Night shots with Sigma Merrill DP1

Today, I wanted to test the performance of my Sigma Merrill DP1 in night condition here in Vaasa. The pictures below are taken with ISO100 and are crops. I also used a tripod. There are also rumors in the Internet that the battery just lasts 7 shots or so in cold conditions. I took around 15 pictures and the battery was not empty at all. Temperature was about -3C. Maybe I was just lucky with my batteries 🙂

Sigma Merrill DP1 Review

I just returned from Helsinki and want to share my first pictures with you which I took with my new Sigma Merrill DP1.

The Sigma Merrill DP1 with its 340 grams is super light and has a superb image quality due to its prime lens (which can unfortunately not be exchanged with any other lens) and special Foveon sensor. However, this camera is not suited for those having action photography in mind. I bought this camera mainly for landscape photography. Since the image files are so big, you can easily zoom into the picture and still get a sharp image out of the crop. However, I would recommend to buy the optional AC Adapter SAC-5 and an

Anker Astro 3e battery to operate this camera as the battery included with this camera are really weak.

Helsinki Ice Breakers

Helsinki city

Helsinki city


Since the Sigma Merrill has a fixed lens it comes with a cheaper price. It also is quite lightweight and takes pictures with good image quality.

Hiking in Seitseminen

This time we went for an adventure to the Seitseminen National Park. Unfortunately, the public transportation to the park is quite bad so if you are planning to come by train you have to get off at Parkano and walk for approximately 20 km to the park. Also make sure to protect yourself against mosquitoes since there are plenty of them in the park during the warm months.

Hiking in Seitseminen Swamp

Hiking in Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park is Southern Finland's most popular hiking destination and you can get there by public transport within 2 hours from Helsinki. The National Park offers plenty of lakes and hills. There are campsites and shelters and it is located nearby the city of Kouvola and accessible by public transportation.

Entrance Repovesi National Park

This is the main entrance to Repovesi National Park. We actually left the park from here as we went to far with the bus and entered the National Park from another spot.

e5 – Crossing the Alps from Germany to Italy

On this trip, we were hiking around 160 km from Germany to Italy. The difficult part was however not the distance but walking up and down a mountain on a daily base.

The E5 initially starts from Konstanz (Germany) and ends in Verona (Italy). However, most hikers start the tour from Oberstdorf - since this is the part where you are actually in the Alps - and finish the tour in Meran.

Nuuksio National Park in Finland

What to see at the Kvarken Archipelago?

Today, I went with the bicycle from Vaasa to Bjököby where I planned to visit the Kvarken Archipelago - an UNESCO World Heritage site. The distance to the Swedish mainland is just about 80 km and the depth of the water is max. about 25 meters. The area has been populated by human beings since 7000 years.

There is something special on this area: The land is rising at about 1 cm a year (as there was a Glacier 10.000 - 24.000 years ago).

What to see at the Kvarken Archipelago

Nuuksio National Park

The Nuuksio National Park is located close to Helsinki (1 hour bus trip - 85A from Espoo Centre) and a popular place for people living in Helsinki to get away from the busy city life and enjoy the outdoors and go hiking, camping, packrafing or kayaking. You will find gorges formed by the last ice age, valleys, 43 lakes and hills which are up to 110 meters.

Nuuksio National Park in Finland


Hiking on the Åland Islands

This weekend I went to Kökar, a Swedish speaking municipality with a population of 244 and is part of the Åland Islands (belonging to Finland) which are located between Finland and Sweden. The Åland islands can be reached by ferry from Turku within 2.5 hours.

Hiking on the Åland Islands