That one shot worth the wait with Jukka Tilus


Here's our second feature photographer of the week, Jukka Tilus.

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1. Please tell us a little about you and what you do with photography.
Hi, my name is Jukka Tilus and i live in Finland. I Was born in 1980 and if we skip the boring parts and move forward a bit i studied multimedia production (Animation and stuff) at Lahti institute of Design and graduated 2008. Since that photography has however become more and more important to me. Last couple of years I've been realizing that taking pictures makes me really happy and is what i want to do for the rest of my life.


2. What inspired you to want to be a photographer?
I'm not sure really. At some point I started taking pictures of things i saw around me and carry some crappy cameras with me everywhere. I mean, there wasn't any influential persons of anything like that at least not in the beginning. Of course later i started stumble upon all these great dead and alive photographers and wonder if i too could someday do what they do/did.


3. What genre’ are you most interested in?
I'd like to think myself as a Street Photographer. I shoot other things too but Street Photography is my passion. It's so challenging and versatile. Pure Photography for many reasons.


4. Could you provide some ideas as to where you seek and find inspiration to keep working?
Inspiration comes from everything I watch and read and hear and meet: Movies, Art, Music, Books, People. Actually there is very few things in this world that offers no inspiration at all. Of course walking is one thing that inspires. You have to love walking when you shoot the streets.

5. Do you prefer B&W vs Color or do you work in both and please explain why you work in what you do?
Both. I like both. Some images work better in black and white and some just need to be in colors. I don't see making that choice being a big issue for me. Selection between them of course comes from the guts.

6. What cameras and lenses are you currently using?
At the moment primarily Panasonic G5 and 14mm combo. Olympus mju II 35mm film ultra compact for backup and for a change.


7. What processing software do you use?
Photoshop and Nik. I shoot RAW.


8. When it’s all said and done, how satisfied are you with your images and your journey as a photographer?
Yeah, obviously there's a long way ahead of me to be where I want to be. Some days I'm very satisfied for what I've done so far, some days not so much but i think that's the way it should be. Never think for a second that you're ready. When it comes to Street Photography probably 99% of what I shoot on the streets is crap but that 1% is worth all the waiting and walking and endless amount of missed chances 🙂



1. Helsinki 2014. It was one of the first hot days for this summer. I spotted this man from a distance and snapped photo when he was close. For me this implicates the summer time coming: Taking off jackets and eating ice cream.



2. Helsinki 2014. This woman was standing  in the middle of the shopping crowd eyes closed. There's an odd combination of peace and panic in her essence. I took this from the hip.


3. Helsinki 2013. Street photography at its best meaning you never know when the situation hits you in the face. I snapped this when i was waiting for the bus. Luckily my bus was late and this one came before it. There is also a lesson learned here: Never put your camera away until at home. I nearly missed this since it was in the bag.


4. Barcelona 2012. I spent two weeks in Barcelona practicing street photography almost every day. I saw this commercial and knew i had to wait there for the right combination. Luckily it didn't take that long.



5. Helsinki 2013.  It's always fun to play with shadow and light and reflections. I like the mystery part here too and the sort of a cinematic feel. In the movie you would see the woman in the next couple of frames but now you'll never know.



6. Helsinki 2014 They say that you are just as good as your latest photo. This is my latest you be the judge.

Check out more of Jukka's work at his website.

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2 thoughts on “That one shot worth the wait with Jukka Tilus”

  1. Great job, Jukka. You have an eye.
    I specially like nr. 1 , 4 and 6.
    Your processing for color is really nice.

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