Finnish summer lasts about three months, but sometimes it extend a bit further to autumn depending on your luck. During the summer time there's a plenty of light because the country is situated on both sides of polar circle. This also means that during the summer time the sun doesn't set at all in the northern Finland. We happen to live in southern Finland so we get some sunsets and few hours of dark every night even during the summer. Photographically speaking this provides great opportunities as the golden hour extends over many hours, but you have to be ready to stay up for bit longer as the best light usually comes around 11 close to midnight at midsummer. Naturally this shifts earlier as we proceed to autumn and the dark starts earlier.
Today I'm sharing a small set of Finnish summer scenes which hopefully give you a some sort idea how it looks here during the summer (which will soon be over). I have not roamed on any national sceneries as I think there is are always those available elsewhere. Instead I just decided to 'collect' some sceneries where we've been during the summer and use them as a sort of average of Finnish summer. These pictures include some sceneries from Åland islands, eastern Finland and my home town Tampere. Nothing mind blowing, but more of the usual which is still very nice.
While collecting these kind of sceneries I was also pretty surprised to found out how much I actually preferred Loxias for this type of shooting. The sceneries seldom jump around which of course makes them easy targets for manual focusing lenses, but there is something very nice with Loxias when focusing manually and taking your time to plan a shot - perfect lenses for easygoing shoots and great size wise as well, if you ask me. Considering the optical characteristics their contrast driven rendering also suits very well for landscape work, and when stopped down to f/8 or F/11 the Loxia 2/50 and 2/35 draw just beautifully in a way which is more than just 'better corner performance'. I know it sounds odd, but with Loxias I've developed a new kind of taste for using smaller apertures as the pictures just look tasty with plenty of 'something' which I hesitate to call 'micro-contrast' or similar as I think using trendy catch words just guide one's eyes away from the real aesthetic experience. Instead I would suggest, if you have a chance, to shoot few hundred frames with Loxias and just try to get a feeling of them. Many have fallen love with them with reasons that some might call 'too subjective in a way that doesn't align with chart tests', but like a taste for wines, the subjective feeling is really the best argument for choosing a lens for your own photography. When it comes to my taste, I know there is something in the Loxia that I prefer over Batis-lenses. Maybe it's the overall concept, 'tradition' or shooting experience which just calls me to use these lenses, I don't know.
So, how's the summer been this year in Finland? To be honest, I was hoping a bit more sunny days as there were some weeks when the sky was just clouded. Couple of years back we got a crazy heat wave with over 50 days of hot weather (over 25 degrees of Celsius or 77 Fahrenheit) continuously. Don't get me wrong, there were hot days in this summer too, but like I said, I was kind of hoping of that heat wave again.