Finnish Architecture

I 100% do not consider myself an architecture photographer - but I do like to capture little details in a local culture that tell you something about the place.

Finland is a fantastic country with so many incredible places to see and explore. The people here are also unlike any others I've met anywhere else in the world - bubbly, optimistic, friendly, and nature lovers. My kind of people!

Anyway, these photos were all taken on a farm - the same farm, as a mini expose into how Finnish homes look. I think seeing these little bits of the architecture tell you more about the culture and the people who live here than a zoomed out photograph of the whole farm. 

What do you think? Can you envision their farm?

Quick Shot: Frozen Run

With much of the eastern United States covered in snow (including close to 7 inches at my house), it seems like a good time to pull out this quick shot of Difficult Run partially frozen. I took this a few weeks ago after cold temperatures and snow previously blanketed northern Virginia.

My first ever trip to Difficult Run left me with one of my favorite pictures from 2013, so I figured I should start 2014 with another visit to the site. This time, I was interested in shooting the scene with the ice and snow covering the rocks and falls.

This photograph was taken early in the morning, which is why I was able to get that soft yellow light on the rocks. I think the photograph has an interesting contrast of soft colors and features with harsh shapes and dark tones. 

Taken with my Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm lens, and WonderPana ND filter kit.

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Quick Shot: Ice Eye View

A winter storm came through Washington, DC yesterday, leaving all the trees covered with 1/4 inch of ice. I grabbed my camera first thing this morning and headed out to see what kind of interesting ice formations I could find in my own backyard. I wanted to get a unique perspective on the winter scene, so I decided to shoot only macro images and was very surprised with the results!

This was one of the first photos I took, and it's probably my favorite. This is a super macro view of one of the tree limbs in my backyard and the ice covering it. I was particularly drawn to this photo because the ice was starting to crack, making it look like a bunch of veins on the surface of the ice.

To give you a sense of size - this is about the thickness of a McDonald's french fry (but alot less fattening!)  

To get this super macro image, I used my Nikon 105mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter and extension tubes. I also used my SB-700 speed light with a soft diffuser attached to light the branch from the side. Minor adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop CC. 

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