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Journal Entry: Sun Dec 31, 2006, 6:21 PM
Gloomy Nature competition over:



The deadline for the competition was a few hours ago and no more submissions will be accepted. The results will be announced as soon as possible.

Also, a Happy New Year to everyone! :party:












...Over and out...

Solkku

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Alter Bridge - Metalingus
  • Drinking: Beer :D
:pointr: Gloomy Nature competition:

A while ago I organized a pre-competition in which all of you had to think about a theme for the big competition. I got a lot of nice theme suggestions, but the one I liked the most (as autumn is turning to winter, and it's getting darker) was the suggestion by =kukko, who suggested "Gloomy Nature". So congrats to you, you will receive the prize of the pre-competition as promised!

So what does "Gloomy" mean? As can be seen here, it means the following things:

1. dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.
2. causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.
3. filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
4. hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.</a>

So, simply put: Your task is to incorporate gloominess to a nature photo. Here are some examples:

Outpost by londonxpress R+G+B by robertmekis Liquid Wings by Solkku

:pointr: Rules:
* The competition deadline is 31st December 2006 at 24:00 hours Finnish time (GMT +2).
* Submissions after the deadline will be disqualified.
* The photo must be a nature photo!
* The photo must be yours! (And must be available on deviantART).
* You are allowed to submit older artwork which are still online.
* You are not allowed to submit photos you have entered with in my two previous competitions
* You can submit only one photo to the competition.
* You may not manipulate the photo further than what could be done in a darkroom. (Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation). However, a frame and text on the actual photo is accepted.
* Black & White photos are accepted as they often portray gloominess.
* After the competition's deadline the jury will decide on the top three.
* Jury members may not participate in the competition.
* Disallowed photo types: Photo manipulations
* The organizer of the competition (Solkku) is allowed to change the rules at any time if needed.

Hint: The jury looks for gloominess, originality and details.

:pointr: How to Enter:
Send a note to Solkku with the subject "Gloomy Nature submission" between 26th November - 31st December 2006 24:00 Finnish time (GMT +2) with a link to your submission.

:pointr: Prizes:
1st Place: 1 Year subscription + Premium Print Account + Secret Special Prize
2nd Place: 6 Months subscription
3rd Place: 3 Month subscription

Also, some of the jury's favorites will be given honourable mentions.

:pointr: Jury:
:iconsolkku: :iconewm: :iconlondonxpress: :iconmichaellaird: :iconrobertmekis:

:pointr: Advertising this competition:
If you want, you can help spread the word about this competition. To do this, the only thing you have to do is include a link to this journal and tell what the link is about, or include the stamp as a link (for subscribers). All helpers will be rewarded when the results are announced (your avatar will be included in the journal). Just send Solkku a note with the subject "Competition Help" and a link to your journal in the note.


Over and out,

Solkku

Gloomy Nature competition

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 25, 2006, 4:24 PM
Gloomy Nature competition:



A while ago I organized a pre-competition in which all of you had to think about a theme for the big competition. I got a lot of nice theme suggestions, but the one I liked the most (as autumn is turning to winter, and it's getting darker) was the suggestion by kukko, who suggested "Gloomy Nature". So congrats to you, you will recieve the prize of the pre-competition as promised!

So what does "Gloomy" mean? As can be seen here, it means the following things:

1. dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.
2. causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.
3. filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.
4. hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.


So, simply put: Your task is to incorporate gloominess to a nature photo. Here are some examples:

Outpost by londonxpress R+G+B by robertmekis Liquid Wings by Solkku


Rules:
* The competition deadline is 31st December 2006 at 24:00 hours Finnish time (GMT +2).
* Submissions after the deadline will be disqualified.
* The photo must be a nature photo!
* The photo must be yours! (And must be available on deviantART).
* You are allowed to submit older artwork which are still online.
* You are not allowed to submit photos you have entered with in my two previous competitions
* You can submit only one photo to the competition.
* You may not manipulate the photo further than what could be done in a darkroom. (Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation). However, a frame and text on the actual photo is accepted.
* Black & White photos are accepted as they often portray gloominess.
* After the competition's deadline the jury will decide on the top three.
* Jury members may not participate in the competition.
* Disallowed photo types: Photo manipulations
* The organizer of the competition (Solkku) is allowed to change the rules at any time if needed.

Hint: The jury looks for gloominess, originality and details.


How to Enter:
Send a note to Solkku with the subject "Gloomy Nature submission" between 26th November - 31st December 2006 24:00 Finnish time (GMT +2).


Prizes:
1st Place: 1 Year subscription + Premium Print Account + Secret Special Prize
2nd Place: 6 Months subscription
3rd Place: 3 Month subscription

Also, some of the jury's favorites will be given honourable mentions.


Jury:
:iconsolkku: :iconewm: :iconlondonxpress: :iconmichaellaird: :iconrobertmekis:


Advertising this competition:
If you want, you can help spread the word about this competition. To do this, the only thing you have to do is include a link to this journal and tell what the link is about, or include the stamp as a link (for subscribers). All helpers will be rewarded when the results are announced (your avatar will be included in the journal). Just send me a note with the subject "Competition Help" and a link to your journal in the note.


