Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Midnight roof romance

Hi everybody.
Please meet my latest work. Hope you like it.
As usually coming with and idea was very spontaneous. In fact I had something else on my mind before the photo-shoot, so I was searching for relevant location, appropriate clothes and model that will fit in. I was lucky to find red-hair model. At the same time I contacted one clothes designer. From our conversation I understood that she might help me out and we agreed to meet.
   I arranged it that way so we would meet with model and then go to designer to find suitable dress. But when I called to confirm that we are coming in half an hour I got an answer that there is no need to come, because she cannot help me.
   So I met model, but I had nothing to offer her anymore. Anyway we went for a coffee. I explained her what happened. It is always easier to blame somebody else:) I was really stressed that it did not work out with a designer, because I don't like cancelling something that I planned to do.
   Model appeared to be extremely fun, so we decided to come up with something else. While drinking coffee and having a nice conversation I started to have ideas popping up in my head. She is a professional ballet dancer. It was my goal to find a ballet dancer, as I had this feeling that only dancers are plastic and elegant enough to give me what I needed. Now when I look at the picture I feel that I was right.
   Another difficulty was finding a violin as none of my friends were playing it. I was searching so hard that in the end I had three violins:)

    We were shooting next to Helsinki cathedral. There is a spot that where under certain angle only roofs of opposite buildings and sky are visible which gives you a feeling of a "roof". I decided to take advantage of that.

                                         Sometimes to get a good view you have to climb over a fence :)

   Another thing that I remember after that photo-shoot is how cold it was. In the end I could hardly hold my camera properly. And I got sick after that:) But picture was worth it, I guess.
Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Even blindfolded she goes forward

My most recent work.
Was definately fun to make it. Model is hanging over the stairs on cloth stripes with eyes closed.
Picture from back-stage

As usually bofore the photoshoot I changed my mind and decided to shoot something completely different from what I was going to. It is normal..I guess.
It was a damm great thing to see all of your friends coming to help you out when you expected only one and still wasn't sure if he was coming.
I am happy to have these amazing people beside me!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Creative job application

I am sure that  many of you got tired at some point when sending boring job applications and decided to write it in your own way. And have fun at the same time.
I was applying for a position at one of the advertising agencies in Helsinki(Finland).
I got a reply, let's see where it ends up, but here is the application letter:


Your company attracted my attention four month ago when I was passing your office in a police car after they'd apprehended me for brawl with eight hockey fans. I was really bad that day. Fortunately there are good hospitals in Finnish prisons so I am back to my normal life and can move almost all of my fingers. Those four amazing months far away from alcohol changed my life. My hands do not shake anymore so I can type this email more or less freely but these handcuffs disturbe me. To tell you the truth I was a bit surprised that they let prisoners use e-mail. So luckily I don't have to wait for my release and can contact you now.

My cellmates would describe me as a very punctual person (at 5.30 am I always do my morning's 30 clap-pushups and I am never late with it). I am sure they would not miss the fact that I am one of the few in the whole prison who uses a toothbrush every day. Our prison librarian has no fear that I will use books for making cigarettes. Because I smoke a pipe. Probably people would tell you more about me if I was not isolated in the prison's "cooler" that often.

I am looking for something new in my life when I get out from here. I wann to get a job far away from shop cahiers and warehouse shelves, so I will have no temptation to steal anything. Looks like 358  is the best place for me.
I have some experience in photography (I took pictures of all newcomers in our prison) and in Photoshop (it helped me when I was making a fake ID card for my friend, so police would leave him alone in his new house in Monaco). If there is something illegal I can do for you--drop me a line!

Looks like my guard is waking up, so I have run back to my cell.
Hope to hear from you soon. Please send some ciggies with your reply, so I can trade them for a kitten (really love animals).

Convict # 0404743831

You are welcome to share your own experiences!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Helsinki by night

Eteläranta night view

Really hope that I will not be lazy and will continue series Helsinki night pictures. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why does photographer need aquarium?

I bet all of you guys have seen pictures of fruits, cans etc falling into water. After short preparations I decided to try my skills and take same kind of picture. To be honest I expected the whole process to be short, fun and EASY. Well, I was wrong. It is one thing when you read article about some technique and it is completely different story when you practice it on your own. 
Since I am a lucky owner of 50 l aquarium I had no chance of not trying to take a picture of falling lemon slice. :)
So, shortly about equipment:
1. 50 l aquarium
2. Canon 60 D
3. Canon EFS 17-85 mm f 4.0-5.6
4. Canon Speedlite 430 EX II
5. Falcon Eyes SSK-2200F
6. Youngnuo flash trigger
7. Velbon DF60 tripod
8. Lemon

For those who did not figure out how all this system worked: flash trigger was mounted on camera's hot shoe, receiver--on a Canon flash light. Falcon flash has light sensor so it was triggered by Canon, which was triggered by wireless Youngnuo trigger. I put lights on the sides of aquarium in order to darken the background and light a lemon slice.
Before starting the actual photoshoot I prepared myself with reading articles related to the subject. 
So, I started. You cannot imagine my frustration when I saw first few pictures. I was expecting to see frozen action but instead I got quite blurry picture. 
At some point I tried to take picture in complete darkness with 4 sec exposure. Idea was to fire flashes at the same moment when the lemon falls into water, to freeze falling. It did not work out. Still pictures were blurry. This was when I learned about impulse length. My flash has 1/800 sec. Author of the article I was reading had flash with 1/10000 sec impulse. 
I changed my tactics: instead of boosting flash output I increased ISO to 400 and set shutter speed to 1/250. To get the shortest possible impulse I set flash light to minimal output. Result surprised me. Fall was actually frozen! I realized that I was going into right direction. I played with positioning of lights when illumintaion was too intense.
As a result I got pictures with very dark background and sharp image of falling object.
If you ask me: yes, I will definately do it again! It is unbelievably interesting gentre of photography: every picture is unique and pattern of bubbles cannot be copied :)
Few more tips to save your time:
  • the higher you drop your object--more interesting bubbles look.
  •  there will be lot of water on the floor, on the table, so make sure all equipment is safe and dry.
  • do not try to lift full aquarium. it is heavy:) and 50 l of water on the floor is a lot. Trust me :) 
If you have any comments or questions--you are welcome to leave your feedback.

Friday, March 2, 2012

How is your Friday?

Fooling around with camera. Hope TV-light is real enough, because there was no TV:))
P.S. Open it full size for better view.