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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Trees in Vennivaara, Rovaniemi.
I am half Labrador and half Rottweiler and I like the snow. Shot @ ISO 25600
Car troubles and flare testing.
Reindeer round up in Savukoski. I wish you could see the details.
Kalle Ohlson dropping for seriously steep roof slide.
Ohlsson, Nosepress, Rovaniemi Shot @ ISO 10000 no flashes.
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 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!
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!
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 classic method in Whitewater, Canada.
One more Approach from Whitewater, this time with good snow!