Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ups and downs

I haven't posted many pictures of my family members for many reasons. One of them being that they feel too personal and are often difficult to evaluate objectively. Lately I haven't shot anything but my one year old girl so here's few of the latest.

I try to document her life with all the ups and downs. Her life is very good although she often doesn't seem to appreciate it.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tourists and birds

These might be my last pictures with the legendary Leica Noctilux. I'm selling to fund some other interesting stuff.

The writing on the fence says that some guy named "Lokka" is gay. Apparently it was important enough to write the fact on an ancient wooden wall.

Is this running shoes and white socks wearing man laughing at Jean Sibelius?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Remedy for pre-midlife crisis - a new hobby

After couple of beers one night I suddenly decided to get a skateboard or longboard to be exact. I wanted a more fun and physical way to commute the two kilometers long trip to work which I have been walking and cycling so far. I'm 34 years old and probably too old to start skateboarding in some peoples opinion but I don't care.

It's exciting getting into a new hobby. There so much things to learn about equipment ant the sport itself. I'm not sure I will be learning much tricks or anything fancy. I just want to cruise and have a little fun on some easy downhills.

The board I chose is a longboard with some of the more agile characteristics of traditional boards. So it should be quite easy to commute but it can also be used for aggressive riding.

The specs:

  • Loaded Tan Tien (flex 2)

  • Landyachtz Bear Grizzly 852 trucks

  • 4President Stimulus 70mm 83a wheels

  • Abec-5 bearings

  • 10mm spacers

I don't know what most of that means but those are the parts that are attached to the board and they seem very important to experienced skaters. Fun thing about skateboard technology is that is costs next to nothing compared to photography equipment. For example the most expensive wheels on the board manufacturers site I could find are $54 a set of four. That's peanuts in photography world where a good lens sets you back at least $500 and best lenses cost more like $5000.

I didn't get the trucks, flex or wheels that I originally wanted because it seems I'm not the only one discovering longboarding. The whole planet is out of longboard equipment and I had to wait almost two months to even get this setup. They said most of the stuff will be unavailable for the rest of the season.

It's the damnest thing. I already feel gear acquisition syndrome raising its ugly head with this new hobby. I feel like I wan't one more even longer flexible board with softer tires and wider trucks for longer trips.

Now I need to start learning that annoying skateboard slang and start shooting those bad quality videos and stills with fish eye lenses ;)

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