Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My top 2 DX lenses for Nikon DSLR

I've thought this long and hard.. but my opinions are not going to change.

So here are my top 2 lenses for a Nikon DX -body:

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (older version without the focus motor)

There is just nothing better than this. Sharp at f/2.8, only gets sharper when stopped down. Focal lenght optimal for landscapes, night time star-photos, minimal distortion, built almost likeba tank, lightweight (no internal focus motor).. list goes on..

If you shoot landscapes, action photos, or pretty much anything where you might need a wide field of view, definitely get this lens. As a bonus, it's been said that this lens also works on FX-bodies at 16mm, but I havent had a chance to test this out.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8g DX

Optimal focal lenght on a DX body for pretty much anything (field of view equivalent of a 50mm on an FX body), fast aperture f/1.8 which gathers a lot of light, enabling you to use lower ISOs ( less grain ) and faster shutter speeds ( less camera shake ).
Pre-owned price around 100€ - 130€, buy it new for around 200€

If you are in need for a longer focal lenght, Tokina also has a 50-150mm f/2.8 lens, but I haven't had a chance to test this lens yet.

Friday, March 20, 2015

More photographing today..

As you might have seen from, well, pretty much everywhere around the world.. 
if you follow social media and/or the news at all..
There was a solar eclipse today, in some parts of the world it was complete..

Where I live, Tampere, it was not.. 
With the naked eye you could not see much change in luminosity, but you could feel the temperature drop rapidly.

I was on a location, shooting timelapse.. again.

I took my D7100, D7000, Tokina 11-16mm, Sigma 24-70mm, SJCam SJ4000 + GoPro Hero 3+ Silver and put them all to good use (I hope).

I was on location, outside, enjoying the sunshine from 9AM to almost 2PM.. I still can't believe how fast time flies when you're doing something you love..

I'll start working on the timelapse video, as soon as I have the time.


Found that my photo made it to an article

I received a message through yesterday, 
saying that my Aurora Borealis photo
was included in an article showcasing 
some of the Northern Lights photos troughout Scandinavia.
The article is named

Beautiful Aurora Borealis captured all over Northern Europe

This is of course good news, 
as I'd like as many people to see the photo as possible.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Here it is.. the timelapse of your life!

So, I finally managed to edit all the photos, 
find a song that I find suitable (a friend of mine composed it actually), 
render and upload it. 

I really hope you enjoy this spectacular show 
of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) that took place last night, 
right in my home town.. 

Tampere, Finland.

Last week has been really busy..

I've been taking loads and loads of photos, with the end goal of making timelapses.
As you might suspect, this leads up to thousands of photographs pretty quickly.

Thursday, March 12th, I headed to the (frozen) beach of lake Tohloppi (Tohloppijärvi in Finnish), in Tampere, Finland to capture a sunset. I was accompanied by my girlfriend, as well as my dog (Hobo).

I ended up taking a whopping 895 photographs, with them still being unedited.. plus a couple random stills with my other camera.

Saturday, March 14th, I headed to the beach in Pirkkala during the night (yes.. freezing cold) to capture about 50minutes worth of the earth rotating against the sky.. basically stars over Tampere.
I was accompanied by my girlfriend. I ended up capturing about 500 photos in total.

Sunday, March 15th, I headed to the viewtower in Pyynikki, Tampere, to capture a sunset from a place pretty high up. For this project, I wanted to use something different.
I ended up setting my 1 camera with an 11mm lens, and the other at 24mm.. plus I had my GoPro recording timelapse aswell. In total from all 3 cameras, I ended up with about 2500 photographs.

Last night (March 17th - 18th), I headed to Rauhaniemen Kansankylpylä for a spectacular view of a beautiful show of dancing auroras (Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights).
This trip I was accompanied by a fellow amateur photographer, Miia. It was her first ever night-time shooting. 
I hope I was of some help with the settings, angles etc.
I had both my cameras recording timelapse and ended up with about 900 photographs in total.

Now.. if only I could find the time to edit the videos..

Here are some photos taken from the trips and shoots I talked during this post..
I hope you enjoy watching them at least half as much as I did photographing them.

Lake Tohloppi

My girlfriend and my dog


 Pyynikki viewtower

 Northern Lights

Friday, March 06, 2015

Solar eclipse, March 2015

There's going to be a solar eclipse this month. I've already told my boss 
I need the day off to go and try get some nice photos.. how about you, any plans?
Check out the link for info how the eclipse might look in you location: