Hannu Palovuori Photography: Blog https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Hannu Palovuori Photography hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u6060535-o812640712-50.jpg Hannu Palovuori Photography: Blog https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 2018 Black Bear Rally https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/2018-black-bear-rally   Curtis Antoine and Liam Schnurr; 2004 Subaru WRX  

 I had opportunity to photograph 2018 Black Bear Rally in Cavendish, Ontario.  For spectaror's Rally is interesting and very exciting form of motor sports, and it has its own special rules. I will get into them shortly, but not into a detail that will bore the daylights out of you. There are different levels in Rally, Provincial, National and World series are raced and capacities and capabilities of the cars vary accordingly.  In a World class rally, you will see 600+ horsepower cars with 4 wheel drive, 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, and in Provincial races it will be your 10 year old daily driver. Both cars are equipped with safety cages, fire extinguisher and 5 point seat belts.

     Rally usually consists of Transport stages and Special Stages.  Transport stages are public roads, where traffic laws are obeyed.  Drivers may be given a scheduled time to arrive at their destination to ensure that they do not speed.  There are penalties for arriving too soon and too late, however margin for late arrival is quite large.  The roads on which special stages are held vary greatly from rally to rally. From mountain passes in British Columbia, to forest tracks in Ontario, as well as variety of surfaces, paves, dirt and ice/snow covered roads are used in all levels of rally. 

     Typically each car will be given a specific start time at five minute intervals. Usually an official and the co-driver will provide  ten-second countdown, and timing starts from the scheduled time, not from when it passes start point.  At the end of the stage, there are two sets of  markers. The first is referred as the "flying finish", and it is at this point where timing ends.  The name comes from a fact that the car will be travelling at full racing speeds when it passes this post.  Several hundred meters further, there is a stop control point, where car must come to a halt in order for the officials to record time and check paperwork.

Laurens Wit and Philip Barnes; 2002 Subaru WRX
Second place Overall

Pacenotes and reconnaissance

     The pacenotes provide a detailed description of the course and allow the driver to predict conditions ahead and prepare for various course conditions such as turns and jumps.

In many rallies, drivers are allowed to run on the stages of the course before the competition and create their own pacenotes.  During this reconnaissance, the co-driver writes down in shorthand notes on how to best drive the stage.  Usually the driver calls out the turns and road conditions for the co-driver to write down.  Other rallies provide organizer- created "route notes" and disallow recce and use of pacenotes.

Car "0". The last safety car before first competitor. If you are curious, see my blog about Rally

000, 00, 0, 99 cars and sweepers

     When you are  watching the rally on the stage you will see the first vehicle drive though, with "000" number on it. This is first of the safety cars, ensuring that all spectators are in safe locations and all off roads from the stage are roped off, and all safety aspects are as they should.  Shortly after you will see "00" vehicle. It's primary responsibility is to ensure marshals are prepared and spectator safety.  These first two vehicles should be 4x4 vehicles  equipped with flashing lights in order to respond to all possibilities.  Next you will hear a siren approaching, and that will be "0" car. Besides lights, siren and PA system, it should be a race prepared vehicle, travelling about 70% of the actual race speed.  The next car you will see is the first competitor.  When you hear a siren again, you will see car marked with number "99".  This is a safety marshal, last car to check the stage after last competitor.  This vehicle is followed by one or two "Sweepers".  Their duty is to co-ordinate recovery of competitors who have gone off road, or experienced mechanical problems.

Car #99 with a sweeper truck following closely


The Black Bear Rally

     The Black Bear Rally is the 3rd event of the Eastern Canadian Rally Championship as well as the 3rd event of the OPRC., organized by The Maple Leaf Rally Club.  It was run in Catchacoma, Ontario on July 14, 2018.

