It’s been a while and I blame University of Oulu 100% of that. November was way too intense, not that october was too easy. Now I start to see that maybe I eventually will manage till the end of the semester. Whoaa! Well, looking back year ago I was happily traveling without worries. I still have a lot of photos to be posted and to be printed (!), since I have currently no pictures on my walls… These few photos are from Tokyo airport, oh so silent Narita airport. I was kinda suprised how freaking silent and empty it was, it is Japan you know, people everywhere! Given that it was 7am its reasonable it was empty, I guess… Talking about Tokyo, have you checked the new Google Maps?! If not, go and try the new tilting mode on the earth view, shit thats awesome. I’ve spent way too much time exploring the world, just to avoid doing school projects and reading to exams. The usual, you know! Here’s a link to view of Tokyo in Google Maps: http://bit.ly/IqN4P6, massive, isin’t it?!
Fall break was in the mid-October and we went to Chigago! Two french douchebags, Mother-Russia, Brasilenha and two awesome and cool dudes from Funland. Our bus was supposed to leave from Kansas City, which is about two and a half hours away from Pittsburg, around 9pm. Suddenly our group started getting emails that the bus might be “few hours” late. What does few hours mean? I called the bus company and asked and the response was just two hours. Well the bus showed up no later than 2am..
All the other guys had booked the hotel rooms and all those earlier, when I decided to leave with the group just the previous day so I had to find my own accommodation. I went to Chicago City’s Library and sat down and googled some hostels nearby. All the hostels were booked for the weekend because of the Chicago City Marathon which was held on the Sunday we would leave. Fortunately I managed to found one just couple blocks away from the downtown. When I checked in the lobby and connected to hostel’s wifi, I got a message from my sister that her husband and his brothers were in Chicago as well. I sent the guys message and this picture downwards is taken while waiting for them. We chit-chatted there only about 10-15 minutes because they had to rush to the airport since they were leaving off to Boston. It was quite funny and random meeting, suddenly on the other side of the world. You never know who you bump into!
One thing in Chicago that we all liked especially was a proper, functional public transportation!
The pictures below are taken in the Millenium Park where the Bean is situated. I don’t usually get too attracted by this kinda typical tourist attractions but it was fun to watch how fascinated people were about the reflections and for people who like photographing it was fun place to visit. The material used to create the mirror effect is stainless steel, provided by Outokumpu. True story.
On the last night we wanted to get little fancy and headed to the John Hancock Center. This was the view when we were having a drink up on the 95th floor. At first it was a little thrilling to sit right next to the edge, with only few millimeter thick glass in between.
The skyscraper with two “spikes” is Sears Tower and it used to be the tallest skyscraper in the US with 412.7 meters (1,354 ft), WTC1 reaches now even higher (546.2 m, 1,792 ft), the opening should be in January 2014.
Still few weeks left here in the US. Semester is almost done, only finals and few silly presentations left. Tomorrow starts Thanksgiving holiday and I am going to Colorado. We are going to hike the Castle Peak with four of us dudes. I am pretty excited!
I have been hibernating the past year and haven’t done pretty much anything which involves photographing. Long story short, the year 2013 has been quite rough mentally and physically due to various simultaneous happenings in my life. Nevertheless, things have been rolling in my favour the past few months and I have managed to contribute my personal time also to photographing.
Couple of weeks ago I started to think about capturing the day of the first snow here in Oulu. The first permanent snow layer is something that most of the finns love. That’s because it gives so much light (snow is white, duh) to the very dark and depressing autumn. I had packed my camera and other equipment, so that I could just start shooting as soon as the snow comes. Well, yesterday we had pre-Christmas party with my co-workers (I work on a local department store). I noticed around midnight that it was raining snow very HARD outside. I came home around three in the morning at it was still raining very much. I decided to sleep over night and be ready at the next morning when the sun arises.
I woke up with medium hangover, eat some breakfast and went to outside. The sky was clear and sun was shining and there was like 5-10cm of pure powder snow on the ground! The weather was ideal so I went to a trip with my bicycle. After 2 hours I had taken numerous photographs and got rid of my hangover. NICE!
This is what I captured:
So the best cure for hangover is… PHOTOGRAPHING!
About a month ago I got an email from my friend Iiro. He was traveling in Spain and heading to Portugal to continue his travels to Brazil. Week after the email he arrived and stayed for three weeks. We have one extra room sized 1,5m x 1,5m. He stayed in the room, head in on corner and legs in the other. This weekend we made an unexpected trip to Lisbon. Got there with blablacar.com, found a place to stay with couchsurfing, went surfing to Costa Da Caparica, attended to a Luminopolis Azambuja electronic music festival. Night was well spent by bonfire, having a long talk about life and all with Iiro and Luigi while the bass was thundering in the background. Today I arrived back to Porto, Iiro stayed in lisbon. It was a good experience to spent time together in a completely new environment with someone you known for quite some time.
