Adventures of a father and a photographer. Tales about the mystery and excitement of family travel.

lauantai 4. marraskuuta 2017

Daylight Saving Time Or Not

In Finland we have rules for everything. We probably have rules how to obey rules, too. We love to make rules for just about everything. Without rules you can't do anything. And we obey the rules to the point. If somebody doesn't play by the book, he's an outcast, a hooligan, most likely a dangerous criminal.

I would very much like to be a bit rebellious and sometimes disobey the rules. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Johnny Rotten. I would just like to walk my own path and never mind the rules somebody else has made. However, all too often, that little voice in my head tells me I can't do that - in Finnish.

What happens when people who have all these rules go to a place where the rules, if they exist, are just something you obey if it suits you? Usually that leads to a catastrophe of some kind, but me and my wife decided to give it a go and traveled to Egypt.

The first clash of the cultures was at the airport of Helsinki. Our departure date was the first day when the whole Finland had changed from the daylight saving time to the normal, dark winter time. Some of us had probably woken up exactly at 4 AM, because that's when you're supposed to adjust your clocks. So, at the airport I decided to ask the person behind the ticket counter if Egypt had the same time as Finland. In other words, if they had the daylight saving time or not.

The very friendly person behind the counter didn't know, but she asked her Egyptian colleague, but the Egyptian officer didn't know either. I was a bit puzzled. Of course they have to know if they use the daylight saving time or not. For heavens sake, how can the tell the time if they don't know that!

The Egyptian officer must have seen my face with the dropped jaw. He leaned towards me and told me that the clocks in Egypt are adjusted if the imam tells people to do so. He will shout from the minaret when it's time to change from the daylight saving time. The answer wasn't quite the one I had expected. A simple yes or no would have been something I had in mind.

On that trip we learned that time and rules are very different in different countries and cultures. I think Egypt lives in the so called African time, the time doesn't have such a great meaning. Or maybe Egypt has a time of it's own, I haven't been to the rest of the African continent. Anyway, my very precise Swiss made watch was pretty much useless in Egypt, daylight saving time or not.

And you can read more about the flight to Egypt here.

Soligor 35mm f2.8 

This is the short lens I had with my Olympus OM-10, the long one was the Vivitar 100-300mm . I got it second hand at a camera shop in my home town. I didn't know much about lenses back then. But I consider myself lucky when I got a lens this good for my OM-10.

However, when I attached the lens to my DSLR I was very disappointed. I thought I had a wonderful, reasonably fast pancake lens I could use to shoot the Northern lights. I got the Aurora all right, but the the photos were full of mysterious circles. I couldn't edit them away with any of the photo editing software I had. Maybe the lens has some kind of fungus or haze nowadays. Or maybe it just doesn't fit to the digital cameras.

I might give the little lens another go some day. I served me faithfully on many of my journeys.

You can read more about the lens here.

And you can read about my adventures with the Vivitar zoom here.

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