Friday, July 20, 2012

Late Night Flamenco, Barcelona

Returned from a well spent week in Barcelona yesterday. Plenty and pictures, but for now only a short clip of someone who knew his moves.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sailing From Switzerland

Sailing From Switzerland by Rollofunk
Sailing From Switzerland, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

The first legs out of Basel can be pretty tough, sailing-wise, but once you get out on the Baltic things should go a lot easier. Or something.

Not the most common home port for a sailboat.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Helsinki Afterwork

Here's a sample of what footage from the Unsteadycam setup looks like. Who needs dedicated GoPro's or Countours, anyway. Still needs some refinement, though, and the sensor of the trusty GF1 isn't perhaps at it's best when capturing fast movement.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Laing Family Bottlings

Laing Family Bottlings by Rollofunk
Laing Family Bottlings, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Left to right:

-Glen Spey 1991, 20yo, Edition Spirits
-Linkwood 1987, 24yo, Edition Spirits
-Mortlach 1989, 22yo, Edition Spirits
-Longmorn 1992, 19yo, Edition Spirits
-Bowmore 1987, 21yo, Douglas Laing
-Port Ellen 1982, 24yo, Douglas Laing

First four by son Andrew Laing's private label Edition Spirits, the last two by father Andrew Laing's own private label.

Andrew Laing Tasting @Punavuoren Ahvne 26.6.2012

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure to sit down for a tasting held by third generation independent whisky bottler Andrew Laing, who was in Finland promoting his coming private range: Edition Spirits. We got to sample four of his Speyside bottlings, as well as two Islay drams bottled by his, as for now, more famous father Douglas Laing. The Speysides especially were a nice eye-opener for me, as I never got to experience this kind of variety and quality from that are before.

Left to right:

-Glen Spey 1991, 20yo, Edition Spirits
-Linkwood 1987, 24yo, Edition Spirits
-Mortlach 1989, 22yo, Edition Spirits
-Longmorn 1992, 19yo, Edition Spirits
-Bowmore 1987, 21yo, Douglas Laing
-Port Ellen 1982, 24yo, Douglas Laing

My personal favourite of this menu was actually the Mortlach. A rarity from a refill Bourbon Hogshead cask. Apparently the distillery uses mostly Sherry casks, which sometimes can be a bit overpowering in the flavour palette, but this one was very nice.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Unsteadycam by Rollofunk
Unsteadycam, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

This setup worked surprisingly well on a few occasions, and less so most of the time. At least it was worth trying.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shiny New Card

Shiny New Card by Rollofunk
Shiny New Card, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

One fine day I mentioned that my old Finnair Plus card was peeling its cover plastic and starting to look shabby. A helpful soul at Finnair spotted the tweet, and promptly replied that they'll send me a new card. That's what good service is all about: Exceeding customer expectations and finding new channels to engage people.


Interviewed by Rollofunk
Interviewed, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

In コドモビクトリー Magazine, issue 45. Only available in Japan, I guess. Subject was the Finnish education system all the way up to university level, and my own experiences growing up in it. Answering five pages of questions in Japanese was quite a challenge, but turned out OK.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Watch Out

Watch Out by Rollofunk
Watch Out, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Karjaa railway station, during an unscheduled stop on the way to Turku on Saturday.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


ラムネ by Rollofunk
ラムネ, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

The staple festival soda of Japan had made it to the World Village Festival here in Helsinki.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Old and Rare Tasting @ Punavuoren Ahven

From left to right:

Bunnahabhain 31yo (distilled 1978, bottled 2009)

Bowmore 36yo (distilled 1972, bottled 2008)

Laphroaig 27yo (distilled 1981, bottled 2008)

An evening of superlatives should suffice to describe this line-up.

Old and Rare (And One Empty)

When the last drops of a 36 year old single malt are consumed it is a special night indeed.

McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C by Rollofunk
McLaren MP4-12C, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Spotted at Munich airport earlier this month.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Pilgrims Way

A short video of the joys of taking a break from a city break.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mini Rocketman

Mini Rocketman by Rollofunk
Mini Rocketman, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Concept being readied for photo-shoot.

Blue Carpet

Blue Carpet by Rollofunk
Blue Carpet, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Kings Wood, somewhere in Kent.

Hiking Lunch, Boughton Lees

Hiking Lunch, Boughton Lees by Rollofunk
Hiking Lunch, Boughton Lees, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Not the average hiking lunch of instant noodles. Notice how the camera has tried to focus on the symbolic salad included. As if that would fool anyone.

The Pilgrims Way

The Pilgrims Way by Rollofunk
The Pilgrims Way, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

When going to London, why not pack hiking gear as well. Very nice trail spotted by V and D, of which we did an 18km stretch between the quaint Kentish villages of Charing and Chilham.

Parthenon Sculptures

Parthenon Sculptures by Rollofunk
Parthenon Sculptures, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

One can have opinions about the British subjugating and exploiting much of the world back in the day, but it sure made possible to create a great museum. Spent an afternoon going through the awesome British Museum, and felt I could have spent several more!

