First Actual Steem Meetup in Finland

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Don't get me wrong, even though we are Finns and like our personal space, some of us knew each others already from other bigger or smaller meets between individuals, but there had not been an actual public Finland Steem meet, so I decided to initiate one in Tampere, since @tarazkp, @momone and @insaneworks lived there already. It turned out that @markkujantunen was also going to be in Tampere on 28th of September, so the date was set. Now only I and @eveuncovered had to join the action. Oh, I almost forgot, we had a special attendee whose adventures you might've followed here on Steem: @smallsteps.

@smallsteps is a smart and overall quite well behaved 3-year-old young lady, with a charming personality, who is very good at communicating in both English and Finnish. I didn't capture her smiling face and cute cheeks (I wonder where they come from...), because despite getting a new, telephoto lens from @eveuncovered, it wasn't all about just serious photography, but having a good time and enjoying each other's company.

Even though we're mostly hanging out here online, connecting through physical is what deepens those connections. Many people treat online world as some alternate universe where actions have no consequences, but those actions aren't separate from the physical, but bind together, in the good and the bad. When you show up with a death threat, there's always a receiver for it in where a physical reaction could be induced – "in the real world". Some seem not to realize this though, and I wonder whether it is because of a disconnection with oneself: with words and actions.

The other side of the coin are Steem meet ups that are a result of the good that has taken place online and lead us connect further rather than getting alienated.

We had great time, and luckily the weather was on our side with the sun even showing up and warming our skin in an otherwise quite bleak Finnish autumn, so we could take a walk, enjoy the scenery and take couple of shots with our cameras. I was greatly enjoying experimenting with the Nikkor 55-200mm lens that @eveuncovered sold me for a fair price. Having only shot with Nikkor 18-55mm, photographing felt like a completely new craft with the telephoto lens.

With all that being said, here are the rest of the photos, all taken with Nikon D5200 and the Nikkor 55-200mm lens from our meetup day.

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Taraz with that fresh haircut!

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Almost as sharp of a haircut as his mind :P

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This is the only way I know if I missed a bit :D

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You got some really nice photos with the new lens, I really think you are going to be preferring this lens over the wider one soon :P

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Thanks, Eve! I don't think I need to wait that at all - it was love on first sight.

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I’m so happy you are here on the dark side. When did you start getting into photography? It hasn’t been long at all has it.

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Friend donated me his Nikon D5200 and the Nikkor 18-55mm lens with it in late December 2018 or early January 2019, because he wasn't that into photography and knew that I post/blog on Steem, so he gave it to me knowing that I could find some use for it. Another reason to be thankful for Steem, I still might've not found the dark side (with a "real" camera) otherwise.

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It looks like you all had a great time. I hope to see you all in November.

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Unfortunately I'm the only one from the meetup who's going to Thailand :(

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You had fun with the ne lens. Good photos! I especially like the red leaves with brances, the chair and the glasses... details, details... And the a photo of a photographer. And Smallsteps photos and and and... Eve photo!

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Thanks! Yeah, I'm loving the new lens.

I especially like the red leaves with brances

Taraz' unicorn tree definitely delivered :D