Over the course of 2017 I’ve taken plenty of photos that have been fun, challenging or fortunate. For each of the 12 days (of Christmas) I’m sharing one of my favourite pictures from 2017.

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#7 – World Rally Championship – Finland

Finland, it was my pleasure to be invited back to Finland by a group of great friends this summer. I’ve been many times before and it is always a highlight of any year. Thank you Jorma, Antti, Jukka, Jukka, Pasi, & Matti.

The photo above shows, Esapekka Lappi “flying” the Toyota Yaris WRC car in the Pihlajakoski special stage. Esapekka secured a mighty popular first WRC win on his home event.

I was fortunate that my friends had arranged for a unique and truly luxurious viewing place for this special stage.

I can’t stop at just one car… so here’s another, this time it’s Kris Meeke flying in the Citroen and proving that it’s not just the Finns that fly 🙂

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My first workshop in Finland

One of my friends had even arranged for me to deliver a workshop at photo dealer JAS Tekniikka in Helsinki after the rally had ended. I’ve done workshops for Canon and their customers in Finland in the past, but this was new to work directly with a dealer – and some assistance from Canon Finland too.

The workshop focussed on customising the EOS 5D Mark IV camera, autofocus and wi-fi in the morning session. Then in the afternoon we worked through Speedlite flash. I spent the whole day working with my camera set to Finnish language menu’s – I don’t speak Finish. I maybe mad, but I’m pleased to say that I only made one error, deep in a wi-fi setting. Except for Arabic, all the languages in the camera keep things in the same place, so if you truly know the camera you can use it in any language.

Strings were pulled, favours called in…

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Biggest surprise was a trip to a small farm south of Helsinki to go see “something”. An older Opel Astra pulled up in the drive and out stepped two times World Rally Champion, Marcus Grönholm. This was his farm, and we were invited in to see his personal collection of cars 🙂


Camera settings – main image

  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens
  • 1/2000s, f/3.5, ISO 640
  • Natural light

See you tomorrow for another picture…


About the author

Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag