Gadfly and a beetle

It has been again very quiet with the blog lately. Mainly this is due to the intense training for my Ironman competition in two weeks.

But here we go with some summer shots. This gadfly is from our recent trip to Knappelö. I was also able to get a few shots of a beetle:

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I used my Nikkor 85/1.8 with extension rings to get these shots.

Oona and Ode

We had great fun today at a huge old tree trunk. The kids even agreed to pose for me as long as I let them jump to me from the top of the trunk. I think the above photo really captures their playful natures…whenever you can have fun, they try to do so 🙂

Another one of my favorites is the shot below. It has a completely different mood to it – more serious.

Some more portraits from today:

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I used my Sigma 18-50/2.8 lens to shoot these really quickly. With these kids you don’t get the luxury of setting anything special, sometimes you might be lucky enough to change aperture to match the photo.

Nature turning green

Within the past few days the nature has really changed color from dull grey to light green. Trees are waking up, grass is turning green and the nature is getting ready for another summer. The above shot is from Villa Elfvik, here in Espoo Finland. The leaves of a rowan tree had just exposed themselves.

A few more nature related photos from today:


Iisa walked into our bedroom this morning when I was getting ready for work. I just couldn’t leave before I could get a few photo of her in her new dress. She was so proud of it and I think it shows in this photo.

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I used my Nikkor 50/1.4 lens and the morning ambient light coming through the window on camera right.

Early morning mist

There is one positive thing about the kids waking up early – you get to witness how beautiful the nature can be in the morning. This photo is taken after a cold night that apparently created a magnificent mist in the air and frost on all the trees and bushes. The most beautiful thing about it was that the light and the composition of the mist was changing constantly. I stood outside without gloves taking photos until I suddenly realized that I could barely feel my fingers. It really was a special morning! Another one of my favorites:

This photo has a totally different mood, even though it was taken at the same time.

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