The Results

Podium in 2WD class
First Place: Patrick Cyr and David Cyr (middle)
Second Place: Gary Sutherland and Bruce Leonard (Green Ford Focus)
Third Place: Zoltan Kovacs and David Koiter (White Dodge Neon)

2 Wheel Drive - Class

1) Patrick Cyr and David Cyr; 2013 Toyota

2) Gary Sutherland and Bruce Leonard; 2000 Ford Focus

3) Zoltan Kovacs and David Koiter; 1995 Dodge Neon


Overall Podium
First Place: Sebastien Clark and Yanick Marin (Middle)
Second Place: Laurens Wit and Philip Barnes Blue Subaru WRX)
Third Place: Patrick Cyr and David Cyr (Black Toyota)

Overall Champions

1) Sebastien Clark and Yanick Marin; 200 Subaru Impreza STi

2) Laurens Wit and Philip Barnes; 2002 Subaru WRX

3) Patrick Cyr and David Cyr; 2013 Toyota



CARS - Canadian Association of Rally Sport- https://carsrally.ca

British Rally Association - https://www.msabrc.com

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Rally Cross https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/rally-cross  

   If you have ever dreamt about racing cars, you should not give up on the dream! At club level Rallycross racing is about as affordable as possible - experience is satisfying and the racing is real.  Rallycross should not be confused with stage rally, which takes place on long road courses and involves a co-driver acting as navigator. Rallycross is a form of sprint style automobile racing, held on a closed mixed surface racing circuit with modified production or specially built road cars, similar to World Rally Cars.   I will first tell you about the very expensive form of Rally cross, the FIA sanctioned World Rallycross Championship (August 04-05 2018 Trois Rivier QC, Canadian round), and then give you a glimpse to the club level racing.                               I was recently privileged to be granted access to Kitchener-Waterloo Rally Club races in Port Colbourne ON, and all the images are from that race.

     "Kill All Tires"

     It is a bumper sticker that truly describes the philosophy of World Rallycross racing series. The FIA racing series is rather new, it kicked off in 2014. It has 12 races with one as I mentioned in Canada.

     The cars in RX Supercar class are virtual monsters. They feature turbocharged 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that puts out 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torgue.  Manual transmissions must be used.  Total weight is limited to 2866 pounds, which includes the driver.  With the power put to all four wheels, these cars can accelerate 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, which is faster than Formula 1 cars.  The RX Lites cars use same basic setup, but they only make 310 horsepower.

     All cars are based on factory models, mostly subcompacts with some compacts as well. They are pure race cars with full roll cages, modified structures, aerodynamic panels and big rear wings.  On the track they can do things that most other race cars cannot. Gain traction on tarmac and dirt, have suspension travel to survive jumps, drifting sliding and carve a line through a turn.

     The racing is two-day affair within amphitheatre style venues that let fans in the stands see most of the action.  The tracks are made of both asphalt and dirt and they each include a jump or two.  They are also short, in Trois Riviers circuit fastest lap times were around 50 seconds.  In every race, each driver has to take one "Joker lap". It is not as much of a lap as it is an extra turn that adds a few seconds to the lap time and mixes up the running order.  Tire strategy is very important.  Teams only get two sets of tires to use over the two days, so one set for qualifying and a fresh set for semi-finals.

     The racing is fantastic. Drivers exercise incredible car control over varied surfaces. While the cars do not endure long stints, but they do take a beating. The jumps challenge suspension, tires and front facias.  The tight turns result in fender to fender and fender to dirt action. Short races mean that drivers have to be aggressive and make their moves as soon as possible.

Rather than "Kill All Tires" the bumper sticker should say "Go Fast and beat the hell out of your car"


Club Level Racing

     The main difference is, that at club level racing is timed event. Single lane, single car per lap, racing against the clock and never fender to fender.  That being said, it does not take anything away from the racing itself.  The corners are still tight, course may have jumps, and it still is two different types of surfaces. 

      In order to get involved, get in touch with your local club - with the age of internet and social media they are easy to find.  Show up on at any rallycross event with a car and a an approved helmet, Register at the event, attend drivers meeting and you are off to the races.  There are also drivers who will let you ride along with them (just ask around) and some who will ride with you (giving you their invaluable expertise).

