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Hannu plays Brass

Mikko Saari
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Real vintage photo, none of this fake iPhone stuff this time. Shot with a FED-5 rangefinder camera (made between 1977-1996) and a Jupiter 8 lens (made in 1956) on black-and-white film.
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:37 am
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Kingdom Builder

Mikko Saari
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Had to shoot some Kingdom Builder for a review. Here's what a quick photoshoot got me:



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Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:31 pm
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Tobago

Mikko Saari
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These Tobago photos are billion dollar images, aka Instagram shots, and look much better on iPhone screen. Tobago is rather photogenic, I should probably aim my DSLR at it as well... Those statues are cute.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:11 am
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A new toy

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I've got a new toy:



That's a FED-5, a Soviet rangefinder camera. It's still missing a lens, I've got two lenses coming in (a Jupiter 8 and an Industar 61, both 50mm normal lenses). Should be interesting...

It's not a very old camera, actually, it's from 1970s. It's the latest model and has all the features, like a built-in selenium light meter.

I'm not particularly serious about the camera. I'll shoot one roll of film and if the results aren't interesting, that's it. I'm planning to use the lenses on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 once I get it, that's the real purpose of the lenses.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:49 am
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Coerceo, part 2

Mikko Saari
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More photos of Coerceo. This time I setup the board in the initial position and started shooting that. I used tripod to stabilize the camera and took out several lenses... Here's one with the kit lens, as it was the only one to offer the ~24mm focal length I needed. Not a bad photo.



Then, a closeup with the 100mm lens. Took a portrait orientation, I think it gives this photo a nice twist, with all the diagonal lines going on.



It's been a while since I last used the nifty fifty (50mm/1.8). It's pretty awful, actually, now that I used it. I thought the 35mm/2 I have is a bit clunky, but the plastic fantastic is even worse. It buzzes like crazy while hunting for AF. Not my favourite lens, no, and no wonder I've been using the 35 a lot more.

Anyway, I like the photo. The 50mm lens did decent background blur as well, that can sometimes be a problem. This is shot wide open.

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Tue Apr 3, 2012 1:00 pm
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Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper

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Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
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Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:51 am
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Coerceo, part 1

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I was offered a copy of Coerceo in exchange of translating the rules in Finnish. I didn't take that offer, because while I do translate games, I get paid to do it, which makes free gigs kind of unappealing.

Then I was asked, if I'd like to take some photos of the game. That's much more interesting. I'm not a professional photographer, so yeah, you can flatter me to work for free

So, here's some Coerceo photos and there's more to come. I don't know if the game's any good - haven't tried it yet - but it does look nice.
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:58 am
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Brass and Puzzle Strike

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Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:13 pm
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Cavum and Container

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Gritty black-and-white shots this time.



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Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:11 pm
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Acquire

Mikko Saari
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My 1971 Acquire.

I placed a preorder for the new Olympus OM-D EM-5. It seems like a pretty sweet deal. I've got my eye on the prime lenses (12mm, 20mm and 45mm), which are small, fast and good. All in all excellent stuff. I know a Finnish pro photographer, who has already sold his Nikon D7100s to replace them with the Olympus once it arrives.
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Fri Mar 2, 2012 2:47 pm
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