Circus in Finland

Sunday 9/13/20 time 11:53 PM

I have always been a geat fan of circus. It all begun when me and my kid brother hadn't even started school yet. Our Mum took us to a circus which had come to our home town Kuopio in Finland. We saw lions, dogs, horses and one Indian elephant doing their act with their tamer behind his or her whip. Nowadays there are no wild animals in circuses in Finland. That's the law. I believe that's ok. Lions belong to Africa.

There's one image though that will stay in my mind forever. A trapeze act is an essential part of any circus. In 1960's there were no safety nets in circuses. That first ever evening at the circus there was this already a bit elderly German couple with their only son in his early twenties. The son flew in the air and his parents kept watching him closely at the same time taking care of the ropes that controlled the trapeze bars. Suddenly the son couldn't catch one bar and he came down almost head first and thudded on the sawdust. The poor mother run screaming to his son and started caressing gently his back with her hand. Soon we heard the ambulance. The paramedics did their act and in no time the ambulance headed to the hospital with the whole family in it. The circus band started playing again and the ringmaster announced the next performance. The show must go on! 

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Z - Mirrorless Is the Future!

Wednesday 9/9/20 time 9:13 PM

I've been using mirrorless cameras ever since 2006. My first one was a bridge camera Canon Powershot Pro 1. It was slow but it had quality  optics. I even shot two weddings with it and finally donated it to a young friend of mine in Yemen. 

After Canon EOS 7D, Fujifilm X100, X100S, X100T, XPro 1 and XPro 2 and a plethora of optics I finally dumped APS-C size sensor and jumped on the Nikon Z train. One of the  reasons for switching from Fuji to Nikon was the end of Fujifilm Finland. Instead of Fujifilm Finland and a trusted camera repair in Helsinki we got Fujifilm Nordic somewhere in Sweden. No way! Keep your damn jack!

When Nikon released Z6 and Z7 cameras with only three lenses in August 2018 the internet exploded. Only one card slot! No working eye detection af! No battery grip! Only f1.8 and f4 lenses! Soon YouTube was full of similar songs. The world is not enough! Check Nikon Z6 now after firmware Ver.3.10!

I jumped on the Nikon Z train in August 2019. After unboxing my new Z6  I was literally struck with awe. The camera body felt good in my hands and the viewfinder was something I had never experienced before. Must say it was love at first sight!


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The Pictorial-List, Instagram and me

Sunday 9/6/20 time 9:23 PM

The Pictorial-List most obviously like my photograph and kindly mentioned me in their Instagram Stories. I photographed Tapio Manninen, the logger when he was thinning a small grove next to our house . Thank you Tapio for the shot! And thank you The Pictorial-List for presenting my image in your Instagram Stories!

My instagram account: @simovaisanen

The Pictorial-List showcase the work of photographers from all over the globe to explore and be inspired by. Photographers whose pictures convey the essence of a place, or who find the extraordinary in an ordinary place; photographers whose images tell a story.


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Z coming soon!

Thursday 9/3/20 time 3:41 PM


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