2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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WINDOW FROST

Found these beautiful ice patterns two days ago. Looks almost unreal. To me it’s like unknown paintings just waiting to be discovered. To photograph this you need good light to make it look right. I photographed these images in the last afternoon light. I used a small Canon SX50. The raw image was color corrected in Lightroom 4.
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Detail from the larger picture.

OH WONDERFUL ANALOUGE FILM

IMG_3471Some negatives I recieved in the post today. Model is Cathrine Krusberg.

I’m so glad I made this decision. To go back to film. There’s sure nothing like it. For most assignments today digital is the only choice, but for personal projects film is still a viable option and sometimes a better one. Here’s seven reasons why I think it is.

1. PLANNING

You can’t just shoot like you do with digital. You have to plan properly. You have to think first and that’s a very good thing.

2. LIMITATIONS

Film has its limitations and that’s a good thing because anything that limits you also makes you more creative. What you first believe is a problem is often an opportunity instead.

3. COMPOSITIONS

Film is quite expensive and you don’t want to change rolls all the time. That awareness will help you to make better decisions when you compose the image because you know you have to get it right the first time.

4. THE RIGHT MOMENT

With most film cameras you can’t shoot five frames a second and that is a good thing! You have to wait for the right moment. You have to learn to be patient. Very patient.

5. TO VISUALIZE

When you shoot film you also have to be able to visualize what the end product will look like. For example what kind of image a certain kind of film roll will produce when you shoot in daylight or morning light. What will be the lens bring to the equation? And so on.

6.  THE COLORS

Film has truly wonderful colors. There’s a lot of this you can imitate in the digital world, so let’s be honest of that, but film still has the best colors in my opinion. Especially for portraits. Skin tones are often much better. Especially Kodak Portra. And Fuji sure makes some wonderful films as well.

7. THE COOL GEAR

If you are a gear freak this is the best part. There are so many cool cameras out there. Ebay is full of them. And if you’re lucky you can find one on a flee market almost for free.

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Disclaimer: The negatives I uploaded on this page are photographed directly from the screen using a DSLR. Then I inverted the negatives in Lightroom! Don’t try this at home! But joke aside, it means those negatives are not properly scanned at all. So these samples do not represent the true quality of film. Real samples are coming up. Have to fix my analouge workflow first!

Snowfall

Some photographs of the snowfall tonight. Photographed with a Canon 550D and a 50mm 1.8. Sometimes with high ISO settings and sometimes with long shutter time. Real fun but – 13 celsius and bare hands…I only photographed for 15 minutes…

Några bilder från när det snöade ikväll. Jag använde en Canon 550D och ett 50mm 1.8. Ibland så fotade jag på höga ISO och däremellan använde jag långa slutartider. Riktigt kul men jag var barhänt och det var – 13. Jag fotade därför bara en kvart…

Svartvitt porträtt

När jag var och fotograferade porträtt förra veckan lyckades jag få den här bilden. Den är fotograferad i det allra sista ljuset med ett 50mm 1.8 på full bländaröppning. Digitala kameror är ganska otroliga egentligen. Jag kunde knappt se min egen hand, men bilden blev tillräckligt ljus ändå. Rörelseoskärpan bidrar också till den måleriska stilen. Den första bilden är ett litet utsnitt som visar bildens struktur med den skissaktiga ytan och den andra, större bilden nedanför, är bilden i sin färdiga storlek. Modellen heter Carla Fri.