More airplanes

August 2, 2015

I’ve got a friend who’s in the business of building houses, and he (or rather the company he works for) had a house on display at this years housing fair, which is located in Vantaa, which is just 17 km outside of Helsinki. He invited us to come and see the house, and in order to throw in an extra bone, he told me there was a Finnish Airline’s Douglas DC-3 on display. Needless to say, I wanted to go.

We got to use the new Kehärata (ring railway) which is sort of a commuter train which goes in a circle around the outside of Helsinki. It was nice, but there was just a tad too many stops, at times it felt like we stopped every other minute.

Anyway, we got to the housing fair, and as soon as we got in I started scouting for the airplane. And finally I found her, in all her glory.

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Since I knew this time that I was going to photograph an airplane, I had prepared, I brought my Canon 60D, Samyang 8mm fisheye, and a special extra, a monopod.

I’ve seen DC-3 planes (but always the same one, OH-LCH “Hotel”, which is kept during the winter in Vaasa) a couple of times before, but never actually taken a picture of it. But knowing that the plane is fairly large, I knew I needed the advantage of height, and so, I brought the monopod, and a wireless shutter.

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Though I wasn’t prepared that they had lifted the plane up on a platform, which meant that my monopod wouldn’t reach up all the way to the cockpit, but I was able to get to the engine.

I did struggle a bit, balancing the monopod in one hand, and holding the shutter with the other. One wrong move, and I’d drop the camera from a 4 meter height, which would’ve seriously sucked. So I asked Paulina for some help and gave her the wireless shutter.

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The really neat thing with the 60D is that the screen is on a swivel, this is a feature I seldom use, but in this case it was awesome. I pointed the screen downwards, so I could see how I framed the picture, once I was happy with the composition, I told Paulina to press the button.

Easy.

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They had a small sign by the plane that said that you could take an image and tag it with #DC3 and #ilmailumuseo to participate in a competition. I don’t know what for, but I felt I really wanted to try it out. And so, I shot a shitload of pictures, from multiple different angles.

I’ve uploaded a bunch of them on flickr, so if you want more DC-3 goodness, head over to my flickr account.

Meillä on Unelma

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I’ve also participated in a rally against racism here in Helsinki. Since I try not to talk too much about politics on the blog, I’ll leave it at that. But I did take a bunch of pictures and made a separate post about it.

End of probation

This week also had a significant event. I’ve worked at Idean for four months, which means my probation ended last Friday, I’m now a full-time employee, yay for me! It’s crazy how time has moved fast, it’s 17 weeks since we moved, and 16 weeks at Idean. It’s been a great experience, made new friends, gotten to know Helsinki better, learnt a lot.

Life’s good.

Printing images

I posted earlier in the week about me printing my first image, and I ended that post with saying that I sent an additional 45 images for print. I got them back this Friday, and I was pleasantly surprised with how many I liked. It also made me really appreciate the gear I already have, even though I shoot primarily with an old camera, the quality is still good enough for the things I want to do (I only wish I had auto ISO).

I’ve even played around with the idea of starting to shoot with 35mm film, and develop the film myself (black and white), though I’m still only on the research stage at this point, how much it would cost to gather all the things that I’d need, and how you actually do it. Luckily, I’m not in a rush.

Directions

I’d love to ask you, my readers, a question. Since not many of you comment on my posts, I’d love to know what you want me to talk about, the weekly update is getting a bit, eh, stale, to say the least. (And no Carlos, I’m not doing cooking, it’s a hazard, not only for me, but for everyone in my vicinity). Drop a comment, or don’t, but please do.

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