My Previous Competitions:








Over and out,

Solkku

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Poisonblack - Illusion Delusion
  • Drinking: An unknown beverage

Sweet 26!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 14, 2006, 7:25 AM
Birthday:
Yay! It's my birthday today, and I turn 26! We are going out with my pals for a "few" beers and celebrate.
:party:

Competition news:
Tomorrow I will launch the competition I had planned on launching for a while now. The theme is still not chosen, so you can still suggest something. Remember, it has to be nature-related.


















  • Listening to: DIO - Rainbow In The Dark
  • Drinking: Beer ;)

Quick Pre-Competition, CSS and a Rip

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 30, 2006, 2:56 PM
Hello everyone! It's been a while since I updated my journal, but it's about time also don't you think? This journal will include some good news, but sadly also some bad news. As the new CSS feature is available, I decided to try that out.

A lot of great things has happened since the last update; I recently reached the 120,000 pageviews barrier, got over 4,000 watchers, 10,000 views on a photo and 1,000 favs on a photo. Thank you all for your constant support, I really appreciate it. :hug:


Quick Pre-Competition:
I'm going to start my next nature photo competition in the very near future, and have been trying really hard to come up with a theme for it. I wanted to host an uniquely themed competition this time around, so for this I need all of your braincells. Don't think you will go unrewarded if your suggestion ends up as the theme. The prizes are as follows:

One of my prints of the following size:
25x25cm, 20x30cm or 30x20cm sized print of your choice from my store. Note: You must live in a country to where dA ships prints, and you must also have a wishlist on dA.

Or a subscription:
3 months deviantART subscription

So, put on your thinking cap and show me what you've got! The theme must be unique and nature related. The theme mustn't be too "narrow", I want everyone to be able to join. So themes related to mountains, rivers, desert etc. are unfortunately out of the question. Be creative and please post your suggestion with a comment to this journal. That way it's fair to all members, and everyone can see what already has been suggested. The great jury members for this competition are already selected.


A Photo Got Ripped:
Recently I found out that a photo of mine got ripped. I think many of you already have heard of the site called Vietpix. I found one of my photos on that site; Petals of gold:

Petals of Gold by Solkku

I will contact the admin of that site about this matter, and hope to get direct contact information to the person that ripped it. The site seems to be closed as of now though.


Some favourites:
Here is some pretty nice work by amazing artists. Please check them and the artist out!

:thumb22914845: :thumb36908808: Farewell to Nova Scotia by londonxpress The Journey... by CommanderDex

In Paradisum by Karezoid Castaway by YagaK The ghost ship by YagaK



My Current Photo Gear:




Previous Competitions' Stamps:
I've had the complete joy and honour to have got to host a few nature-related photo competitions on deviantART already. In the future there will be more for sure.






...Over and out...

Solkku

  • Listening to: The Black Maria - Waking Up The Wolves
  • Reading: CSS tutorial :)
  • Drinking: A common beverage for a Saturday night


:pointr: Sounds of Nature competition results:
The results we all have been waiting for are here at last! The jury has worked hard the past two evenings, and the top 3 was really tight resulting in a shared second place, only two points from the winner of the competition. With no further a due, I present you the top 3 of the competition:

:winner: 1st place (37pts):
(Because ewm is a staff member of deviantART with a subscription that never expires, I clearly had to bend the rules about the first prize for this competition. Therefore, I have decided to give her a 20x30cm print from my store.)

Charge by ewm by ewm

RS-foto's view on the photo:
You can definetly feel and HEAR the rhino rumbling towards you, when I first saw this photo I knew it was a potential winner. Also the fact that it was shot in a zoo amazes, it really feels like you're in there with the angry rhino, scary... I usually prefer 'real' b&w photos over digital ones, but this one really does it for me, I couldn't imagine it in color, b&w works so well here.

:winner: 2nd place (35pts, 1 month subscription):

the burning red by elementality by elementality

Solkku's view on the photo:
What struck me first when I saw this photo, was the colours in the sky. All of that orange and red just looks so good against the coolness of the water. Then I started looking at the lower part with all the big waves rushing to shore, with what seems to be, great sound and speed. I also feel that this photo is very well balanced with the big dark rock on the right side and the brightest colours in the sky and the waves on the left. Overall a very pleasing photo to the eye, and to the ear.

:winner: 2nd place (35pts, 1 month subscription):

Moss and Rapids by souk1501 by souk1501

Yaninah's view on the photo:
The angle of this magnificent photo is something new and special. I think that's one of the reasons this photo is in the top 2 of this competition. It also has some really nice details, which makes the photo interesting. This is about as far as you can go from boring, and you really can hear the water flowing in this one.

:winner: Honourable mentions:
These are honourable mentions given out to photos that did not reach the Top 3, but are great photos (and suit the competition).

