Color of the Year 2017

Color of the Year 2017

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 is “Greenery“.

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery (#88B04B)

Green is one of the main colours in the RGB-system which makes up all the colours you see on this screen. The colour is usually associated as an environmentally friendly symbol but in different context it can represent something completely different. I think green is a good colour because it pairs well with orange. This year’s color is also much more effective than last year’s colors.

After hearing about Pantone’s selection I got inspiration to organize a Greenery themed editorial photoshoot. In the beginning of the year it’s rather dark and cold in Finland and there’s not much green outside so the best place for the shoot was definitely Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden in Helsinki. It was very pleasant to go to the tropical environment of the rainforest in the middle of winter. My model for the shoot was Inka whose favourite colour happens to be green. She skillfully crafted the green tulle skirt for the shoot and did her own hair and make-up.

Model: Inka Sallinen. Location: Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, LUOMUS
Camera: LUMIX GX8 + 12mm f/1.4 & 42.5mm f/1.2
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The Finnish Museum of Natural History grants photography permissions for the Botanic Garden.
If you want me to shoot for example your engagement or graduation photos in the garden just contact me.

Here’s a couple of more photos from the photoshoot

Rajala Ambassador 2017.1

Rajala Ambassador 2017.1

Jan Viljanen - Rajala Ambassador 2017.1

???? iPhone 7 + Afterlight
I heard I made the cut for Rajala Ambassador competition right before my trip to Puerto Rico. I read the first tasks from my email on Saturday morning before heading to the Old Town of San Juan. The first task was to take a self portrait. The colorful buildings of San Juan provided plenty of nice backdrops for the photo. Once I saw this wall I spontaneously decided to take a selfie with my phone what I don’t do very often. I jumped between the palm tree bushes and reached my hands as far as I could to get some leaves to frame the photo. Then I just waited for good light and snapped the pic.

Jan Viljanen - Rajala Ambassador 2017.1

???? Mavic Pro + Afterlight
During my trip to Puerto Rico I’ve seen and captured a lot of beautiful nature on the ground, at sea and up in the air. Choosing the best nature photo was hard and I wanted to wait until the end of the trip to make the decision. This photo was taken the very last day of the trip when we ended up in Puerto Nuevo beach which turned out to be very picturesque and nice place. I flew the drone along the shoreline and looked for the perfect cliff where the waves hit hard.

Jan Viljanen - Rajala Ambassador 2017.1

???? LUMIX FZ300 + Afterlight
While discovering the Old Town of San Juan we also visited the fort of El Morro. El Morro means the highest spot or the hill where the fort has been constructed. The grass field surrounding the fort is a popular picnik area windy enough for flying a kite. I followed the grandmother and grandchild fly the kite in 4K Photo mode with 30 frames per second and chose this moment as the best one.

More of my photos from Puerto Rico:
Competition page:


Last year I recorded one second of 4K video every day. I also shared one frame from every second on Instagram @JSTVSL
Here is my whole year in 366 seconds.

At times my project felt neverending and demanding yet highly rewarding. Even though I wanted to keep things simple, the selecting and editing of photos took a lot of time daily besides the shooting. Every video has been shot with the LUMIX FZ300 camera and frame selected and saved in camera. The photos have been transferred with WiFi to an iPad mini and most of them have been edited with Afterlight app.

I started to edit the final video in December by importing the files already shot and numbered to the timeline. Without the organized archiving I would have had to search for the right files for a long time. I’m glad I had already copied the right videos and photos to a separate folder which helped find the right moments from the videos.

In the beginning of the project I wrote about tips on starting a 366 or 365 photo project. Now that my project is over I feel reliefed but I still want to encourage others to document their year. During the year I learned a lot about videography and forced myself to come up with creative ideas to shoot even on the boring days.

My next big project will be a Finnish vlog on YouTube.