Leica M8 and DxO FilmPack 4

I've shot a fair amount of film in my time, but since going digital in may 2004 there has been less shooting with film. It's not until the last year that I've started to shoot and develop film again, and I love it, back to the roots.

But it is a lot of work, digital is so much faster and available, so my quest have been to make my digital files look more analog. I've tried a lot of different tools and cameras but they all ended up looking digital, you know, that clean look that looks cold and lacks character. Sure, most people like that, but I'm not most people. I like things to be imperfect, I like flaws, that's character, and I love that in a photograph.

So, it wasn't until I bought a Leica M8 last summer that I really feel like I'm shooting film again. I love the color from the Leica M8 sensor, and running those files through DxO FilmPack 4 totally give me what I've been looking for.

But there is another aspect to this, and that's the Leica magic, it's like shooting with an old film camera, manual is good. I love the Leica, because it slows you down, it makes you think and plan your image, you create instead of just snapping a picture.

Original DNG file without corrections

Lightroom 5.4 and DxO FilmPack 4. Kodak Portra 160VC


Above is the before and after photos, nothing special I admit, shot from the hip on a dusty sensor, this takes me back, it's gritty, it got beautiful color and grain. I love it.

It's fun to shoot again.

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Images captured with Leica M8, Leica SUMMARIT-M 35mm f/2.5 lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro media.

Beautiful Easter

So there we are, Easter is done. I've been blessed with outstanding weather this Easter, so naturally I would need to go out and shoot some frames.

I headed out to the Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien) in beautiful spring weather. I live about 30 minutes away from this fantastic place so I thought it would be a nice calm trip and an opportunity to get some nice images.

Fishing bridge

Beautiful clouds

Beautiful clouds

Fishing bridge

Fishing bridge


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Images captured with Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA compact flash card.

Going old-school

My analog development equipment

The digital onslaught continues in the photography field and I guess analog is almost dead, I am of course one of those people that shoot digital and enjoy it, I shoot with Nikon D800, Nikon D3s and Leica M8 now.

But, since the summer of 2013, I've started to develop photos the old fashion way again, 'the hipster way' I suppose you can say now in 2014.

I remember the day clearly—the first day I got introduced to chemicals and film development—It was in the summer of 1981 at school. I took some classes on photography and since there where no digital capture back then, you had to go into the dark and work with chemicals.

So with those memories in mind I went on a shopping spree in the summer of 2013, eBay is your friend here. I acquired some nice analog gear in mint condition—a Hasselblad 501CM with a gorgeous CFE 80mm f2.8, a Nikon F3 and a Nikon F5, and a substantial amount of film, sadly though, no Kodachrome 64.

I use Kodak Portra, Kodak Ektar, Kodak Tri-X and Kodak TMAX film in both 135 and 120 formats. For the PolaPlus I use Fujifilm FP-3000B.

Hasselblad 501CM and CFE 80mm f2.8 lens

Hasselblad 501CM and CFE 80mm f2.8 lens

Shooting Polaroid's are fun, fun, fun!—I had to get one of these Polaroid back's for my Hasselblad. Love working with it. It really is time travel, for me anyways.

Hasselblad 501CM and CFE 80mm f2.8 lens and PolaPlus Polaroid back

Nikon F5 and Nikon F3. Hasselblad A12 6x6 mag in front

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Photographing the Aurora Borealis

Now here's something new. I've never photographed the Aurora Borealis before, but on February 27th a few friends and I managed to get some nice pictures of the phenomenon. It was quite intense at one point and I got some nice shots of the spectacle.

The funny thing is that it wasn't cold or anything. It was a dry evening with about 7 degrees centigrade, not much of a winter weather around here. This winter is weird, plain and simple.

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Zenith
Images captured with Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA compact flash card.

Happy Holidays and a Happy 2012

And again we're here, Christmas!

I'd like to wish my followers and friends a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012.


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Simon Carter, you're the man!

Did some browsing tonight and found this fantastic behind the scenes video of rock climbing photographer Simon Carter.

This is some impressive stuff. This guy has some nerves of steel. Really opened my eyes to how much work you need to put in to get some fantastic results.

Really enjoyed the part where he talked about his rope setup that enables him to adjust his position while hanging way up in the air. I'm totally gobsmacked by this.


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Time to print

The sad thing about digital photography is that your local photo store is starting to loose business. I remember the excitement when you went down to the store to pick up your newly developed slides or negatives, fun times, and some times expensive times.

But, one by one the traditional photo store that focused on developing film have gone belly-up. That is true for my hometown also. The last shop closed it's doors this fall.

So what to do?

Well, the answer is easy; hand over a lot of cash and start printing yourself, and I mean, real printing, and real big.

Since early summer I've been working with the Epson Stylus Pro 7890, a beast of a printer. It is an amazing beast, it's fast, super quiet, and the print quality is awesome to say the least. This is way more printer than one really need. But hey, it's a fun process to be envolved with, and a first as well. I love it!

So now all my printing is done by yours truly. I use it for album prints and big prints.

I use Lighroom for everything photo related. So it was quite natural to implement Lightroom in the printing workflow. First thing I did when starting to print proper prints (after initial trial and error) was to make a printing template in Lightroom. The template shown below I use to print normal album prints for albums that I keep in my living room.


This is how it prints, pretty happy with this.


And of course we need to print big as well. Here is some pictures from wonderful Norway. From left you see Gjuratinden and Mardalsfossen, both which are located in Nesset. Printed on 24x30 Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl glossy paper. Awesome results. These two where shot with a Nikon D200 and the AF-S 70-200 f2.8 VR lens.


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