SoFoBoMo 2009 – Fail…

This is it. I’m declaring defeat in trying to finish my book (for SoFoBoMo) on time sometime today. I started my fuzzy month on 6.6.2009, so with the 31 day limit I’d still have time. But the time ends today and I’m out of time.

As my topic I chose documenting Finnish retriever hunt tests – something I knew would be occupying my time significantly during the spring and early summer. Because shooting the tests is very dependent on the weather and test locations, I couldn’t start work on creating templates etc. before I knew that I had enough shots to use (and of course I’m quite a procrastinator).

The first two tests we participated in (Luka and I) gave me more than enough shots. However, due to work and life I just didn’t find the inspiration to go through the images and process them. I’d planned on using last weekend to crunch it all together. Of course nothing ever works out quite as intended: a midnight call to fight a fire and surprise invitation to a hunt test 270 km away ruined my plans for the weekend and last two days of the month.

So, what I have now is a solid set of shots that give a good picture of Finnish retriever hunt tests and an outline for the book. So I will continue working on the book (and since I already started using a 30 day evaluation of InDesign, I need to complete it soon). But now I’ll change the idea a bit and expand the book to use shots that I have from hunt tests last year as well – that way I can also use more pictures of Luka ;).

So, if you’re interested, follow this space (or me on Twitter). I’ll keep posting my progess and when the book is finally available.

Maybe next year I’ll choose a project that I can complete in the SoFoBoMo time frame.

Brother Firetribe @ Kellari 9.1.2009

Even though the pictures from Amorphis’ gig had been up in our gallery for ages, I finally got around to selecting and editing the best shots of Brother Firetribe’s last gig.

They are a side project for many of the members – just a way to have fun – that play good old 80s style hard rock. I know many die-hard metalheads who tried to hate them, but failed. But then again, what do you expect when the musicians are skilled and the music is mostly upbeat hard rock. It does make you smile.

Musically the gig was very much what you’d expect. Good, fast moving music and an enthusiastic crowd. When compared to the other metal acts we’ve seen in Kellari the audience was much more colorful (the black uniform of metalheads were more to the back). The band seemed to enjoy themselves and really worked up a sweat (as can be seen in some of the pictures).

Emppu Vuorinen

The gig was the first one we went to see in Kellari (which celebrated it’s first anniversary at the time), so the venue was unknown. What little I could tell from their website was that they don’t have all that much lighting on the house but at least they don’t prevent photography in any way.

Jason Flinck, Pekka Heino & Tomppa Nikulainen

Emppu VuorinenThe bang lighting didn’t make things any easier. The light was mostly from the back and generally quite red. Liberal use of the smoke machine meant that I didn’t get any decent shots of the drummer.

The venue doesn’t have a separate area between the stage and audience for photographers so getting a good spot for photography means getting there early and staying where you are. Luckily I’m not small, so keeping my spot and staying steady in the pit isn’t an impossible task.

Pekka Heino

Pekka HeinoEvery time I’ve seen Nighwish play live I’ve enjoyed how Emppu Vuorinen interacts with the audience – even from the larger stages that Nightwish play on in Finland. Brother Firetribe’s vocalist Pekka Heino is also great with the audience and I got several good shots of him interacting with them (us).

The full set of pictures can be found in our photo gallery.