China in Black and White – Part 2

Sorry for the long delay in posting the 2nd part of my photo series. I have been busy in real life and last weekend was Ropecon 2015, the biggest annual role-playing game related event in Finland. I will later make a blog entry about Ropecon 2015, but you can already enjoy the 200+ photos I took there at:

https://picasaweb.google.com/116494302121360970840/Ropecon2015?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMja8qKQhc_0twE&feat=directlink

The first part of this article can be found here.

Now here is my next batch of my B&W photos from China:

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Mother and a child at the streets of Shanghai 2014.
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A girl at Shanghai bund.
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Chinese men playing cards at a park in Shanghai, June 2014.
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Tourists at the Shanghai bund, July 2014.
The Shanghai bund, July 2014-
A thoughtful gaze a the Shanghai bund, July 2014-
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A Chinese woman and young girl at Shanghai bund, July 2014. I just wonder why the little girl looks so unhappy.
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A smiling little girl, whose mom appeared to be carrying all her belongings with her on the streets of Beijing. I got the impression these people are homeless, yet they can smile and look happy.
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A Chinese little kid at a shopping center.
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I took this photo of this Chinese boy many hours after sunset at the Summer Palace, Beijing.

See part 3.

Simple Beauty of Finnish Early Winter 2014

The winter in Southern Finland has been bleak so far. Many think it is not possible to take good photos when it is really dark almost all the time and almost no snow to lit up the scene. Here are my humble attempts to capture the true beauty of everyday winter life in Finland. Photos are from Riihimäki, Finland and Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. I adjusted the photos to be brighter than reality (= my trademark), so even the night shots appear to be as if they were taken during day light. I don’t use any tripod.

All photos were taken using Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic 20 mm F/1.7 lens. I used DxO Optics Pro 9.5 and DxO Filmpack Elite for photo editing. By clicking the photos you can view a 2560×1920 resolution (FullHD+) version of them.

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Riihimäki Prisma parking lot, early December 2014.

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The Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna), Helsinki harbor, December 2014

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Helsinki harbor, December 2014

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People go swimming here in summer. It looks so empty now. Suomenlinna, Helsinki.

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Hills and sea at Suomenlinna, Helsinki, December 2014

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Stone window view to the icy cold winter sea

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Silhouette of the trees without leaves. In summer this place is so crowded with people, now almost eerie.

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The crossroads near the kiosk, Riihimäki, Finland.

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Winter road home

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I really love the blue shades and calm of the silent winter nights. It relaxes the mind and body. What do you think?

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