Hammersmith bridge

Hammersmith bridge

On Saturday I popped down to Hammersmith bridge to grab a shot of it during sunset…I’m not sure that it was worth it.

I had spent 3 hours before this in a field where a lovely wedding reception was taking place, and where I was taking photos of the catering side of things. As it was relatively close to where John lives I opted to visit him afterwards so we could catch up, and catch a sunset. All good so far.

The sunset was okay, not amazing, and it was nice to meet with ‘Mewrox‘ who was also grabbing images on the beach. However, at some stage as the sun went down and I was changing lenses or whatever, it appears my BlackRapid camera strap must have fallen from my bag. Within the BlackRapid was a memory card I had been using that day.

It was the next day when I was about to import the event images that I realised it was missing, and where the only logical place was that it could have been lost. Thus, the Thames tide has claimed it.

I don’t mind the loss of gear, as that’s replaceable and only worth £130 or so…but the loss of images and the fact I have to let down a client is the frustrating part. Looks like I will have to think of options in the future to be able to speedily back up in the field…and though I’ve considered it before I guess it takes something like this happening to make me pull the trigger.

Suggestions welcome; I shoot on Canon and Sony – so CF and standard SD card solutions required.

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The sounds of silence

The sounds of silence

This is Kamppi Chapel.

No…not that bit, they’re stairs. I mean that odd shaped structure over to the left a bit. There you go. That, is Kamppi Chapel.

Set in one of the busiest parts of Helsinki it is designed to be a place of calm and quiet, and it does a remarkable job of ensuring noises from the outside do not penetrate in through the wooden walls.

It is not so good at ensuring sounds made on the inside do not emit a disproportionately loud noise, so when I rested my camera bag on the wall and it suddenly fell over on the tripod side it meant that all eyes were suddenly on me and not on Jesus.

Actually, there was no Jesus in there, but it ended my last sentence better than ‘on the plain wooden walls ahead of them’.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Summer shed

Summer house

I was thinking of calling this ‘Summer house’, but then looking at the size of that building I’m not sure that I would be justified in doing so, so I downgraded to shed. I saw this on the island of Suomenlinna to the south of Helsinki.

Boy was it hot that day. I wanted to crawl into this thing and curl up in the shadows to nap.

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Kukka

Kukka

I found these flowers on an island to the south of Finland. They were rather nice, as they stood there is a small breeze on a super hot day.

The breeze only started when I put my camera up to the flowers, of course. I can’t tell you how many times there has been absolutely no movement in foliage for hours but as soon as I attempt to take a photo of them some small wind appears from somewhere to make them move around and ensure I can never quite get a super crisp image.

Nature hates me.

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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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