Architecture in Helsinki

Architecture in Helsinki

When I was going to Helsinki I knew that I would be spending some of my time wandering around listening to the band named ‘Architecture in Helsinki’…it seemed only fitting.

As such, I also knew that I would want to find a piece of architecture to photograph on my trip, so that an image could use the same name in the title. This is that image.

The architecture you see here is an extract from Temppeliaukio Kirkko, or the ‘Rock Church’. These slits are actually windows taken from an acute angle.

To read more about the church or see the windows in context, go ahead and read this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temppeliaukio_Church

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Rescue me

Rescue me

This life belt doesn’t look like it’s had much use…from humans at least. I see a spider has made a cosy web in the bottom left quadrant and has been catching quite a buffet…

This was a nice scene I came upon while in Helsinki, and I had to lie down on the ground to shoot it without the horizon getting in the way so that it was on a clear sky background.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Transcend

Transcend

This has been such a long week, and I have had to concentrate on a task in hand more than I’ve concentrated on anything for a very long time. As such, I am exhausted and very much looking forward to doing nothing over the weekend.

Time for bed; hope everyone is well.

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Into the mist

Into the mist

There was a weird mist in this little inlet of the Gulf of Finland. It seemed to be a spray that would come and envelop everything before disappearing again moments later, and I couldn’t really figure out what the cause of the spray was. There were no high winds on this day, and the only large ship I could see was a cruise liner that was docked quite far away.

Perhaps it was just a climate thing, but whatever it was it was pretty nice to watch, especially as boats such as these sailed in and out of the mist, disappearing and re-emerging as they did so.

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Senate Square

Senate Square

This is Senate Square in Helsinki, with the lovely cathedral in the background. This image was taken just before midnight and it was still very light it; it never really got dark while I was there.

In fact, I had taken this shot about 45 minutes before, and had done a few other angles and was leaving to go back to the hotel and watch the World Cup when I decided to head up some side steps to the cathedral and take a few more images from different places instead. After working my way around the cathedral I noticed the lights around this statue had come on and so opted to go back to this spot and snap a few more images before finally retiring for beer and football.

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Helsinki express

Helsinki express

Other than that this is a train heading in to Helsinki, I have nothing to say.

Extremely busy day/week so little time to catch my breath at this stage. Hope your week has started off well.

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Hobbit houses

Hobbit houses

I went to the island of Suomenlinna when I visited Helsinki, and these were some lovely little vacant…I guess bomb shelters?…to be found there. It was unfortunately a super hot day so getting a shot of them in non-harsh light was impossible unless I was willing to wait around for 10 and, no doubt, miss my ferry back; so I took this and moved on around the island until I found somewhere selling beer.

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