Birdman by MaciejKarcz M I N N E H A H A by BrianWolfe waterfall 3 by FlowerLisa


:pointr: Competition info:
I would like to thank everyone that participated in the competition. This time, when I narrowed down the theme a bit, the total amount of submissions was 109. Thank you to everyone who entered, helped and to the great jury too! :hug: And of course congrats to the winners!


:pointr: The finalists:
I would also like to present you the other finalists of the competition (in no particular order):
:thumb37165541: His Touch by perplexi0n Skagen by crazy1ady
Thunder and Lightning by emmysdaddy Fall down go boom by XusafchiefX :thumb36990622: House Wren 2 by nyy
Lightning by justinblackphotos Mocona Falls by elultimodeseo screaming by venglos Hungry Bird Chirping by amdillon
implosion by peitxon :thumb27974855: The Wave by ntora Injerbreck waterfall by Gilly71
Sound of Water by TPol Crashing on the Rocks by FrozenDaggers The Whispering Forest by BrandonRechten


:pointr: The great Deviants that helped out with advertising this competition:

:icondz1: :iconewm: :iconfolw: :iconakkict-photo: :iconbelgaer: :iconzomx:


...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Paradise Lost - Grey


:pointr: Sounds of Nature competition over:



The deadline for the competition was last night, and therefore the competition is now over. The results will be announced as soon as possible.

...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood: Unheard



:pointr: Reminder!

Just as a reminder, the competition deadline is after 4 days.. 31st July at 24:00 hours Finnish time (GMT +2). So if you haven't yet submitted your entry, hurry up! ;P



:pointr: Sounds of Nature competition:



Photos don't transmit sound. Yet there is a world of different sounds in the nature, wherever we are. I now announce a competition in which your mission is to take and present a nature photo delivering sound to the viewer. We, the jury, want to be able to imagine the sound of your nature photo without actually hearing it.


:pointr: Rules:
* The competition deadline is 31st July 2006 at 24:00 hours Finnish time (GMT +2).
* Submissions after the deadline will be disqualified.
* The photo must be a nature photo!
* The photo must be yours! (And must be available on deviantART).
* You are allowed to submit older artwork which are still online.
* You can submit only one photo to the competition.
* You may not manipulate the photo further than what could be done in a darkroom. (Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation). However, a frame and text on the actual photo is accepted.
* After the competition's deadline the jury will decide on the top three.
* Jury members may not participate in the competition.
* Disallowed photo types: Photo manipulations
* The organizer of the competition (Solkku) is allowed to change the rules at any time if needed.

:pointr: An example of a photo that will be immediately disqualified:
A photo of a forest with singing birds which you can't see. A "There was beautiful singing voices of birds" won't cut it. We want to actually see the sound.

Hint: The jury looks for originality, details and SOUND.


:pointr: How to Enter:
Send a note to Solkku with the subject "Sounds of Nature submission" between 14th - 31st July 2006 24:00 Finnish time (GMT +2).


:pointr: Prizes:
1st Place: 3 Month Subscription
2nd Place: 1 Month Subscription
3rd Place: 1 Month Subscription

Also, some of the jury's favorites will be given honourable mentions.


:pointr: Jury:
:iconsolkku: :iconjusam: :iconyaninah: :iconrs-foto: :iconriob:


:pointr: Advertising this competition:
If you want, you can help spread the word about this competition. To do this, the only thing you have to do is include a link to this journal and tell what the link is about, or include the stamp as a link (for subscribers). All helpers will be rewarded when the results are announced (your avatar will be included in the journal). Just send me a note with the subject "Competition Help" and a link to your journal in the note.




Featured Jury Member #1:

:iconjusam:

jusam is an experienced and great photographer who has a great eye for abstract and experimental nature scenes:

Vesperi - IX by jusam Trickles Of Blue by jusam Structures of Winter - II by jusam Flakes - III by jusam :thumb34947720:


Featured Jury Member #2:

:iconyaninah:

Yaninah has a great eye for photography, and nature photography is especially close to her heart. And that, in a nutshell, is why she is a part of the jury.

Silence of Beauty by Yaninah Lonely Beach by Yaninah Sunset by Yaninah Hidden by Yaninah Sweet Dreams by Yaninah


Featured Jury Member #3:

:iconrs-foto:

RS-foto is an extraordinary architechtural and nature photographer with great eye for style:

Under The Rainbow by RS-foto Stand Out by RS-foto Final Gloaming by RS-foto Industry Giant by RS-foto Golden Dawn by RS-foto


Featured Jury Member #4:

:iconriob:

RioB is a varied photographer, with everything from portraits to nature photos. Please be sure to check his gallery out.




...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood: Unheard
  • Listening to: Dune - Million Miles From Home
Photos don't transmit sound. Yet there is a world of different sounds in the nature, wherever we are. I now announce a competition in which your mission is to take and present a nature photo delivering sound to the viewer. We, the jury, want to be able to imagine the sound of your nature photo without actually hearing it.



