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Beautiful day, the whole day. But then when we went to town things started getting overcast and very gloomy. Luckily rain waited until almost at the end of the concerts.
We saw a few songs of Happo Radio still, and then The Rasmus and Chisu.
Great performances. And guess what? I had a whole backpack full of camera gear AND hauled around my tripod and they didn’t even blink at the entrance of the concert area. The girls had to open their purses for a random search and I even asked them “should I open my pack”, but the guy said “no need, go on in”.
We didn’t get all the way to the front, but with the 70-200mm and the 1,4x teleconverter I got a long way.
Tip of the day: don’t try to do video hand-held above your head with a D800 / Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 for 3-4 minutes. Unless you didn’t go to the gym for a work-out.

Helsinki Day - The Rasmus

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

Helsinki Day - Chisu

D800, ISO1600, 1/350 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Helsinki Day - Chisu

D800, ISO1600, 1/350 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Helsinki Day - Chisu

D800, ISO1600, 1/350 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

Helsinki Day - Chisu

D800, ISO1600, 1/250 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 70-200mm, 1.4x teleconverter

And just because I thought it was a fun picture (have you noticed, that whenever you are out and about shooting pictures, there ALWAYS  at some point someone or something in the picture that you don’t want to just at the moment you press the shutter?) 😉

Helsinki Day

D800, ISO800, 1/180 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 70-200mm

 

Simply Red is said to quit after they finished this tour.

We went to see them in Helsinki.
It was great. I can’t say anything else. The guy sings live like he’s in a studio recording an album.

And we witnessed a premier: for the first time in his career he dropped his microphone on stage 😀
For that one of the lucky people on the front row got an autograph.

Go see them if you get the chance. It’s SO worth it.

(PS Apologize for the pictures. Taken with a point-‘n’-shoot, from the other side of the arena, and I have NO clue how those work)

Simply Red on stage

Simply Red on stage

Simply Red on stage

Simply Red on stage

When I was in Missoula last summer one of my friends gave me a DVD to watch. A movie called Once.
It was a bit funny. It’s an Irish movie, but not the blockbuster type of movie. It was made in 2006 and it was released in Finland in July 2008, hence I hadn’t really heard of the movie until my friend pointed it out.
And it was a great movie. Well… Movie… More musical-ish.
Great music, great play.
And guess what…? This week, The Swell Season, the band with the guy and girl from the movie, played a couple of gigs in Helsinki and we were there. And it was great all over again.

We were a bit late with booking our tickets, the whole thing was sold out within 2 hours, so we ended up high up on the balcony on the back row. But but…. lo and behold… A couple of people didn’t show up and a guy came up to the balcony and offered us and some other people on the back row the seats from the people who hadn’t showed up. So we ended up all the way in the front, right up near the stage.
Oh, and did I mention it was great?
Wish I brought my big camera, but that would’ve probably been a bit obvious, so I had to make do with my cellphone.
But it was still great 🙂
Totally recommended!

Swell Season in concert in Helsinki

Swell Season in concert in Helsinki