On Saturday, me and my son Leo took our cameras and went to the Immilä Mill that is situated in Nastola, to shoot some photos of the Immilänjoki falls, and hopefully see and photograph the otter that lives there.

Downstream / Alajuoksu

Lauantaina otimme poikani Leon kanssa kamerat mukaan, ja menimme Immilän myllylle Nastolaan kuvaamaan Immilänjoen pikkuputouksia ja maisemia. Toivoimme myös näkevämme paikallisen saukon, josta olisimme sitten ottaneet kuvia.

Postcard photo / Postikorttikuva

We had taken our dog Ninnu with us, because the little thing was so adamant that we wouldn’t leave her home “alone”.

When we arrived, I took Ninnu for a walk, and let Leo take some photos by the riverside while I was away.

It soon dawned on me, that I would have to leave Ninnu in the car for the time being, as the snow was quite heavy and the crud would clump into huge snowballs stuck on Ninnu’s long hair.

Leo shooting photos by the riverside / Leo joenvarressa kuvaamassa

Me otimme Ninnun mukaan, kun raukkaparka vaati niin kovasti, ettei me jätettäisi häntä “yksin” kotiin.

Kun saavuimme myllylle, jätin Leon kuvaamaan joenvarteen ja lähdin taluttelemaan Ninnua.

Huomasin pian, että Ninnun olisi paras odottaa meitä autossa, koska raskas nuoskalumi tarttui pian lumipalloiksi Ninnun pitkään turkkiin.

The Mill / Mylly

When I took Ninnu to the car, I met an older lady who told me she’d seen a goosander upstream. She was also fascinated about Ninnu, she hadn’t heard of a breed called Russian Bolonka before.

After Ninnu was safely in the car, I came back to shoot some photos.

I gave the long 75-300 mm lens to Leo, and took the 10-18 mm wide-angle lens for myself. I wanted to test out if I can take long exposures by hand with the built-in Image Stabilization (IS) switched on.

Flowing water / Virtaavaa vettä

Viedessäni Ninnua autolle, tapasin vanhemman rouvashenkilön, joka kertoi nähneensä isokoskelon yläjuoksulla. Hän oli myös kiinnostunut Ninnusta, eikä ollut koskaan kuullutkaan venäjänbolonka-rodusta.

Kun Ninnu oli turvallisesti autossa, palasin takaisin ottamaan kuvia.

Annoin pitkän 70-300 mm linssin Leolle ja otin itse 10-18 mm laajakulmalinssin. Halusin kokeilla kuinka hyvin voisin ottaa pitkän valotusajan kuvia, jos linssin sisäänrakennettu kuvanvakaaja (IS) on kytketty päälle.

Upstream, on the other side of the Mill, was some device of old. I couldn’t really make out what it was designed for. Maybe it was some kind of transmission device for the millstones.

Yläjuoksulla myllyn toisella puolelta, löytyi jonkinlainen vanha laite. En oikein ole varma mitä varten se on rakennettu, mutta ehkä se on jonkinlainen voimansiirtolaite myllynkiviä varten.

I moved a bit closer and captured some of that movement of the flowing water.

Siirryin hieman lähemmäksi, niin että sain otettua kuvan virtaavan veden liikkeestä.

Leo was learning to capture the snowfall / Leo opetteli kuvaamaan lumisadetta

While I was upstream shooting the little rapids and the contraption, Leo was by the downstream, learning to shoot the snowflakes falling from the sky. I need to help him with the editing tomorrow, and see how it went.

Ollessani ylävirran puolella kuvaamassa pikku koskea ja myllyn laitteistoa, Leo oli alavirran puolella harjoittelemassa taivaalta putoavien lumihiutaleiden kuvaamista. Pitänee huomisissa auttaa häntä kuvien editoinnissa ja katsoa miten meni.

I decided to go check up on how Ninnu was doing, so I walked along the river, and took some photos on the way.

Päätin käydä katsomassa miten Ninnulla menee autossa, joten kävelin joenvartta pitkin ja kuvasin matkalla muutamia kuvia.