The Gerkhin

The Gerkhin by Rollofunk
The Gerkhin, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Been pretty busy since I got back, what with 22 hour quick visits to Munich for work and such, but had a great time in ye olde London towne! Much obliged to my gracious hosts V and D, and all the great people I had a chance to meet.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Speeding Koreans

Speeding Koreans a video by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Flying in to London yesterday, our Finnair A321 got passed over Germany by a Korean Air 747-400. Guess they were in a hurry.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Showing Colours

Showing Colours by Rollofunk
Showing Colours, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

On the surface you can't (all stereotyping aside) really say if a Finn is natively Finnish speaking or Swedish speaking. However, on the eve of May 1st the white student caps come out, and from the colours on the inside, and a few other details, you can tell a lot about the persons linguistic background.

Friday, April 27, 2012

PDP Gala 2012

PDP Gala 2012 by Rollofunk
PDP Gala 2012, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Today I really felt I'm living in the current World Design Capital: In the morning and up to lunch I was at Finpro listening to presentations on service design by people from IDEO in London, plus heard four Finnish company cases related to that. Then in the afternoon I headed out to Otaniemi to enjoy the creative madness that is the annual Product Development Project exhibition. As usual, the students had put in long hours and good effort, so the demo effects that some prototype's suffered were easily forgiven. Too bad we consultant types don't get to involve students in our projects.

One thing I was a bit surprised about was that some teams weren't really interested in presenting, but were rather just hanging around and chatting with each other. For example LINK is hiring now, and I might have been a good target for some networking, even though I don't make the hiring decisions. Perhaps they were just all tired from finishing the proto's the night before, and enjoying the end of 8-9 months of hard work. I'd say some of them even earned it .

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Guess the Decade

Guess the Decade by Rollofunk
Guess the Decade, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Glass Roof

Glass Roof by Rollofunk
Glass Roof, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Soon, All Snow Will Be Gone

Some sunny hiking, last week.

Friday, April 13, 2012

False Lashes

False Lashes by Rollofunk
False Lashes, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Or maybe she's born with it?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Got Cogs

Got Cogs by Rollofunk
Got Cogs, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

If you see a bike with this much hipster cred, you can't shoot it without some hipster filter.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Winter Garden, Helsinki

The Winter Garden, Helsinki by Rollofunk
The Winter Garden, Helsinki, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Easter Chicks

Easter Chicks by Rollofunk
Easter Chicks, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Before the avian-flu scare a few years back they always had live chicks in the Winter Garden at Easter. Not anymore.


Plant by Rollofunk
Plant, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Once again the Oly 45mm showing its strengths. This time in the Helsinki Winter Garden greenhouse. No idea what kind of plant that is, except it isn't meat-eating; Those were behind glass.

Friday, April 06, 2012


Desaturated by Rollofunk
Desaturated, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.


Saturated by Rollofunk
Saturated, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Counter-normal by Rollofunk
Counter-normal, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

In Myyrmäki time doesn't stand still; It runs backwards.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Evening Clouds

Evening Clouds a video by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Some more testing out the Nokia Lumia 800's time-lapse capabilities. 5 sec intervals for a bit over an hour.

Islay Tasting Menu

Islay Tasting Menu by Rollofunk
Islay Tasting Menu, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Islay Tasting @Punavuoren Ahven

This actually happened already last Thursday; Part two of our Islay tasting series, of which I missed the first half due to a business trip. The idea was to go around the island of Islay, to get an overview of all the distilleries' core product, with one dram from the mainland to serve as a reference (hence the Speyside Glenfarclas). Menu was:

-Glenfarclas 10yo
-Bunnahabhain 12yo (new 46,3% version)
-Bruichladdich Laddie Ten
-Caol Ila 12yo
-Kilchoman 5yo 2006

In the end it was a close-fought contest between Kilchoman and Bruichladdich, with the former being my choice of the night. Great stuff, despite being half the age or less compared to the others. Can't wait to see what they deliver once they get 10-12 yo's out!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tuning Lumia 800 Case

Tuning Lumia 800 Case by Rollofunk
Tuning Lumia 800 Case, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

While the exterior design of the Nokia Lumia 800 is a joy to behold, it is kind of hard to get it to stay put when shooting time-lapses. Time to dig out the old X-Acto knives and put one of the ski-straps I got from Asahikawa's premium outdoor shop to good use. Would never have put that rubber phone sleeve into daily use anyway.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

First Spring Day

First Spring Day from Mikael Leppä on Vimeo.

This is where the time-lapse ended up. Was trying out a new Manfrotto Modosteady as well. It's a bit tricky, and not a pro-grade steadycam rig by any means, but with practice it definitely shoots smoother motion clips than you could do free-hand.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Time-Lapsing in the Sun

Time-Lapsing in the Sun a video by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Result from the improvised monopod. Not totally stable. Probably because of the wind, as the tree itself was pretty sturdy.

