In June there was AEC Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit held in Oulu, Finland. The TOW Summit was organized by the AEC together with the City of Oulu. I photographed on wednesday the event, which was held in Uusi Seurahuone. Here is glimpse from the photos.
In early May there was a Wella training day for hairstylists at Goalas hairsalon here in Oulu. I documented the whole day by photos and took also video. The trainer Pepe was showing techniques for cutting and dyeing hair. There was a bunch of hairmodels during the day coming in and I took also before and after photos of them in the small studio I set-up there. Here is the resulted video:Read On
I haven´t attended a photography competitions that much in recent years. But end of last year I did. Last autumn I was trying to learn to do some composite images and had a few photoshoots of my own. Not commissioned work (actually I did a couple of corporate portraits this way also), just to myself for trying to learn this style of shooting a background image and then a person in the studio for that background and then compositing these together in Photoshop.
I have never been a fan of spending a lot of my time sitting front of the computer, but I thought that this composite technique would be a useful skill and benefit to my commercial clients. So I contacted a contortionist artist Iisa and asked her to come to model for me in the studio. She is an amazing contortionist artist and made a couple of final images from the shooting session. When I was photographing her, I did´t had any background image thought to be used in the final picture. That is actually the wrong way of doing composite image. It is easier and better to shoot/have the background image first and according to that, then photograph the model. That way you know from what angle to shoot, what lighting to use and what lens to use.
So I did a couple of composite pictures. Liked the learning process and got inspired and educated (in workshop, online course or just by listening a presentation) by other photographers (such as Antti Karppinen, Onni W. Kinnunen, Erik Ålmas and Erik Johansson to name a few) along the way.
I was quite happy to the resulted picture and was confident enough to send it to some photography competitions such as Finnish Professional Photographer Association Annual Competition, FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards and One Eyeland Photography Awards.
I got finalist position to those competitions and got bronze award in both the FPPA competition and One Eyeland Awards. In FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards the image was ranked to 6th position.
All in all I have been amazed and happy by all this and I hope this will motivate me more to learn this type of image making. I still don´t like to sit too much on a computer, but I think I have grown more patience to that. More than the rewards, the best thing you receive at least from some of these competitions is a feedback from your images. At least FFPP competition is like that. The feedback isn´t always the one you would like to hear, but it is good way to improve your photography.Read On
Last month I got an inquiry from Vaasa based Morgan Digital if could shoot a corporate portrait for their client Veo Group here in Oulu. There was an another photographer shooting similar portraits in Vaasa for the company, but they needed the same kind of style and lighting with this one also. Sometimes you get the detailed specs for a photoshoot from an AD agency or from a client and this was the case also in this black & white portrait.
Mainlight was Elinchrom Square light 44cm reflector with a grid from the right. Fill light was a small softbox just to give a tiny fill and spark to the eye. To the background there was a Elinchrom light with a reflector and grid.Read On
Last month I got nice assignment. To go and shoot some arctic location photos from Kemi and the surrounding areas such as Port of Kemi and areas near Ajos harbour. Kemi is situated in Sea Lapland, Finland. Lapland Film Commission are using the pictures in their Lapland Material Bank to potential filmmakers to see possible filming locations in that area. Maybe we will see some Nordic Noir production scene to be shot there 🙂
Viime kuussa kuvasin Lapin Elokuvakomissiolle kuvia Kemistä, Kemin satamasta ja Ajoksen sataman suunnalta. Kuvia käytetään Elokuvakomission materiaalipankissa, josta potentiaaliset elokuvantekijät näkevät alueen ja sen sopivuuden omiin elokuva- tai televisiotuotantoihinsa. Ehkäpä joku päivä näemme Kemissä kuvattavan jonkun Nordic Noir sarjan kohtauksen 🙂Read On