:pointr: Rules:
* The competition deadline is 31th July 2006 at 24:00 hours Finnish time (GMT +2).
* Submissions after the deadline will be disqualified.
* The photo must be a nature photo.
* The nature photo must be yours! (And must be available on deviantART).
* You are allowed to submit older artwork which are still online.
* You can submit only one photo to the competition.
* You may not manipulate the photo further than what could be done in a darkroom. (Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation). However, a frame and text on the actual photo is accepted.
* After the competition's deadline the jury will decide on the top three.
* Jury members may not participate in the competition.
* Disallowed photo types: Photo manipulations
* The organizer of the competition (*Solkku) is allowed to change the rules at any time if needed.

Hint: The jury looks for originality, details and SOUND.

An example of a photo that will be immediately disqualified:
A photo of a forest with singing birds which you can’t see. A “There was beautiful singing voices of birds” won’t cut it. We want to actually see the sound.

:pointr: How to enter:
Send a note to *Solkku with the subject "Sounts of Nature submission" between 14th - 31st July 2006 24:00 Finnish time (GMT +2).

:pointr: Prizes:
1st Place: 3 Months Subscription
2nd Place: 1 Month Subscription
3rd Place: 1 Month Subscription

Also, some of the jury's favorites will be given honourable mentions.

:pointr: Jury:
:iconsolkku: :iconjusam: :iconyaninah: :iconrs-foto: :iconriob:

:pointr: Advertising this competition:
If you want, you can help spread the word about this competition. To do this, the only thing you have to do is include a link to this journal and tell what the link is about, or include the stamp as a link (for subscribers). All helpers will be rewarded when the results are announced (your avatar will be included in the journal). Just send me a note with the subject "Competition Help" and a link to your journal in the note.



:pointr: Colourful Nature competition results:
The results you have been waiting for are finally here! The jury had a very long discussion about the winners and the finalists, and the desicion was very hard. But we finally got to a decision. With no further a due, I present you the Top 3 of the competition:

:winner: 1st place (25pts, 3 months subscription):

Beach IV by waleed-DP by waleed-DP

Solkku's view on the photo:
Many have said that photography is like painting with light. This photo is a perfect example of that theory. The composition and lightning with the foreground rocks, the sea and sky are all in perfect harmony with eachother, and all play a role in this photo. If you'd leave one of these parts out of it, you'll end up with a boring one for sure. The colouring is spot on, very beautiful and fascinating, which was one of the reasons this photo succeeded in this competition.

:winner: 2nd place (24pts, 1 month subscription):

The cold sunset by mightyflup by mightyflup

Bavenmark's view on the photo:
This photo has it all, great contrast, lovelly colours, fantastic light, perfect exposure and the atmosphere is very mysterious which gives a lovely mood and feel to it. I love the soft wind breeze which gives a nice movement effect on the grass.

:winner: 3rd place (22pts, 1 month subscription):

:thumb34519145: by ohTHATaaronbrown

ageofloss's view on the photo:
I think the greatest strength of this picture is the contrasting colours – the blue sky and brownish ground. They fit well together. Also the textures of stones and sand are fascinating as are the clouds. I think the lighting is also quite successful, bringing about long shadows all over the picture, thus making it look more alive. The only thing that I'm not that pleased about is the composition and I think it makes this picture a bit boring, but all in all this is really good.

:winner: Honourable mentions:
These are honourable mentions given out to photos that did not reach the Top 3, but are great photos (and suit the competition). One honourable mention / jury member was given.

Forever Yours by hellfirediva :thumb34725677: :thumb34753500:


:pointr: Competition info:
I would like to thank everyone that participated in the competition. As the first competition held by me, I got 249 entries, which is a h*ll of a lot. Thank you all! :hug: And of course congrats to the winners!


:pointr: The finalists:
I would also like to present you all of the finalsists of the competition:
One by Konijntje Hay Bales 2 by MrRat best way by detail24 Explosion in Pink by meemo
:thumb34519145: Beach IV by waleed-DP :thumb34725677: Forever Yours by hellfirediva
:thumb34864161: :thumb33396194: When magic happens... by Inebriantia :thumb34753500:
The cold sunset by mightyflup Field of Dreams by justinblackphotos :thumb19529945:
Love Me Please by debs :thumb35259103: Moss and Rapids by souk1501 View from Plaka by GMCPhotographics
my dream tree II by tristan-da-cunha Requiem for a Dream by DimensionSeven Teddy Bear Bee by theperfectjez


:pointr: The great Deviants that helped out with advertising this competition:

:iconnon-entity: :iconsabie: :iconwiredrogue: :iconeileithyia: :iconowlsonfoot: :iconnivasp: :iconoceangal: :iconnikel: :iconsmintx: :icontoni-niskanen: :iconcharacon: :icondtux: :iconquasa:


...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Kamelot - The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)


The competition is now over. The jury will have a meeting and decide on the winners as soon as possible.

All prizes will be given immediately.



...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:


Colourful Nature competition:



This is a reminder of the competition for all of you who wanted to take part in it, but haven't sent an entry yet.