     Marshaling is very important aspect to all motorsports, and also a great time to learn basics.  It is definitely the best seat in the house, when it comes to watching racing, and calling out your friends for destroying the cones is always a plus!

You race what you bring

     Current standard is that your vehicle must be based on a production closed-body vehicle, should be street license-able and road worthy.  Canadian Association of Rally Sport is the official sanction body (https://carsrally.ca), where you can find more detailed information. There will be a basic safety inspection on your vehicle  and your safety equipment before the race. Your helmet must be "Snell Memorial Foundation"  label, such as SA2015, with no visible defect or damage.  All cars must have 3-point seat belts in good working condition. You can use winter tire with an open aggressive tread, or rally tires.  The car must not have any flapping or missing bodywork, decent tires, brakes, steering seatbelts and seats; strapped down battery etc.  Your car does not have to be registered, you can bring one on the trailer. If your car is registered, inspector might want to see registration, just to ensure that you are racing your own car. (Fun things have happened with rental cars..(ie. 1966 Shelby GT 350H Rent-A-Racer Mustang..).  You also be required to sign an insurance form.  It basically means that your regular insurance no longer applies and cannot be used.  You are insured for the purpose of fixing the back fence that you just drove through, but for the damage to your car is on your wallet.  You can drive according to your abilities or the thickness of your wallet, Rallycross still is the easiest, the most fun and one of the most economical way to get involved in motorsports.

Please go see a race, you will not regret it!  Regardless if it is at club level (www.kwrc.on.ca) or at international level in Trois Rivier, QC, it will bring a smile on your face! 




Kirk Bell  Aug 11 2016 https;//motorauthority.com

Edmonton Rally Club 2018

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Best of Show 2017 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/best-of-show-2017-cobble-beach-concours-delegance      

     Now that summer's and the fall's automotive shows are over, it is time to appreciate the jewels that we have seen.  My personal favourite is the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegace, because of the quality and exclusivity of the vehicles. Many of them are one of a kind or they have been produced in small quantity, and even fewer survived to be restored. One can be lucky to see some of these vehicles once in a lifetime. 


     This year, the honours of the best of the show went to 1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Pininfarina Cabriolet Speciale.  This car, while it does not immediately strike you as a extremely beautiful, is very special indeed.  It is not very typica prototype of late 1940's and  1950's era.  The Alfa is functional and practical.  It incorporates fresh ideas in a whole new shape that did not exist before the war.  It was radically different from cars of its age, but 10 years later it looked very ordinary.  You can look at Austin A90 Atlantic, Mercedes Benz 300 SL, Porsche 356 and even some Studebakers and you the influence of this wonderful car.  This car has also been called as the foundation for the design house of Pinin Farina.

The History

     This where all the boring stuff is located, but I will try to be brief.  The Chassis was sold to Battista "Pinin" Farina on October 1942.  In 1946 construction of the cabriolet began for wealthy Milanese perfume designer, Guiliana Tortoli de Cuccoli. 

     This car was exhibited at 1946 Paris Salon, where it was parked outside the exhibition building. The cars from Italy, Germany and Japan were prohibited entry Pinin Farina was forced to park his car at the entrance to the show.

     In 1947 car was sold back to Pinin Farina, who used it as his personal vehicle. In 1948 it was sold to tthe chairman of Austin Motors -Leonard Lord.  Later Mr. Lord gave the car to one of his chief designer, Holden "Bob" Koto, who eventually shipped it to the United States. Mr. Koto was a chief designer at Studebaker and in 1952 car was sold again.  From there this car disappears from history until 2005-2007, when it surfaced in Japan in the estate of a high ranking member of Yakuza. It was then sold to Chris Ohrstom and restored by David Grainger and the Guild of Automotive  Restores.  Considering that the car arrived in a box, rotten, rusty and vermin infested it took over 6 years and estimated 2 milijon dollars

The Restoration

     As I mentioned, when the container was opened, it was bit heartbreaking according to David Grainger.  In his words it was "Wow"- horrendiously expensive pile of limp tortured aluminiun, sprinkled with abused and rusted steel, greasy, broken mechanical parts and mouldy vermin infested leather and horse hair.

