding them etc. (0-5min)
9. Adjust all the photos so that they look even on lightness, color balance, saturation,
etc. Also if there is bad contrast due to for example dusty conditions adjust blackpoint
accordingly - finally check black and white clipping and adjust accordingly (30min)
10. Add to each 4 star photo caption: Name of competitor, Vehicle, Which sports club
she/he represents, Class in which competitor raced (5min)
11. Export photos on web size and sRGB. Then load to website and add to picturebank
[my picturebank reads from EXIF data the saved caption and uses that as picture text
in the picture bank - typically I only have to manually select category for each photo]
So whole process takes about 2 hours for event of this size. Before Apple Aperture same
thing would have taken easily few days.
2008-05-17 Sport photographing experience with
1D Mk III
I was today photographing enduro race in Orimattila called 43. Toukokuunajo (in English
43th May race or something like that). Enduro was very interesting to see and photograph.
However it seems to be trend that people arranging motorsport races don't want
spectators to come to their races - that is my experience based on Ikaalisten Kylpylä
Rallisprint and this enduro race. There were few common factors:
- webpages for both were almost useless
- both races did have few/one A4 paper to sell (in rallisprint it was given when 10€ fee
was paid - in enduro it was said to have cost of 1€ but they want to sell coffee in order
to give the paper to spectator) - the A4(s) contained only whom are in the race and
rallisprint A4s also few extra lines about organization, schedule and commercials.... however
the point was that neither of them didn't contain the map of race, which would have been
very helpful in both cases.
More or less I got a feeling "insiders only" from both events.
where I plant to assuming it's not raining and I feel like it (today was quite rough day -
to be outside whole day for a person who spends considerably long time on normal working
week on office and indoors...) has a completely different approach. They have nice web
page and even PDF which has instructions for spectators, map of race etc. How difficult it
can be to do this kind of things professionally?
Back to subject... What I intended to write here was to tell about my experience of shooting
Canon EOS 1D Mark III. My settings for today's shooting were:
1. Tv mode - mostly set to 1/500s to freeze motion
2. Custom function 1.13 "Set aperture value range" so that I allowed apertures from
"1 stop down" (for example for f/2.0 lens f/2.8 as minimum) to f/11
3. Base ISO set to 100, but Custom function 1.8 "Safety shift" to value "2:Enable (ISO speed)
Due to these settings I was all the time shooting at maximum image quality (Canon lenses
are not perfect wide open and autofocus errors are more pronounced wide open) since the
lenses were stopped down at least one stop. If my set minimum aperture and shutter speed
I used did not allow proper exposure camera adjusted automatically ISO value. This was very
excellent way of shooting sports - I could never have taken same photos for example with
20D or 40D.
Also autofocus mostly worked fine but I had to adjust the custom function 3.2 "AI Servo
tracking sensivity" from 0 to +2 since I had first problems to track subjects. After setting this
there were only few problems, mostly caused by me not being able to hold the selected
autofocus point over an part of subject which had sufficient contrast. With the new
firmware came the possibility to select focus points with multicontroller - this saved
the day!!! I was many times in a position where I could photograph two paths from same
position and naturally composition I wanted for two paths were different almost all
the time and due to that I had to change the autofocus point all the time. Also I was
very happy to found out that even 200mm + 1.4x was able to track motorcycle
racing towards you +60km/h at 10 frames per second. People have claimed that
the autofocus is not very good when using extenders but it starts to look like that
only applies to crappy zooms like 70-200/2.8.
Overall I would say that combination of Canon EOS 1D Mark III and few fast primes
(Canon EF135mm f/2L USM,
Canon EF200mm f/2.8L USM
and Canon EF 1.4x II) was a
joy to use for sports photography. Naturally they should be good - they are the best
equipment Canon has to offer (well Canon EF200mm f/2.0L IS USM would be nice
upgrade but the +5k€ price tag kind of holds me back...I doubt many private persons
buy this lens if the price is kept so high).