I decided to hold my first competition here on deviantART. As I love colours in a photo, I decided that the theme would be "Colourful Nature". This includes everything from macros, sunsets to scenery, as long as it's a nature photo.

:pointr: Rules:
* The competition deadline is 30th June 2006 at 24:00 hours (Finnish time).
* Submissions after deadline will be disqualified.
* Send me a note with "Colourful Nature submission" in the subject line and the link to your deviation in the note.
* The photo must be yours! (must be available on deviantART).
* You are allowed to submit older artwork which are still online.
* You can submit only one photo to the competition.
* You may not manipulate the photo further than what could be done in a darkroom. (Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation)
* After the competition's deadline the jury will decide on the top three.
* Jury members may not participate in the competition.
* Disallowed photo types: Photo manipulations, Infrared photos and black&white photos.
* The holder of the competition (me) is allowed to change the rules at any time.

Hint: The jury looks for originality, details and colours.

:pointr: Prizes:
1st Place: 3 Month Subscription
2nd Place: 1 Month Subscription
3rd Place: 1 Month Subscription

Also, some of the jury's favorites will be given honourable mentions.

:pointr: Jury:
:iconsolkku: :iconbavenmark: :iconageofloss:

:pointr: Advertising this competition:
If you want, you can help spread the word about this competition. To do this, the only thing you have to do is include a link to this journal and tell what the link is about, or include the stamp as a link (for subscribers). All helpers will be rewared when the top three are announced (your avatar will be included in the journal). Just send me a note with the subject "Competition Help" and a link to your journal in the note.



Featured Jury Member #1:

:iconbavenmark:

He is a good friend of mine and a talented photographer in everything from studio photography to nature shots. With a member as him in the jury you know you are in good hands:

Temptation by Bavenmark Loves me... by Bavenmark Earthbound VII by Bavenmark Glosholm Lighthouse by Bavenmark :thumb31292824:


Featured Jury Member #2:

:iconageofloss:

He is a great dude, who has a lot of talent and mainly does nature shots. If you don't know him yet, you should check his work out and see why he is a member of this jury:

One Small Step... by ageofloss Cold Companion by ageofloss Isolation by ageofloss Somewhere Only We Know by ageofloss Yggdrasil by ageofloss


...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:


50,000th pageview and 2,000th watcher:

Wow! This night I crossed 50,000 pageviews and 2,000 Deviants watching barriers. This is all so overwhelming to me that I really can't describe it in words! I love all of you people! :hug:


Colourful Nature competition:



I decided to hold my first competition here on deviantART. As I love colours in a photo, I decided that the theme would be "Colourful Nature". This includes everything from macros, sunsets to scenery, as long as it's a nature photo.

:pointr: Rules:
* The competition deadline is 30th June 2006 at 24:00 hours (Finnish time).
* Submissions after deadline will be disqualified.
* Send me a note with "Colourful Nature submission" in the subject line and the link to your deviation in the note.
* The photo must be yours! (must be available on deviantART).
* You are allowed to submit older artwork which are still online.
* You can submit only one photo to the competition.
* You may not manipulate the photo further than what could be done in a darkroom. (Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation)
* After the competition's deadline the jury will decide on the top three.
* Jury members may not participate in the competition.
* Disallowed photo types: Photo manipulations, Infrared photos and black&white photos.
* The holder of the competition (me) is allowed to change the rules at any time.

Hint: The jury looks for originality, details and colours.

:pointr: Prizes:
1st Place: 3 Month Subscription
2nd Place: 1 Month Subscription
3rd Place: 1 Month Subscription

Also, some of the jury's favorites will be given honourable mentions.

:pointr: Jury:
:iconsolkku: :iconbavenmark: :iconageofloss:

:pointr: Advertising this competition:
If you want, you can help spread the word about this competition. To do this, the only thing you have to do is include a link to this journal and tell what the link is about, or include the stamp as a link (for subscribers). All helpers will be rewared when the top three are announced (your avatar will be included in the journal). Just send me a note with the subject "Competition Help" and a link to your journal in the note.



Featured Jury Member #1:

:iconbavenmark:

He is a good friend of mine and a talented photographer in everything from studio photography to nature shots. With a member as him in the jury you know you are in good hands:

Temptation by Bavenmark Loves me... by Bavenmark Earthbound VII by Bavenmark Glosholm Lighthouse by Bavenmark :thumb31292824:


Featured Jury Member #2:

:iconageofloss:

He is a great dude, who has a lot of talent and mainly does nature shots. If you don't know him yet, you should check his work out and see why he is a member of this jury:

One Small Step... by ageofloss Cold Companion by ageofloss Isolation by ageofloss Somewhere Only We Know by ageofloss Yggdrasil by ageofloss


Monitor calibration:

I originally found this really handy monitor calibration chart in Maddame's journal and thought I would share it with you all. Please check it out and make sure your monitor settings are correct.

"The strip shows a range of greys from pure black to pure white. You should be able to see a clear difference between each shade of grey, ranging from pure black (left) and pure white (right)."




