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Discover Splitboarding

We are currently finishing small doc series about splitboarding. Not only it is a great tool to get out there just for fun but in the recent years split has been tremendous help for my work. I could not imagine myself hiking up in deep snow without some sort of aid on my feet. Snowshoes are great help but it is nothing compared to the help I get from splitboard.

I already carry a heavy back bag full of cameras, lenses, avalanche kit, food and water, why would I want to carry my board while hiking up? It makes no sense. Your board is the device to get up! Split it, make skis, get a little help from poles and up you go. Only thing extra are the skins and those are coming along under your skis, most of the time.


Episode 1


Episode 2

Behind the scenes. Miikka Hast setting up his skis in Aittakuru, Pyhätunturi. I decided to get a lightweight kit for this day that I knew we were going to hike (or skin) a lot. I was cursing through the day with that small and crappy tripod. After getting used to a heavier Gitzo carbon legs/Sachtler FSB combo those crappy Manfrotto heads and flimsy legs just dont cut it.

Behind the scenes. Miikka Hast setting up his skis in Aittakuru, Pyhätunturi. I decided to get a lightweight kit for our first real day of shooting. I knew we were going to hike (or skin) a lot, but going lightweight has its limitations. I was cursing through the day with that small head and lousy old legs. After getting used to a heavier Gitzo carbon legs/Sachtler FSB combo those crappy Manfrotto heads and flimsy legs just dont cut it. Better than nothing though.

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We got really lucky with the weather this day. Everything else before this, including our trip to Japan, did not go as planned. In january before we really got the project started in Finland, working title was “The Impossible Project”

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Some extra footage we captured for one of our sponsors in the early morning magical light. We only got five to six hours of sunlight but it is more like constant golden hour. Crazy colours for the whole day!

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Same day, framegrab from the afternoon. No magic tricks with the colours. Blue, yellow and pink. Thats about it.

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We have fluffy powder and steep runs in Finland too! Miikka from Splitlines enjoying what Pyhätunturi has to offer.

Thank you goes out to:
Protest
Jones snowboards
Karakoram
EpicTV!

Antti Autti full part video breaking limits

I have done numerous edits for mr. Autti in the past five years or so. From quick one day jobs to two year full movie productions and everything in between. In fact I found 80 videos from Vimeo so this will be number 81. I was thinking there might be over fifty but eighty? Not a chance!

Those 80 videos can all be found from Vimeo or anttisworld.com site

There are surely some videos I missed, few in youtube, some extras elsewhere and numerous Insta edits that I was not even counting for, but those 80 are the ones I keep counting. Gotta keep my eye on that 100th video, that will be something special!

But in the meantime, enjoy the following full part from the Master himself.

World Record Video

I had the opportunity to shoot some interesting stuff in february. Nokian Heavy Tyres and Valtra tractors were setting up an attempt to break the record for worlds fastest tractor on snow. Driver was not just somebody off the field but the Rally legend Juha Kankkunen himself! It took two days to finally break the record and the process and final result can be seen on the video below.

After just one week of its release in Youtube, video had more than 310 000 hits!

The whole thing was shot as one man crew, taking care of everything during and after the shoot. This video also gave me perfect opportunity to switch both the editing and grading software at the same time. Edited with Premiere CC and graded with DaVinci Resolve lite. Considering it was the first time to make a full edit using new software, everything went smooth. Few glitches here and there in the process but still perfectly usable combo that I will be using more in the future.

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Quick little video for Epic TV. Antti Autti slashing some Japan awesomeness, endless powder of Niigata. Shot almost entirely on Sony Actioncams. POV and followcam combined, mixed with few wider shots of the lines, kickers and powder turns.

We wanted to give the viewer real feeling of riding pow in Japan. I decided to use mainly POV cams and cut some of the normal stuff in the edit as well but only short glimpses, just to show the surroundings. After using Sony Actioncams for a while now I can say it is a joy to use! It outperforms Gopros in many ways, maybe not in absolute image quality but using it is much more enjoyable than dealing with Gopros.

Few pros over the Gopro: It has built in thread for mounting. I HATE those plastic shitty things that Gopro uses. And yes, they come in aluminum flavors as well but I hate the whole concept of multiple joints, screws, threads and extra little pieces like 1/4 mount that get lost, I already lost two. The one in Actioncam is built in the plastic casing. Actioncam comes with wrist-display thingy to see what you are shooting, also an App available. You can mount it on the side of the head easily, instead on the top or forehead, it doesn´t look so stupid that way. It has button lock feature so that you can manually lock all button presses, no more accidental recordings of the insides of your camera bag!!! And the biggest thing, battery lasts for a long time! Gopro may have an edge with higher quality images but difference is not that big and all the other benefits makes Actioncam much more appealing and more user friendly. I am yet to try it with faster cards that will upgrade to XAVC S-filetype and better quality. I get those for our next trip and see if it really makes better files as it should obviously.

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Remote and Actioncam HDR-AS100V attached to a Manfrotto 492 Ballhead & 386B Nano Clamp. No extras needed! On the right is view of the Hold-switch that should be in every action camera! That switch and ability to attach straight to universal 1/4 screws makes this thing more Pro than Gopro.

Trick tip videos

Series of trick tips for Ski Sport Finland and Fazer Dumle. First video was launched early february and it keeps on going for few weeks. Full videos as well as instagram shorts will be available on all of these! Check it out!

 

Testing Sony A7S

I have been testing and using new camera for couple of months now. I decided to get Sony A7S after seeing so much hype about its video capabilities. For video it looks amazing, quality is incredible and it is a joy to use with zebras, peaking and excellent manual focus aids. It seems to be pretty nice for photos also!

