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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

 

Pori Jazz

Stage background in Kirjurinluoto Arena, Pori, Finland

A lot of great artists this year on Pori Jazz. Massive Attack, Melody Gardot, Toto, Eternal Erection… And that’s only to name but a few.
We managed to get tickets to Tori Amos and John Fogerty and the Kirjurinluoto Arena in Pori was packed with about 15,000 people (if you don’t know who these people are you’re either still wearing diapers or you’ve been living under a rock for the past decades, Google them!).

15,000 people packed in the Kirjurinluoto Arena

15,000 people packed in the Kirjurinluoto Arena

There was a half day program, starting around 3pm. I wouldn’t really call them warm-ups, since both of the bands were excellent. But of course less known than the two main acts.

Ricky-Tick Big Band performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Ricky-Tick Big Band performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Ricky-Tick Big Band performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Ricky-Tick Big Band performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

And then the two main acts. The beautiful Tori Amos, playing on keyboards and piano, with her back turned towards the latter. Quite impressive.

Tori Amos performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Tori Amos performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Tori Amos performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

Tori Amos performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

And the never aging John Fogerty.

John Fogerty performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

John Fogerty performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

John Fogerty performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

John Fogerty performing on stage in Kirjurinluoto Arena

More images of Pori Jazz 2010 at stock.arnoenzerink.com