Tuesday, September 30, 2014

He is about to act upon a different set of scientific principles

I still have some photographs taken with the LX5 waiting for processing. These photographs were taken on August 10th in Tremanskärr. Some color in the landscape...

I commuted by bicycle, and there was heavy headwind, 8 m/s, when coming back home. But tomorrow the temperature will drop below 0 °C in the morning, and there won't be much wind. It has been dry, which is good for riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem The Empty Dance Shoes by Cornelius Eady.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

And first with nicest skill and art

Last week I got over eight hours of exercise, half of it during the weekend, walking in forests and swamps. This weeks looks good for commuting by bicycle, although it is getting colder.

I went ahead an pre-ordered the Panasonic LX100. It is not cheap, 1000 euros here in Finland, and I debated the wisdom of the purchase for quite some time. And now I might have time to regret it, as the camera will be shipped in late October or November. But I'm really missing the feeling of having a real camera in my hands while walking. In fact, it seems that I don't know what to do with my hands as if something has been cut away.

My first digital camera was Canon Digital IXUS 400, which cost well almost 600 euros. That camera broke when the lens cover got stuck. Then I had the Panasonic LX3 and the Panasonic LX5. And now I'm getting the new Panasonic, and I hope it will be as good in the hand as the LX3 and the LX5 were.

(Posting title is from the poem The Building of the Ship by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Imagination can create a sense of peril where

Today I has been 20 years since M/S Estonia sank into the Baltic Sea. The newspapers in Finland have published a lot of articles about this. It was a tragic event indeed, costing 852 lives.

The photographs were taken on M/S Gabriella on September 19th, on the way to Stockholm.

Yesterday I walked for two hours in Sipoonkorpi National Park. The parking place at Byabäcken nature trail near Hindsby was full of cars, but luckily one was just leaving when I arrived. Usually the place has been much more quiet.

I walked south to Mordmossarna swamp, and then walked along the swamp southwest to the border of the National Park. Then I circled back to the parking place following the border towards east and north, along the stream that flows there. It was quiet, and I didn't meet anyone on the way back.

Also, I didn't get any deer fly this time. Maybe the cold nights or the rain has made them scarce.

(Posting title is from the poem Lines from the Reports of the Investigative Committees by Joel Brouwer.)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What did you see?

I'm hoping to have time to go for a long walk today in swamps. We had a storm during the night, and lots of rain, which should have filled the swamps.

The photographs show sea scenery near Helsinki.

(Posting title is from the poem Some Questions about the Storm by Hilda Raz.)

Friday, September 26, 2014

It didn’t happen in that order

Photographs taken on M/S Gabriella on September 19th.

(Posting title is from the poem Balloon by John Kinsella.)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Making a noise bigger than the house

These photographs were taken on September 19th on M/S Gabriella, leaving Helsinki to Stockholm. I'm not really fond of cruise ships, having spent a lot of time on them, but this trip was fine, traveling together with the children.

It rained a lot during the night and in the morning, flooding the streets, and I got completely soaked when commuting by bicycle, so that the clothes were still somewhat wet when I rode back home. But it felt good nevertheless.

(Posting title is from the poem The Wheel by Vinda Karandikar.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

As if one slow gear turned beneath us...

These photographs were taken on September 14th by Sipoonkorpi National Park using the Nokia E7. I'm occasionally almost satisfied with the quality of the photographs, or maybe I'm just getting used to it.

Last night the temperature dropped to -1 °C. I commuted by bicycle, but it wasn't slippery, as the road was rather dry. But it was cold, and I switched to my winter clothing for bicycle commuting. Based on long experience I usually know what clothes to wear in different weather conditions. Today it was less windy than yesterday, when I had a headwind of 10 m/s when commuting back home.

(Posting title is from the poem Mighty Forms by Brenda Hillman.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And every wave is charmed

Yesterday I wrote that I didn't remember where the photograph was taken, that is, which lake in Nuuksio was shown in the photograph. Well, I forgot also that the photograph was taken with the Nokia E7, and it puts the location data into the photographs. So riddle solved: the photograph was taken at lake Iso Majaslampi.

Here you see two photographs taken on September 19th on the cruise ship M/S Gabriella from Helsinki to Stockholm. And the location can be seen at Flickr. I'm not quite sure whether I like the fact that the E7 puts this information into the photographs. A drawback may be that the battery runs out really fast when you take photographs with the phone.

(Posting title is from the poem Terminus by Ralph Waldo Emerson.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

A helmet worn by no one has taken power

Well, I'm back from Stockholm, going there and back on the Helsinki-Stockholm cruises, and spending one night in a hotel. The weather was fine, and the city quite lively, to such a degree that my youngest daughter declared at one point that "the Swedish are mad".

In any case, we had a nice time, even though I had in the beginning some difficulties in navigating the metro-tram system of the city. It might be nice to do the same thing again at some point, if there is something interesting happening in Stockholm.

The photograph was taken on September 6th in Nuuksio, south of lake Saarijärvi, but I'm unable to remember which lake this was.

(Posting title is from the poem National Insecurity by Tomas Tranströmer.)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lest you should think he never could recapture

I almost forgot to note that I'll be traveling during the next few days, and there will be a break in the postings here.

The photograph was taken in Meiko on September 7th.

(Posting title is from the poem Home-Thoughts, from Abroad by Robert Browning.)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know that I know nothing about love

Here is yet another photograph taken with the Nokia E7. Shortcomings are clearly to be seen, one of them being the strange (for me) aspect ratio, which doesn't let me make compositions the way I want.

(Posting title is from the poem What I Know by Patrick Dubost, translated by Fiona Sampson.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And lifted honest eyes for you to see

Well, even though I don't have the LX5 any more (or rather, my daughter has it), I have taken some photographs, using my Nokia E7 mobile phone. I'm not happy with the controls, the exposure, the colors, but still I'm using it as there is nothing else. Here is a specimen, taken in Nuuksio on September 6th. As you can see the E7 is far from square.

(Posting title is from the poem Four Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you like poems about trees you’re in for a treat

Today I got plenty of surprises. But no matter, things move on.

Also, I looked further into the specifications of the Panasonic LX100, and I have a strong urge to order the camera. But only preorder is possible right now, as the camera will become available in late October or November.

Meanwhile, I guess I need to start using the Nokia E7 for taking photographs.

(Posting title is from the poem Poems About Trees by K. Silem Mohammad.)

Monday, September 15, 2014

We bestowed blessings on many a heart

Well, the Panasonic LX100 did get announced today, and quite a camera it is. If it would be available in a shop I would have bought it already. Dpreview already posted a first impressions review of the LX100, and there is not much to criticize.

The lens is bright, f/1.7...2.8, and wide, 24...75 mm. equiv., and it can do macro at 3 cm. Given the large sensor, I think this camera will be a blessing during the dark winter months here in Finland. I know what will be my next camera.

(Posting title is from the poem Bless Their Hearts by Richard Newman.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tell me no more of minds embracing minds

Today I went for a walk in Sipoonkorpi National Park. I thought that there would be a lot deer fly, but I got only half a dozen, much less that usually.

I got 11 hours of exercise this week, the same as the week before. Next week I need to commute by car on two days, so there will be less riding the bicycle.

On Friday I went to see a circus performance with the children, and it was all right. I would have taken photographs but didn't have a camera, but still I was making photographic compositions. It is a habit. And now that autumn colors appear, I'm mentally taking photographs even though I don't use a camera. Maybe this helps to sustain the skill.

(Posting title is from the poem No Platonic Love by William Cartwright.)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

And the air with its snout, will reread or misread

I went for a walk at Tremanskärr forests and swamps today. At first there were no deer fly, but when I got deeper into the swamps, they started to appear, sticking to hair and crawling under the shirt, though not so numerously as to really bother. I got about ten of them during the walk, and four more when driving home, and one at home.

The photograph was taken in Vaakkoi on August 8th. I saw a lot of possibilities for photographs during the walk, as the autumn colors are starting to appear, but didn't take any. I'm still pondering what camera to buy, if any.

(Posting title is from the poem Balloon by John Kinsella.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Scanning the sky for some sign

I commuted by bicycle every day this week, for a total of 163 km and 7 1/2 hours. Not bad. I'm tired, but it is not so much the physical exhaustion, it is more about a lot of things happening.

The weather forecast promises warm (+19 °C) and sunny weather for the weekend. I hope I'm able to go for a walk, even though the deer fly season is upon us. And there are a lot of deer fly, much more than ever before. Last Sunday while driving home I picked a dozen from my hair, and at home I found three more.

(Posting title is from the poem Today We Fly by Curzio Malaparte, translated by Walter Murch.)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Here let me gently lie and softly view

I'm rather busy with all kinds of things these days, and it seems that taking photographs isn't something I have time for right now. Or shopping for a camera. Anyway, today I processed some photographs taken a month ago. This one was taken in Vaakkoi on August 8th.

PS. Also, this is posting number 3000 here at Light Scrape. I started this blog on July 13th, 2008.

(Posting title is from the poem “Thin little leaves of wood fern, ribbed and toothed” by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I do not know how it was

I need to start processing photographs, I'm running out of those I have uploaded to Flickr. Also, I should start taking photographs, but I don't have a camera so that is difficult. But there are still 800 photographs waiting on the computer.

Another camera that the rumor sites are speculating about is the Panasonic GM5. Maybe it would be a good choice, if the rumored LX100 doesn't appear. But one should not rely on rumors.

(Posting title is from the poem In Response to a Rumor That the Oldest Whorehouse in Wheeling, West Virginia Has Been Condemned by James Wright.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shakes with the weight of day

The camera rumor sites are abuzz with speculation about a new Panasonic camera, the LX100, that is said to have a multi-aspect four thirds sensor, a 24-75 mm (equiv.) f/1.7-2.8 lens, built-in EVF, and many other great things. Well, if the rumor proves to be true, this could indeed be the camera I'm looking for, now that I don't have anything else than the Nokia E7 to take photographs with.

This was another busy day at work. A great deal of things to do, and many things that got done.

(Posting title is from the poem Speculation by Ruth Stone.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

On hot days we would see them

The weather continues to be fine. Today it was sunny, +20 °C. I commuted by bicycle, and that felt good. There were things to do, and still are, all kinds of new stuff to take care of, but most things are getting taken care of, one way or another.

(Posting title is from the poem The Water Carriers by Angelo Giambra.)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Plant life, sustainable abundance

I need to do some further repairs to the bicycle today. And there are a lot of chores to do, cleaning, laundry, garden, ... But if I'm lucky, I may have time to go for a walk today. So far this week I have got almost 10 hours of exercise, which is great. During the summer my weight got up by 2-3 kg, and now I'm going back down, close to the lowest weight I have had in 25 years, 12 kg less that I used to have.

Now that I don't have a camera any more, I have been reading up on what is on offer. The best contender to replace the LX5 is seems to be the Sony RX100 III, but I'm far from convinced I would like to use it.

(Posting title is from the poem Endless Inter-States by Sina Queyras.)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

And on her bosom I remembered all

The photograph was taken in Nuuksio, at lake Holma-Saarijärvi, on August 1st.

I did some repairs to the bicycle today. I got a new chain, and then there were some other things to check out. I need to have the bicycle in good enough shape to endure the daily commute later this year, when the weather gets cold. It turned out that the chain ring is rather worn, so I need to replace it also, but for now I'm using the new chain. In addition to the chain ring, I'll get a new back sprocket, but that isn't in urgent need for replacement.

I went for a walk today, to Nuuksio, visiting four lakes: Saarijärvi, Iso Majaslampi, Pieni Majaslampi and Sarkkinen. I didn't have a camera with me, as I gave the LX5 to my daughter, who wanted to have it. Well, I had the Nokia E7, but the camera in the phone isn't really something one would enjoy using. Walking without a camera felt strange, and several times I noticed something I would have liked to take a photograph of, but couldn't.

I met a man and a woman, who were hunting mushrooms, and they asked whether I had seen any. I said there are some, and more are sure to come. I'm not really into mushrooms, but on the way back I noticed an excellent body of Boletus edulis, which was rather large, but very firm, and completely intact.

I didn't have anything to carry mushrooms, so I carried it in my hand, and when I got home I sauteed it in a frying pan, and quite delicious it was. My youngest daughter said that it wasn't bad, but not the best thing to eat either; however, she would eat it if she would be very hungry.

(Posting title is from the poem Epitaphs of the War by Rudyard Kipling.)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Falling off a parallelogram

Today I did quite a lot of shopping with the children, glasses and shoes, and I'm rather tired physically, after commuting to work by bicycle each day this week, 165 km in total.

(Posting title is from the poem Instances of Wasted Ingenuity by Dara Wier.)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

She's light and also passage, the glory in my cortex

These photographs were taken in Nuuksio on August 1st, walking along Korpinkierros route.

Today was a warm day, temperature raising to +22 °C in the afternoon. A busy day at work, but I managed to get a lot of things done.

(Posting title is from the poem The Daughter by Carmen Giménez Smith.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now it happened one day on that geometric way

The photograph was taken at lake Kolmikulmalampi in Nuuksio on August 1st.

I commuted by bicycle today, and afterwards I changed the brake pads to new ones.

The weather has been rather dry, and it is getting warmer. This morning we had + 11°C, and in the afternoon + 20 °C.

(Posting title is from the poem Maternity by Robert W. Service.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I decide on a good place to stand, near a tree

I commuted by bicycle today, and took some magnesium afterwards, to help in recovery.

I noticed a posting about camera shutter counts, and how to find the info, and remembered the fate of my LX3, which went up to 203,318 photographs taken with it. And then I remembered I also wrote a posting on how to find the shutter count info on the LX3, using the service mode.

I would expect that the same kind of shortcut would work on the LX5 as well, but I can't test it because my daughter has it and she is traveling. In any cause, I have taken over 186,000 photographs with the LX5. And my daughter is using it now. (I guess I'm having some withdrawal symptoms after all.)

The photograph was taken in Nuuksio on August 1st.

(Posting title is from the poem I Wasn’t One of the Six Million: And What Is My Life Span? Open Closed Open by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld.)

You want a placid life, find another planet

Monday was a busy day.

On August 1st I walked in Nuuksio, along the Korpinkierros route, doing a bit of exploring (and eating of blueberries) on the side. It was a hot day, but there was some wind to give a little bit of cooling.

I'm currently without a camera, as I gave the LX5 to my daughter who is traveling with her school class. I haven't yet got any serious withdrawal symptoms, but a couple of times I have wished to have a camera with me. Well, I have my mobile phone, but the Nokia E7 doesn't really work as a camera.

A week ago I had a look at what kind of cameras there are on the market right now, but nothing really engaged my interest. The Panasonic GM1 with the 24-64 equiv. lens would be almost pocketable but doesn't do macro, the Sony RX100 III is rather expensive and has usability issues, and the Panasonic LX7 isn't a great deal better than the LX5.

But at least we live in interesting times.

(Posting title is from the poem Interesting Times by Mark Jarman.)

Monday, September 1, 2014

And a couple of opposing green

I didn't go for a walk during the weekend, but I got a lot of exercise otherwise, so much that I was sore this morning.

I commuted by bicycle today. It wasn't raining, which felt good. In the morning the temperature was +6 °C. It starts to feel like autumn.

The photographs were taken on July 31st in Helsinki.

(Posting title is from the poem House: Some Instructions by Grace Paley.)