...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Live - The Dolphin's Cry


40,000th pageview:

The last week have been pretty hectic for me in terms of replying to messages here on dA, as I got the chance to be on the frontpage a few times and that resulted in tons and tons of messages. I was about to write this journal right after I got 40,000 pageviews, but I had to postpone it. But better late than never right?

Thank you everyone for your comments, favs and watch additions. They are always greatly appreciated. A huge :hug: to you all!


Porvoo Cathedral tragedy:

As promised earlier in some comments, I will show you some other photos I took when the cathedral here in Porvoo was tragically on fire. For those who are not familiar with this incident, please read the description in my deviation about it here.

Now on to the photos:






Latest update: They have an 18-year old boy in custody and are interrigating him. He has already admitted that he did it, and will be facing 2-10 years of prison. News and newspapers told that he is a "fan" of some Norwegian dude that currently sits in prison in Norway for burning a church. Oh well, that is sick if you ask me.


Featured Deviant #1:

:iconnidrig:

She is a talented photographer from Switzerland who really haven't got the attention she clearly deserves. I mean, just look at these:

:thumb24822121: :thumb34000157: :thumb32453091: :thumb28290351:


Featured Deviant #2:

:iconrolloswe:

He is a young Swedish dude who has been here on dA for a while. He has a very varied gallery with all kinds of shots:

1 by RolloSwe a path to somewhere by RolloSwe Flawed by RolloSwe The Lonely Blue by RolloSwe


Featured Deviant #3:

:iconlastagony:

She is a very kind and humouristic person and clearly has photography skills. When looking at her gallery you can see she really likes to take macros, but also have some nice landscape shots:

:thumb34282790: :thumb34233491: Bugs' life 01 by LastAgony Winter 01 by LastAgony


Monitor calibration:

I originally found this really handy monitor calibration chart in Maddame's journal and thought I would share it with you all. Please check it out and make sure your monitor settings are correct.

"The strip shows a range of greys from pure black to pure white. You should be able to see a clear difference between each shade of grey, ranging from pure black (left) and pure white (right)."




...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Nightwish - Sleeping Sun


200th deviation:

Hehe, I actually can't believe this, but I have now over 200 deviations submitted here. All this in under four months. I remember the night in January when I joined dA; I must've submitted something around 50 photos at a time. But hey, I had to catch up! :)

The lucky number 200 was Mother's Day Gift II.


More Prints now available:

Last weekend I decided to fill my store with some of the older shots I had as hi-res versions of, and here the new additions are:


Stone Jetty V by Solkku Stretching Air by Solkku Calmness by Solkku The Lonely One by Solkku

Electric Blue by Solkku Gazing The Moon by Solkku Sunset Meditation by Solkku

Abandoned by Solkku :thumb28146629: A Million Colours by Solkku


"Seasons of Finland" exhibition underway:

My exhibition called "Seasons of Finland" is currently held in Norwid's Centre of Culture in Cracow, Poland. There are 22 of my photos on display in A3 format, and the exhibition will be on display until June 2nd. So if you happen to be around there, please go and take a look.


Monitor calibration:

I originally found this really handy monitor calibration chart in Maddame's journal and thought I would share it with you all. Please check it out and make sure your monitor settings are correct.

"The strip shows a range of greys from pure black to pure white. You should be able to see a clear difference between each shade of grey, ranging from pure black (left) and pure white (right)."




"Along the top of the strips are alternate patches of black and dark grey. If it looks solid black to you (look very carefully), your monitor's brightness setting is too low. Increase it until you can -just- perceive the difference between the grey and the black squares."


Some favourites:

Here is some pretty nice work by amazing artists I've found. Please check them and the artist out!

canvas of the night by detail24 unpredictable by detail24 :thumb28519165: submerge by iridel

The Arrival by Inebriantia Evening in Alaska by anonymous66 First Light on the Bend by anonymous66

...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood: Disbelief
  • Listening to: myGrain - Veil of Sun


30,000th pageview and 1,000th watcher:

Oh dear, last week was the best ever for me here on dA. Because of all you wonderful people here, I managed to get my first ever appearance on dA frontpage in "Today's Favourites" and "Today's Prints" sections, and thus breaking both the 30,000 pageviews and 1,000 watchers barrier in the same week! Thank you all for your wonderful and constant support! I'm really amazed by this and appreciate it so much I can't even describe it with words.

A big :hug: to you all!


Welcome Summer of 2006:

The weather here in Finland have been really good during last week, almost like summer. Many warm and sunny days, and I even got to wear only a T-shirt and shorts outside for the first time this year. :strip: More and more insects and flowers appear with every day that passes. I'm really excited about this because I get other things to take photos of than the usual landscapes or seascapes. Plus, with the new Kenko Extension Tube set I have bought I should be prepared what comes to camera gear.


