Sofi Oksanen @ Jyväskylä library

8 02 2009

Sofi Oksanen was speaking at “Old Book Days” (Vanhan Kirjan Päivät) at Jyväskylä´s public library. She talked about half an hour about Estonia´s resistance under Soviet reign.

After the presentation, she signed her books. Since we didn´t have any of Sofi´s books with us when we went there, I took couple of pictures instead. On the picture above, she kindly poses for me after I asked her to. She was actually ready to change spot to get another background, but I kind of liked the rows of chairs so I ended to take the picture right there.



Larger shots can be found on my Flickr-photostream:


Sami´s revelation

19 01 2009

20090118-175203-1557_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

While visiting Sami and Katja yesterday, we learned something new about them. If you take a close look at this picture, you just might guess, what it is..


1 11 2008

Ha-ha-Halloween!, originally uploaded by mungozan.

Even if we call it differently, it´s almost the same here: Halloween, that is. All the good-ol´American traditions end up here in Finland as well. No harm there, I guess. Halloween is one of the coolest of those 😉

Susanna´s photoshoot, Studio shots

24 10 2008

Finally! It´s been a while, but here they are: studio shots from a photo shoot with Susanna.

I must say, this type of work (fashion/modeling) is something new to me, but I kind of liked the results newertheless.

It´s now just a question of where to find a next model.. Any ideas? 😉

20080920-212235-0538-2, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-200655-0338-Edit, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-213319-0591-Edit_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-211324-0507-Edit_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-195421-0321-Edit_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-210831-0493-Edit_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-204936-0448-Edit_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

Susanna´s photoshoot

26 09 2008

Last saturday I spent the day shooting pictures with my sister Susanna, for her modeling portfolio. These pictures are just some shots of the outdoors shooting session.

Shooting these type of modeling shots is a nice variation of my normal street shooting. I enjoyed this type of shooting as well, I must say. Of course, it helps if the model you shoot is used to model, like she is.

In the first shot, she was sitting on the “Nero´s stairs”, in the place called “Harju” in the middle of Jyväskylä. My camera was on the tripod and I held a golden reflector on my left hand. Of course, some post-processing was involved with Adobe´s new Lightroom 2.0. The camera on this shot was Canon 5D with 35 f1.4L lens:

20080920-110346-9752_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

The second shot was on the other end of the Harju. I was going for 70´s feeling on this one, hence the low contrast post-processing. Shot with 5D+24-105 f4L and 580 EX II flash:

20080920-115917-9927_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

The third one here shows some nice natural lighting on the picture. I simply didn´t feel I should use anything but sunlight here. Of course, post-processing was made on Lightroom 2. I really like that new Brush effect -feature! Shot with 5D+ 35L:

20080920-123122-0052_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

After the Harju we went to center of the city for some street-style portraits. I tried couple of different styles with post-processing in Lightroom 2. I personally like the last one the best and left it with the most natural look. All of these last 3 were shot with 5D + 35 f1.4L:

20080920-131322-0106_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-132354-0183_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

20080920-132619-0198_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

For the second part you can expect some studio shots later..

The light in Jyväskylä

21 09 2008
The keyboard player in Katri Ylander´s band:

20080918-195737-9554_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

I was shooting the opening event for the “Light is in Jyväskylä”, season for night-time lighting in the city of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä, being the only finnish city which is part of the international “Luci”-organisation, has paid a great deal of attention for improving the city´s night-time lighting during the darker part of the year.

In the event, there was few speakers and a Finnish Idols-star Katri Ylander performing. Maybe the keyboard player in me (I used to play keyboards in a band when I was younger) made me seek this angle for the gig, who knows 😉

Picture of Katri Ylander herself:


20080918-195737-9666_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

The audience includede a delegation from Jyväskylä´s Chinese friendship town:

20080918-195737-9458_sRGB, originally uploaded by mungozan.

The rest of the pictures, both from the people around and from Katri Ylander, can be found here []

Acting goofy

14 09 2008

20080913-124855-8978, originally uploaded by mungozan.

Funny how it is. You find a funny hat, you try it on. Instantly, you turn into this funny person and some dude wants to take your picture.

This is Juhani, who is form this writing course I started going into last year. He found a hat. He put it on. I took out my camera. He posed, I took a shot.