I found this small house, that I just had to take a photo of.

Löysin pienen talon, josta piti myös ottaa kuva.

From the bridge on the road one could see how the river formed a tiny pond before flowing downstream as the small rapid.

Tienpuoleiselta sillalta näki, kuinka joki muodosti pienen lammen ennen alajuoksulle ryöppyävää pikku koskea.

On the other side of the bridge I found this nice riverbend.

Toisella puolen siltaa löysin tämän kivan pikku joenmutkan.

While we didn’t see the otter, we had a lot of fun. Ninnu however would likely disagree. She had to get new lumps of snow on the hairs of her feet as we took her for another walk before leaving, and it took us a while to clean her up before letting her back inside the car.

When we left, I turned the temperature of the heater to the highest, so that we’d all warm up, and that the leftover snow in Ninnus fur would melt off.

A filler photo animation. / Täytekuva-animaatio

Vaikka emme nyt nähneetkään saukkoa, hauskaa oli. Ninnu tosin oli varmaan hieman eri mieltä. Ninnu sai uudet lumipallot jalkakarvoihinsa, kun kävimme vielä pikku lenkillä ennen lähtöämme ja niiden siivoaminen kesti jonkin aikaa ennen kuin pystyimme päästämään hänet takaisin autoon.

Kun lähdimme, löin lämmittimen täysille, niin että lämpenisimme ja että Ninnun karvoihin jääneet lumet sulaisivat pois.

Such was our photo trip to the Immilä Mill

Sellainen oli kuvausreissumme Immilän myllylle

During my 10 years of shooting, this is my first time actually taking a photo with three actual studio lights.

Until today, I’ve been using only one flash, some reflectors (like walls and white cardboard sheets) and occasionally some industrial flood lights.

This time I have 3 actual softboxes in addition to my old flash.

I’ll be posting more photos when I get the gist of it, but in the meantime, here’s a photo of Ninnu, my dog:

Ninnu

I love Ninnu as she is so easy-going whenever I ask her to do a shoot. She’s the perfect model.

I guess it isn’t really a secret, but as a portrait photographer I suck when it comes to shooting people, however I do love shooting animals, and find them very forgiving when it comes to taking their pictures.

Now that I’ve got access to studio lighting, I will eventually be able to take my pet and product photography to the next level. Good thing, that.

See you!

Rose is but a Rose

Lately I’ve been busy creating a RedBubble portfolio from my back catalog of photos. I’m also contemplating on adding some photo works to my Lensy.io gallery too. I had some problems book keeping problems that made me not want to tokenize my photos for a while.

Also, I’m still a little bit out of the loop on how NFTs and Creative Commons licenses can mix, if at all.

Anyhow, here’s quick example my RedBubble catalog:

A screenshot

Above you can see an example of the works I’ve already uplodaded on RedBubble.

I like them quite a lot now that I think about it. It’s interesting, because a photo in a clothing, apparel or accessories can also work as an advertisement.

Ambifokus @ Lensy.io
One of my Lensy.io NFTs

I wonder if I should embed a QR code in some of the products, so that people will find my blog and NFTs. I could also add some Hive centric apparel to my profile too. Just need to figure out how to create them with photography only, or if I should start making other forms of visual art too.

Interestingly, I learned only just Yesterday, that the NFT sales have re-sale royalties built-in the system. That sounds pretty good if you ask me.

If you have any suggestions or ideas or anything at all you want to share about these new business endeavours of mine, please let me know in the comments!

See ya!

I visited Vääksy yesterday, to take a quick look at Norrlin park, the surviving area of the famous Johan Petter Norrlin’s (PhD, Plant Sciences) estate park, that has been converted into a forest garden.

Norrlin park
The entrance to the park // Puiston sisäänkäynti

Vierailin eilen Vääksyssä ja kävin vilkaisemassa Norrlinin puistoa, kuuluisan kasvitieteen kasvitieteen tohtori Johan Petter Norrlinin kartanonpuistosta jäljelle jääneen metsäpuutarhan.

