SoFoBoMo 2010 – it’s a go

Well, I guess I have to count last night as the official starting point of my SoFoBoMo project for this year. I was originally planning on starting about a week from now, but last night the rising fog and sunset created a set of circumstances that couldn’t be resisted. I may have just gotten my cover shot

I’ve already posted about the summer services (suviseurat) that are taking place this year in the fields immediately surrounding our house. The event is huge. It’ll make our county of around 12 000 inhabitants into Finland’s fifth largest city – if only for five days. Based on previous years, it is estimated that around 65 000 people will attend the event. All this in the 150 hectares of fields around our house.

So I will be documenting the event. After all, how often does such an opportunity rise? I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to fine-tune my shooting. Most likely I will shoot general journalistic shots of the event and people just for practice. But I’m mostly interested in documenting what all it takes for a small county to momentarily be so large. In a sense I’m more interested in creating my book from a more behind the scenes perspective.


The main entryway to the summer services area. Most probably the cover of my SoFoBoMo book

Suviseurat timelapse – day X

Well, due to various circumstances my project to make a timelapse of the whole build-up of the area for the Summer Services (see my previous post on the topic) failed. The main reason was that my order for a mains adaptor for the camera didn’t come to the seller and thus being able to shoot a continuous timelapse was impossible.

There were also times when we’ve had to turn off our computers because of thunderstorms etc. which would have caused their own interruptions. I do have some material that I’ll practice creating timelapses with so that when the event itself starts I’ll be prepared to create the final movie.

In fact, the event is basically starting in a week. A week from now the area will be opened for travelers’ to arrive. So from the time the area opens to when the main part of the cleanup ends I’ll have one camera shooting and we’ll see what kind of movies I can generate from the material.

Once I get some experience on composing the movies etc. I’ll post a behind the scenes post on the equipment I’m using.


In the dusk it almost seems like the speakers on top of the poles are sentinels watching us. I’m somehow reminded of the TV series and books The Tripods from my youth.

Storm coming in

The other day the sun was shining and we started out on a walk with the boys. 200m out we started to hear the first rumbles of the approaching storm, 15 minutes later the cloud front was already on top of us and some minutes later the first flashes of lighting went off around us.

It was one of those fast summer storms and after a few minutes it had completely passed. Letting us replug our computers and re-enter the online world.