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At last!….

I’ve been away from wordpress for long enough now. Things have just been way to busy to even think of posting here! Until now….

Had some quality time with my Nikon this week…well, 35 mins last Thursday to be precise. But those 35 mins were all that was needed! I was at kalles inn with the family for the weekend when suddenly this massively thick fog came creeping across the water! I jumped to the chance of getting some shots! I had some crackers that I will post but for now, here’s a little taste…..enjoy.

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Kalles Inn


Some homework for me. I say homework as I’ve been given the task of taking photographs of Kalles Inn for the new website. These are a few shots from my workplace Kalle’s Inn. Here is one of 4 restaurant buildings we have on the area. This is a traditional Lapland Kota building. Here we can seat up to 60 persons and there is overnight accommodation for 12 persons. The menu we mostly serve in this building is a Cream Soup of Finnish Chantarelle Mushrooms followed buy Finnish Salmon that’s roasted in front of the fire as you can see in the 4th image. For dessert we serve a Vanilla Creme brulee topped with Finnish Cloudberries. As of late i have been introducing more and more main dishes into the menu by roasting Wild Boar, Beef Inner Fillet, Moose Inner fillet and once a whole piglet for a medieval themed wedding! The roof of this building has small fiber optic lights that make up the star sky from the night it was built. The first and second image were taken on Aperture priority at f5.6-f8 using a Polorizer Filter. The third and forth images were taken on fully manual f8 at 40′ second.

The next image is another of the restaurant buildings on the area. This is a little special. It is shaped like a lighthouse! It has a Wood Burning aitokiuas Sauna that can sit 10 – 15 persons and a wood burning hot tub outside that can sit 8-10 persons. On the Third floor there is a restaurant that can sit 8-12 persons. This is the ideal place to spend the months of the midnight sun.

For the image i used an ND filter taken at f20 at 25 seconds plus a polarizing filter. Minor adjustments in Photoshop again and for my eyes, this image is perfect. How about yours?

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Matthew Watkins Thur May 19 9:01pm

Phew.


So by the looks of things, I’ve been busy over the last few days! Photographing and processing images as i had the time. Feels good as vie not really had too much time to get out there and take new shots, just some time here and there to work on old photos. But that’s also fun! I had found some photos i had shoved somewhere in iPhoto and forgotten about, so now they are processed and up! What a waste that would have been.

Ok, back to the main reason about this post. I have finally had the opportunity to go out and shoot with my new, shiny B+W ND110 3.0 Filter. PHEW! Boy, now that’s a relief. It has been sitting here staring at me for around 10 days, just waiting for me to use it! I have had a few locations in mind for where i would like to use this filter around the area which i live. Me, being the impatient man I am, thought that i would get all these done and dusted in just 1 night’s shooting. Man was i wrong. The first location i had spotted was the closest, so that’s where i decided that i would set off to first.  Well, lets just say i would have needed some wellies, with stilts and wellies on them. Plus a ladder, and then a boat! Needless to say, my location scouting abilities failed me. Miserably. I was a little disappointed, but never the less, i had more places to fry! So off i set hoping for better luck. Man, was i wrong!

Here’s where i ended up…

I had found a great docking area which locals use to cast out their boats. So i set up me gear and looked for a great shot. Didn’t happen..The sun was way to bright resulting in massive areas of my image being washed out. Well, to be honest i was not to dissapointed, at least i had had some practice with using the ND filter. It was really nerve wracking at first, trying to figure out what to do first, plus the weather really was not on my side! (check out my last post for that one) So it went something like this…

Extend tripod

Secure camera to tripod with out dropping it on to the pebble beach!

Turn release mode to remote release

Find shot

Switch camera to Aperture mode and take reading

Remember that reading

Search pockets for ND filter (I kept it in the box so it would not get damaged don’t worry)

Screw filter to the camera without dropping it on the pebble beach

switch focusing to Manual

Search pockets for iPhone

Switch to the ND Calc app

Find your reading on the left hand side and the app calculates the exposure time for you! Hence the name ND Calc

Search pockets for IR Remote

Switch camera to Manual and Bulb, or in my case Time.

Hit countdown on the app and the button on the remote

wait….or whistle your favorite tune

When the app makes a beep, then hit the remote button to stop the exposure.

So as i said before. I spent about 45 minuets here just practicing and really did not come out with anything to write home about. So off i went in search of new things to photograph. I was quite lucky as only a stones throw away was the harbor area there in Brändö. People had started taking their boats out already as the snow and ice has finally dissapeared. So i was sure to get a few good shots!

This time, I was not wrong….Here are the shots i ended up with.

I am extremely pleased with the results of these shots! Had to do just a little processing in Photoshop afterwards but not much. So all in all a great experience. I had the chance to use my filter, and learned a most important lesson. Dont rush things, Take your time and take time on each location that your shooting. Hey even spend all night shooting that one place if possible! Just remember to enjoy yourself and enjoy the world that your capturing! I cant wait to let this baby loose on the world again!!

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Matthew Watkins Wed May 4 11:09am

Another day, another sunset.


Yip. As the heading says. Another day, another sunset. Another sunset form the set i had posted a few days ago taken at Kalles Inn over looking the Gulf of Bothnia towards Sweden and the town of Umeå. Summer is slowly creeping in, and with that, The sun sticks around for approximately an extra 30 minuets a day. This was taken at Sunset around 8:50 pm over Easter. I have been lazy in my posts of late and the settings i used have been left out of the image post. So i think ill get back into the swing of things with this. Nikon D3000 18mm F16 2 second exposure. I used a little Photoshop in the final image just to brighten the image up and to lighten the foreground and lighthouse.

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Matthew Watkins Sun May 1 11:01pm

Last of the snow. When enough, is too much.


Last shots featuring the white stuff from me for a few months. A few blue, hot, bright and sunny months! These shots were taken days before spring finally set in and the snow started to melt! I took these while driving to my work place one early afternoon. The fog on that day was something else!…. The weather changed quite drastically that week. Resulting in many fields being waterlogged. I did run these pictures through Photoshop, but to be honest i think i went a little too far on the processing…What do you think? When is enough, enough?

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Matthew Watkins Sat Apr 30 4:55pm

Sunset and Sandwiches.



I’m not going to say too much for this post. The images say all i could ever try too. All i can say is that im happy i had the chance to post again. Ive had my hands full for the last few weeks so i have not really been inspired enough to post, or had good enough shots to post. But then came Easter. Along with some spare time. So off i went into the sunset, without ample clothing and without my sandwiches…..

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Matthew Watkins Wed Apr 27 2:03pm

Cold Sunset Breakthrough


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I have been hoping for a break in this creative laziness or lack of inspiration. Who would have guessed it would come in the form of shooting the sunset being way under dressed for the freezing conditions and to top it all off having the butt end of man flu for 2 weeks. But I pushed through and got out to do some shooting. These photos are from my iPhone and are not the finished products. They will be posted tomorrow with a splash of luck. I just needed to break the ice as I haven’t blogged for a while. Also this is my first post from my iPhone using wordpress iOS. And mite I say it’s been a cool easy experience….maybe a few more are needed. Oh well. Have a great day and check back for the sunset shots if you want too!