One of the problems in shooting sports is that something is happening all the time. In this
enduro race every minute from 10:01 to 12:01 there were two drivers sent to the route. There
were 3 off-road racing stages, and all drivers except class C drivers did drive them twice. I was
on the 3rd/6th stage. There was constant action from 11:40 to 15:30. I did not have time
to remove many photos in camera (only 40). This far my "darkroom policy" has been that I
don't remove any photos but I may have to reconsider now when I shoot motorsports. The
result from today's shooting was: 1101 photos, 13.09GB!!!! This amount of photos will cause
problem even Apple Aperture
has extreme efficient workflow. I quickly did browse thru photos and 78 of them I marked as
unusable (majority because I failed to press trigger at time when motorcycle was on my
pre-focused spot, some due to autofocus tracking problems and few due to composition).
So this leaves me 1023 images which are technically OK.
Will be one damn long night to pick about 20 images to present in the picturebank.
I'll add later the photos to picturebank, hopefully during next week. One problem with these
that the web presentation of the photos aren't so great since most of the photos are
vertical and picture size will be pretty small, since I want the photos to be size which
can fit to one screen without scrolling.
2008-05-03 37 photos added to picturebank
April was busy month and didn't have time neither to photograph or process photos in digital
darkroom. Finally I had some time to spend with computer so there are 37 new photos in the
I found a new photographic location at end of March from Nokia: Salminvuori.
There are also some paths, which I plan to visit later this year called "Salminkierros" at Mouhijärvi.
Then I did photograph a complete new subject to me: Rallisprint (a form of rally race where there is only one
stage). It was quite fun to do and I definitely extend photography to other motor sports as well.
On this week I had my summer holiday week #4 from 2007. I did travel to Turun Saaristo, but to my supprice
the place wan't as nice as I remembered, maybe it's because I haven't been there since 1980's... Photographically
the place was huge disappointment, however I did like Lenholm nature park at Parainen, few pics from there
added to picturebank.
And finally today I visited Vehoniemenharju and did walk the east side of it (Uhkainlampi is on that side).
There were few nice flowers.
All new photos can be found from my picturebank at
Older news can be found from News page
2008-03-25 Cheap memory and ultra clean desktop
I just received (finally; waited almost a month) 16GB SD-card for
Canon EOS 1D Mark III. There are few
deals where you can get these 16GB cards for ~65EUR. These cards are naturally not very good
performance regarding the writing or reading speed, but provide nice field backup: copy from
compact flash cards at end of the day all photos to this SD card and store on different place
than the compact flash card. Naturally I'm able use the card for example when travelling,
1Dmk3 reported that it can fit 908 RAW images to the card, that is a plenty, specially if you
add 8GB Compact Flash => total 24GB memory in camera...
I got my card from here but cannot honestly
recommend (have to prepay, no communication I had to email them "are you going to ship it
or not" etc.) if you are in a hurry.
After moving from MacBook to Mac Pro the desktop got really clean (to put things in perspective
the display is 24 inch - yes the Apple Wireless keyboard is really compact):
BTW. I have traditionally used a textile surfaced mouse mat, which has some support for the wrist.
I decided to try a professional mouse mat this time and it was worth it. With Razer Pro Pad makes the mouse much more accurate than it's with standard textile
based mouse mats, I highly recommend.
2008-03-24 23 winter scenery photos added
I have not had time to do the "darkroom stuff" and as you have seen not many photos have been
added lately to picturebank. I managed to go through my March photos and added them. You can find
them at end of
2008-03-23 Upgrade of digital darkroom
After long time considering I upgraded to Mac Pro. I ordered minimum 8 core setup from Apple
and upgraded with standard parts, which are considerably cheaper than Apple branded components.
I have now two 4 core 2.8GHz Xeons, 4GB of memory and ATI 2600 GPU. I also added internal
1 terabyte SATA hard drive for my photos. Apple has done really good work when designing the
case of Mac Pro: very sturdy case which makes in practice no noise at all and removes heat from
inside the case (the front of the case is cool, the back of the case gets a little warm). The side
panel which needs to be removed when installing hard drives and memory has rubber gasget
to prevent vibrations going the the side panel. I have never had PC case even close to this quality.
After upgrade all slowness is now gone and Aperture is flying now. Apple should have been honest
in marketing and not claim that Aperture works with laptops and iMacs. Few first times I exported
websized images I had to check that it actually did write the JPGs to hard drive because I could not
see it doing anything.
