I found some of my darkroom experiments from early 2000's. The technique for creating these ortraits was quite involved. The pictures were shot with a 4x5 view camera and a very strong studio flash on orthocromatic film Agfaortho. Why orthocromatic film? It is not sensitive to red light, so the negatives could be developed in the darkroom using lith developer while seeing the development in progress. This gives an extraordinary look to the highlights (dark parts of the negatives). The prints were developed in lith as well, producing strong blacks in the images. Finally, the prints were toned with sepia followed by gold. Enjoy!
It's delightfully cold now in Helsinki. I took a few frigid shots around sunset (3pm).
Eating and relaxing for a couple of days creates an urge to photograph. Macro photography is a great option since miniature worlds are everywhere!
Spiders, those lovely eight-legged creatures, are my eternal favourites as photographic topics. Here are my best spider shots from year 2016 (sadly, the season starts to be over for this year!).
Let me start with a classic: a perky, joyous, and cute jumping spider.
Evarcha sp., family Salticidae.
Water drops in a spider web among moss.
In the 1980's and 1990's I did a lot of darkroom work with black&white photography, especially portraits. From time to time it is fun to return to that aesthetic. Here are a few recent examples, completely digital.
A couple of focus-stacked close-up images of lichen.
For the first time, computer bugs have been successfully photographed by a Finnish imaging scientist, Professor Samuli Siltanen. The perpetrators belong to the order of arachnids called Opiliones, commonly known as harvestmen. The precise species needs yet to be identified, but there is strong indication that it would be Leiobunum rotundum. Further studies should bring clarity to this issue.
As the type of bug is now close to identification, effective debugging strategies can be designed. This is an important step for the mankind on the way to remove errors from computer programs for good.
Disclaimer: this post is a (stupid) joke. I hope you enjoy the photos, nevertheless!
Rye cereal growing in Finland. It is the basic ingredient in the Finnish-style dark bread.