Me and Kaja used to go to this gallery/cafè every Sunday morning when she was a baby. She used to wake up at 6 in the morning, and by seven we were heading towards this place. There`s a big park there, and a perfect place to photograph. Lots of the pictures on this site were photographed on one of our trips to Alby. This was taken with a plastic camera. The famous Holga 120s. A perfect travel-camera, when you also need to carry a baby, a bag full of food and hot milk, diapers, and who-knows-what.
This is the last from the Fence series. All of them were taken at night, with only minor light from a few cars passing by. I rarely use colorfilm when I do this. Mostly because I hate to wait to see the results.
Got an old camera the other day. I think it`s called Petri + 1.9. It`s a rangefinder camera without a meter, and it looks great. Hopefully I will have time to test it this weekend. If anybody has info about it, please let me know... I`m about to run out of good pictures, and I`d hate to start posting bad ones. That`s why I haven`t posted every single day lately. I`m waiting for some positives, and have a few rolls to develop here at home, but there are so many things that needs to be done here, I`m running out of time.
I had to go back and do this again after messing up while developing. I thought I made a lot of different exposures, but only a few turned out to be interesting. I have worked a lot with the studiolights, and it looks like I`m getting better at positioning the lights. My biggest problem was harsh shadows, but by using polaroid film, I saw the differences at once after adjusting the lamps, and moving them back and forth...It`s a shame it`s only 24 hours in a day.
The last few days have been filled with so much fun! We got a small Canon printer and made postcards of almost every photo and every painting my wife have made. I`m so proud of her, and her creativity and kindness...
A few years ago, I got a broken lens that fits my Nikon, and after fixing it the way a man with only big tools and too much caffeine in the system,(gaffa-tape) it works!
I used it on today's post. It`s a Vivitar 35-85 2.8, or it used to be...Now its a 85, 2,8. Works great. It felt perfect for portraits. Nice distance from the subject. What I really have to work with is light. How to put it in the right spot, and how and where to measure the light.
Today I`m totally happy with the result, and it can be interesting to compare in a year and see if I`m still happy with it. Hopefully I have improved. A lot.
Here`s a new fence post.
I`ve tried to remember that line all day, laughing, looking forward to use it, and suddenly when I see it written, I realize I deserve to get to bed, and hopefully when I wake up tomorrow, I`ll be me again.
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What a guy!
I have photographed this abandoned building before. Used positive film when there still was some light left on the sky. If I ever find it, I`ll post it. But I like this one even better. Maybe it`s because it`s so new, I can still feel what I felt when photographing. The previous post is this buildings fence by the way.
A few years ago, two friends of mine lived in a house next to it, and I was always very interested in the history of this house. I think they said it was a black-smith who used to live and/or work there. I used to live 10 minutes from here when I was a kid, and when I was supposed to meet someone, I walked in a straight line from A to B. That means trough fields, trough gardens, crossing creeks and the railroad wherever it felt natural. I was also afraid of the dark, and I still get easily scared at times. Not that I believe in ghosts, but this house and another house just a few miles from it has so many stories to them that I always get goosebumps when I get too close. When kids in a small community gets bored, they tend to make things happen themselves...This was farm-country, early eighties. Lots of religious people. My creative mind upset a lot of parents. I`m sorry to tell I really enjoyed making up stories, frightening ones, and got into lots of trouble because of it. My biggest problem now is that I don`t remember what was fantasy, and what was true.
And the truth might have been someone else's lie...
Jesus - no wonder I`m so quick when it comes to long exposures. I`m eager to get out of there!
A few days ago, I screwed up while developing. Two nights ago, I went out and did a re-shoot...Boy did it pay off! I got some really spooky shots, and learnt a lesson or two.
1. Keep a record of how many times I`ve used the developer and how old it is.
2. Never give up. Go out and do it again.
There is supposed to be a storm today, and I`ve decided to go out to the sea and photograph. Hope it doesn`t rain, because I want to use the Hasselblad, and even though it has survived me for almost a year, I`m not sure it can handle both me and salt sea-spray combined with raindrops, a storm and a light tripod.
If it`s to bad, I guess I`ll use my Pentax Me-Super. It survives anything. Even a four-year old girl with way too much sugar in her system.
This was one of the first shots with the Hasselblad. I moved in different directions, and I`m visible in the others. (Because of reflections in the windows.) This works best I think.
Then I went inside.
A few days ago, I photographed outside in the cold for a few hours. Froze my feet off, lost a cable release, tested my mp3 player for the first time, listening to Chet Baker "Almost blue" (he-he), and Motorhead " Ace of spades", while the earplugs kept falling out every single time I moved my head. Nose running, and I`m actually having a ball. I felt great. I was having fun. Developed the film the next day.
Another blank roll. I seriously have to start making routines when it comes to this.
I thought the developer could handle 5-8 rolls within 2-3 weeks, but it seems like it suddenly lost it`s juice. Well- I had a great time, and I spent so much time at the same spots that I can go there anytime and do it again.
Hope you like today's post. It`s another long exposure, and I think it works good in black&white.
Went out late at night yesterday and photographed. It`s very much hit`n miss when you stand in the middle of the sticks with a camera on a tripod, and all you see is black...Had to move to a place where the streetlights could make life easier, and that`s where things started to happen.
This is a 30 sec exposure at 5.6
It`s been a great year when it comes to resolutions...One of my goals was to start developing all my black&white, one was to make a website where I could present my photos, and one was to have a real exhibition. The first two is done... Now - two out of three is more than OK. I`m very happy, and think this has been the year I have been most serious when it comes to photography. Some of my best photos have been made this year, and the fact that my wife gave me a Hasselblad made me try even harder. I`ve been experimenting a lot, tried lots of different ways to make a photograph instead of a picture. I have seen more photographs in galleries this year than I ever did, and to see the real thing in a frame on a wall instead of on a screen is just so much more giving. My resolution for next year is simply to get better not by thinking but by doing. By reading my blog, I have been aware of a few odd things about myself, and even though people who know me and cares have told me to loosen up and do things my way, this made me see it clearly. I have everything I need: a camera, a lens and a roll of film.
The rest is up to me.