"Seasons of Finland" exhibition underway:

My exhibition called "Seasons of Finland" is currently held in Norwid's Centre of Culture in Cracow, Poland. There are 22 of my photos on display in A3 format, and the exhibition will be on display until June 2nd. So if you happen to be around there, please go and take a look.


Monitor calibration:

I originally found this really handy monitor calibration chart in Maddame's journal and thought I would share it with you all. Please check it out and make sure your monitor settings are correct.

"The strip shows a range of greys from pure black to pure white. You should be able to see a clear difference between each shade of grey, ranging from pure black (left) and pure white (right)."




"Along the top of the strips are alternate patches of black and dark grey. If it looks solid black to you (look very carefully), your monitor's brightness setting is too low. Increase it until you can -just- perceive the difference between the grey and the black squares."


My prints:

I have submitted prints of some of my work, and will be adding some more in the near future. Also from now on, I will add the print at the same time I submit a deviation if the resolution is good enough. Here are my current prints:


Drowning by Solkku Breathe by Solkku Locking Up The Sun by Solkku Until It Sleeps by Solkku

Disappearing Act by Solkku Drifting Reflections by Solkku What Lies Beneath by Solkku  Meltdown by Solkku

The Stream by Solkku Elements of Life by Solkku Solace by Solkku Windy by Solkku


Some favourites:

Here are some pretty nice photos by amazing artists I've found. Please check them and the artist out!

:thumb31292824: Minnehaha Falls by anonymous66 :thumb32105466:

Perpetual Admirer by Inebriantia Day And Night by Gustavs Liquid Exferno by robertmekis Evening in Alaska by anonymous66

...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Poets of the Fall - Locking Up The Sun


Exhibition update:

It seems there has been a slight delay with the exhibition in Cracow, Poland. Apparently they have been celebrating Easter there, and my exhibition will start on May 2nd and end at June 2nd. The exhibition is held in Norwid's Centre of Culture, will have 22 of my photos on display in A3 format and is named "Seasons of Finland", with photos from every season.


Lens accident:

Last Monday I had the weirdest waking in my whole life. I woke up really early in the morning sitting on the floor next to my bed, to the sound of my Sigma 80-400mm EX OS lens hitting the floor. I had had my camera backpack open on a chair next to the bed. At first when I looked at the lens I saw the glass had several cracks in it. "Aha", I thought to myself and started to laugh - Come on, it was quite hilarious after all! :D This is what the lens looked like at that point: www.elektroni.fi/solkku/slirr.…

I went back to bed and slept to noon. When I woke up it was time to look closer at the lens; I noticed the only thing broken on it was the UV-filter. I peeled off every piece of glass and removed the filter ring from the lens. "Time to test the lens" I thought to myself and attached it to the camera; worked like a dream! That was a great relief as you all can imagine.

What do we learn from this? - Well, never ever leave the camera backpack open next to your bed if you are known to be sleepwalking or doing other kind of activities during sleep. ;)


Monitor calibration:

I originally found this really handy monitor calibration chart in Maddame's journal and thought I would share it with you all. Please check it out and make sure your monitor settings are correct.

"The strip shows a range of greys from pure black to pure white. You should be able to see a clear difference between each shade of grey, ranging from pure black (left) and pure white (right)."




"Along the top of the strips are alternate patches of black and dark grey. If it looks solid black to you (look very carefully), your monitor's brightness setting is too low. Increase it until you can -just- perceive the difference between the grey and the black squares."


First print sold:

Yesterday I sold my first ever print here on dA. I would like to thank the person that bought my print Solace. That was very kind of you!


My prints:

I have submitted prints of some of my work, and will be adding some more in the near future. Also from now on, I will add the print at the same time I submit a deviation if the resolution is good enough. Here are my current prints:


Breathe by Solkku Locking Up The Sun by Solkku Until It Sleeps by Solkku Disappearing Act by Solkku Drifting Reflections by Solkku

What Lies Beneath by Solkku  Meltdown by Solkku The Stream by Solkku Elements of Life by Solkku Solace by Solkku

Windy by Solkku


Some favourites:

Here are some pretty nice photos by amazing artists I've found. Please check them out!

Blomidon by londonxpress Bubble by sapog :thumb32164005: ... by crazy1ady

- P o i s o n - by Bavenmark :thumb31759223: Secluded Corridor by Inebriantia :thumb25484599:


...Over and out...

Solkku


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Metallica - Slither


Exhibition in Poland:

Tomorrow April 17th I will have my first ever photo exhibition, in Norwid's Centre of Culture in Cracow, Poland. The exhibition will have 22 of my photos on display in A3 format and is named "Seasons of Finland", with photos from every season. The photos will be on display for a whole month. This is really exciting for me, as you can imagine. I am really honoured and blessed to be given an opportunity like this.


Easter:

Yesterday I came home from the Easter trip a bunch of friends and I took to Himos. The scenery there was far from what I expected (atleast close to the ski centre), thus not giving me that many photo opportunities. I took some shots of skiers and snowboarders jumping in big jumps and some other random ones. I also took a few photos from the top of Himos, but they are kinda boring and don't know if I will ever post them here on dA. But we had great fun there, and that's the most important thing. Laughing, drinking and being in the sauna.


