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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

Wappulounas 2014

Seasons finest event Wappulounas took place last weekend in Ruka, Finland. Great event with good friends and great vibe that is unlike anything else in the Finnish snowboarding scene. You have to be there to really experience and appreciate it! Second best alternative is to watch these quick video updates we made with anttisworld.com during the event.

And quick and dirty Super8 edit from some old footage I had lying around…..

Videos for Neste Oil

Couple of more videos for Neste Oil X Antti Autti. We are currently working on Approach&Attack movie and some of the footage seen on these videos are shot while filming it. Some videos contain also footage from our previous movies Antiout and Relate To It. Videos are subtitled except the last one.

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Spring 2014 and Neste Oil contest winners in Pyhätunturi, Finland

Tekstittämättömät versiot videoista löytyy NesteOilin youtube-tililtä

BC in B&W

Last february we went to British Columbia to shoot Approach&Attack project. These photos are snapshots I took with my pocket camera, LOMO LC-A. Excellent little camera that does its own magic with the available light. There is something going on in the exposure meter of this little thing, most of the times it just works in a way that never stops amaze me. Super easy to shoot and I really enjoy it with black&white film, this time it was Fomapan 400asa. British Columbia itself was awesome, despite we had some bad luck with the weather and warm fronts coming in couple of times during the trip. We visited resorts around Nelson, did some hiking and splitboarding in mountain passes and had few days of awesome powder in Valhalla Powdercats. From there we had the opportunity to visit Monashee Powder Snowcats.

Nelson has excellent location and a lot of options to do and you can find much cheaper accommodation than from the resorts or lodges. Highly recommended!

Our crew in Valhalla Powder Cats, Nelson BC.

Our crew in Valhalla Powdercats, Nelson BC.

Snowdog somewhere in the Valhalla Snow Cats backcountry

Snowdog somewhere in the Valhalla Powdercats backcountry

Kootenay Pass view

Kootenay Pass view

Antti and Miikka hiking up in  Kootenay Pass

Antti and Miikka hiking up in Kootenay Pass

Miikka Hast slashing some pow in Kootenay Pass

Miikka Hast slashing some pow in Kootenay Pass

View from Whitewater resort

View from Whitewater resort

Miikka and classic moustache

Miikka and classic moustache

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At times it was snowing constantly

Fellow photographer Kärppä hiking in Whitewater

Fellow photographer Kärppä hiking in Whitewater

French snowboarder Sylvain Bourbousson joined the crew for few days in Monashee Powder Snow Cats

French snowboarder Sylvain Bourbousson joined the crew for few days in Monashee Powder Snowcats

Some random drive-by guitar player

Some random drive-by guitar player

Shooting “In The Trees”

Latest video from our Approach&Attack project focuses on, as the name implies, riding in the trees. This type of snowboarding usually means a lot of snow and since you are riding amidst the trees the visibility and contrast are better than higher altitudes and alpine terrain. We shot many days while it was snowing and actually I like it very much. Snowboarding in deep powder is possibly best thing there is and it looks really nice too, many times you can really see and feel the joy of riding in snowy forests.

In Japan there was too much of snow at times so positioning cameras and keeping them running was harder than usual. Getting from place to place takes time and splitboard or snowshoes are a must! Snow causes all kinds of problems with electronics and optics, it keeps on melting on the warm surfaces and handling with warm hands is melting snow even more. Moisture and condensation might turn out to be a big problem, especially if the sun comes out and starts to warm the lens optics causing condensation to form inside lenses.

Cameras after slash seen on video 2`42

Bag and camera after slash seen on video 2`42, never leave you bag open!

Best piece of extra equipment in these kind of conditions is towel. Not just lens wipe but actual hand towel, and many lens wipes, tissue and whatever you can imagine to keep your stuff clean and dry. Plastic bags are great for the worst snowstorms. I´m not a big fan of rain covers that are made for cameras, they are usually too tight and get in the way of basic handling, just an average sized clear plastic bag does the job if needed.

Zip lock bag with an opening for lens teared on its corner covering my B angle cam in Canada

Zip lock bag with an opening for lens teared on its corner covering my B angle cam in Canada

Choosing cameras with proper weather sealing is essential. I am not overprotective when it comes to gear. They are just tools and most of the time goes for planning, thinking and actual shooting, not covering cameras and keeping them sparkling clean all the time. Wipe it with towel and clean lens with cloth as needed. Covering yourself is also important if not even more important than covering your gear. You don´t want to quit your day in short just because you got soaked. Investing in good clothing with Gore-tex fabrics pays back for sure!

Playing the waiting game. Photo: Ed Blomfield from Whitelines

Playing the waiting game inside a huge glide crack. Photo: Ed Blomfield from Whitelines

Time to get it all dry! On the Onsen floor with electronic heater of course!

Time to get it all dry. On the Onsen floor with electronic heater of course! Bag and half of the stuff belongs to monsieur Matt Georges

We are starting the new season in few days. First off to snowy paradise called Japan, more on that later!

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