Here are some shots from various occasions since november. All photos taken with Zeiss 35mm FE 2,8 lens. Zeiss is packed with wonderful optics, quick AF and it teams up nicely with A7S. Lens hood is all plastic and not that durable, I managed to break mine after one month. I have been happy without it ever since.

All photos quickly edited with Aperture 3/DXO Filmpack 3

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Moonscape, Rovaniemi.

Trees in Vennivaara, Rovaniemi.

Trees in Vennivaara, Rovaniemi.

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I am half Labrador and half Rottweiler and I like the snow. Shot @ ISO 25600

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Car troubles and flare testing.

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Reindeer round up in Savukoski. I wish you could see the details.

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Kalle Ohlson dropping for seriously steep roof slide.

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Ohlsson, Nosepress, Rovaniemi Shot @ ISO 10000 no flashes.

Approach&Attack movie

Our two year project Approach&Attack finally got online on november 11th.

We ended up shooting two years in various locations around the world for this movie. Two years because we wanted to have a chance to go back to some of the locations like Minamiuonuma in Japan and Wanaka in New Zealand. Antti´s idea for the movie was to have local knowledge and help as we were searching terrain and snow. We managed to find awesome people to help us on our way and in the end we made good friends with the guys you see in the final edit.

Name itself came along the way, we were figuring out different scenarios of what we are doing and how we do it. Someone, I think it was Antti came up with an idea that there must be an Approach to a problem, country, terrain, snow or whatever it is you are doing. While making this movie we approached with hiking, snowshoes, splitboards or in some cases helicopter or snowcat. After the approach you see the terrain and snow, you imagine what can be done with it, how can you utilize it to make the best out of it. And then you Attack it, I remember it was Takumi Nagai or Yuta Kiyohara in previous year we were in Japan who said “attack the jump” and that was the perfect way to describe how we were doing things in the backcountry. And if you did not already see or realize it there is A&A in the name of the movie and that comes from Antti Autti!

Antti getting ready for next part of the 4 hour hike to Postdalsfjellet in Tamok.

Antti getting ready for  some serious Approach; next part of the 4 hour hike to Postdalsfjell in Tamok.

Unknown Attackers in Sjufjellet, Tamok. Can you spot them, they look like ants!

Unknown Attackers in Sjufjellet, Tamok. Can you spot them, they look like ants!

More sophisticated (and pricey) way to Approach is with helicopter. In New Zealand this is a necessity. We did not want to overdo it but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and enjoy the ride!

More sophisticated (and pricey) way to Approach is with helicopter. In New Zealand this is a necessity. We did not want to overdo it but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and enjoy the ride!

Our guide, friend and moviestar Takumi Nagai Attacking the deep snow of Hakkaisan!

Our guide, friend and moviestar Takumi Nagai Attacking the deep snow of Hakkaisan!

Miikka Hast stalefishing this gap in the middle of foggy Whitewater. Some guy came from the woods and in his own words he was "Searching for the cold pocket"! Actually it was raining and foggy and we were at the top of treeline.

Miikka Hast stalefishing this gap in the middle of foggy Whitewater. While we were shooting some random guy came from the misty woods and in his own words he was; “searching for that cold pocket”! Actually it was raining and foggy and we were at the top of treeline.

Antti attacking jump with a method in Whitewater, Canada.

Antti Attacking jump with a classic method in Whitewater, Canada.

One more Approach from Whitewater, this time with good snow!

One more Approach from Whitewater, this time with good snow!

Approach&Attack premiere next week

Editing process is almost over. I started one month ago and have been sitting on my computer 8-12 hours a day ever since. Some adjustments, grading, titling and other stuff to do but next week our two year project will see the light of the day. Premiere takes place in our home town Rovaniemi at Korundi concert hall on 25th of october, 19.00.

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Teaser #2

We have released second teaser for our Approach&Attack project with Antti Autti. It contains footage from two seasons we have been shooting so far and soon its time to start editing the actual movie.

I have been playing around some music, trying to figure out the mood and organizing things. Creative thinking requires some time to get ideas, rushing to the work is not my way of doing things. We did not have strict script so making everything work together surely will take some time.

Organizing and converting footage is necessary in my workflow. I was going to use different editing program but in the end I chose the old and familiar Final Cut Pro mainly because it works seamlessly with Apple´s Color, Motion and Soundtrack Pro, all the tools I need. For FCP it´s better if all the footage is in one format so converting is necessary. This process takes some time, and storage space! Currently I have 5,5 Tb´s of footage (much more than in the previous post!), same amount of backups, other stuff like photos and older videos on 15 different drives and one Drobo, and my desk is starting to get cluttered. All in all there is roughly 35 TB of stuff lying around on those drives. Buying new hard drives makes me angry and the next thing after this project is to start looking for a better solution to file and backup all the videos and photos. There´s nothing wrong with external hard drives except you get new power supply for each and every one, and plugging 15 of them at once is just not convenient.

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Hard drives clogging my desk, not much room left unless I start stacking them up like skyscrapers

Things under the table get tangled as well. On the left is Belkin remote adapter/surge protector that is cutting power all the time with no apparent reason. Crappiest piece of equipment I have bought in a while. Avoid all things Belkin.

Things under the table get tangled as well. On the left is Belkin remote adapter/surge protector that is cutting power all the time with no apparent reason. Crappiest piece of equipment I have bought in a while. I got some other bad experiences from this company as well so my recommendation is to avoid all things Belkin. I need to replace it asap.

Random photos

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Alvaro Vogel somewhere in the Hokkaido roadside steeps.

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Canadian trees from Monashee Powder Snowcats

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Photographer Rami Hanafi enjoying Kiwi powder with Alpine Helicopters, Wanaka

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Photographer Jani Kärppä and B-cam videographer Matti Ollila in Kagura, Japan

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