     There were few complications from missing parts. As there were no replacement parts - car being one of a kind - these were least of the troubles. In order to create parts, usually from photographs, the machinery to make the parts had to be created as well. Some of the examples were hubcaps and the steering wheel.   Shoddy workmanship due to inexperienced labour pool showed up in splattered welds, and poorly fitting internal panels showing lack of experienced coach builders.  Materials car was built were also second rate. Aluminium body was more than likely built from salvaged drop tanks from P51 Mustang fighter planes. Impurities and weaknesses bled out and disrupted primers and paint causing blisters and irregularities.


     In conclusion this car was one of the first truly revolutionary designs by Pinin Farina. Not only it was total departure from Art Deco style of the pre war designs, but it was a decade ahead of its' time. It was first to show the wheel arch eyebrows made famous by Mercedes 300 SL. Upside down bathtub design show by Porsche 356 is also present in the Alfa. And finally it did all but bring the design house of Pinin Farinas' start to long and illustrious legacy.

Owner: Christopher Ohrstrom, The Plains, VA, USA

Engine: 2442cc Straight-six, DOHC, single carburator

Power: 95bhp @ 4600rpm

Transmission: Four-speed manual, rear-wheel drive

Steering: Worm and roller

Suspension: Front - double wishbone, coil springs, hydraulic dampers.  Rear - trailing arms,torsion bars,hydraulic dampers

Brakes: Drums

Weight 1400 kg (3086 lbs)

Performance: 97 mph



Daniel Vaughan 2009 Conceptcarz

David Grainger -Drive 2016

 BRIAN HARPER  | JUNE 4, 2015 Driving

exhibition catalogue essay by Ken Gross Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN


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Vintage cars and new generation https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/vintage-cars-and-new-generation


Last fall at the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of the seminars addressed the issue of the future of car collecting.  One of the questions was if there is a future for car collecting, will the younger generation take up the mantle.  

I am not an expert, I don't do research into these matters, and definitely I am not a clairvoyant.  (I am lucky if I can find my keys and a cell phone on my better days!).  Based on my unscientific, hap-hazard and very illogical study, I think all is well for the future. 

Being a photographer who chases cars, let me tell you how I came about the conclusion I just gave you. Every summer I attend my four favourite multi day car shows, Fleetwood Country Cruize In, in London On #fleetwoodCountryCruize, Wheels on the Bay in Belleville, On #wheelsonthebay. Mopar fest in New Hamburg, On, #moparfest and Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Kemble, On.#CobbleBeachConcours.  During the shows, I talk to car owners, and people who come and see the show. The interest in cars is there, from young guys and girls, which is great in it self.  One day perhaps, they will fix grandpa's old car to a pristine condition.  Also when I talk to car owners', many of them are from a younger generation.

Did I mentioned that I chase cars? Yes of course I did.  In my scrounging through the internet, sometimes putting my ad on KIjiji, or checking other car sites I come across person who would like to photograph their car. By accident, last month alone, I have come across two young gentlemen from opposite ends of Ontario, who are proud owners of amazing vintage wheels.

If I can accidentally find several young vintage car owners, imagine what I could find if I used more scientific and larger search! This is why I said, that the future of vintage car collecting seems to alright.

hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/vintage-cars-and-new-generation Thu, 11 May 2017 19:10:48 GMT
Taking Pictures in a car show https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/taking-pictures-in-a-car-show      The Canadian International Car Show is just about to open its doors in Toronto, and even though the car show season is still few months away, I thought this could be a perfect time to share some thoughts on how to take pictures in a car show.  I am not going to get too technical, that would just take all the fun out of it.  I just going to give you some hints, that may help you in taking those perfect shots.