100% Organic Monopod

100% Organice Monopod by Rollofunk
100% Organice Monopod, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Been trying out a Nokia Lumia 800 for work here for a while, and it's got this nice Time-Lapse Cam application. However, the thing isn't really made for fitting on a tripod. Thus a bit of improvised stability was needed on today's outing in Nuuksio.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Guess the Century

Guess the Century by Rollofunk
Guess the Century, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Just a random bunch of 18th century Swedish soldiers hanging out. Those traffic cones might be a bit of a give-away, though.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Beware of Passing Train on Track 1

Being passed at close range by this much fast moving stuff is pretty awesome, in a way.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Urban Hiking

This past week was pretty busy with lot's of early rises. That was reason enough not to set an alarm for Saturday morning, even though that meant that proper all-day forest adventures were out of the question. Luckily Helsinki isn't that urban yet, so five stops away with the Metro there is still nice terrain for a few hours of airing your brain.

Urban Hiking from Mikael Leppä on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Laphroaig Lineup

Laphroaig Lineup by Rollofunk
Laphroaig Lineup, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Laphroaig Tasting @Punavuoren Ahven

Hosted by Vicky Stevens of Laphroaig distillery in a lovely Scottish accent! 10 yo, Quarter Cask, Triple Wood, 27 yo, and Cairdeas 30 yo. The two last ones were a nice experience, but again for mere mortal consumption the Triple Wood might be my choice.

Helsinki, Owl City

Helsinki, Owl City by Rollofunk
Helsinki, Owl City, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Beware when out at night downtown. If you look too much like a rabbit or a rat, they might just swoop down and eat you.

Ardbeg Treat @Punavuoren Ahven

To celebrate the opening of the new Ardbeg themed tasting room at Punavuoren Ahven the distillery graciously sent over representative Karen Fullerton to deliver a special treat: A 10 year old sampling from one of their first-fill Bourbon barrels, which won't be found in a retail bottling until another 3-7 years. Beautiful taste already.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Umeshu on the Rocks

Umeshu on the Rocks by Rollofunk
Umeshu on the Rocks, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

The one we laid down in August last year. Great taste! Not too sweet.

Election Day Flag

Election Day Flag by Rollofunk
Election Day Flag, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Presidential election day is a day the flags come out. Even if they are stitched together from old plastic bags and pitched randomly out on the sea-ice.

-20°C Photowalk

-20°C Photowalk by Rollofunk
-20°C Photowalk, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Took a bit of a scenic route back home after voting this morning. Good thing the GF1 is small enough to fit into my down jacket's front pocket with the 20mm lens on. Kept it nice and warm.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Espresso Action

Espresso Action by Rollofunk
Espresso Action, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

As I didn't have time to hang around to taste the competition entries at the Barista champ's, I had to settle for a shot at home. The old Krups is still going strong.

Finnish Barista Championships 2012

Barista Antti Suomela in action today in Kluuvi. Interesting, but not really much of a spectator event; Very slow paced, and basically it's all about taste, which you can't of course see.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lightening the Load

Lightening the Load by Rollofunk
Lightening the Load, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Snow-removing crews have been busy again these last few weeks. Good thing they do it, though. Less risk of being hit by falling snow and ice if the roofs around here are kept clean of snow, plus it lessens the risk of water damage to the building itself.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Johan & Nyström

Johan & Nyström by Rollofunk
Johan & Nyström, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

A new(ish) coffee roastery and cafe (or Concept Store, as express it) here in town which I have often passed when it's been closed, but today I managed to catch it open. Had a double espresso (great price of only 2€) of the day's coffee, which was nice and smooth. However, if the coffee's change regularly it's hard to know what you get next time. Place is a bit off the beaten path, so not the best for people watching, but come summer the boats out the window will offer nicer views. Unfortunately the opening hours are a bit short, with the place closing already at 18:00 on weekdays and 16:00 on Saturdays.

Finnish Designer Awards 2012

The annual internal pat-on-the-back event of the Finnish design world had its opening last night. Can't really say much about the winners, except they seem to make nice looking design. Like so many others do in this business. Still haven't figured out the criteria for this kind of competition. I do understand awards for lifelong or otherwise special achievement, though, but other than that it's just a matter of taste. Congratulations to the winners, anyway.

Almond Tofu @Empire Plaza

Almond Tofu @Empire Plaza by Rollofunk
Almond Tofu @Empire Plaza, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

One of the rare occasions that I've got a nice surprise regarding food display here in Finland. Tasty too. I'd say Empire Plaza is my favourite Chinese restaurant in town.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

From China With Love

From China With Love a video by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Fireworks for Chinese New Year here in Helsinki earlier tonight.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Presidential Faces

Presidential Faces by Rollofunk
Presidential Faces, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

First-round election day tomorrow. Some nice person had cleaned up the posters a bit after the night's snowfall.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Hello Winter

Just uploaded footage from yesterday: Hello Winter on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 08, 2012


-12°C by Rollofunk
-12°C, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

Water does that at this temperature.

Primus Eta Express in Action

Borrowed Mikko's tiny Eta, better suited for solo trips. I was a bit apprehensive how well the gas would function in this temperature, but water for noodle soup boiled in no time. Solid piece of gear.