Days of rain and stress

The trip is getting very very close, I’m excited and at the same time completely stressed out about the un-checked points on my to-do-list. I’m leaving Tampere already tomorrow for Turku, to spend my last Finnish-weekend for a while with family and some friends. So I got a whole lot of packing to do. But packing is just hard. How can I fit all I need in 3 months to a 60 litre backpack? I just wouldn’t want to give up all the tops and matching skirts. Not to mention, how to find room for all the lovely things I find (and just h-a-v-e to buy) during the trip. Traveling in many countries also means the backpack can’t be too heavy, or otherwise it’s too painful to carry it around. We don’t really have a plan, but the final strategy is to visit Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, leading us back to Vietnam. But we’ll see how we have time and do we have to skip something…

So this last week before entering the possibly rainy Hanoi (according to forecasts), I’ve been running from place to place in rainy Tampere. I’ve been trying to get some school-stuff done, so that I could get at least a little bit forward with my studies despite the long vacation. So I’ve spent time with two of my MA courses, sports and studio photography. I still have to take some sporty-pictures from Vietnam or Bali to pass the course… But here’s some homework I’ve already finished.

I know this isn't perfect, but I like it. Thanks for my friend K for modeling.

These I took to practice studio stuff (lighting etc.) but it's taken at my apartment with two normal flashes, a transmitter and with a reflector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, it was a whole new deal with photographing products. For shiny objects my “homestudio” didn’t quite do it, since you can see reflections of some colorful stuff from the watch I shotted…

 And then there was the soccer match between TPV and Ilves-Kissat we crashed with the whole class. I swear none of the pictures from the first half-time were accurate! I’ve only photographed children’s games before so a match between adults was much more fast-paced. In the end, I suprised even myself with some nice shots I got after all. I took most of the soccer-pictures with a 70-200 or 70-300 mm lens, but also used a wide angle for a while.

   So this is what I’ve been up to these past few days. But next week will involve some serious traveling and vacationing. I’ll hopefully be able post from somewhere along the Vietnam’s coast. 🙂

Autumn Harvest

It’s officially fall (well, it has been for a while already, but I’ve tried to stick it out in summer clothes) because today I had to give up my ballerina-shoes; it was too chilly outside to walk with them to the university. Other sign of fall is also summerjob-hunting. Yes, I know it’s bit early, but I realized I might not have the possibility to make a portfolio in Asia, so I’d better start thinking about it now.

Since this is also a photoblog, I decided to add few of my favorite work-shots from last summer. Making my mind up about the pictures that fit in my portfolio is just hard. What are the employers looking for?

These pictures belong to Auranmaan Viikkolehti (Priimus).

This was fun to shoot. The boy in the picture graduated from high school last spring.

Showmanship, well there's something I had never heard of before. I learned that cows can eat your skirt, if they got nothing better to do. 🙂

Soccer-school for families. Technically the picture is bad, because the sky burned, but I just love the young gentleman Onni showing of his talents.

Radioamateur, this was one of the most intresting gigs all summer.

Pickpockets Paradise

I don’t know was it being under the spell of Paris’ charming architecture or being too comfortable with traveling but the beginning of my career as a travel blogger isn’t promising. My wallet got stolen only after 24 hours in the fascinating capital of France. What a classical tourist mistake to keep your purse behind your back just for a while, but for a bit too long while. Pickpockets are fast!

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Seine is breathtaking at sunset.

Well, there’s a first time for everything, and I hope this is the last too, that I get robbed. This sure was a good lesson for me. I remember when I traveled in Europe five years ago, when I had just turned 18. I had money stashed at least in three different places, from bras to secret pockets in backpacks. Since then the stashes and the significance of insurance has lowered with every trip. This time I had no secret stash, except for my passport. And I really felt more helpless than ever before. Haven’t really realized how important money and credit card are! The pickpocket stole my just bought metro card too, so even getting back to the hotel in Gare du Nord from downtown (the accident happened in shopping street Rue de Rivoli), would have been interesting without help from my friend. So now I really want to make sure nothing equivalent happens in Asia. Any good caches in mind where I could hide money? Yes, I already have a waist bag that can be covered with shirt.

Otherwise Paris was enchanting! My friend had to pay everything for me for the rest of the trip, so I didn’t shop as much as usual. But we ate very well, and I fell in love with French food. Macarons and crepés were delicious. Too bad four days wasn’t enough to taste all the delicacies the “Brasseries” in Paris offer. 😛

Parisian breakfast

Breakfast in Paris-style

We saw all the famous sights, including Louvre, Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge etc. Most interesting, and at the same time terrifying, were the catacombs full of bones and skulls… But the 14 celcius underground tunnels were a refreshing change for otherwise hot weather. I guess we picked the best possible time for our Paris visit, since my friend who worked in Disneyland this summer, told that it has been raining all summer.

Lovers down by the Seine, near Notre Dame.

We got wet only on our last night, otherwise it was hot and swetty and the sun was shining. By all odds, a great way to orientate to the tour in Asia. Can I already start the countdown of days? It’s already less than a month.

Not everyone in Paris is interested about art. This picture is from Louvre.

Here are few of my favorite picks of Paris. I loved the small (or big) artistic details around the city.

Man with his dog in Montmartre, near Sacre-Coeur.

A bird had left his mark in Eiffel tower.

Typical for Paris, black cats.

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Interesting wall near Pompidou.

I’m sure everyone has seen a picture of Eiffel tower, Louvre or other famous sights, so with these pictures I hope to bring out new sides of the sights or Paris.

Little boys playing, eventhough it sometimes looked like a fight.