I don't know how much the multiple cores add speed since graphics should be memory bandwidth
limited but usage of PhotoShop CS 3 is much much faster than it was with macBook, much more than
2.0GHz vs. 2.8GHz would let you assume. All normal operations, which used to take few seconds, like
doing Quick Selection -> Refine Edge, are real time and there is no delay at all. The timing consuming
operations like Merge to HDR and Photomerge are also considerably faster.
Naturally the new Mac Pro came with Mac OS X Leopard. I was quite suspicious with it since many
people have had problems with it. However it seems that most of the problems have been solved
and it's running smoothly. Also there are plenty of new things which I do find extreme useful:
Spaces (I use 4 virtual screens, one for email/Safari, another for iWork programs, 3rd for
PhotoShop and 4th for Aperture - I have configured mouse button 4 to go to spaces and I can
switch between screens instantly):
Another feature which came with the Leopard is the Time Machine which automates backups and
makes it possible to go back in time to fetch old version of some document. Also scripting has
been improved, both Automator and AppleScript have got new features. I also have started to
study Xcode and object C, just for fun.
I also got iWork while local shop selling Apple stuff had special offer for price of 50EUR. I haven't
yet used anything else than the iWork '08 Pages, which is Apple's equivalent of Microsoft Word.
I like Apple's approach to such boring subject as word processor: to me the Pages is much more
creative approach than MS office is. I don't think Pages would be very good on real work (at least
kind of work what I do, e.g. writing technical specifications) but I really liked how easy it's to create
very good looking documents with minimum effort. Also integration to iPhoto was seamless and I
haven't used preview generation in Aperture but I might reconsider in order to use my own photos
in iWork '08.
2008-02-26 Canon EOS 1D Mark III article added
I sold my Canon EOS 5D and purchased
Canon EOS 1D Mark III. I have been pretty happy
to the new camera. Here is short article about the
I upgraded my aperture from 1.5 to 2.0. There are new functionalities but performance could be still improved. Apple
is losing users to Adobe Lightroom due to the performance problems with Aperture. Let's see how this goes...
Weather has been quite lousy for photography. Therefore there are just few new photos on the picturebank.
However I have added few photos to 2008-gallery.
And also I have been catching up with
For example I have added 2006 4th of July photos from USA, Rio de Janeiro photos and some Chicago cityscapes.
2008-02-17 Nine photos added
On Saturday I did few "studio" experiments. There are quite different than my usual photography. Photos are taken
by using mirror as base and then coloured paper as background, reflected from the mirror. This was inspired by
Strobist. Using mirror has drawback that there are internal
reflections in the mirror and therefore the reflection may have two "ghost"-images.
Another photos are from one of closest forests from my home, a path from Hervantajärvi to Taivalpirtti. This was first
time I got to test my brand new Canon EF180mm f/3.5 L USM macro lens. It seems to be good performer, but it's
too early to say. A review will follow later when I have more experience of using this lens.
Mentioned photos can be found from 2008
2008-02-12 Tampere night photos and other stuff added
I have added
Tampere by night photos to picturebank. Many of these photos are panoramas and are made with
Canon TS-E45mm f/2.8 lens which makes it possible
to do panoramas without any mapping in software and due to that every pixel is as sharp as in original images.
For a long time it felt really nice to be outdoors and photographing, for reason or another I didn't do any
photography during the fall 2007.
I first suspected the quality of TS-E45mm but I was worrying for nothing, it's a great lens and is extremely sharp, on
same level as my Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8. I
have added page for TS-E45mm and it's almost complete.
Also I have started adding
photos to database.
2008-01-30 Canon EOS 40D
Summer went and winter came, and I haven't had time to update the website at all.
Actually there would have not been much to update to update except all old photos since
the 2007 was quite busy year.
I'm in USA and did purchase the Canon EOS 40D. I was mainly just interested about
the live view functionality. I haven't yet actually used the camera just some testing
on the hotel room, but the live view did feel excellent for manual focusing purposes.
Eagerly waiting to get into real action. If live view also works in real life situations
then it might be time to consider moving to EOD 1Ds mk III to get full frame and live
BTW. I'm selling 5D and 20D to get room for 1Ds mk3.
2007-07-14 Denmark photos added
On June I was on training on Friday & Monday on Trelleborg Sweden. Since I have spent already a lot of time in southern Sweden I decided to go for weekend into Denmark.
I decided to explore east side of Denmark and specially wanted go to island of Møn. I had hotel in place called Ringsted.
