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.


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

The GF1 performed really well, as usual. Even getting some ample sprinklings of powder snow from the trees didn't do it any harm, and the battery held out very well in the cold. The only downside is that I can't carry all my three lenses on the chest in the Ortlieb Snap anymore. The pattern has become to keep the 20mm and 45mm in there (one of them mounted), and the 14-45mm zoom in the top pocket of the backpack.

Orajärvi, Noon

Orajärvi, Noon by Rollofunk
Orajärvi, Noon, a photo by Rollofunk on Flickr.

First day of sun and snow this winter. Glad I had the time to escape to Nuuksio for the day to enjoy it up close.