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The Streets of Tallinn (photo heavy)

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Vivalo, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    We were at Tallinn for a weekend and I thought to share some of the photos I took. Here are some facts about Tallinn from Wikipedia (sorry, I'm feeling lazy :redface:):
    "Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of 159.2 km2 with a population of 418,582. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn's Old Town is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku, Finland. Tallinn is the oldest capital city in Northern Europe. The city was known as Reval from the 13th century until 1917."

    Tallinn has a beautiful medieval old town and many great restaurants and those two reasons were the main theme for our trip from Finland to Estonia.
    It was my first time to visit Tallinn after Estonia joined the Euro currency and I think the prices have gone up a lot since the last time! Well atleast the booze is still waaaay cheaper than in Finland and that brings us Finns to Estonia in thousands every day :tongue:.

    All photos were taken with the E-P1 and Samyang 7.5mm, P14, P20, O45 and O40-150. Shot as RAW and PP in Lightroom 4.

    From the Ferry (m/s Superstar)
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    Restaurant Korsaar's toilet...
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    ...and the smoking room. Smoking kills...
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    ..the food was much less lethal at Korsaar
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    There is the St. Olaf's Church from 12th century. They said it was the tallest building in the world back then.
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    I'm calling to KGB headquarters. :wink:
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    This was at the KGB museum. Soviet style spy camera!
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  2. robin3mj

    robin3mj Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Dec 30, 2012
    Chicago
    Great shots.

    Estonia is one place I would love to get to someday.
     
  3. vtsteevo

    vtsteevo Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
    The smoking room is great. I am guessing you used the 7.5mm fisheye for that?
     
  4. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    fantastic set..
     
  5. scott0487

    scott0487 Mu-43 Regular

    106
    Jul 10, 2012
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Scott
    Enjoyed those very much. We don't see too many pictures of Estonia.
     
  6. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

    931
    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    Thanks for your kind comments. Yes the smoking room shot was taken with the fantastic Samyang fisheye lens.
     
  7. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Ad
    Great series, really enjoyed it. For you as a Fin it mustn't be too difficult to at least pick up some Eesti. Do you know if people there speak English? Looks like a wonderful place for a city trip.
     
  8. Y2K

    Y2K Mu-43 Regular

    132
    Nov 19, 2012
    MA
    Yefim
    Awesome pictures and the notes in between help! Btw, this is one of my favorite vodkas (the Platinum one).

     
  9. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Nice set mate...thanks for taking us on a tour.
    I think the B+W action bowling shot turned out real good as did the night shots.
    The food looks excellent...I'm not sure about that list of banned artists though....
    Village People = Violence ??? ...perhaps a little macho but certainly not violent.
     
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Wow!
    Now here's a place that I'd love to visit! - Thanks for sharing!

    :2thumbs::bravo-009::thumbup:
     
  11. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    In Estonia the Russian and central European cultures and architecture kind of come together. Yes, Finnish and Estonian languages are very alike and some words are spelled the same way but can mean a bit different things. That's why Estonian language sounds a bit silly to Finns and I think it's vice versa too. Also I've heard from a friend of mine (who has Estonian background) that in Estonia it's considered more polite to speak English than to assume people would understand Finnish, at least among younger generation. I've got an impression that people in Tallinn speak pretty well English but many of the older generation from Soviet times do speak better Russian than English.

    The Russian Standard Vodka Platinum is actually a present for my brother's 30th birthday. I hope to get a little sip of that thing too once it's opened since I've never tasted it before.
     
  12. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I generally prefer B&W but I find that I really like the full color shots in this set!
     
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  13. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    Great set! Thanks for taking us on a tour of Tallinn...
     
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  14. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Nice set! A good number of keepers from a short weekend trip. :thumbup: Looks like a fantastic place to visit someday.
     
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