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Burning down a house

Whenever we at the fire department get a chance to burn down a house that would otherwise be torn down, we jump at the opportunity. Burning a real building and exercising technique on how to move and put out structural fires is always better when the location real.

Admittedly, we held the exercise two months ago so these pictures have been a long time coming. This time I also had a GoPro attached to my helmet shooting video footage from inside the structure. Editing that will probably take another two months knowing me ;)

BTW, if there is any interest for any of these images as a wallpaper, give me a shout and I’ll see what I can do.

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Five days of every day life

Over on Facebook there has been a challenge going around (at least us Finns) to document five days of your every day life and post the photographs. So below is a glimpse of my every day life: work, dogs, fire and rescue, CrossFit…

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black and white view down a small country road in Finland with storm clouds above

Road trip

black and white view down a small country road in Finland with storm clouds above

Just a quick photograph taken through the windshield while driving way too early in the morning yesterday to work in a hunt test. Edited in Lightroom 5 and further processed in Silver Efex. And taken with the little camera that can, my new Fuji X20 (more on this to come).

flatcoated retriever catching a snowball

A GoPro, dogs snout and icy spring snowmelt

flatcoated retriever catching a snowball

Every now and then we’ve remembered to attach our GoPro to the dogs and get some footage from their point of view. One of the highlights of spring photographically is when enough of the snow has melted and snow melt has flooded the nearby fields that the dogs can go running in the water. Since it also happened to be a nice sunny day, it proved to be a great opportunity to photograph the dogs and get some footage.

But as always happens, finding the time to edit the video wasn’t quite as simple. Going through the process of editing was also an excellent reminder of how time consuming any editing and pruning, be it photo or video editing is. And if you are unclear on the difference of photo/video editing and editing photo/video, I recommend reading this excellent blog post on the topic by Rolando Gomez.

Enjoy the video, and then if you’re interested read on for some of my thoughts on things that need improving.

We use the S.U.G.A.R Coat Universal CamCollar to attach the GoPro to our dogs. While all of their pictures show the camera on top of the dogs neck (which should work when swimming), with flatcoats it just doesn’t work when moving on land. So we’ve flipped it around and film from under the dog’s chin. This works, but means that the camera gets knocked around a lot more. Thus, it despite the fairly strong attachments, it falls off every now and then. So, lessons learned:

  • attach the camera to collar with an additional lanyard,
  • cold water is a challenge for the velcro and tapes used (see above),
  • buying a floaty backdoor for the GoPro would also be a good investment,
  • and finally, the flat lens of the dive housing would also be a good investment.

Flatcoated retriever leaping after a snowball

As you can imagine from the lessons learned, we had to search for the camera a couple of times from the bottom of the flooded field. But they are honest lessons that have been learned. On a final note, enjoy a couple of extra behind the scenes photos:

flatcoated retriever catching a snowball

flatcoated retriever in icy water

flatcoated retriever jumping over a ditch

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

Amaranthe @ Kerubi 16.3.2013

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

Sweden’s metallers Amaranthe finally made it all the way to Eastern Finland in support of their new album The Nexus. Amaranthe is one of those bands that metalheads without a sense of humour love to hate going as far as describing them as E-Type metal. Admittedly, when I first saw the video for Hunger from their first album associations to E-Type came easily, but the backbone of the Gothenburg sound was also easily heard. Keep reading for more thoughts and photographs, but also check out our full gallery of photographs from the gig.

Johan Andreassen of Amaranthe

While the sound is definitely pop-metal, the use of three differently styled vocalists combined to the catchy and mainly happy songs is a good combination. And the fact that the whole band can pull off a live gig without any issues in vocal harmonies is a testament to the amount of skill on stage.

Elize Ryd and Olof Mörck of Amaranthe

To me Amaranthe has always been a refreshing burst of positivity in my Gothenburg playlist among all of the various death metal acts from Southern Sweden and of course Evergrey. And Amaranthe has its own connections to the Gothenburg scene.

Andy of Amaranthe

Jake E of Amaranthe

The challenge in photographing Amaranthe came from the fact of having three vocalists on stage who moved around actively and had to be captured every now and then all in one frame when they were signing harmonies. It was a refreshing challenge and great gig to photograph since they really interacted with the crowd and photographers.

Andy, Elize Ryd & Jake E of Amaranthe

Jake E & Olof Mörck of Amaranthe

And, it was the first gig that I have ever seen in which hearts are made on stage and in the crowd :)

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

I wasn’t the only photographer present, Rami Saarikorpi was there shooting several 360 panoramas of the gig (you can spot me in most of them, just look for the camera and Evergrey shirt). The following two photographs are taken at about the same time that two of the panoramas were made from.

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

Elize Ryd & Olof Mörck of Amaranthe

Andy of Amaranthe

Morten Løwe Sørensen of Amaranthe