Comparing to Finnish standards the opening times of grocery stores were ridiculous, nothing was open on Sunday and Friday&Saturday they closed early.
In Saturday it was raining until 6PM and I was quite disappointed. This was good and bad: I got change to go "scouting" for photographic opportunities for Sunday, but also found that this area of Denmark doesn't have much to photograph. However Møn was much more interesting than the eastern part of Denmark.
See the Denmark photos here.
2007-05-17 First photos with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Mk II
I finally received my Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Mk II lens. I have been in couple nights taking photos in Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
First impressions from the lens: big, fat, heavy, not very well balanced on 20D. While taking photos first of course noticed how bright the viewfinder is. Right after this I found out that Katzeye micro-prism collar don't work very well with the lens - somehow the view is so bright that it's almost impossible to see if micro-prism goes dark, since it doesn't - the picture just goes "broken" when it's out of focus, unless it's really much out of focus when it also darkens.
Second thing I noticed that focus & recompose doesn't definetly work with this lens. Since 99,9999% of my photos the subject is off-center, so I have to always use the other focus points than the central one with this lens. With 20D didn't seem to be big problem since the focus points are quite well spread - however with 5D (which is waiting me in Finland...) there might be problem since the focus points are all in center of the screen. I did order Ee-S focusing screen, which is supposed to be good for manual focusing with 5D. Good thing about focusing is that when manually focusing the turn from infinity to minimum focusing distance is really long. This makes the manual focusing very accurate. Also I didn't feel that autofocus would have been slow - but I would always liked to prefer more precise autofocus than fast. I don't like the principe how Canon autofocus works: autofocus measures how much it's focused incorrectly and then tells lens to go direction x amount of y - I would prefer that Canon camera body would check the focus before focus lock and re-adjust the focus automatically to get for sure exact autofocus. With the current method focusing is acceptable (according to Canon standards) when it will focus inside depth of field - I would prefer autofocus always focus exactly middle of depth of field and then manually give small adjustment.
After taking photos the initial impression is that 85L has quite good "pop" on images. However they were not as good as I expected on plasticity and creation of "3d feel" to images was lacking. Lens seems to be very sharp even at f/1.2 but usage is very difficult as well as finding subjects, which are suitable for such thin depth of field. Bokeh generally is good looking and for example when stopped 2 stops down to f/2.5 the bokeh is still very good. It seems that I really have to make proper comparison between 85L and Leica Elmarit-R 90mm f/2.8 - if it seems that Leica is better on creating 3D look / "pop" to images then it's quite obvious that 85L will be sold and I start to find alternative (Leica Summicron-R 90mm f/2.0 APO or Contax Planar T* 85mm f/1.4) lens to replace 85L and 85 f/1.8.
For some reason I took all 5 photos I selected to picturebank on vertical orientation, well strange things happen... Link to photos (the 5 last photos of this selection from the link).
2007-05-13 Added new "3D" photos
I was reading Fred Miranda's forums on Friday evening and found interesting
thread about 3D effect in photos. When I went to see Little River Trail I could not get idea of 3d look in photos out of my mind. So I decided to try to make my photos as 3D as I could.
While processing photos it was quite obvious that Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is not up
to the task of creating 3D images. It lacks microcontrast and contrast required. This is the major difference between Leica Summicron-R 50mm f/2.0 and Canon 1.4. After fixing the colors, contrast to similar as in 200L on computer there started to be something but I was not able to create the edge sharpness and punch required for 3D - this comes automatically without any corrections with L-lenses (not with 17-40...) and Leica&Contax lenses I have.
I really look forward of getting the Canon EF 85mm f1.2 L USM (the delivery just missed this weekend) and Canon 5D (waiting me in Finland...just couple more weeks) to try yo create some 3D photos. I have great expectations regarding microcontrast and other stuff from 85L, not only with f/1.2 - my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM doesn't have great microcontrast at any aperture.
See my 3D effect photos from Saturday.
I also added two other photos from Saturday's photographing session.
2007-05-12 Added new photos from last weekend's Sunday
Added Sunday 6th May photos to Picturebank. One panorama (thumbnail on left side) and one tree photo.
