Swan Lake

The cliche image

Okay, so I have this drone, and I really want to use it. But i've always said to myself, don't do the classic straight down pictures. Too cliché. 

But last week, a friend and I took the drone for a flight and I took this picture - straight down -  I must admit I really like clichés. So this post will actually be one big one.

Thursday evening I decided to go do some drone shots of a place called Slivsø just South of where I live. Nice summer evening, lovely light and a warm breeze. I set up the drone and began flying. Here is some of what I got.

The "stardust" are insects being lit by the setting sun

But nothing ever go as planed. If you have a closer look at the picture above, you can see a white dot in the middle of the reeds. That is a swan hatching out its eggs. Out of respect for the animal, I did not lower the drone any closer, however, I did not only bring my drone. I grabbed the camera, with the 45-150 lens and tried to get a little closer, so I could get more intimate pictures of the swan. These are the two pictures I ended up with.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was not satisfied with the results, so I decided to come back the next morning. I woke up way too early to see if I could snap the picture I imagined, and here is what I got.

Way better, much more like I imagined. The way the swan looks at the camera creates a way more interesting image. Still not the best, but acceptable. At the moment I'm not sure if to include this in my portfolio. But let me know what you think. What do you think about the pictures? Are the top down drone shoots to cliché? 

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And for those of you who are interested, I did of course shoot other things than the swan. I've included them in the gallery below.

 

Does Gear Matter?

Does it really matter? Sure, you can find a million different answers to the questions on the web. It's a question I've been asking myself a lot of times, and some times I am still in doubt. Sometimes, I think it does, and some other time, it doesn't. I must admit I don't think it matters so much; let me elaborate. 

I've been busy, selling a lot of camera equipment, changing systems a tons of times, and still haven't found the perfect setup. But I've come to terms with what I have. 

Let's start at the beginning. This winter I traded my Fuji setup to the Olympus. One main reason is the IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) in the Olympus system, but there was also another reason to the change. It has a MFT (Micro Four Third) sensor. Having a MFT sensor results in a crop factor x2 equivalent to a full-frame. What that basically means is that the small sensor you have are closer to your subject - there is a inbuilt "zoom" in the senor. I've always wanted to photograph wildlife, and as we all know, the more zoom equals higher reward (most of the time). So I thought this was a way to get into wildlife, without spending a million. I hope.

I've explained all this to the guy who sold me the Olympus gear - Jeff Ravn - he said his best advice for getting close, wasn't gear, it's you feet. Of course that is obvious, but the thought has been stuck since ever since 

Rewind 4 days back: I discovered Olympus held a cash back campaign. My obsession with gear rekindled, again. I started researching the 75-300mm to see if I could get some extra zoom, at discount. After spending hours looking at reviews, I shut down the computer. Thought to myself if the gear I got wasn't good enough. I grabbed my Olympus with the Lumix 45-150mm, and went outside to see if I could shoot some wildlife with this "small" amount of zoom. This is what I got.

The two original shotd are taken with the 45-150, and the two close ups are just 100% crops of the original equal to a 300mm. So, is it worth spending that much if you can get a decent result only by cropping? I know I'll lose the aspect-ratio, but you'll still get a decent photo by cropping. Or as we just found out, if you want to get closer, use your feet. I know if you photographing lions, you'll probably want to keep a bit of a distance between you and the pack. What I'm trying to point out is that next time you consider buying new gear think about what you have? Is the equipment unable to fulfill your needs? I'll gladly save the money and time spent on research, and instead go out shooting. Let you know what you think in the comments below, and don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter here.

These are the rest of the shots from the passing week. Hope you enjoy. 

Long time no see

I know. I know. It's been a long time, and there's no excuse, though I've been so busy lately. But now I want to see if I can update the blog a bit more often. However, I have not been so busy that I have not taken any pictures. So here are a few of those I've taken over the last month. I hope you like them, and i hope you still want to share my posts.

Birds flying high

...and so does a drone. But first of all, sorry I did not post last week. A lot has been going on lately. I've gotten some new gear. A drone! Im not the best at steering it, so I have to pratice more before the pictures are spot on. This is what I got so far. Hope you like them. 

Nothing

This week I have nothing for you. I'm just working on something new, so that's where my focus is. But I found a couple of pictures in from a few weeks ago, where the snow had disappeared for a while.

I'm positive about this!

Finally, I've been waiting about a month for this! First, it was sent off then returned, and sent off to another, where the price doubled. So what am I talking about? Let me tell you. I visited Vefa photo back in December where they recommended a real black and white film, the Kodak 100 TMAX. I shot the film, and handed it in for development. But they could not develop it, because it's real black and white negative and can't be processed like the Ilford XP2 400. So it went back and forth, but finally I got it back. And here are some of the pictures. 

So which of the two BW film do I like the best? I don't know. But what I do know is that i'm a big fan of analogue! Just to set the record straight, the camera used is a Konica Autoreflex A.

And let's not forget: I've made another short video. Hope you like.

High Tide

Finally the weekend has arrived, and finally I can get some photographing done

With some inspiration from rampaging storm outside, I got into my warmest cloth and went outside. The wind was blowing like crazy and I was hoping to catch some of it. I went to the beach at Halk, and started photographing the waves. And this is what I got

But that's not all. This week I made a short(really short 20 sec) "mood video" to show how it was. You can find it at my Youtube channel.

Winter Wonderland

Once more the blog is all about the winter, despite the calendar saying spring. The last two weeks have been freezing cold in Denmark with temperatures well below zero. The result of this are frozen beaches. Have a look at and Let me know what you think.

Positive feedback on negatives

This week is a little bit different. I've been experimenting with analoguefilm for a while now, and have had a professional develop some of the film i've taken, and that's all fine, but iI want to show you guys the pictures. So I bought a cheap film strip scanner used, so I could scan the negatives, and I ended up with this result. Far from my expectations! 

So instead I went online to find  a way to scan my negatives, without buying an expensive scanner, and I ended up creating this

After some trail and error I got at satisfying result. Have a look yourself,  and let me know in the comments what you think. It's definitely not the last time I scan analouges.

 

Mols Bjerge National Park

Done nothing but hiking this weekend.