Updated portfolio

So I did my port folio, with this new gallery, it's all about making animals portraits. If you haven't already seen them, have a look here

For those who have seen them, here are some of the shoot i've done lately. 

Not much photographing lately

I haven't done much photographing lately. But i've been to the zoo in Odense, where I shoot some pictures. I ended up with two pictures. I hope you guy like them. 

Dont forget to share! 

Testing Gear in Fall Colors

It finally happened, I bought the Lee filter system. For years I have used Cokins system, and it has been absolutely perfect, but I would like to try something new and have only heard good of the Lee system. So the next few lines will be my "review" of the Lee system. There is not anything pioneering in it. It's neither their pro glass nor a new product of theirs. It's just my first experience with the Lee system.

What I bought is, of course, some adapter rings and the filter holder. And the two filters I bought are their Big Stopper, and circular polfilter.

Let's start with the building quality. Compared to Cokin, it seems much better built. Lee is also made of plastic, but it works much more robust than Cokins. It's is also much easier to slip the filters in and the filter holder on the adapter ring. It is not as much a fight, as it was with the Cokin. One major difference is that the pol filter don't have to be slipped in the the holder as it should with the Cokin. The pol filter has it own screw-in ring, which is a major plus!

For the second time in this week I'm out to see if I can test my new equipment. This time it went a bit better than last, where there were no wind and no clouds. The weather was changing, but still not the best conditions. However, I tested the pol filter a very small amount, still not enough to tell the big difference. Another thing I learned was that before I could take pictures at dusk, with the Cokin filters, it's not possible with Lee's ND filter.

Third time's the charm. I entered the forest in the hope that I could catch some of the beautiful autumn colors that are present these days. But it was a bit too cloudy and too wet to make it a real success, so this time I did not even test some of the new equipment. Had I used the pol filter, then I would have had the colors really come true, I imagine.

Three, four or five times, I have no idea how many times I've been out to see if I could test my new equipment, and now it may be possible. At least I took some pictures with the new equipment and I can tell that I understand why people love LEEs ND filters, it's incredibly enjoyable and the performance is excellent. I got exactly what I went for. I didn't get all the shots I had in mind, so I have to get out once more. 

So what is my conclusion? In short, it's well invested money! These are some of the few shoots I got!

Missed the deadline!

I've hoped and I've tried, and tried some more, but I must see myself beaten at the finish line. I brought some new camera gear, and I would have liked to make a "review" of it, but I simply could not have it ready. I would primarily blame the weather, but I must also see me beaten by the amount of work I've had. So next time I promise you that it will be ready. Instead, i'll show you some older pictures. Hope you enjoy them and hope you look forward to next time!

Take a break!

Leave your camera at home, yes do it! 

When you come to terms with the fact, that you don't always have to shoot pictures. You'll actually instead begin "to see" the world. You'll start to enjoy the beauty of the moment. Of course you will be disappointed when you see something worth photographing, but as a side benefit instead learn to think about what's important for you and your photography. When you don't have a camera, you will learn to slow down. It lets you think about the moment and what it makes you feel. You actually have the time to identify the feel and joy you get when you see a beautiful landscape, and realise that you don't have to photograph it. 

These pictures are this first I have taken in over a month. Yout more than welcome to give some feedback. 

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Up north

Last month i decied to take a drive. To the northeren part of Jutland. I wanted to see something new. 

This post will be an analysis of some of the pictures I took when visiting the northern part of Denmark.

What I am going do in this post is to show you some of the pictures and comment on my thoughts and intentions behind them.

The first picture - Over Time - I want to show you is this one. First off all some foreground story. It's a old World War 2 bunker located at the shore of Vigsø. The special thing about this bunker is that it's been featured in a movie called "Olsen Banden i Jylland".

What appeals to me in this picture is the simplicity and the calmness and that is what I hope to communicate.

So how did i achieve this?  
First of all I tried to remove all movements. So  I used a 10 stop ND filter, and ended up with a 30 second exposure.
The second thing is the color. Luckily, it was a overcast evening so the color was naturally cool. The blue color helps empashies the feeling I want to communicate in this picture. Lastly, I want to point out the straight horizon which furthermore emphasizes the calmness of the picture.The next picture deals with same themes, but done differently.

Once again my intention with this picture - Side by Side - was about the caml- and emptiness. But not in the same amount as the other. Here I tried to use the beach as a leading line too the first bunker and then there is a "diagonal" line between the two bunkers, which helps making a bit of tension.

The colors of the picture are not as cool as the first one, because of the beach, and the bright area in the right corner.

The last picture I want to show you are - By the Sea. This one is mabye a bit more abstract than the first two. 

This picture was taken at the lighthouse on Rubjerg Knude. Before we start I have to say I have a preference for black and white pictures!

What I especially like about this one, is the contrast. In this picture it is more about the aesthesitcs in nature, than telling a story. It can't by no means show the real beauty, but it tries.

Once again I used my 10 stop ND. This created two competing diagonal lines. One by the foam in the ocean, and the second by the dune. I think these two lines compete, but overall I still think the picture has an appeal. I am almost sure that this picture would not work in color. It is all about the shapes, which the black and white highlights.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope you can see the two  differetnce categories i spoke about last time

Please let me know what you think about the pictures in the comments below and for those who are interested I made a gallery with some other pictures from the trip. 

 

What is photography?

What is photography? What does a good photography look like? How to make the best photography? It's all questions that i'm quite sure you can't find a definitive answer to.
No matter the amount of books i've read, videos i've seen, people i've talked to, i'm no closer to finding an answer.

All photographers have their own opinion on what photography is and how to do it. And that includes me.

The way I think photography is by dividing it into two categories. Those two categories are as following.

  • Aesthetics
  • Composition

There are of course more than just two categories. There are two main categories and i'm quite sure you can divide these two into subcategories. But let me elaborate on what I think these two main categories contain.

Philosophy is about what thoughts that go into the picture. The feelings, the history and the aesthetics. In short, it's all the things behind the image. All the interesting things. All the things that have to make the observer think.

Composition is the "how to do". In here you have to think how to communicate the history, the feeling, aesthetics etc. But how to do that? There are many ways to do that, by using colors, forms, lines, light etc. It's also here you have all the practical stuff like know-how on your camera and shutter speed.

These are the two categories I divide photography into and it is for me a way to create an outline. On the basis of these categories you can make a photographic process a bit more manageable.

Basically, that's how I look on my own pictures and the way in which I analyze them. The same goes for when I look at other people's pictures. This will always be a reaccuring part of this blog, and I will as much as possible try to make it clear when I talk about these categories.