     Most importantly you will need time and PATIENCE.  Time, so you can check out the venue, find the cars you want to photograph, and how is everything located.  You want to know best view points where from take your pictures, so they do not appear cluttered.  Patience is very important, because you will have to wait for people to get out of the way, which at times is not easy.  You also need to know your camera, so night before the show, grab that dreaded manual, and read up on it!

#WheelsontheBayCadillacTaken with 200 mm telephoto to isolate crowds and other vehicles at Wheels on the Bay

     Every show is different, and let’s start with indoor show  - like the up coming CIAS.  I have to tell you, the light is going to be horrible! Your eyes will see perfectly, every car beautifully lighted, looking its best. Then you go take the picture and it has this awful green coloured cast all over.  So what went wrong?  Actually, nothing went wrong.  Your eyes are magnificent pieces of machinery, which take different colours of light and turn it into daylight, correcting colours as you go along. The White Balance setting in your camera is not really that smart.  When you get to the venue, take a picture, (of anything or nothing) and look at it. If your camera is set at auto white balance, it should (uh-huh!) work.  if not, try all of the settings until you find a best one.  If your camera does not let you change white balance, or none of the settings are perfect, then we are left with post process.  There are number of free photography programs that you can download from the internet, which allow you to manipulate the white balance.
     Then you have to figure out when is a best time to go, in order to avoid crowds. Usually early as the show opens, on a weekday - chances are that smallest number of people will be there.   Near closing time is good as well, but you have to be quick, and find the cars fast. 
      It also helps to walk around the vehicle, and check out all the angles. Maybe the best view is the one with no one around.  Try crouching down, maybe go down on your knee, just to change your point of view.  Cars really should not be photographed standing up right next to it.

     Outdoor shows
     No two alike, venues and the duration of the shows play a large part in this!  
 One day / evening shows, like the one at the burger joint or a hardware store parking lot have their own challenges.  Crowd will be there, cars are parked close to each other, and they will arrive at various times. It will be tough to get a the perfect shot with out having other cars or people in your view.  Try something different, perhaps take a close up of the hood ornament, or any other interesting detail on the car.  Take a picture facing the car head on, just the front end. Again walk around the car - if you are allowed to do that, just to see different view of it. Don’t be afraid to get on your knees, or even prone on your belly ( ask my wife how often I am lying on the ground!).  This will give you an interesting perspective, and people don’t really find you strange - as long as you have a camera on your hand!
     If the show is two or more days in duration, it will make things a bit easier. First day you just enjoy the show, find cars and places where to shoot them from. On the following day, get in as the show opens and shoot to heart’s content.  These multi-day shows are also hosted in a public parks or on a private property, with lot of space.  There usually are several hundred cars on display, but it is easier to find good vantage point. And yes, if you have dslr, please do bring your telephoto lens - it will come handy.

#fleetwoodcruizeinLead SleadTaken in a rain - No crowds!
     What if it is raining? At least the crowd will not be there! There are many different types of rain pouches you can buy for your camera. (not to worry if yours is designed to be used in water!). They vary wildly in price and the way they have been constructed.  Rubber band and a plastic shopping bag will work just as well too! Make a hole, just big enough that your lens will fit through it, secure it with the rubber band right at the edge of the lens and your camera is covered.   In the rain you may want to rethink going prone or to your knees in the wet ground, unless you are like me.  Mud will never stop me for getting that perfect shot! And people do get out of your way, when they think that you are slightly mad!  
     On the other side of coin..if it is hot remember you will need lots of water to drink. It does not help at all if you end up getting sun stroke.  If you can use a filter on your lens, polarizing  filter is great to have with you. Travel tripod (light weight i.e. carbon fiber/aluminum) will come handy too, especially later in the evening or early in the morning and especially with that heavy telephoto lens!

