I just came back from a short trip to countryside. My father in-law lives a small village, 3 hours drive from Helsinki (where I live)
It was nothing special, enjoying outdoors, sauna, good food and few glasses of wine. Very relaxing.
Helsinki has not been so lucky what comes to a proper winter. It was nice to experience the real deal, snow and sub zero temperatures (this morning -20° celsius)
Everybody knows how important friends are. I am really happy to tell you that I have a new friend.
That friend is a small roastery called Lehmus Roastery. They are located in Lappeenranta (2h to NE by train from Helsinki) and they roast some damn good coffee. At 2017 Helsinki Coffee Festival they were voted as best roastery in Finland.
I love coffee, many photographers do. It´s like red wine to a painter or bourbon to a country singer.
Thats why I am super happy that I got this opportunity to be part of Lehmus family.
What does this friendship mean? I don't fully know yet, cause it's like any friendship that has just begun.
But I am sure it will bring a lot of good things and some fine coffee.
I spent my Christmas and New Year in the island of Tenerife.
Whole Gran Canaria is mainly known as a huge tourist trap, but it is much more.
I had opportunity to spend three weeks exploring Tenerife, and I found so many beautiful places where I could spend my time in quiet and peace.
Don't spend your time in huge tourist areas, take a step from that beaten path and you can discover unique and original places almost anywhere.
I get quite a lot questions about my gear. Especially what gear I bring with me when travelling.
I am currently in Tenerife for a three weeks holiday trip so I want to keep my bag as light as possible, but I also want to
take nice photos of food, sunsets, stars, people, milkyway etc.
This is my gear for three weeks:
Sony A6500 bodySigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C lensSigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C lens
Benro ProAngel FPA29A tripodSony RX100V compact camera
Then I have some batteries, memory cards, MacBook Pro and two Lacie Rugged hard drives
And thats all. I don't need anything more to shoot really nice photos.
My pro tip for you is to think at least three times, do I really need this? Does this piece of equipment help me to take better photos?
Could I replace gear with creativity?
Some of you have already heard about it, I'm now ambassador for Sigma.
Sigma makes lenses and cameras, I'm mainly dealing with lenses.
Foka is their representative in Finland.
I'm super happy that they chose me, I have been using Sigma Art lenses on my Sony A7RII for a while and really fell in love
how well they perform. Honestly, I think Art lenses are best you can buy for your dslr-camera.
So what does that ambassador deal mean? It means that I get to use the wide range of lenses, to be among first ones to test new lenses
and I get to go to events to talk about photography. That is quite something, cause I love my work as a photographer.
And I'm not alone, I have a colleague, Marinella Himari. Lady who loves to travel, write and take photos. I'm super happy that I get to work with her.
I do still have my Phase One, and I'm not selling it, unless someone throws nice pile of euros on table.
This photo is taken with Sony A6500 with Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN C lens. A new wide angle lens for mirrorless cameras with crop sensor.
One of my favorite things is to wake-up really early and drive to a nice location to watch the sunrise.
Yesterday I did this once again, and it was really beautiful. Crispy morning with -4c temperature was nice and clear.SaveSave
It's no secret that I love to travel. I have 24/7/365 travel fever and I am always looking for opportunities to hit the road.
Last week I had some extra time and decided to take a over night trip to Repovesi National Park appx. 150km from Helsinki.
Riding along was my loyal wingman, Onni the Labrador. Once there, we took a short walk to Lapinsalmi bridge to shoot aerial photos.
Weather was "too good" I prefer misty, foggy and grey weather, not a big fan of sunshine. I got the photos and Onni lost his tennis ball.
After that we drove 20min to Tervajärvi where we stayed the night. I have a 2007 Range Rover Sport and it is just perfect for us to sleep in.
We woke up early and it was beautiful morning. We took a walk by the lake, shot some photos and headed home. On our way back we found many nice spots to shoot.
Our road trip was a success and I am looking forward to do a another one. Soon.