Kenko Extension Tubes:

I recieved the Kenko Extension Tube set just before I went to Himos, so I have been practicing with them quite a bit. The set consists of three different tubes with different widths; 12mm, 20mm, and 36mm. These tubes can be used separately or all stacked together. This gives you the advantage of focusing much closer than without them. All three stacked together results in you being able to focus on the small dust particles on the lens glass, which is more than enough. The tube set is available for Canon, Nikon and Minolta and costs about $150. A really cheap way to make any lens a macro lens, without sacrifying the lens's optical quality (no glass on the tubes). More info about the extension tube set can be found here.


Monitor calibration:

I found a really handy monitor calibration chart in Maddame's journal. Please check it out and make sure your monitor settings are correct.

"The strip shows a range of greys from pure black to pure white. You should be able to see a clear difference between each shade of grey, ranging from pure black (left) and pure white (right)."




"Along the top of the strips are alternate patches of black and dark grey. If it looks solid black to you (look very carefully), your monitor's brightness setting is too low. Increase it until you can -just- perceive the difference between the grey and the black squares."


Macro contest victory:

ssilence held a macro contest a few weeks ago, and my photo "Windy" won it with 106 votes against 102. It was a really close one, but I had luck this time. The prize was a three months subscription, so now I am subscribed to August 12th 2006. ;) Thanks to all that voted for my photo!


My Prints:

I have submitted prints of some of my work. If you want a certain photo as a print please note me. Here are my current prints:


Solace by Solkku Windy by Solkku


Some favourites:

Here are some pretty nice photos by amazing artists I've found. Please check them out!

:thumb31875754: :thumb29476682: s i l e n t   w a v e by sigpras Ladder to Heaven by RS-foto

:thumb23603255: :thumb20683422: submerge by iridel Perpetual Admirer by Inebriantia


...Over and out...

Solkku

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Takida - Burning Inside


News n' Stuff:

Time for a small update again. I finally got my set of Cokin X-series of filters including X120 & X121 ND graduated filters, filter holder and 82mm & universal adaptor rings. I have tested them from my window and the results so far look good. Can't wait to put them into real action out on the field. After approximately one week I will get the last filter for the set; X152 (2X ND filter). I took a simple photo of all the filter equipment on the table. If you are interested, you can check it out here.

The 13th - 16th this month I will go up to Himos (which is in central Finland) with a small group of old friends (including Bavenmark) to enjoy a nice Easter weekend. And of course I will take my camera with me, hoping for some descent photos and most of all descent weather! The weather during the last 1 to 2 weeks or so has been really horrible (atleast here in the southern parts of Finland). Keep your fingers crossed now everyone! ;)


My Prints:

I have submitted prints of some of my work, and will be adding some more in the near future. If you want a certain photo as a print please note me about it and I'll see if I can prioritize it. Here are my current prints:


Solace by Solkku Windy by Solkku


Some favourites:

Here are some pretty nice photos by amazing artists I've found. Please check them out!

Last Man Standing by RS-foto .: lumbung padi :. by semangatmembara Day And Night by Gustavs :thumb27295463:

emerald current by elementality Isolation by ageofloss These boots by roxan-ne Under the Dome by gilad


...Over and out...

Solkku

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Machinae Supremacy - Empire


It's time for a journal update again. Many things have happened since the last update. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for your wonderful support and encouragement. Soon I will hit the 20,000 barrier in pageviews, which is totally awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! It's overwhelming to say the least...

...I have entered a few contest here on dA with different success. In the "Dark and Scary Nature" contest held by NaturPics-club I finished 6th with 22 points with The Message. In the "Insect" contest held by Click-It I finished second with my photo Hanging By a Moment. In ssilences Macro contest I entered with Windy and was chosen by him to the top 10 out of 568 photos. This contest is still underway and thus the voting for the winner is still going on...

...I finally got my dear friend Bavenmark to join dA and I really think he deserves more attention that he has got so far; so I decided to feature him in my journal. He is a really talented photographer and a very good person in every way. Please help him out by checking out these thumbs and his gallery:


Glosholm Lighthouse by Bavenmark A Newborn's Touch by Bavenmark :thumb30808383: J e n n i by Bavenmark


...I have submitted prints of some of my work, and will be adding some more in the near future. If you want a certain photo as a print please note me about it and I'll see if I can prioritize it. Here are my current prints:</b>


Solace by Solkku Windy by Solkku


...And lastly, I finally sold my 2nd computer and got some cash. So I immediately went away to the closest specialized photography store and ordered me a set of Cokin X -filters for 350€ worth (adaptor, filter holder, 2 ND-grads and a ND-filter), a Kenko extension tube set (so I can focus closer with my macro lens) and a lens hood for my Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens. I will get the Cokin X filters next week and the rest the week after that. So stay tuned for some photos with the filters...

...Over and out...

Solkku

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Zamfir - The Lonely Shepherd