Took a turn to the “park road”. // Käännyin Puistotielle.

The info boards said I’d could freely roam, pick and taste the berries and/or herb leaves that grow in the park. Too bad nothing green actually grows in the Winter. It is just too cold, and there’s too much snow for the sunlight to get to the greens.

Infotaulun mukaan olisin saanut kierrellä alueella vapaasti, sekä poimia ja syödä marjoja ja yrttien lehtiä, mutta harmikseni mikään sellainen ei oikeasti kasva talvella. On aivan liian kylmä, eikä auringonvalokaan pääse kaiken lumen läpi kasvien lehdille.

The high-way overpass at the South end of the park. // Ylikulkutie puiston eteläpäässä.

At the southern end of the park, I saw the highway overpass. It was a very sunny day, and it affected the way I had to shoot. I’m glad I had the opportunity to use the dual-ISO function of my camera.

Puiston eteläpäädyssä näin moottoritien ylikulkusillan. Oli erittäin aurinkoinen päivä ja se vaikutti hiukan myös kuvaamiseenkin. On kuitenkin kiva, että pystyin käyttämään kamerani dual-ISO -toimintoa.

Information sign
The info sign at the Southern end of the park. // Infotaulu puiston eteläpäässä.

Here’s the map of the park // Tässä kartta alueesta:

If you have a Canon camera, there is a possibility that you too can use the Magic Lantern app on to add more essential functionality to your camera, Dual-ISO being one. I especially like trap focus when using manual lenses. There’s a ton of functionality that a camera normally doesn’t have (but should).

I also went to see the “cabin of silence”. // Kävin katsomassa myös Hiljaisuuden majaa.

Jos omistat Canonin kameran, voit käyttää Magic Lantern -sovellusta lisätäksesi kameraan tarpeellisia toimintoja, kuten Dual-ISO. Itse pidän erityisesti ‘trap focus’ -toiminnosta, joka helpottaa manuaalilinssien käyttöä. ML lisää hurjasti toimintoja, joita kameroista ei tavallisesti löydy (mutta pitäisi löytyä).

The path to the Cabin of Silence. // Polku Hiljaisuuden majalle.

So I continued my expedition by taking the path to the ‘Cabin of Silence’.

Jatkoin tutkimusretkeäni astelemalla polkua “Hiljaisuuden majalle”.

Cabin of Silence // Hiljaisuuden maja

The Cabin of Silence was simply a small gazebo by the river.

Hiljaisuuden maja olikin lähinnä pieni huvimaja joen varrella.

I was out of time, so I had to start getting back home.

Aikani loppui, joten aloin palailla takaisin kotia kohti.

The entrance // Sisäänkäynti

I took some photos of the entrance before leaving. Here’s one that’s perspective corrected in Darktable.

Otin muutaman kuvan sisäänkäynnistä ennen lähtöäni. Tässä yksi, jonka perspektiivikorjasin Darktable-kuvankäsittelyohjelmassa.

In another news. // Muita uutisia.

I recently created a Redbubble page, with some of my photos as designs for clothing and other apparel. If you like my photos and want to support my business, please go check them out. I’ll be putting up new photo designs shortly!

Loin hiljattain Redbubble -sivun, jolla julkaisen kuviani vaatteiden ym. tuotteiden kuvituksina. Jos pidät kuvistani ja haluat avustaa yritystäni, käy tsekkaamassa ne. Tulen pian laittamaan sinne lisää kuvituksia!

Last night I found myself wanting to shoot some long exposures.
I took all my gear and went for a quick drive around the town, looking for places to shoot photos in.

The lens I used in these photos was a Sigma Art 12-24mm 4.0. It is a bit front heavy lens, so I will likely need to find some solution to the ball-head slipping. It prevents me from shooting vertical.

Ski jumping hills
A floating sauna
Salix fragilis ‘Bullata’

It was a bit cloudy so I couldn’t get photos of the stars, but I guess I’m going to have to wait for a night like that. I just checked the weather forecast and it’ll be cloudy for the next 10 days at least.

I hope you liked these photos. If you did, you might also want to check out my Lensy-gallery!