     My favourite shows are June 03-04 2017 Fleetwood Country Cruize In  in London, Ontario; July 21-23 2017 Wheels on the Bay in Belleville, Ontario; August 19-20 2017 Mopar Fest in New Hamburg, Ontario. And the most important show of the year: Septemper 16-17 2017 Cobble Peach Concours d”Elegance in Kemble, Ontario.

Concours d'EleganceSelective depth of field makes busy background less important
      I sincerely hope you will make time to some (or all) of these shows this coming summer/fall. If there is one thing I can guarantee - you will not be disappointed!

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Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/cobble-beach-concours-delegance     #CobbleBeach,#Concoursd'Elegance2016 Best of Show1932 Auburn Speedster, People`s Choice Award and Best of Show

     I must say Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the most prestige car show in Ontario and perhaps in Canada.  In 2016 there were vehicles from Vancouver BC to Riverside California and from Florida to Swift Current, Newfoundland and all points in between.

     So why is this such an important show?

     All the cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats presented must be beyond "mint"condition.  A car that just left assembly line would more than likely not place at Concours, because it would be too rough. Not only must the vehicles be spotless, have all correct parts and options, everything must be operational and the history of the vehicle should be documented.

#CobbleBeach,#Concours d'Elegance1932 Auburn SpeedsterDay of Excitement, Spectator's and judges are evaluating the vehicles. This 1932 Auburn Speedster was People's Choice and The Best of Show

     All cars are inspected by a team of judges, who will evaluate every aspect of the vehicle.  After inspection, the judges collaborate and grade vehicles for the best in class or any other honours that are to be considered.  In order for the vehicle,(boats excluded), to actually receive the honours, it must be driven under its own power to receive the award.

     My personal favourites from 2016 Concours were 1932 Chrysler Imperial CL, whose first owner was Clark Gable, Packard, that was built for Joseph Pulitzer, of the Pulitzer Price fame. Also 1905 Stanley Model F Touring, also known as  "Stanley Steamer"  It is an unforgettable experience to see to see a steam powered car driving down the road.

     You may wonder, why on earth am I writing about a car show in the middle of winter?

     The Canadian International Car Show is just around the corner, and Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance is represented there.  If you are heading to Toronto show,i urge you to visit the Concours area.  As well in September 2017 you really should visit the Concours, I bet you will not be disappointed.

     So in 2017 please join me at the 5:th annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Kemble, Ontario. It will be inspiring!

#CobbleBeach, #Concoursd'Elegance1931 Cadillac PhaetonThis Cadillac was selected to receive The Most Elegant Pre War award. It is easy to see why!

hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/cobble-beach-concours-delegance Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:47:30 GMT
Photography in the fall https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/photography-in-the-fall      

     For all the seasons, i think fall is the most richest for photography.  So many things are changing, and not only in the nature. Yes, the leaves are changing, abundance of colours is just fantastic.  Fall also brings other changes - changes to our families.  School is starting and for many it means loading up the car and taking the child away to a university. Perhaps for the first time, or this has become annual family ritual already. 

So, why am I talking about this now, since most children are already away. Because we are all so busy making sure our student got all settled well in to academia, we all forgot something.  The family portrait! Something to hang on the wall, that makes this moment in history, in our history, last forever.

So all is lost? Not at all. There is always Thanksgiving weekend, and what an opportunity it is.  Most students have settled either to dorms or their student rentals, and are very eager to come home to see family, (awesome meals and laundry done by mom) and reconnect with friends. This is a great opportunity to set aside an hour or so to get family portraits done.  Parks backyards and nature in general will provide excellent  places where to pose our family group. And if it rains? No worries, your ever so imaginative photographer has many solutions in mind, places where you can safely pose your group, be it studio or some other place.  Plenty of city parks have shelters, that will protect you from rain and and also give  plenty of room for your group pose and also provide a perfect backdrop.  I do encourage you to think and plan for this - it is never too late, never too early and never too expensive.