Actually we were working together with Iiro on a music video project for Suwanto, a group of musicians originated from Rovaniemi. Video has been done for a while and after an awesome weekend, sunday night is perfect to finally publish the video.
The making of was.. Interesting and quite creative. Without a clear plan we got my camera, went outside and started taking clips. When editing we tried to match the mood of the song with the footage. This is how it turned out to be:
Filmed in northern Finland around the spring 2012.
Good luck to Brazil man, take the most out of your travels!
Time flies by: year ago I was finishing off my studies in Australia! Man I wanna go back, life was so easy back there. Here in Finland I have too much stuff on my calendar, in Australia I didin’t even use a calendar… Well last weekend I showed some photos to my family and remembered how many photos I have just sitting there on the hard drive, haven’t shared them here or anywhere. So, here’s few shots from cloudy Sydney to show that it is not sunshine every day even there. These were taken in Christmas time last year when my family was visiting me.
This one is actually a panorama stitched together from four photos. I still can’t believe how good job Photoshop does with stitching the images together, almost flawless.
The Sydney monorail, that I never used, was closed 30. June 2013 due to a really low usage. I read that the closing day was ironically the busiest in the history of the monorail.
Then last one is me in the Taragona Zoo which has a nice view to the Sydney Skyline, even on a rainy day.
What do you get when you combine latest video conference technology by Google and Souvvi guys? A virtual costume party, of course! Actually this might have been the first time we we’re all together in the same place, even though it was a virtual one. We had Helsinki, Oulu, Ylläs, Kansas, Portugal and Singapore represented! Sweet!
Winter is approaching and I’m sure every winter enthusiast is getting restless. The transition from autumn to winter always seems to be too lengthy. Especially if you start planning and dreaming about the upcoming trips and expeditions to the mountains. I like seasons and the change that they bring along, but I think at heart I’m a winter person. Most of the things I do (trail running, skiing, hiking etc.) seem to revolve around mountains. The problem that I currently face is that I live around 1500km away from a decent mountain range (Northern Norway). Sometimes I have a hard time justifying the time spent getting to the mountains to my friends, and especially to my better half Elina. Altogether last winter I spent about 5 weeks around Northern Norway skinning up and down mountains. While human-powered skiing is an environmentally friendly act, I do not take pride in the endless shuffling up and down the length of Finland in a car. Hopefully in the close future this will change.
Last May, Ville and I made our last skiing trip to Norway to wrap up the season. We spent 7 days skiing around the mountains of Lyngen and Kvaløya. Summer was coming on fast and for the duration of the trip we mostly had perfect blue skies and warm windless days. On many occasions it was warm enough to ski or skin up at least in a t-shirt. Norway definitely showed us a side I’ve never seen before. Usually I haven’t been given the chance to enjoy lunch on top of the mountain and chill out in the sun for a while without the wind bothering.
Snow was melting fast due to the high temperatures but there was plenty of it still left from the good season. With the high temperatures we weren’t too keen to get on anything too steep anymore. A lot of stuff was coming down on it’s own on the steeper lines. In Lyngen we decided to hike up the mellow Kavringtinden. Two skiers were coming back from the mountain as we were getting ready at the car and we chatted with them for a while. Once we got to the view of the main face where it gets a little steeper (maybe a bit over 30 degrees) we noticed a 400m wide fresh avalanche right next to the skintrack. There was no avalanche when we left the car so this was really quite recent. Naturally we went to ski something else.
Nonetheless we had a really good trip getting to ski a nice mountains mostly on good spring corn on every day for 7 days straight. On many days we did two mountains because the days were so long and the snow quite good. For the week spent hiking we totalled about 10,000m vertical and about 100km of horizontal. Contrary to the average freeskiers fat and heavy planks, we skied on light rando race gear. At the end of the day the vertical doesn’t get to you that bad on light gear. Less weight – more skiing, as simple as that. While the downs aren’t as fun on light gear, it definitely is challenging.
To get you excited on winter, here’s a little video of our May skiing trip. You might also want to check out our ski mountaineering teams’ new site at hiihtoalppinismi.net The site is in finnish, but there are many visual elements (photos and videos) that should keep the international readers interested too. We’ll be posting trip reports, training stuff, gear, pictures and videos on the blog so keep tuned in!
Tromsø spring skiing from Joonas Kortelainen on Vimeo.
Yo yo yo, dawg! After Thursday’s wicked show, the radio team got smaller; just Perttu and Anttu were left in the studio for Friday. The day was sunny and we thought some nice and relaxed stuff would hit the spot for the last show of ours. Maybe for this Sunday too? Check it out!
Playlist: Skee-Lo – I Wish
A Tribe Called Quest – Electic Relaxation
The Roots – The Seed (2.0)
N.W.A. – Express Yourself
Tulenkantajat – Get Down
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Miike Snow – Black & Blue
Eternal Erection -
Edu Kehäkettunen ja DJPP – Murista sun muffinssiin
Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. (Rollomatik remix)