Had guests, saw pictures

July 19, 2015

Yet another week has blown past. This time around we had Mickon and Linus over for a couple of days. They came here Thursday afternoon, and just after they’d arrive, we left for Kiasma to check out the Mapplethorpe exhibition, and then we went to Töölön Sävel Finbistro, which is basically a hamburger restaurant.

As I was at work Friday, the two of them spent the day out in Helsinki.

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Linus and Mickon.

We went out to a local (as in “on Lauttasaari”) restaurant called Blue peter for Friday dinner. We called them up first to check if they had any tables available, and they said that a window table for four just opened up. As we got there, the place was pretty much empty, so I don’t understand why they had to mention that one table just became free, seeing as the other 30-ish tables were also empty. Anyway, the food was great, and the atmosphere was nice as well. It’s located just by the harbor, so you have a view of all the sailing boats.

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Blue Peter on Lautasaari. The name reminds me of a specific club in the movie Police Academy from 1984.

After dinner I successfully persuaded everyone that we should take a walk through the park that’s located at the southern tip of the island. I sold it to them that it’ll only take about 25 minutes to get home.

It was a bit of an exaggeration, it took us about 90 minutes, and it was a bit longer than I had remembered, we checked it later and the complete route we took was almost 6 km long. But to be fair, most of that is the shore, with an exceptional view.

But then again, I enjoy walking, and nobody complained, or if they did, I completely missed it. And after that walk, I slept like I haven’t for a while. It was simply awesome how good sleep I got. Maybe I should exercise more?

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Linus contemplating about life, or something else. Dunno.

Saturday morning we went in to the city center for brunch, followed by a quick visit to Akademiska bokhandeln (a bookstore), they had a sale going, where a lot of their inventory had a 60% sale on it. I could’ve spent hours there, since they have a lot of photography books, but Linus and Mickon had too leave pretty soon as they were on a schedule, they were going to visit the housing fair in Vantaa before heading back to Vaasa.

I managed to pick up three books, but I felt I hadn’t really had the time to go through all of their selection so I came back Sunday with Paulina, and looked through the rest of them, and I’m really happy I did, I found All About Eve: the Photography of Eve Arnold which I really liked.

Anyway, it was fun having them over, and it was really nice getting to know Mickon a little better, since the two of them got together a bit after Paulina and I moved to Stockholm.

Kiasma — Mapplethorpe

As I mentioned earlier, the first thing we did when Mickon and Linus arrived was to go to Kiasma, which is a contemporary art museum. They had the Mapplethorpe exhibition going, which I’ve meant to go see for a long time, but haven’t found the time for. And since Linus is interested in photography, it felt like the perfect time to go visit.

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Kiasma is located a block from the central station in Helsinki.

The Kiasma building in itself is just awesome, and if you ever find yourself in the middle of Helsinki, you should definitely go visit it. The architecture is really interesting and there’s very few straight angles incorporated in the building, and most of the walls and the ceiling are curved, and there’s a lot of big windows flooding the interior with light. And since most of the walls are painted white, it feels really open and fresh.

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The building itself is worth the visit.

The Mapplethorpe exhibition was on the third floor, and as a whole it was great, even though I really didn’t care much for his early work with Polaroids, but I understand the retrospective reason they put it there.

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“If I had been born one hundred or two hundered years ago, I might have been a sculptor, but photography is a very quick way to see, to make a sculpture”

They also had a couple of other exhibitions going, but I didn’t care much for them, I actually felt the building was more interesting than the artwork on display. So I kind of just walked around and admired the architecture.

All of the inside images are taken with my iphone, because apparently I wasn’t allowed to bring my backpack in, and that meant I couldn’t take my DSLR with me.

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This installation of mirrors was pretty cool, you can see Linus in the three mirrors to the right, and my elbow in the middle one on the left.

As I’m writing this post, and reading about the history of the Kiasma building, I’m pretty surprised that the building was drawn by Steven Holl (an American architect), since I really feel that the building’s got a Finnish feel to it. But then again, I’m no expert on the subject.

Plane spotting Lauttasaari

There’s this one image I’m trying to capture of a plane being airborne which I’ve yet succeeded with, and every now and then I go out to try and capture it. This week I decided to give it another go. Armed with my Canon 60d, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and a 2x teleconverter, I spent a good hour sitting on the southern side of the island (Lauttasaari that is), waiting for planes going by over head.

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I wasn’t able to get the shot I was after, but did managed to catch a couple of planes. Nothing really interesting, or even super great, but nice enough I suppose. The great thing with being on an island is that the horizon is quite open, which in turn means it’s easy to spot the planes as they come in.

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As I sat around on a rock, really heavy clouds were coming in from the west, and the bay, which was filled with sailing boats, started to look very dramatic, with sun rays coming down from the clouds on to the boats. My first instinct would’ve been to change to a wider lens, but since I had only brought my tele-setup, without any lens caps (which means I didn’t want to remove the teleconverter), my widest effective focal length was 140mm.

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And I think the result came out fairly well, which really points out that you don’t need wide angles lenses for landscapes, more often then not, the telelens will capture the image a lot better than a wide angle would’ve.

“Born in concrete — The EK series” by Derek Stenning

Last week I saw this one video from Tested called “Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Cosmonaut Model Kit”, in which they build a model figure from the book “Born in concrete — The EK series” by Derek Stenning. The book, and the figure, just looked crazy awesome, in the spur of the moment, I looked it up and bought the book online.

However I was a bit quick on just confirming everything to get through to the payment portal, and when I was finally sent the confirmation mail, I noticed I had missed my shipping address.

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Or rather, I hadn’t missed it completely, I had only added the 4 first characters, I think what happened was that Chrome auto-filled the address, and I just assumed it filled it in, but apparently it was only the preview, and I should’ve clicked on the yellow input field for it to actually fill it out.

A quick mail to the support sorted it out, so no worries.

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I was hoping that the shipping would’ve been a bit faster, but all in all, it took about a week and a day, so not all too bad. The book itself is just great, the print, the visuals, the text, everything’s top notch. The only downside, which at the same time is good, is the size, the book is fairly large, which is great for the visuals inside, but sucks since it won’t fit in my bookshelf.

Anyway, if you’re even remotely interested in digital visual arts, this book is right down your alley. There’s even a short chapter on how the artworks were made, from background to foreground and character design. Well worth the money.

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