Yesterday was a clear day, the first in a while, so we decided to head out and take some pictures. We managed to capture some nice images, a few of them using so called “miniature faking” were the lens movements of the TS-optics are used to create a shallow depth of field, tricking the eyes and creating interesting new views. The technique has been around for some time but lately it has been used quite a lot, even smart phones and pocket cameras have modes where the effect can be created digitally. Is this turning into a gimmick or are there still new and creative ways to apply this selective focus? We think that in the right context and with a certain plan in mind it can yield very pleasant results. What are your opinions on the matter?
Archive for January, 2011
Crusellin silta opened in november 2010 and connects Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari in Helsinki. The bridge is 143m long, 25m wide and 49m high. There’s a lot of construction work going on around the bridge which still limit shooting angles. Last night the light was nice and I thought I’d make a few test shots. Here’s top 3!
I just got back from a nice vacation in Ruka, near Kuusamo. With short days of only 3 hours of light and long nights, there aren’t many options for daytime photography. But with the right conditions, you can create some really interesting stuff, like the image below. It was shot at 00.30 in the night with an exposure of 1h 15min, the bright moonlight has illuminated the scene giving it an almost daytime feel while the long exposure has dragged the stars across the sky. And in case you are wondering, it was -26 degrees celsius…
Here’s a shot we made of Cafe Piritta in Helsinki some time ago just for fun. We played around with the images in photoshop to get three distinct looks that each would convey a different feeling. For me the full color version with the blue sky and the glowing interior is the most warm and inviting. The version with lowered saturation makes the wooden ceiling pop and stand out, while the b&w makes for a nice graphic look.
Cafe Piritta was originally designed by Irmeli ja Markus Visanti. It was closed in 2005 and opened again in 2010 after being renovated and re-designed by Veli-Markku Kukkanen of arkkitehtitoimisto CJN Oy. Click here to read more about the history (in Finnish).