An Estonian girl who has found a home in Sweden.

Friday, September 4


September 04, 2009 Posted by Vaire

Last Wednesday was our company's yearly kick-off. This time it was held in Vaxholm Kastell, a fort in archipelago. It was raining during the first part of the day, but cleared up during evening. That was fortunate, because the morning activities took place inside and we could explore during our free time without being soaked.

The kick-off contained the usual selection of activities: talks, team building exercise and fancy supper. The team building exercises were actually fun this time and the team I was in came second, it counts as winning in my book because our prises were chocolate-dipped truffles. The first prise was a bottle of champagne. I much prefer chocolate to alcohol, so our team got the best prises.

I'm still experimenting with my new camera and this event was perfect to get a feeling for the range of photos. There are a bazillion automatic settings to choose from, which is good because I'd totally get lost id I had to adjust the aperture, shutter speed, etc. myself.

Enough babbling, on with the pictures.

A view fro the top of the tower towards mainland during rain.

We'd just finished the team activities and I used the break to go to the top of the tower to see if I saw anything interesting. It was raining a bit, so I snapped a few photos of the various views until the rain became heavier and made me retreat.

Rain on a doorstep, fast shutter speed.

While I was waiting for the rain to abate, I noticed the interesting effect raindrops had as the were bouncing off the first step. This is how the rain looked with fast shutter speed. Not quite the effect I was after.

Rain on a doorstep, medium shutter speed.

So I changed back to slower shutter speed. Ah! Much better. Pretty, isn't it?


A colleague and I took a walk in the afternoon around the island shooting various sights. This is Badholmen.


I also experimented some more with the camera. This pebble is shot with the "Food" plus super macro mode. Look at that detail!

Flowers planted in boots.

It was just too beautiful and quirky, not to take a picture.


There was lighting all around the fort. This picture was taken with the "Day landscape" mode during our second walk after the supper.

A view towards mainland during night.

This is shot towards mainland from the shore with "Night landscape" mode.

All in all, I had an excellent (if tiring) day, completely fell in love with my camera and decided to buy a tripod for those long night time shots. Thank you for recommending this model, A!