Road

Road

While still living in Norway I wondered why there are so many nature & landscape photographers in the USA that incorporate roads in their shots.

After living here for 2+ years I have come to realize the big difference of the access to land in the US vs Norway. In Norway we have “Allemansretten” , while in the US the right of the landowner stands highest. Where I live you only risk getting prosecuted for trespassing.

So I have ended up taking shots with the road too…

 

Traveling

Traveling
     So I have done it again. I have traveled. Well that happens all the time. I always have more or less the same gear in my camera bag when traveling and there has never ever been a problem with it.
I travel with camera gear: Canon 1D mark IV, Canon EF 16-35mmF4L IS, Canon 50mm F1.2L, a bunch of Lee filters like big and little stopper, remote shutter release, and other cables.
Else I had sun-glases, medications, bose headphones, a book, 15″ laptop and a sweather.
I have been to and from Europe and USA, within the US and within Europe several times, never any problem. Until last Sunday when I was flying from NYC to Graz in Austria. Checked my luggage and even upgraded my ticket I got the question about the weight of my carry on luggage, he wanted me to weigh it and it came on around 9 or 10kg, and he then wanted me to check it. There is nothing in that bag I want to check, I have it in my carry on because I don’t want it to be damaged in the suitcase or lost.  As some of you may have asked where I have my tripod, yes that is in the suitcase. I take a chance on that being there.
Before the situation got to him bringing the subject further I asked him, ” I can have a camera hanging around my neck when I enter the plane ” He said that is correct. Took my camera out with the 16-35mm lens attached and took out the sweater too. Added it back to the weight. Now less than 8kg and suddenly the whole problem was gone.
I am so amazed. How is this possible an issue, if I have it outside or if I have it in the bag?
When you are a traveling photographer be aware of how you can travel to make it easier for you.

Storm is coming

I am not really a fan of photos taken with a mobile camera. My biggest concern isn’t that it is a camera in everyones hand, but more the fact that the photos are not really that great unless they are presented at that screen or as a tiny web image.

On the other hand is todays DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras totally overkill for most usage, you will never really need 20+ Megapixels for presenting a 72dpi photo in normal resolution online.

Nevertheless it isn’t really the camera, it is the one taking the shots. Some days I was out doing a different activity then photo, and the weather changed fast and turned out to be a storm with thunder and lighting in the horizon. As I was playing golf, I was really hoping it would stay away. And fortunate it never got closer.

storm  storm II

Selfie  storm III

 

 

Streetphotography

Not my best genere. I feel that if I take photos of people I invade their lives, even though the expectation of privacy should be rather slim out in the streets. As I also have a rather bulky and large camera rig I do not come off as a random tourist either, and I tend to get reactions; Some very positive and some negative.

Well enough excuses.

into the street

What street-photography is very useful for is to learn yourself to see interesting moments, and then to frame them. To be able to talk to people and make them help you creating the expression you want to.

In the one below it was a street musician who for the easter occasion had taken on ears.

Artist

Ballet audition

I had the pleasure of being able to test something outside my comfort zone as a photographer in the beginning of January. My fiancé is Director & Choreographer of Libertina Dance Company and she invited me to view the audition for new ballet/contemporary dancers for a coming performance of the company.

It was almost as shooting birds. Very easy to shoot shots of sitting or stretching dancers, rather difficult to get good shots of dancing. Since this then again was inside it requires either fast shutter-speed or high ISO, or creativity like paning, etc.

Here are some of the shots I think went okay and are not among the once where everyone is standing still.

 

Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition
Libertina Dance audition

Outdoor recreation year II

Back in september I took photos at an event in the “Outdoor recreation year 2015”, where the Crown Prince and his daughter visited local scouts in the forrest. Now the Norwegian Guides and Scout Association have released their new edition of the members magazine “Speideren”. My photos are published together with the text of the journalist.

 

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Iceland – The Saga Island Part II

Iceland – The Saga Island Part II

Now I am back home from a weekend on Iceland. My first comment is that it is an amazing place on earth. The landscape is like never seen before; Very much affected of being an Volcanic Island, placed far up north with strong wind, strong currents in the ocean and a place where the weather shifts fast.

There where layers of clouds with the sun behind it, there where mountains and hills, there where flat landscape as long as the eye could see. I have no problem understanding why painters like Odd Nerdrum and others find this place to be inspiring.

One thing is for sure I want to go back, and then I will use time to wander in the wilderness, and be there several days exclusive for photography

Iceland

This weekend I didn’t get the chances for that, so most of my photos from this weekend are taken trough a bus window, which sadly makes the great moments from landscapes useless for anything else then dreaming of this magnificent place and to remember why I should go here again.

On the first day of the weekend we visited the Bobby Fisher Center and the blue lagoon. The Chess Center was interesting, it is however more coined towards the climate in which he played and why he moved to Iceland instead of his achievement and development as a player. The Blue lagoon was not so great, an expensive tourist trap I would call it. You bath in warm water, that is actually spill water from a geo-thermal power plant. So it is a warm bath in a very salty water.

Bobby Fisher

Lagoon

The experience of this day was the view back and forth with the bus to and from these places. The stop at some springs, these where special as there was a lot of different colours, based on the minerals of the ground. With a strong Sulphur smell in the air.

iceland II

In regards to my camera equipment I didn’t use the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L lens this weekend either. Perhaps if I stop bringing it I will have use for it ?

I used the some of the filters, and shot many of my photos with the gradient ND filters, as the sky was much brighter then the ground and many of my photos ended up being in the direction of the sun.

Iceland IV

We also had a stop at a interesting beach, where I took some photos with Lee Big Stopper and tripod.

Iceland III

Iceland was a great experience. And as stated above I will be back.

Iceland V