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Staycation – The World's Best Vacation

Blogikirjoitus   •   Heinä 02, 2019 09:30 EEST

Photographer Mira Thilda Berglind, instagram @mirathilda

Something is definitely happening among young travellers and their pick of destinations. It is as if they all  have started to ask themselves questions like – do I really need to travel far to experience amazing? Why even take the train if you can experience amazing at home? And are Hot dogs or hot legs on a beach in Mexico even attractive anymore? Renowned photographers Mira and Thilda love travelling and have seen quite a large portion of the world. Their plan for this summer? To stay at home!


Mira and Thilda are two of Canons Nordic photographers, sisters and together they capture amazing in their everyday life. When they are not travelling the world, they spend a lot of their time at their lovely family summer house outside Nyköping in Sweden, in an old school surrounded by magic. Mira’s and Thilda’s interest in photography was sparked at the age of 16 and 17 and has developed over the years. Mira and Thilda take a lot of pictures of and with each other and put a lot of work into editing. They play with their scenes and motives and are always looking for ways of making a picture interesting or connected with a certain feeling.

Often, we say that summers in the Nordics are the best. Why travel away from that? If you look back and think of your best summer memories, most of them are at home – either at the calm and relaxing country side or in summer city heat. Memories from abroad are travelling memories, maybe more than summer memories, Mira says in an exclusive interview with Canon.

The sun is slowly disappearing in the horizon, the air is soft and fresh. There is something about these summer nights in the Nordics. For these pictures Mira and Thilda used a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. We love these kind of lenses, since they are useful in so many ways, are light sensitive and they gives you a lot of freedom to create what ever you have in your mind.


Exploring the world has always been an exclusive way of spending your summer vacation, but this year many people think the opposite. Even globetrotters like Mira and Thilda have decided on a staycation this summer ­– because there is no place in the world like home. In a summer campaign Canon has challenged their photographers to capture their staycations through their cameras. The surroundings we spend our days in are amazing. You just need to find the right view, crop the horizon differently or just frame a familiar face, but in a new way.

When seeing a beautiful photo with a relatable theme, you automatically like the photography even more. In the Nordics we relate to the smell of wet asphalt after a powerful summer rain or memories of staying up all night without it ever getting dark. You can find exoticness and amazing at home, just if you know where to look, and how to capture it – with your senses, or lenses.

According to the sisters, the quality of a picture is determined by whether if it is relatable or not, a geotag is more of a cheap jewellery. Graphically, a picture from Bombay can be beautiful, but for people from the Nordics, the magic happens when there is something to relate to. Seeing magical morning mists, never letting the sun dawn or go for a swim in a crisp blue lake late in the evening is simply more interesting.


Summer does not have to be spent on a crowded beach, at a fancy outdoor restaurant or nearby blue water. Vacation should be relaxing and have a home like feel – so why not stay at home? Do not make a schedule for the entire summer – schedule unscheduled days and thank yourselves afterwards.

Staycation for me is to wake up in my own bed, being able to cuddle with my dog Miso and celebrate the day in my own way. No stressful schedule of what to see or what to do. When you travel abroad you have invested a lot of money to have a good time, and therefore you also have higher expectations, sometimes too high which is more stressful than relaxing, Thilda says.

The first sun streams is finding it’s way through the window. How we love these slow summer mornings. This Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is one of our favorite portrait lens, it’s not too wide, not too long and it is equal to the human eye. It allows you to capture these moments in a perfect way and bring the viewer to the room, the sisters says.


What is surrounding you? Look beyond the perfect summer picture. Perhaps you can be in the old garage, in the green house or in an abandoned cottage in the middle of nowhere. Pick up the adventurous side of you and discover what summer is for you – most likely people can relate to your summer feelings, so don’t forget to keep it real. If you tell real stories with your photos, more people will relate and appreciate your work.


From the moment light passes through the lens, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV captures every nuance, every color, every detail. The EOS 5D Mark IV features advanced focusing and metering which captures moments and tracks them the instant they happen, even in difficult lighting. The favorite lens of Mira and Thilda is Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and according to them, a good all-round lens for capturing an amazing summer at home in the Nordics. 

Please have a look at Mira’s and Thilda’s amazing Nordic summer images

Instagram @mirathilda,

Instagram @canonnordic,

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