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Photo a Day, October 2017

Everything here shot with the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji 35mm f/2.

01

_DSF0132.jpg - Kalasatama
_DSF0132.jpg - Kalasatama

I made the hasty decision to go running at 20:30 and start a bit of an exercise habit with the start of the month. I thought why not start the photo-a-day experiment while at it, so here goes.

The first picture in the series is exactly as hasty as my decision to begin this all. It was completely unplanned, badly executed, and rather badly edited too because I have zero experience in nighttime landscape photography. However, to quote a friend - "Stop starting, start finishing". First day finished.

02

_DSF0151-Edit.jpg - Mr. Match in his succulent garden
_DSF0151-Edit.jpg - Mr. Match in his succulent garden

Lens reversal macro attempt. Quite shoddy effort, results could and should be a lot better. But eh, it's something.

03

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A leaning juniper growing amidst gravel in front of a metal grid. Urban brutalist gardening? This exhibit can be found at Kumpula, nearby the 24h computer labs of Computer Science department.

Unofficial bonus photo:

_DSF0174.jpg - Finnish social customs: waiting for the light to change.
_DSF0174.jpg - Finnish social customs: waiting for the light to change.

04

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Rainy day again - this could perhaps work as a part of the potentially upcoming collection "Weather Resistant". It seems I quite enjoy the textures rain creates on surfaces. Water also brings out colors a bit more.

05

_DSF0465.jpg - Various shades of orange
_DSF0465.jpg - Various shades of orange

On a bus from a photography gig, I noticed various shades of orange in my field of view and snapped a pic. This rough draft of an idea could probably be turned into a proper project with some actual effort.

06

_DSF0501-Edit.jpg - Family under construction
_DSF0501-Edit.jpg - Family under construction

I noticed this pattern (is it called that?) already a couple of days ago, but there was a metal gate in front of it. Today the gate was gone, so I was able to snap a photo :)

Bonus extra pic:

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...maybe another for the maybe upcoming "Weather Resistant" project, maybe.

07

_DSF0502.jpg - Electric bus
_DSF0502.jpg - Electric bus

On my way to the gym, I saw one of these fancy new electric buses they're testing out here in Helsinki. In addition to the technical wonders, I think the graphic is pretty neat too.

08

_DSF0537-Edit.jpg - Chili flower, old movie style
_DSF0537-Edit.jpg - Chili flower, old movie style

Another reverse lens macro attempt, this time with the 35mm f/2 fuji attached normally on the body and holding a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 reversed on front of it. The extremely strong vignetting is purely due to the lens combination, and I think sort of suits the photo, giving it sort of an old movie graphic feel.

09

_DSF0553-Edit.jpg - Contrast
_DSF0553-Edit.jpg - Contrast

Two very different pairs of shoes next to each other in a metro.

10

_DSF0586.jpg - There are four lights
_DSF0586.jpg - There are four lights

Computer Science department in Kumpula, University of Helsinki. Dark, rainy day gave a moody lighting, and the minimal architecture lends for a pretty passable photo.

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An attempt at abstract minimalism.

12

_DSF0638-Edit.jpg - Door
_DSF0638-Edit.jpg - Door

A peculiar view of a wall and a door in the sky.

13

_DSF0674-Edit.jpg - Great guitarist at a local jazz club
_DSF0674-Edit.jpg - Great guitarist at a local jazz club

Bonus photo: a talkative customer at a local jazz club

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14

_DSF0676-Edit.jpg - Different and Equal
_DSF0676-Edit.jpg - Different and Equal

Coffee cups. I have no idea how to properly title this one. It was supposed to be a kind, well-meaning reminder that differences are a richness - a bad forced metaphor via the different coffees. Bleh. I hope this doesn't induce any racist vibes, as this was done with the exact opposite intents.

15

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Yellow-orange gradient coloured metal fence.

16

_DSF0788.jpg - Ghost feet
_DSF0788.jpg - Ghost feet

Long exposure at a crossing

17

_DSF0818.jpg - MISSING: A notice
_DSF0818.jpg - MISSING: A notice

Found a lack of a noticeboard

18

_DSF0824.jpg - PHY
_DSF0824.jpg - PHY

University of Helsinki, Physicum.

19

_DSF0828.jpg - Venn candles
_DSF0828.jpg - Venn candles

Reverse lens of some candle light.

20

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Steam at Redi construction site.

21

_DSF0838.jpg - First surface photos
_DSF0838.jpg - First surface photos

Surface photo from a tiny asteroid. Life forms may include a rose. (Or maybe it's just a flour tortilla through a reversed lens. Go figure.)

22

_DSF0840.jpg - Waiting
_DSF0840.jpg - Waiting

Situational picture. You've probably been there - waiting for the next public transport.

23

_DSF0855.jpg - Guitar
_DSF0855.jpg - Guitar

A guitar.

24

_DSF0858.jpg - Chili
_DSF0858.jpg - Chili

Yet another reverse lens macro. Forgot to take during the daytime, panic photo at 00:20. One could argue I failed the entire project because of this.

25

_DSF0867.jpg - Go
_DSF0867.jpg - Go

A game of Go.

26

_DSF0875.jpg - Chocolate balls
_DSF0875.jpg - Chocolate balls

Filler. Yet another poor reverse lens macro of something readily available.

27

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Wood patterns and lights at Tiedekulma.

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Tikkurila station.

29

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Picture in picture. ISO 6400 + 2 stops in Lightroom. Reverse lens again.

30

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Yet another completely thoughtless filler: reverse lens macro of a microfiber cloth.

31

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End of the photo of the day.


It is immediately evident that quite a lot of these photos were just fillers - blatantly simple snaps to tick the box of having taken a picture that day. I think the exercise could give a lot more if I really dedicated the time and effort to actually create a photo every day. However, I did get something from this exercise, even when executed this poorly: a) a nice reminder that a bit of work every day does indeed accumulate into some sort of a more habitual confidence in your skills b) there are a lot of days in a month! sort of a silly lament, but completing this project definitely worked as a nice anchor to realizing there's actually a lot of time around if you actually use it c) the amount of effort put into creating a photo vs creating a snap really shows. At all stages of creating the photo - the idea/thought, the execution in-camera, possible artificial lighting, culling the takes, editing. d) I got a slight feeling of aversion towards this project towards the end, and I definitely won't be creating private project photos for some upcoming days or perhaps weeks. However, in certain senses, maybe getting to experience this feeling is worth it too. I'd definitely recommend photo a day project - not because it'd magically make you better or because it'd produce great results, but because of all the experience you go through via it.