See you all soon!

The Piano Pavilion

I think it was a nice trip to the harbour today. After much of worrying that I wouldn’t get any photos done today because of it getting dark earlier, I still managed to get some good photos in the harbour in the afternoon, with my vintage Super Carenar MC f=35 1:2.8 lens.

Round Pier

Hello!


As I’m still continuing my personal #DailyandFresh photo project, I’ve been too busy to attend to my business side. (Weird, huh?) Regardless, I think it would be a high time to contribute on this blog, and add some photographic content.

This, I believe was the whole idea of the web page in the first place. To give a base for my professional portfolio, and an outlet for my visual creativity.

These two photos were taken today. Photography is an art form, and thus I’ve taken some artistic liberties in the editing.

The mallard (below) I photographed Yesterday morning:

I guess that’s all for today, I hope you liked the photos!

I am contemplating selling larger digital (nft) copies of them on my Lensy gallery. If that’s your thing, be sure to check my current photos for sale.

Hey!

After creating the first post here, I got a bit stuck inspiration-wise, and my life was also a hassle, so I didn’t have much time to spare for the site.

Anyhow, I added some new pages to the site. More accurately, I created separate portfolio and gallery sections, and an about page. (I still have to edit the about page a bit I think.)

I also did away with the Envira gallery plugin, as it was proprietary, and I am a zealous FOSS advocate, so it really had to go. Instead, I now use the Simplest gallery plugin that as far as I know, is GPL.

Strawberry and chocolate cake
Cake

The images you see on this post were all added into their respectable gallery pages; Nature, Pets, People, Food, Products and Landscapes.

Product photo studio shoot with kit lens. Subject: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM lens.
Product photo studio shoot done with a kit lens.

It took me quite a while to figure out how to make the galleries to work. Now that they finally do, I realized some of the earlier photos I uploaded had been resized to 1500px max, and that doesn’t do. So I might have to re-upload all earlier photos in a larger format.

Little feet
Footsies

You might be wondering what software I use for my retouching. Unlike conventional wisdom would say, it is not Lightroom, nor is it Photoshop. Like I said earlier in this post, I prefer working with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), so I chose a software called Darktable.

Rose

I think Darktable is easily one of the best darkroom/lighttable software there is. Even Lightroom should be scared, because Darktable is, and always will be free. And Open Source, meaning that if you are a coder, you can study and research the source code, learn how it ticks, tweak and modify it, and contribute to the “final product” that constantly keeps on getting better.

Here, on my blog I plan to post my photos, and discuss photography, equipment, cheap and accessible (free) photography related software, and much more. Every now and then I may post a video on editing photos, some basics of photography.

Selling prints is not out of the question either.

So…

Tell me what you think of the site, and if there is something you’d like to see here. Is there something I need to fix? I guess one can become blind to their own shortcomings, so there may still be some rough edges. I would be glad if you could point them out.

Into the fog
Frost flowers in the sand.
A person sitting on a beach in the fog

With these, I bid thee farewell. Until we see each other again!

P.s. I seemed to have problems with the Steempress plugin. It didn’t want to post this to Steem.

Hello!

My name is Jaro, and I am a photographer. This is my portfolio, both on ambifokus.cc, as well as @ambifokus on Steem. This site, and the Steem account are now going to be the permanent home for my photography. For everything else, see @gamer00 on Steem.

A little bit about me.

My knack is in nature photography, although I do shoot many things.

Pet photography
Pet photography

My least successful photos have always been portraits. But animals on the other hand make handsome subjects.

I love the seasons. Winter is my favourite.

serenity
Serenity

Food can make an impression too.

Composition

Sometimes I just shoot things.

Product shoots

…or places…

Sauna

Did I mention that I like trees?

Minimalism

Sometimes I discover myself making portraits.

Mono portrait of my elder son, Leo

But in the end I tend to find myself back in the nature. There’s always something magical about birds.

Definitely birds

That concludes my short representation. I hope I can see you here again.

My RedBubble Designs:

My RedBubble designs: