Graduation day in Finnish schools

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Today, my son is changing his school after 2nd grade and thus here is the photo from the event.

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I was also trying to take some pictures during the ceremony, but unfortunately, it was too hard to explain to a couple of excited parents that it might be not so good idea to put their heads in front of my lens on the random basis and kick tripod every now and again.

Anyhow, the summer is almost here and we are planning to go to Estonia for some time. Unfortunately, there is no internet connection @ our summer cottage, but I will be posting once in a while. Also, some more photos from Linköping trip will be posted quite soon. Stay tuned!

Swedish Aviation History: Engines

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Love mechanical complexity? Well, we have some for you! Swedish mechanical classics that made the history. I will not write much today. Just enjoy these state of the art engines and let me know what you think. All photos are taken with my lovely Canon 1100D + kit lens @ M-Mode madness! 🙂 Postprocessing: RawTherapee + Gimp!

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And I mean this is the classics. Not a single microcontroller. Not a single line of code! And everything worked as a charm! Think of today, when your car wouldn’t start because the temperature is below 0 …

Swedish Air Force Spy Cameras used in top secret operations.

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Have you ever thought that your DSLR is too big to carry it around? Not to worry, Alex comes to psychological rescue as usually! Check this collection of spy / aviation cameras that were used in 50th by Swedish Air Forces!

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Different types and number of cameras could be installed and combined depending on the mission requirements. This continuous shooting cameras could be operated individually or simultaneously from one control box above the dashboard. The camera used in aircraft S 31 Spitfire.

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With a one handed camera could pilot quickly documenting meetings with foreign aircraft. Above all used this camera for aircraft 35 Dragon.

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This beast was constructed to be able to shoot with sharp clarity at low altitudes and at high speeds. Camera was used in the S 35E Draken and S 32 Lansen.

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SKA15

SKA 15 is an overview camera used at high altitude photography. This camera was used in aircraft S 29C barrel and S32 Lance.

Still not satisfied? Here you go!

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Depending on the lens connected to the camera, this one could be used to both low and high altitude shooting. The camera has been used in various forms and with different lenses in both S 35E Draken and reconnaissance versions of the aircraft 37 Viggen.

And, for those of you, speaking Swedish (or if you simply hate my English), here is the photography with descriptions done by Air Force Museum, also featuring some photos of aircrafts that those lovely “micro” cameras were used on:

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So, what do you think about your camera now? I really feel that my DSLR is nice, small and compact! 🙂

Trip to Linköping, Sweden. Part 2.

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This is not quite part 2, as part 1 had different name. I just had some free time this morning and managed to get some more pictures done. Pictures from museum are still under work, but they are getting closer and closer! 🙂 Anyhow, meanwhile enjoy this ones.

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You don’t see those vehicles on the main street quite often, do you?

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Deep under ground @ Linköping, stands the garage of hotel. Some nice graffiti there! I mean, garage is quite crapy, but if someone destroys your car, you can at least enjoy the art on the walls. 🙂

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And if that was not enough, here goes another one. 

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Just a random bottle on the street took my attention. Somehow the whole city was full of bottles. Like there would be “empty glass exhibition” or smth.

Black and White spring @ Linköping, Sweeden.

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Here is my very first trial on street photography, which I was never a big fan of, but since we were quite bored last Sunday in Linköping, we went out to take some pics. Also, this is my first trial of going completely “M-Mode” (usually use aperture priority), which turned out to be very cool. Of cause, the main thing is the visit to “Flygvapenmuseum” (Swedish Air Force Museum), but those photos are still under processing, so stay tuned! 🙂

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As usually, any constructive feedback is warmly appreciated, so please let me know what you think.

Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day One

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Gang, finally it is the Day One of Blogging 201. With the latest challenges at work this one comes as a relief and something to turn my attention to some other direction. I haven’t even been thinking that a project like this could be a cure for stress, but it seems to be. Anyhow, time for my favorite cup of jeera tee and the first task, which is to set 3 concrete goals for next 2 weeks.

[Interruption … kids running into the kitchen, turning everything upside-down, doing there stuff … After 30 minutes of mess and clean-up, daddy has some free time again.]

There has been some discussion on whether it is a good idea to publish your goals or not. I believe that if you are really sure what you are doing, there is nothing bad about it. 

Anyhow, back to the subject … I think my 3 main goals are:

1. Learn. As any other hobby, blogging involves a great deal of learning. I’ve been blogging for over a year now. Sometimes dropping blogs and starting new ones. Finally I’ve decided that this is something I would like to do. So, it is time to learn.

2. Traffic. To me, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of blogging is “sharing”. I have enough to share, but I would like to have a bit bigger audience.

3. Experiment and have fun. I think this is one of the key points why I’ve decided to participate. I’m an engineer and I really like experimenting with all sorts of stuff. As for having fun, for last couple of month I’ve been working rally hard on my daily job and that was not much appreciated (for a lack of better term) by the employer, which lead to considerable level of stress. Now I need to have fun to handle this situation, before it gets deeper to my brain.

This is my part for today. I truly believe that participation in this kind of project is a very great idea and would motivate me to spend more time with my hobby.

As usually, any feedback is warmly welcome. Please let me know what you think.

And one more thing, if you have managed to survive down to this line without falling asleep, please write a few words in comments. Have a good day! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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For the lack of better Friday evening activity, decided to add another picture to this week’s photo challenge: Inside. A bit of historical junk has been trapped inside our times. So, as much as I hate this, it seems to be quite interesting part of heavy duty equipment from our predecessors that they’ve decided to leave on a random street of Finland perhaps because it didn’t qualify as a piece of valuable material. Enjoy before this crap rusts away. 🙂