You also did notice that I said "Something to hand on the wall".  I am a huge proponent of photographs in print, especially important images.  Pictures in your phone are great.  You do have to remember that you will loose a phone, break a phone, it may get wet or dozen other maladies will meet your phone. Perhaps you cannot recover the pictures.  Computers are great for storing pictures - yes they are. They are so perfect that I have back up on two separate hard drives. One is stored at my house and the other back up is in my safe deposit box.  As you can see, I really trust my computer! You can get a virus, computer's hard drive may crash. Ask my daughter who lost 3 mother board on her Mac, and she now uses it for a boat anchor.  Memory cards, stick Usb storage can get lost, become corrupted (ask me what happened for large number of family photos that I took).  I have prints from my family from mid 1800's that are still in the albums. These albums were not stored vacuum packed, or in a climate controlled storage, they were in the attic. 

Today's paper and ink makers guarantee their products for 100+ years, as long as they are not kept in direct sunlight.  I think they are a bit conservative in their estimate.  And if you don't like art on paper, your family portrait can be on wood, on canvas, on metal, on acrylic and even on your coffee mug! I guess it would be sure fire way to wake uo to look at mother in law first thing every morning!  Photo books also make wonderful gifts to family members, Little Johnny may not care too much now, but 40 years from now he will be happy he has one!


     Just a last quick note about taking pictures in the fall.

When you go out to capture the blaze of colour, there are few things to remember.  Make sure your camera has full battery. cold weather is really hard on electronics, it eats battery power!  Make sure you have enough memory cards, nothing worse than running out of memory with that most perfect picture in front of you.  Dress for the weather, and bring some extra. Weather can change in a hurry sunny day can turn into a torrential downpour and to snowfall in a heart beat.  It is always better to err on the side of caution.  Be aware of your surroundings, be safe! Bears are hungry as they are getting ready to hibernate.  Just ask a restaurant owner in Terrace Bay, momma bear and two cubs came inside the restaurant just few days ago. There are animals in the forest, to whom you look like a buffet. Also there are poison ivy and poison oak...so before you lay down to take that lake shot..see what is around you.


hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) #fallphotography #familyportraits https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/photography-in-the-fall Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Summer and car shows https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/summer-and-car-shows Car shows and summer really go well together. There are more shows going on than a mere mortal can attend. Every week on different nights you have local shows in the evenings. Local car owners bring their cars for the public to see, and the owners spend the time talking to friends. These are wonderful evenings of enjoyment. You do have to be a mechanic or a car aficionado to enjoy many types of cars on display. To appreciate work that has gone into rebuilding and remodeling is easy to see, modifications and wild paint schemes speak for themselves!  Also when you see vehicle from 1930's and so on, looking like it just came out of the factory floor, you know someone has put a lot of blood sweat and tears into it.

Then you have the all day shows on the weekends - like the Cops and Rodders show in Hamiton on the 7th of August.  This one gathered about 150 or so vehicles from around one hour drive surrounding the city.  Beautiful day in the park, lot of wonderful cars to see, and great distractions, such as dyno competitions and who can forget food trucks! Most of these are set up to benefit a charity, Law Enforcement Torch Run being the one in Hamilton. 

On a side note here, Torch Run benefits my favorite charity, The Special Olympics. Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Please check them out at www.specialolympics.ca

And then you have the BIG ONES. These are 2-3 day events that attract cars by the hundreds. They have shows, competitions, celebrity appearances, vendors and food among the cars.And these shows do benefit charities in the location they are held. Advantage of these shows is, that if it rains one day, next day might have much more agreeable weather.

This year I was able to participate in Fleetwood Country Cruize-In in London, On.; Wheels On The Bay in Trenton, On; and I am looking forward to Mopar Fest coming up August 20-21 in New Hamburg On. If you happen to be stopping by at Mopar Fest, come and say hi - we will have a booth in the show.

