- New gallery: Circus Lumica in Kamppi Shopping Center
- New gallery: Winter Landscapes from Helsinki 2012-2013
- New gallery: Miss Helsinki 2013 Final
- New gallery: Winter Landscapes from Lapland and Kuusamo 2013
- New gallery: New Year 2013 Celebrations at Senate Square
- New gallery: I love me 2012 – Wedding and Evening Dress Fashion Show
- My exhibitions in Helsinki
- New gallery: Russian Ballet Stars in Lahti 2012
- Art of landscape photography
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Category Archives: Sport
New gallery: Sports if Play Show at The Opening Ceremony of the European Athletics Championships 2012
The Opening Ceremony of the European Athletics Championships 2012 was arranged at the Senate Square on 26.6.2012. The ceremony ended with a show entitled “Sports if Play“. The director of the show was Kari Heiskanen and the choreographer was Reija Wäre. Leading roles were played by Maria Ylipää and Janne Marja-aho.
Plan Ice Gala 2012 – Because I am a girl (Plan Jäägaala 2012 – Koska olen tyttö) was arranged on last Thursday. The target of the Because I am a girl campaign is to promote the rights of all children and especially support the girls’ education in developing countries. The best Finnish skaters and many top musicians performed in the gala. The gala was arranged by Plan Finland and Finnish Figure Skating Association.
The skaters were: Kiira Korpi, Laura Lepistö, Juulia Turkkila, Alisa Mikonsaari, Cecilia Törn, Viktor Zubik, Julian Lagus, Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari, Matthias Versluis, Valtter Virtanen, Olesia Karmi & Max Lindholm and Henna indholm & Ossi Kanervo. Also following synchronized skating teams performed in the gala: Marigold IceUnity, Rockettes, Team Unique and Team Mystique.
I photographed only the skaters, and you can see the best photos in Plan Ice Gala 2012 gallery.
Finnish Pole Dancing Championship 2012 was arranged a week ago at GoExpo in Messukeskus. Here is small gallery with photos of all finalists: Anna Lehtonen, Oona Kivelä, Henriikka Roo, Anne Laakkonen, Anna-Katariina Koponen and Heidi Mäki-Ontto. Winner was Henriikka Roo, Oona Kivelä was second, and Heidi Mäki-Ontto was third.
Like I wrote on last Sunday, I photographed the free program in ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2011 on last Saturday. Here are now two galleries.
I have photographed synchronized skating earlier, but previous time was three years ago. So, at the beginning I was feeling little rusty… I was also photographing from the first row. I liked the low perspective from the first row, but there were also challenges: It was quite difficult to compose and focus on skaters when they were passing me with the high speed at the distance of few meters. It would have been also easier to get white ice as background from the higher location. If I would have photographed the also short program on Friday, I would have used different, i.e. higher location, at that time.
The atmosphere in the arena was terrific, the (mostly Finnish) audience was supporting all teams! And when the Finnish teams where performing, the supporting and cheering was incredible
I visited yesterday ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2011, and photographed the free program. Finnish teams won double victory
Congratulations to Rockettes and Marigold IceUnity!
I will post later a gallery, but here are some of my favourites (click to see a larger image).
Here are my favorites (16 photos) from Finlandia Trophy 2010 Ladies – Free Skating competition from today. Akiko Suzuki won the Finlandia Trophy’s ladies competition, Kiira Korpi was second and Elena Leonova was third.
From the camera setting points of view, skating is quite simple to photograph: use fast lens and full aperture (in these photos F2.8 or F2) and fast shutter speed to stop the movement (1/500 – 1/800 seconds). But the act of skating photography is not simple: Ice skaters move fast, they are typically too close or too far away (for your lens), eyes are closed, hand is in front of face,… And even the AF has misses the focus occasionally. So the success rate is quite low, and you need to prepared to shoot a lot.
The Finnish Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships (Joukkuevoimistelun SM-kilpailut 2010) were arranged few weeks ago. These two galleries show the junior teams. Mimodes won the 16-18 years age group and Fosforit won the 14-16 years age group.
The Finnish Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships (Joukkuevoimistelun SM-kilpailut 2010) were arranged a week ago. This gallery shows the women’s teams. Ampeerit won, Fotonit was the second, and Freyat became the third. The gallery with Junior teams will be added later.
I photographed yesterday the Finnish Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships final (Joukkuevoimistelun SM-kilpailut 2010). There were 26 teams, and I took 100+ photos for each team, so there are a lot of new photos in my hard drive… I have not yet even looked through 1/6 of those photos, but here are some samples. Larger galleries will be added later to my web site.