The original plan we had with Kate didn't work out because we were planning something for the autumn season, but she had this idea for a bit more cyberpunk type of look, and I thought we should go to the Helsinki Musiikkitalo. I was previously there shooting 501st Legion Star Wars characters and found this amazing futuristic-looking hallway to the parking garage.

To add a bit more cyberpunk look into these photos I used multiple little RGB LED lights. The hallway had few of these decoration lights of its own, but they were way too weak to really give any punch, so I also used my own RGB lights behind the decorative wall to add more punch to the light glows.

This was experimenting more than a fully planned shoot, but I'm happy with the results. I did shoot a bunch more against this concrete wall as well, but they gave a really weird texture to the background. I might fully edit them eventually at some point, but they really require tons of work to look good.

Kate Von Mellanmjölk at Musiikkitalo - Photo Gallery

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Even though the weather was still a bit too chilly we decided to be brave and go outside shooting with Päivi. This time I gave completely free hands to the model to choose the photoshoot theme and the location which was interesting because I had no way to prepare myself for what was to come. This is a very similar situation when shooting at events that gives the me excitement. I do still like to plan shoots when there's something specific I want to create, but it's also good to step outside my comfort zone from time to time.

Luckily Päivi chose to shoot at Vartiokylän linnavuori which is right next to my old home and I knew the area much better than any random forest. Her first idea was to shoot in the bunker trenches, but they were still filled with the snow and I didn't take anything smaller than my trusted 75mm GM lens with me which requires shooting a bit further away than it was possible there.

We didn't let that bother us and we used what we had which was that nice spring forest and rocks adding cool grey hues to the photos. Something that is completely opposite of what I normally shoot with tons of colors.

Päivi at Linnavuori Photo Gallery


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Last weekend I had the pleasure to take photos of these amazing party people at Tiivistämö for the Neonya!! Party Tropical Rave. Previously I was shooting there during the Neonya!! Party Halloween and even though the scene itself isn't really my thing I really like the music (especially electro-swing during the Kehveli performance) and the overall performance of the DJs. Huge thanks to everyone who contributed and helped me to take some of these shots!

neonya party tropical rave schedule
Neonya!! Party Tropical Rave schedule

The biggest difference from the last time was that now I knew the best locations to shoot from and photographing felt like going on automation. The only new thing was the new lights on both stages that had these little LEDs creating really cool light beams when using an anamorphic filter on my lens.

Because these club events usually have only little light to work with and sometimes they only flash quickly. I had to take tons (literally) of shots to time the shot perfectly. I used to use burst mode, but that way I get photos way too fast and the frame count gets even higher. So now I just manually take 3-6 photos each time. Overall it seems I'm getting a fairly consistent amount of photos per night even when the conditions are not perfect for it and I gotta admit it really boosts my confidence doing this more and more.

Neonya!! Party Tropical Rave Photo Gallery

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After shooting a video of the dance performance last December, Hallanmaa dancers requested me to quickly shoot a few still photos.

I only had my video lights with me, but I made them work and this shoot was closer to a school photoshoots than anything I usually do. But I think these types of photoshoots are the ones that truly test my skills as a photographer because I need to know what and how to do them to get good results.

I think all the dancers did great work posing for photos after dancing a few hours straight and I'm mostly happy with the results. Of course, if there was more time I'd had worked on these a lot more, but I only shot a few frames from each model because we were already working on extra time.

Hallanmaa dance video will be seen first at Ascension 2022 - Virtual Dark Fusion Dance Festival and I'll publish it in Samael Creative channels the next day.
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Hallanmaa is led by Anni Dohlen and you can follow her and Hallanmaa on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnniDohlen


Hallanmaa Photo Gallery

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I've seen Covenant multiple times live, but it's one of those bands that never gets old to see them again and again. I only wish there was more light so I could have taken better photos, but whenever there was any light available I burst tons of photos because I really wanted to capture good shots from all members of the bands. This was the first time I was photographing this band after all.

I'm not sure why, but the synths were also brought very close to the edge of the stage, so it was hard for the singer really moves on the stage other than back and forth. This was also another show where the band had to request a little bit less smoke.

Even though with Covenant, the smoke kinda is their thing, but maybe a little bit less. I really loved to see them again and huge thanks to the lady who gave me her extra earplugs right before the show. I had dropped mine somewhere and I was really annoyed by that because I had just bought a new expensive higher-end pair of plugs.


HIF 2021 | Covenant Photo Gallery

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Now this band knows how to perform! It was easy to take great photos from all members of Ashbury Heights. Another thing I loved about this gig was the lack of smoke. Most of the gigs during Hellsinki Industrial Festival 2021 had thick smoke and most of the bands had to request easing the trigger with it. A little smoke is cool and it makes the stage lights softer, but there are limits for everything.

This was another of the bands I really wanted to see live and I'm happy that I finally got to do it. Really reminds me that I need to go to gigs more often and Ashbury Heights is from Sweden, so there would be tons of shows close by. Maybe I'll need to take a trip to our neighbor country next year. A big part of Hellsinki Industrial Festival bands was from Sweden and Estonia. I've been tons of times in Estonia and seen a few of these bands live there at the Body Machine Body festival, but I've never been on a live gig in Sweden.

Thanks for the great show!


HIF 2021 | Ashbury Heights Photo Gallery

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State of the Union makes great music and I was happy to see them live for the first time, but I gotta admit that their live performance made me hope for more movement on the stage. I honestly couldn't do anything special with the photography because they barely moved during the show, but at least this time there was light and not too much smoke.

I only got a few shots because I was waiting for some greater moments for almost the whole show. I hope some of these shots feel pleasing and I hope to see them again and hope to get some better and more dynamic photos next time.


HIF 2021 | State of the Union Photo Gallery

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Synth Attack plays with dark electro sounds and took the big stage after Freak Injection. I think I've never actually seen them live. So the show at Hellsinki Industrial Festival was my first time. I've been supposed to Wave Gothic Treffen tons of times where they have played at least a few times, but it's always around the same time as Nummirock and it has grown to me as a tradition to go there instead.

Synth Attack played tons of familiar material and it finally got people hitting the dancefloor. Because it's really hard to photograph in the middle of dancing people, I took a tactical retreat behind the audience. Not the best place to shoot, but I think I was able to take a few good ones, even though I shot probably a tenth of the frames I took from other bands.


HIF 2021 | Synth Attack Photo Gallery

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On the second day of the Hellsinki Industrial Festival, the big stage was already opened with the second band of the day, Freak Injection. This band made a real show with multiple costume changes and having more props and other crazy stuff going on than I could count. Some of the craziness included a unicorn swimming mattress that was forced into the audience and ended up becoming a comfy VIP seat right in the middle of everyone.

Freak Injection wasn't a band I had heard of before, so their live performance came as a total surprise to me and I'm happy that I reserved my place right in the front of the stage this time. Due to the confusing lack of stage schedules, it took a while for people to realize they had to switch rooms from the small stage to the big stage. But it didn't take long until the big stage room was completely filled up and I decided to stay where I was for most of the show.

Definitely recommend checking Freak Injection out if you have a chance to see them live!


HIF 2021 | Freak Injection Photo Gallery

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The first band to open the second day of Hellsinki Industrial Festival 2021 main event was Ten After Dawn from Finland. This is a bid more relaxed industrial pop than rest of the bands and works as a good chill opening for the second day.


HIF 2021 | Ten After Dawn Photo Gallery

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