When you go visit these shows, do bring your camera! Your cell phone will do, but I want you take hundred or so pictures! That is the only negative thing I can say about the cell phone camera, is the memory. Why clutter memory on your phone with pictures, bring camera and couple of memory card and you are good to go!  Not only should you take pictures of cars, but from the interesting details. Hood ornaments, hubcaps, engines, interiors and so on.  Drop to your knees, check the belt line (where windows meet the body of the car). 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, almost any Cadillac. Look at the lines of any car built in the Art Deco-era, (1920's to 1940's) and you will see something that will stir your soul.

Find the car that will stir your soul, the one that speaks to you, take lots of pictures, and don't forget to take pictures of the small details.  Write down the make, model and the year of the car.  When you get home, Google it! Read the history of it, was it popular, advanced or was it ahead of its time.

Oh, and don't forget to dream how it would feel driving this car..

If you would like to see some truly amazing rolling works of art (yes, they are cars), go check any of the Concours d'Elegance shows. Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance show on its website http://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/ defines it as:

Derived from the French term meaning a competition of elegance, the Concours d'Elegance has a history story dating back to 17th Century French society. An event that began with horse-drawn carriages being paraded through the parks of Paris, France has evolved into a display of antique and classic for both competition and celebration.

These cars are the Grand Dames, that do deserve white glove treatment! As a flawless examples of vehicles produced and/or surviving in very limited numbers, they are rarest of the rare.  Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance is held in Kemble, Ontario at Cobble Beach golf course on September 18 2016. If you even think you might like cars, this is a show to see.


As a final words from photographer's perspective, I must confess I have love/hate relationship with all car shows.  I love them, because I love cars, it is like being a kid in a candy store. So much to look at all in one place! It is just wonderful, I could spend days drooling over all the cars. ( yes I have been known to drool).  And I hate the shows, because there is no worst place to shoot a car than in a car show. There are people in my shots!!! I really can't tell them to move, that would be rude! As a photographer, I don't have any special advantages.  All the cars have been detailed for the show, so I can see reflections form other cars, and other things that are not suppose to be there.  People look at me strangely, when I am standing on a park bench, on my knees or lying on the ground taking a picture (I have not been stepped on yet!). When you are passionate about something, as I am about my photography, this is what happens.  It is just myself and the subject - only thing that matters to me is to bring out the best image possible. When someone looks at that image, I want them to feel what I felt, see what I saw and appreciate the beauty of the subject

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Goofing Off!! https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/goofing-off  

Friday, 22 May 2015

Goofing off or valuable instruction!

Summer is arriving in a hurry, which is a good thing - for me anyway!  I love working outside when you are not freezing yourself.  Outdoor photo shoots are definitely more fun - even I as the photographer get to goof off occasionally.

Now I would not call this goofing off, although it might look like it!  This is highly scientific professional instruction....that did lead to goofing off.  It is so much easier often times, just to show your client how do you want them to pose. Telling a person what you want them to do is one thing, and i do it as well.  After I usually show them. It ends up lightening up the mood ( can you imagine me, striking up a sexy and seductive boudoir pose ). I can see you, dying of laughter, and you just fell off your chair.  Okay, so now you know what I mean.
It also goes to show my clients, that I am not above to make a bit off a fool of myself, to make sure they will have best ever pictures possible. And just because I don't take myself too seriously, I take my craft very seriously.

There are also moments, where I as a serious photographer :) showing my model a proper pose, get ambushed. Usually by my mischievous model, who wants to join in the fun
What can I say - I never turn away from some tomfoolery!
This was actually quite spontaneous moment on her behalf, but I must say I loved it!  Couple of images from this shoot, made few modeling agencies take notice I am happy to say.

So when you book your photo shoot with me, you can expect following.
1) Fun
2) Enjoyable moments
3) Laughter (sometimes hysterical)
4) Images you cherish for years to come
5) Irresistible urge to do another photo shoot with me
6) Need to tell everyone how great it was

You should be ready by now to call me!
hannupalovuoriphotography@gmail.com (Hannu Palovuori Photography) https://hannupalovuoriphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/goofing-off Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:28:40 GMT