2007-05-08 Added new photos from "Smoky Mountains - Roaring Fork"
First visit to Smoky Mountains left places to go and many places to visit again. On first time sky was quite clear and there were not much rain. On 2nd visit it rained whole Saturday but I decided still to go and see if there was something to photograph. First I
planned to drive around Roaring Fork car route and take photos from car, but after a while decided to go out since it was raining very lightly.
After a while it started raining more, so I made rain cover for the camera from plastic bag and rubber band. It worked quite well
and I made small hole for viewfinder and used the standard eye-cup to fasten the plastic bag to viewfinder. This was not perfect solution but sufficient enough for the light rain. On the end of photographing session it was raining more heavily and I used umbrella to protect the camera. Luckily the rain was really warm since I didn't have any rain gear for myself.
Link to Roarin Fork photos. I took some photos also on Sunday but I haven't yet had time to organize them and publish them, I'll try to add Sunday photos later this week.
BTW. I found photographing in rain so interesting that I went and added Kata E-702 from B&H to my Canon EF 85 f/1.2 II L USM order. It seems it was last one on B&H since they are out of stock now. Let's see how well E-702 works!
2007-05-01 Photos from 2007 added
I had planned to add photos on order: rest of 2005 photos, then 2006 photos and finally 2007 photos. I did add some photos from 2005 but then get motivation problems, due to huge amount of work needed to be done on categorizing, putting meta data in and rating images. I had all this done on all 2007 photos so they were added instead.
These photos are mainly from USA where I have been working, but there are few from Finland as well. On USA I have been mainly been in South
Carolina and due to that majority of photos are from South-East USA. On USA I have found out State/National Parks quite good. Major difference between USA and Finland parks is that in Finland National Parks are free, but in USA you almost always have to pay some sort of fee, however there are also free parks.
I have now added 62 photos to gallery 2007. They are from February to end of April. There will be soon more coming and I'm in process getting rest of 2005 and whole year 2006 also to Picturebank, when I get my motivation back... Here is
link to 2007 photos.
PS. These photos are done with Apple macBook with calibrated display and then converted to sRGB. If your browser does support having color profiles in pictures * you can see pictures as I have them adjusted - otherwise you may not see correct colors.
* (mac Safari has this functionality - I don't know any other browsers at the moment supporting this functionality)
2007-02-11 Camera backpacks page added
Just purchased LowePro CompuDaypack for business travelling with 2 laptops and camera gear.
Link to the page.
2006-12-21 Apple "blog"
Due to decision to switch to mac on personal computing (95% image processing) I created a "blog"/news page.
Link to the page.
2005-05-03 Toronto (2005) pictures added
2005-05-01 Camera pages updated
Camera equipment pages updated due to changing from D30 to 20D. Also G1 pages have been moved from Tampere University of Technology pages to here.
2005-04-30 Australia (2004) photos finally added
I have been working with Australia photos over 2 months to put the in to the picturebank but since lack of free time it has taken quite long time to finish the project.
2004-01-05 CD database modified - now also DVD movies included
CD database was programmed again and now the CDs and DVDs are in SQL database. Added availability selection in public side, in admin side it's possible to manage loans more easily than it was in the old version.
2003-07-18 New link system added to site
Now links are in SQL database and they can be easily managed. Now I will update all my links on the fly, if I find interesting site I'll add it to the site.
I use this site as my "favorites"/"bookmarks", because I use a lot of different computers and transferring the links from machine to other would be too cumbersome.
2003-03-23 New fully functional picturebank opened!!!!
I got frustrated developing my own php-software for picturebank and decided to use Pekka Saarinen's exellent Exhibition Engine software.
Now I have uploaded my best film photos to "Before 2003"-exhibition and I'll add exhibitions also for "2003" and "Test photos". Recent photos will include best of my recent photos. Photos will be kept for some time in this exhibition and then deleted or moved to Best photos. Test photos are photos related testing camera equipment etc.
You can access my picturebank by clicking picturebank link on the left side menu.
2003-02-24 Canon D30 link page added
Finally bought Canon D30. This page contains mainly links to other D30 pages. Use left side navigator to go my other D30 pages
2002-12-31 Depth of Field (DOF) calculator added
2002-08-25 Nissin 360 TW page added
I have old flash, Nissin 360 TW, and often people ask thinks about and I decided to create FAQ page about the flash.
Page contains pictures of flash, using instruction and some FAQ questions.
2002-03-01 Vahonen.com site opened
Just basic information (About me) page added.